“Atos Origin builds on its experience in Beijing to deliver a sustainable Games in real time at London 2012”

London, 4th March 2009

Atos Origin, the Worldwide IT Partner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), today announced that technology will play a critical role in two areas at the London 2012 Olympic Games: improved information access and environmental sustainability.

In Beijing, Atos Origin securely processed 60 per cent more competition data than in Athens, totalling 1.5 million messages. As audiences worldwide expect more detailed and colourful information to be delivered, as it happens, to an increasingly complex network of channels this demand is expected to increase even further by London 2012.

Atos Origin in conjunction with the other technology partners and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), is leading the integration of the technology infrastructure and systems to ensure huge volumes of data can be processed and delivered on demand to commentators, journalists, TV viewers and website visitors.

The technology infrastructure will also enable a sustainable Olympic Games. Atos Origin is working with LOCOG to evaluate the use of new technologies, such as virtualisation, so that the London 2012 Games use less energy and hardware than in Beijing. Remote INFO, a service which provides access to the London 2012 intranet could also be used to help reduce the seven million sheets of paper that were printed in Beijing by providing the competition schedules and results directly to the journalists' computers.

Speaking at the event, Michele Hyron, chief integrator at Atos Origin for London 2012 said: “London 2012 will leverage a number of technology innovations to improve access to information and deliver the most sustainable Olympic Games yet. For the first time, we will implement a new solution, designed together with the IOC, – the Olympic Data Feed - to consolidate all data feeds to the newswires, websites and London 2012 intranet into a single solution to provide a more sustainable and efficient service.”

“We are expecting to increase access to the Commentator Information Systems from outside the host city, enabling journalists to access the rich information from the offices in their home countries to reduce costs and the carbon footprint."
“London 2012 will be the sixth Olympic Games for Atos Origin as Worldwide IT Partner,” said Patrick Adiba, Executive Vice President for the Olympic Games, “Drawing on our extensive experience of delivering the technology infrastructure and systems on time and to budget, we will work with LOCOG and the other technology partners to ensure the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are the most successful yet.”

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 revenue is EUR 5.5 billion and it employs 50,000 professionals 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 Worldline and Atos Consulting.

For more information, contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin

Technology Team London 2012

From left to right:

Derek Ward, Executive Vice President UK Markets and Strategic Relationships
Gerry Pennell, CIO, LOCOG
Michèle Hyron, Chief Integrator for the London 2012 Games
Paul Deighton, Chief Executive for London 2012
Patrick Adiba, Executive Vice President for the Olympic Games, Atos Origin