“Atos completes delivery of key IT systems for London 2012 Olympic Games”

London - 13 August, 2012

Hundreds of Atos business technologists achieve personal bests to deliver the most digitally enabled Games in history

Atos, an international Information Technology (IT) services company and Worldwide IT Partner of the Olympic Games, today announced together with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) that is has successfully delivered the core systems that enabled more than 8 million ticket holders and four billion people around the world to witness the London 2012 Olympic Games. 

 

London 2012 has been the most digitally enabled Olympic Games in history, with more people than ever tuning into watch the events on more devices than ever before.  Key to the success of the IT systems for the Games have been Atos business technologists, who each achieved a personal best to transmit the results to the world's commentators before the roar of the crowd is heard - in 0.3 seconds. 

 

Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, said: “With the support of Atos, we have been able to meet people's expectations to watch the Games via multiple channels, on multiple devices in real-time. Its team of business technologists successfully designed, built and operated the IT system so that the competition results could be viewed and read by more people than ever before.”

 

“Atos is the brains behind the operations for the Olympic Games, consistently delivering on schedule and within budget.  As our long-term partner, I look forward to working with Atos as we look ahead to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.”

 

Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of Atos said: “As lead integrator, project manager and operations manager, we were responsible for the key IT systems for the Games and I am delighted to say our team delivered.  The way people have interacted with these Games via their TVs, mobile devices, social media and the internet has made London 2012 the most digitally enabled  Games of all time and we are proud of the role we have played in what has been a resounding success for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), LOCOG and the entire Olympic family.”  

 

The Atos team of hundreds of business technologists for London 2012 have been working behind-the-scenes under the direction of the Technology department within the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the other London 2012 technology partners to ensure the seamless delivery of information from the Games.  It was the largest and most sophisticated sports IT project of all time, with the team setting a range of new benchmarks for future Games, including: 

  • Providing the IT systems that processed and activated more than 250,000 accreditations for the Olympic family
  • Supporting 35 competition venues with complete IT infrastructure to ensure the events could take place as scheduled
    • Processing over 30 percent more competition data than ever before for media and news agencies worldwide 
  • Sending real-time results and data from all 26 Olympic sports to worldwide broadcasters.  This was delivered via Atos' Commentator Information System (CIS)
  • Providing competition, schedule, weather, transport and other essential information to all 14,700 athletes – delivered via the Atos Info+  and myInfo+ systems
  • Enabling up to 900 stories to be published in English by the Olympic News Service each day since the Opening Ceremony

For the first time critical key processes for the London 2012 Games were Zero email certified. Instead the technology team used collaboration tools to manage monitor and share information about the main critical processes of the operations.

 

Jean-Benoît Gauthier, Director of Technology for the International Olympic Committee, said: “One of the main challenges of London 2012 is the circulation of a vast amount of data generated from Games results systems to billions of people around the world – in a variety of mediums and in real time. Atos, the worldwide IT partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has been critical in building and running the complex IT system to coordinate this monumental task and ensure a successful Games.”

 

Gerry Pennell, Chief Information Officer for LOCOG said: “Delivering the Technology for the Games requires the organising committee and all of our partners to work together as one team to deliver an incredibly complex technology solution.  Atos has undoubtedly been one of the major players within this highly successful team.”

 

Patrick Adiba, CEO Iberia, Major Events and Olympic Games at Atos, said: “The Olympic Games are a complex mix of technology, processes and people.  Our challenge for London 2012 was to create an IT solution that allowed the capture and reporting of every moment of the action and supported the world's media in bringing it to the world via television,  the internet and social networks – first time, every time.”

 

London 2012 was the first Olympic Games in history to stream every single minute of the action live.  It was also the first time ever at the Summer Games that all 26 Olympic sports were added to the CIS.  An enhanced and extended Remote CIS system also meant that the speed of data delivery from Atos allowed commentary teams to commentate direct from their home countries, removing the need for them to be in the stadium.  

 

With just 19 days to go until the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the Atos team of business technologists is now focussed on the flawless delivery of the IT solution it has designed on behalf of LOCOG.

 

Contacts for press:

 

Atos
Caroline Crouch
Tel: +44 77 333 100 86
Caroline.crouch@atos.net

 

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About Atos

 

Atos is an international information technology services company with annual 2011 proforma revenue of EUR 8.5 billion and 74,000 employees in 42 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail, Services; Public, Health & Transports; Financial Services; Telecoms, Media & Technology; Energy & Utilities.

 

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 more information, visit:atos.net/london2012