“Atos extends contract with the IPC”

London, 26 July 2011

One year to go Atos Confirms its technology plans for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are on track and on schedule

Atos, an international IT services company, today announced an extension to its current partnership with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to include the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Under the agreement between Atos and the IPC, Atos will further contribute to the development of the Paralympic Movement by designing, building and running its new website, www.paralympic.org, which aims to become the worldwide information source for the Paralympic Movement. Atos will also continue to collaborate with the IPC and engage in joint activities to support the International Paralympic Foundation.

Atos confirmed that, with just over one year to go to the start of the London 2012 Games, the technology it is delivering on behalf of London 2012 and together with the other technology partners is on-track and on-schedule.

”We are delighted to announce that a year ahead of the London Games, we have signed a new contract with the IPC to help them better promote the Paralympic sports and athletes,” said Patrick Adiba, CEO Atos for Iberia, Olympics and Major Events. “We are absolutely committed to continuing our long-standing collaboration with the IPC and are delighted to have this new opportunity to further support the International Paralympic Foundation.”

New contract with the IPC

Atos has been a key technology provider for the Paralympic Movement since 2002 and became the official Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the IPC in 2008. The contract extension announced today with the IPC extends the longstanding relationship between the two organisations.

“Our website is now our most important communication channel to promote Paralympic sports, athletes and news to a global audience,” said Sir Philip Craven, IPC President. “We are delighted that we can count on Atos, which has the technology expertise as well as the knowledge of the Paralympic Movement, to help us redesign and update our website to meet and exceed the needs of sports fans in 2012.

“Our aim is to make www.paralympic.org, which will incorporate www.paralympicsport.tv, the global hub of all news, video and information relating to Paralympic Sport. We are very pleased with Atos' engagement in future joint fundraising activities, which aims at supporting the IPC development initiatives and help to further advance the whole Paralympic Movement.”

Atos will design, build and run the new website - www.paralympic.org - which is due to go live in autumn 2011. The new website will use the latest technologies to engage visitors and provide them with the latest information on Paralympic sports.

One year to the London 2012 Games

Since 2005 when London was announced host city for the 2012 Games, Atos has been working with the London 2012 technology team and the other technology partners to design, build and test the immense IT infrastructure that will make the Games happen. With just over one year to go, the majority of the technology has been delivered. Key accomplishments include:

  • Volunteer Portal – enabled people to apply for up to 70,000 volunteer roles during Games time
  • Technology Lab – launched and fully operational – it is here that the Games are being put to the Test with an incredible 200,000 hours of testing
  • Equipment Deployment Centre – opened and fully operational – from here thousands of computers, servers, network and security devices are configured and distributed to the venues
  • myInfo+ - available for the very first time at London 2012, the new internet application is now in test phase. It enables accredited media, sports officials and athletes to access information on competition schedules, medal ranking tables, transport news and sports records via their laptops.
  • Commentator Information System – remotely available for all Olympic sports for the first time at London 2012 as well as a first to have it for 5 Paralympic sports, it is now in test phase. It displays results on touch-screen PCs in less than 0.3 seconds at venue broadcast sites, providing broadcasters with the results before they hear the roar of the crowd.

In the next 12 months, the Atos technology team will concludes the testing phase and moves into the 24/7 operational phase. Key milestones to come include:

  • Autumn 2011 – launch of the Technology Operations Centre - the mission control for The Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Winter 2011 – launch of accreditation system which will process 200,000 accreditations that serve as a visa for athletes, workforce, volunteers, media, sponsors, officials and other members of the Olympic and Paralympic Family to enter the UK as well as accessing the London 2012 venues
  • Spring 2012 – Final Technical Rehearsal – simulates the three busiest days of competition during which hundreds of operational scenarios will be executed, such as a flood and network disconnection, to ensure operational readiness for the Games
  • July 27th 2012 – Opening Ceremony for the Olympic Games
  • August 29th 2012 - Opening Ceremony for the Paralympic Games

For the London 2012 Games, Atos, as lead integrator, is working with its fellow technology partners under the direction of the London 2012 Technology Department to ensure successful delivery of the technology systems and infrastructure that make the Games happen. The partners are Acer, Airwave , BT, Cisco, Omega, Panasonic and Samsung.

Atos, which employ over 78,500 people in 42 countries around the world, has been the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games since Salt Lake City in 2002 and has, over the last eight years, become integral to making the Olympic and Paralympic Games a success. It is all of this experience and expertise that allows Atos to consistently deliver outstanding results.

About Atos
Atos is an international information technology services company with annual revenues of EUR 8.7 billion and 78,500 employees in 42 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services.

Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Atos Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.

For further information, please contact:
Caroline Crouch
Tel: 020 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atos.net