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Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: PC Factory Managed by Atos Origin Becomes Operational


Atos Origin, the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games, recently announced that the PC Factory has become operational, which marks the final stage of central planning and preparations of IT equipment for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The PC Factory managed by Atos Origin is the central facility for the configuration and distribution of the Olympic Games IT equipment to the Olympic venues.

"The on-time completion of the PC Factory is the result of close cooperation between Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG), Atos Origin, and other partners. Its operation marks another milestone in the building of the IT system for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. We commend the great efforts made and strong expertise demonstrated by Atos Origin and Lenovo in the building and operating of the PC Factory,” said Yang Yichun, Director of BOCOG Technology.

Located inside the Olympic Logistics Centre (OLC) in Shunyi District, Northeast Beijing, the PC Factory is responsible for configuration and distribution of all the Games’ IT equipment before they are dispatched to more than 70 Olympic Games venues. Such equipment include 10,000 PCs and servers, over 1000 network devices, and over 2000 printers.

Atos Origin’s responsibilities in the PC Factory are:

* Managing IT Equipment requests from the Venue. The PC Factory will receive, process and schedule all venues’ requests for IT equipment delivery.

* Preparing and configuring Games IT Equipment. Part of the request process involves labelling, asset tracking, and configuring the software of the IT equipment according to requirements of different sports. So when the IT equipment arrives at the Venue, it will be ready for the Venue Team to deploy. For the first time, network equipment will be prepared and configured at the PC Factory too, which greatly facilitates the delivery and deployment of the IT equipment.

* Co-ordinating the equipment deliveries to the Olympic Venues. Throughout the process, Atos Origin will constantly coordinate and communicate with BOCOG Technology and other providers to ensure all equipment is delivered on time and in the correct quantity.

* Decommissioning returned equipment upon completion of the Games.

The PC Factory will also perform the same functions for the Beijing 2008 Paralympics Games.

“The PC Factory is a critical processing centre for all the IT equipment used at the Games. Every single device, and there are thousands, must be properly configured, tested and prepared for deployment at Olympic Games venues,” said Jeremy Hore, Chief Integrator, Beijing 2008, Atos Origin. "We will continue working closely with BOCOG Technology and other partners to ensure the operation of the PC Factory effectively supports the venues and contributes to the success of the Olympic Games.”

As the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games, Atos Origin designs, builds and operates the vast IT system that relays the event results and athlete information to spectators and media around the world in real-time during live competition.

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.


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