“Atos Origin Crosses 2010 Olympic Winter Games Finish Line with Flawless Delivery of Games Time IT”
Paris/Vancouver, 3rd March, 2010
Atos Origin, the Worldwide Information Technology (IT) Partner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has successfully delivered a flawless IT performance for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Atos Origin fulfilled its mandate to design, integrate, manage and secure 16 different IT systems needed to manage the Games and relay competition results to a world-wide audience of more than three billion people.
Thousands of athletes arrived in Vancouver ready to show the world their talent and perseverance. Atos Origin did the same—behind the scenes with most of their victories unnoticed by most of the watching world. The Atos Origin IT team has:
- Designed the IT infrastructure to transmit results to a worldwide audience of 3,5 billion in under 0.3 seconds
- Securely delivered more than 7 million messages of competition data to international media and worldwide news agencies, which is 3 times the Torino number
- Delivered event information to 300 broadcasters and over 100 websites in more than 200 countries worldwide
- Provided coverage and result information for 24,000 hours of coverage—approximately 47 per cent more than the 2006 Winter Games in Torino
- Supplied a continuous stream of information to the exploding number of social and online media resources around the world through the Internet Data Feed and the Olympic Data Feed
- Collected and filtered almost 9 million events each day to detect any potential IT security risk for the Olympic Games IT systems. A hundred were identified as issues and investigated. All were resolved, so there was no impact at all on the Olympic Games.
Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee said: “In today's world people expect information on events and results instantly. Atos Origin, our long-term partner, is the brains behind the information technology operations for the Olympic Games. Once again, they have delivered these systems flawlessly, ensuring information is relayed to millions more people than ever before and in new ways”.
Thierry Breton, CEO of Atos Origin said: “We are proud of the 3,000 members of the technology team, who have worked together in the true spirit of the Olympic Games to become one team with one goal of seamlessly run IT systems for the greatest competition on earth”.
“Our team is now focusing on the transition to the Paralympic Winter Games and preparations for London 2012 Olympic Games. We are excited and proud to continue our partnership and look forward to flawlessly delivering the IT infrastructure for future Games.”
Increasing access to remote applications – contributing to a greener Games
Building on experiences from Beijing, the Atos Origin team once again designed and implemented a Remote Commentator Information System, enabling media from around the world to access results and athlete information from the studios in their home countries in a fraction of a second remotely. Atos Origin also implemented a Remote INFO2010 allowing accredited media to access the same information available on the INFO2010 Intranet system from locations around the world in real time. In Vancouver, Remote INFO users have increased with 400% compared to Beijing.
To further Atos Origin's commitment to sustainability and VANOC's sustainability mandate, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games were the first to deploy an online accreditation system—significantly reducing the amount of paper used in the accreditation processing.
The Atos Origin team delivered the first-ever online volunteer portal which processed more than 100,000 applications from over 150 countries around the world. The online volunteer portal reduced costs, energy and paper use for the 2010 Winter Games.
With less than 10 days to the Paralympic Games, where more than 1350 athletes will compete, the Atos Origin lead team is now focused on ensuring all the IT systems and solutions are ready for the Opening Ceremony on 12th March. As Worldwide IT Partner to the International Paralympic Committee, Atos Origin is delivering the IT infrastructure and systems, just as it has done for the Olympic Games, to ensure that the Paralympic Games run smoothly and the results are delivered worldwide.
Atos Origin holds the largest sports-related IT contract in the world. The contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has provided IT services for Salt Lake City in 2002, Athens in 2004, Torino in 2006 and Beijing in 2008. Atos Origin will provide similar services for Vancouver in 2010 and London in 2012. The contract was renewed in 2009 for Sochi in 2014 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is a leading international information technology (IT) services company, providing hi-tech transactional services, consulting, systems integration and managed operations to deliver business outcomes globally. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5.1 billion and it employs 50,000 people. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
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