“Less than one year and counting Atos Origin keeps the IT on track for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games”

Beijing, 21 August, 2007

Atos Origin, the Worldwide IT Partner and an Official TOP Partner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), today announced that the preparation for the IT Systems for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games is right on schedule and intensive testing of the IT Systems starts in August 2007.

The IT systems are on course for the opening of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on 8 August 2008, according to the Games' IT supplier and partner, Atos Origin. Under the leadership of the Technology Department of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) and through close collaboration with technology partners, Atos Origin has delivered the IT system architecture, which incorporates the crucial business continuity, data networking and security elements.

The Beijing 2008 Atos Origin team is growing very fast to reach several thousands by Games time including partners and volunteers, and many IT facilities are now operational, including the Technology Operations Centre (TOC), the Integration Lab, the Primary Data Center and PC factory. All GMS (Games Management Systems) applications are also in production.

“With less than one year to go before the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, we are pleased to see the IT systems for the Games are moving forward on schedule and solid progress has been made,” said Yang Yichun, Director of BOCOG Technology. “As the IT Partner of the Games, Atos Origin has consistently met our expectations and has delivered the IT system and infrastructure on schedule, within budget, and with high-quality. The effective transfer of knowledge gained by Atos Origin in previous Games is also very conducive to building, deploying, testing, and managing the IT Systems for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. ”

The project is now moving into the test phase, the fourth of five phases, which cover plan, design, build, test and operate. Test events began this month when Atos Origin tests its systems, infrastructure and operational processes in live competition environment for 12 sports at 11 venues as part of the “Good Luck Beijing” Test Events.

“We are very happy to be where we are now, with one year to go before the Olympic Games,” said Jeremy Hore, Chief Integrator of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Atos Origin. “With all the key systems and IT facilities already in place, we are now focusing on testing them intensively in the lead-up to the Games, by working closely with BOCOG Technology and technology partners. In the coming months, we will also start working on the operational planning including preparations for venue deployment and staff, Interns and volunteer training.”

Atos Origin designed and built two main IT systems, which are now fully operational, to run the Beijing Games. The Information Diffusion System will relay results and athlete information to 10,500 athletes and thousands of media representatives. The Games Management Systems will provide accreditation, transportation and accommodation schedules, medical encounters reports, sports qualifications and protocol information.

For the Beijing Games, the technical infrastructure will link together more than 60 competition and non-competition venues across China, consisting of more than 1000 servers, 10,000 PCs and 1,000 network and security devices.

Ever-prepared, Atos Origin is also making significant headway in its preparations for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The company has finalised its first iteration of the system architecture In September 2007, Atos Origin will build its Integration Lab and the first stage of its Primary Data Center.

Atos Origin is even preparing for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Several business and process workshops are being organised as the first steps of the transfer of knowledge.

The Atos Origin contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the largest sports-related IT contract covering Salt Lake City in 2002, Athens in 2004, Torino in 2006, Beijing in 2008, Vancouver in 2010 and London in 2012. As the Worldwide Information Technology (IT) Partner and an Official TOP Partner of the International Olympic Committee, 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 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.

For more information, please contact:
Marie-Tatiana Collombert Phone: + 33 1 55 91 26 33
Email: marie-tatiana.collombert@atosorigin.com

Michelle Liu Phone: +86 10 6437-6668
Email: michelle.liu@atosorigin.com

Caroline Crouch Phone: +44 20 7830 4233
caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com