“Atos Origin Successfully Completes its IT Operations For the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games”

Beijing, 18 September, 2008

Two Sponsored Chinese Paralympic Athletes Defend Their Titles

Atos Origin, the Worldwide IT Partner of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), today announced the successful completion of its IT operations for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. This follows the Company's successful and secure implementation of the IT for the Olympic Games, which ended on 24 August. The Company's two sponsored atheletes Li Duan and Bian Jianxin have successfully defended their titles at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, winning gold medals in Men's F11 Long Jump and Triple Jump, and Women's 60kg Power lifting respectively.

The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games are a top-level sports event that took place from 6 to 17 September 2008. Almost 4,000 athletes representing 147 countries participated in 20 sports. A total of 5,600 media representatives and more than 1.9 million spectators attended the Games that were made possible by the support and work of over 110,000 Games-related staff and more than 30,000 volunteers.

As the lead technology partner, Atos Origin worked with the IPC, BOCOG and the other IT partners and subcontractors as one team to ensure the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games were a great success. Atos Origin was responsible for all aspects of the smooth and secure running of the Paralympic Games IT from designing and building the systems through to managing all the IT partners and running the critical IT infrastructure and networks, including the immediate distribution of Games results to the world.

Since the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games ended on 24 August, the technology team led by Atos Origin has recovered 8,700 devices, redeployed 130 servers, reimaged and redeployed 360 results devices across all Paralympic Games competition venues and non-competition venues (including out of Beijing venues).

“We would like to extend our appreciation to the IT team lead by Atos Origin under the direction of BOCOG Technology for their great work on the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games,” said Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee. “The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games are a milestone in Paralympic history with more athletes, more competing nations, more media and more spectators than ever before. Atos Origin, our Worldwide IT Partner, has played a critical role that has exceeded our expectations in making these Games happen and enabling spectators worldwide to follow the spectacular achievements of the athletes as they happen.”

“The Paralympic Games are a world-class sporting event and the systems to run them are as complex as those for the Olympic Games,” said Patrick Adiba, Executive Vice President Olympics and Major Events, Atos Origin. “The quality standard that we set for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic IT operations is exactly the same as we set for the Beijing Olympic Games. We are delighted to have worked closely with BOCOG Technology to help make the Games an international sporting success.”

Atos Origin began its active involvement with the Paralympic Movement in 2002. Atos Origin has been the IT Partner of the 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 Paralympic Games. In January 2008, Atos Origin became the official Worldwide IT Partner of the IPC. It has started the preparation for the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games in Vancouver and will soon start the first steps for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is one of the world's leading international information technology services companies. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues total more than €5.8 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 listed on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, 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