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Atos Origin smashes IT records during Beijing 2008 Olympic Games


Beijing 2008 Olympic Games have been the most information intensive Olympic Games ever
With 80% more competition data processed for media and news agencies worldwide
Beijing, August, 2008 -

Top class athletes from around the world have broken 43 world records and 132 Olympic records during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, while behind scenes the IT team led by Atos Origin has smashed records of its own.

Atos Origin has successfully delivered the IT infrastructure that makes the Games happen and transmits the results worldwide in less than 0.3 seconds. The IT team and the scale of the IT infrastructure has been similar to that in Athens, yet in comparison to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, the IT team has:

* Provided the IT systems and software that processed and activated 70% more accreditations – over 340,000 in total
* Securely processed over 80% more competition data for media and news agencies worldwide – totalling 1.8 million messages
* Enabled almost 50% more stories to be published each day in English by the Olympic News Service – totalling an average of 500 stories a day. Around half of these have been translated into French or Chinese
* Added 40% more sports disciplines, eight in total, to the Commentator Information System to provide broadcasters with more detailed, real-time information about more sports
* Supported around 30% more hits on the intranet for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games – INFO2008 – averaging around 1.2 million hits each day
* Collected and filtered over 12 million IT security events each day to detect any potential security risk for the Games IT systems. From these, less than 100 were identified as real issues. All were resolved, so there was no impact at all on the Olympic Games.

Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee said: “Today people expect more content and more detail about events as they happen. Through the IT infrastructure that Atos Origin has designed, built and operated during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the competition results have been viewed and read by more people and on more channels – web, mobile phone and TV – than ever before. Atos Origin, our long-term partner, is the brains behind the operations for the Olympic Games, consistently delivering on schedule and within budget"

Increasing access to real-time Olympic competition results worldwide

To further increase and improve the competition information available to audiences around the globe, Atos Origin introduced a new service for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games –the Remote Commentator Information System.

It enables commentators to access competition results from the studios in their home countries in a fraction of second via touch screen PCs. It also provides background information on the athletes and sports to help them add colour to their commentaries. All information is available in Chinese, English and French – the three official languages of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Commenting on this new service, Craig Lau, Vice President of Information Technology for NBC Olympics, said, “The remote CIS service provided by Atos Origin has been nothing short of exceptional. System execution and delivery was flawless. For the first time, NBC producers and commentators in New York had real time access to live results data as our teams in Beijing. This has enabled NBC to work more efficiently and effectively, saving real money by allowing us to reduce production personnel in Beijing.”

Ensuring accurate results are delivered worldwide

Critical to the success of the Olympic Games is protecting and securing the IT infrastructure behind it and this is the area where Atos Origin innovates and invests the most. For the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Atos Origin implemented the latest security monitoring solution to filter and prioritise potential IT security risks to the services, so the team is immediately notified and can react quickly to any unusual or unexpected activity.

Atos Origin’s IT Security methodology and solutions ensured that there was not a single incident that impacted the Olympic Games.

Philippe Germond, CEO and Chairman of Atos Origin said: “IT is changing the way that the Olympic Games are viewed and we, at Atos Origin, are playing a mission-critical role in ensuring that richer, more detailed and colourful content is available immediately to audiences around the world in the way that they want to receive it.”

“As the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games end, our teams are already focussed on next month’s Paralympic Games in Beijing, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Games and the London 2012 Olympic Games. We are proud to be a Partner to the International Olympic Committee and we support and share its values for performance, diversity and fair play.”

With only 13 days to the Paralympic Games, where over 4000 athletes will compete, the Atos Origin led team is now focussed on ensuring all the IT systems and solutions are ready for the opening ceremony on 6th September. 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.


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