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Atos Origin Crosses the Finish Line at Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games


Torino, Italy - March 1st, 2006 - Atos Origin, the Worldwide Information Technology (IT) Partner for the Olympic Games, today announced the successful completion of the IT operations for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Beijing-based Atos Origin team continues preparations for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and Vancouver team initiates knowledge transfer process from Torino Games.

“Today, technology has become crucial for the success of the Olympic Games. Atos Origin’s long-term commitment to implementing and integrating the technology consortiums behind each organizing committee is essential to bringing the Olympic Games to the world,” said Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee. “Our Worldwide IT Partner has facilitated a flawless delivery of IT systems and we are confident that Atos Origin will do an outstanding job for the Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Games. ”

IOC Technology Director, Jean-Benoît Gauthier, added, “Atos Origin continues to demonstrate its ability to seamlessly coordinate the efforts of a complex array of best-of-breed technology partners and suppliers. This unique systems integration capability enables consistent performance across multiple Olympic Games, while simultaneously facilitating the management of costs and complexity. As the athletes tirelessly prepared for performance, Atos Origin’s global team of IT experts mirrored their efforts by employing world class expertise, technology and solutions to protect and safeguard the vast IT systems performing on the global stage.”

For the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, under TOROC Technology department supervision, Atos Origin managed a consortium of Information Technology Partners and Suppliers. The Technology team of 2,500 staff, including 1,000 volunteers was stationed at 28 competition and non-competition venues, relaying results for 84 sporting events. These results were used by more than 10,000 media representatives, 2,500 athletes and 2,500 sport officials. In preparation for and during the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, the IT team has:

- Delivered 85,700 accreditation badges securely to the Olympic Family (Athletes, Media, National Olympic Committees, etc),
- Relayed real-time results to broadcasters in under 0.3 seconds for 15 disciplines plus both ceremonies via 929 Commentator Information System (CIS) terminals deployed in 18 venues
- Sustained about 6 million queries for information on 806 INFO2006 terminals deployed in 39 venues. INFO2006 featured tens of thousands pages of information in English, Italian and French and 2,600 biographies; and more than 6 million pages were viewed during Games’ time.
- Supplied 16,2 Gigabytes in over 2,700,000 messages of direct data feeds to the official Torino 2006 website, World News Press Agencies and other data feed clients.
- Produced and timely distributed 4,500 printed reports (representing around 3,5 million pages) to journalists and sport representatives’ desks.

This Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games IT performance concludes more than three and a half years preparation, during which over 100,000 hours were dedicated to testing that involved all technology consortium members.

“Atos Origin is proud of the long term relationship with the IOC to manage and integrate IT operations for the Olympic Games”, said Bernard Bourigeaud, Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer, Atos Origin. “Equally important to the success of the Torino Games, are the 2,500 members of the technology team, comprised of almost 1,000 volunteers and more than 250 Atos Origin employees of 30 different nationalities, who have worked together in the true spirit of the Olympic Games to become one team with one goal of creating seamless and securely run IT systems for the greatest competition on earth”.

The Atos Origin Major Events team, headquartered in Barcelona since 1989, have already begun preparations for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and the preparation for the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in 2010. Several Atos Origin team members today based in Torino will join the Beijing IT team in March and others will move to Vancouver in July. The rest of the team will stay in Torino to manage the IT infrastructure and systems for the Paralympic Winter Games which begin on March 10th.

The Atos Origin contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the largest sports-related IT contract covering: Salt Lake City in 2002 (operating as SchlumbergerSema); Athens in 2004; Torino in 2006; Beijing in 2008; Vancouver in 2010; and London in 2012. Atos Origin has primary responsibility for Information Technology, relating to IT consulting, systems integration, operations management, information security and software applications development for the Olympic Games.

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 revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 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 quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.


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