“Atos Origin Completes Beijing 2008 Olympic Games IT System Architecture on Schedule”
Beijing, 3 July 2007
Under the leadership of the Beijing 2008 Organizing Committee (BOCOG), Atos Origin, the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games, today announced it has completed the IT system architecture for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on schedule.
“Like the winning athletic performances, the success of the Olympic Games IT systems is determined years before through advanced planning and preparation,” said Jeremy Hore, Beijing 2008 Chief Technology Integrator, Atos Origin. “Designing the Beijing 2008 system architecture is a very complex task and we are privileged to have the most advanced experts in this field with profound Olympic Games experience working on our team. Under BOCOG's leadership, the technology for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games is making very good progress and we are pleased to be on schedule with the system architecture.”
As the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games, Atos Origin designs, builds and operates the vast IT system that relays the event results and athlete information to spectators and media around the world in real-time during live competition. The company has integrated, managed and secured the IT systems for the previous three Olympic Games (Salt Lake City 2002, Athens 2004 and Torino 2006).
The Olympic Games IT system architecture defines the relationships between the Olympic Games IT systems and the massive technical infrastructure required to deliver real-time competition results to the world.
This comprehensive technical infrastructure will link together more than 60 competition and non-competition venues across China, consisting of more than 900 servers, 7000 PCs and 1000 network & security devices. The system architecture provides BOCOG a blueprint for the selection and implementation of proven hardware, software and network components. The blueprint must be completed well over a year in advance of competition to meet the rigorous implementation and multiple testing scenario phases that follow to ensure the IT systems are fully functional. Atos Origin works closely with Beijing 2008 technology partners such as Lenovo, China Netcom and China Mobile to implement and support the games IT infrastructure.
The IT system architecture presented by Atos Origin to BOCOG encompasses three main foundations: business continuity, data networking and security.
Business continuity – BOCOG and Atos Origin have one chance to get it right; therefore they must deliver the highest level of reliability and availability of services. For the Games, which covers 17 days for approximately 18 hours per day, dedicated IT systems and technical solutions must be designed to achieve the following:
- Protect against data corruption and data deletion
- Provide high availability of applications to eliminate any single point of failure in the architecture through elaborate redundancies
- Guarantee a quick and safe information recovery process
Data networking: The basis of the technical infrastructure for the Olympic Games is the data network. Based on security and quality of service levels the Real-Time Competition Network supports all mission-critical applications deployed during the testing and operation of the Olympic Games applications and the related IT system and operational services. In order to conform to the security, availability and performance criteria of BOCOG and past Olympic Games performances, Atos Origin has designed a closed, isolated network that is deployed 36 months before the Games.
IT security: Few things are more important than the hard earned results of a lifetime of training on the global stage. The recording of the sub seconds to the judge's scores must be protected with the most sophisticated yet proven solutions. Atos Origin is responsible for the IT systems, infrastructure and networks that protect the best each nation's athletes offer the world. IT security ensures accurate, real-time delivery of competition results to billions of people around the world and protects the Games IT infrastructure against uncontrolled phenomena that may impact the operation of the Games.
“We are pleased to be working with such an experienced IT partner as Atos Origin,” said Yang Yichun, Director of BOCOG Technology. “The major focus of developing this critical system architecture is not only to understand the frameworks of the past, but more importantly to adapt to a larger and more complex Beijing operations. Atos Origin's system architecture milestone lays the groundwork for the implementation and testing phases that will ensure everything is in place well before the athletes, media and spectators arrive.”
The Atos Origin contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the largest sports-related IT contract covering: Salt Lake City in 2002 (operating as SchlumbergerSema); Athens in 2004; Torino in 2006; Beijing in 2008; Vancouver in 2010; and London in 2012. Atos Origin has primary responsibility for Information Technology, relating to IT consulting, systems integration, operations management, information security and software applications development for the Olympic Games.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5.4 billion and it employs over 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
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