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October 11, 2011

London 2012, Atos launch Technology Operations Centre

The launch of the centre follows the first phase of London Prepares Series

By CBR Staff Writer

London 2012 and Atos, the IT Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, have launched the Technology Operations Centre.

The new centre is designed to be the mission control for all 94 Olympic competition and non-competition venues.

Atos said the launch of Technology Operations Centre follows the first phase of the London Prepares Series.

Technology Operations Centre monitors and controls the IT systems that deliver the results from all the Olympic and Paralympic sports competitions to the world’s media in real time and Atos expects to process 30% more results data than in Beijing, said the company.

Atos predicts that the London Games are set with 8.5 billion PCs, smartphones and tablets connected to the Internet by 2012.

In this year’s Summer Olympics, all 26 Olympic sports and 5 of the Paralympic sports have been added to the Commentator Information System (CIS). The CIS is managed, centrally from the Technology Operations Centre to enable commentators and journalists with touch-screen technology that gives results in real time.

Broadcasters will have access both in London and their home countries to the system for all Olympic and 5 Paralympic sports, said Atos.

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When the Games are on, the Technology Operations Centre will operate at full capacity with about 450 business technologists covering 180 positions to manage and monitor the technology infrastructure and systems including IT security, telecommunications, power and the results systems.

Atos said the first phase of the London Prepare Series serve as the first real life practice events for not just athletes, but also the technology team, as well as the media, and the venues themselves.

During the 79 days of competition, the London 2012 technology team, Atos and all the technology partners set up and took down almost 180 servers, over 1160 PCs and laptops, 190 network and security devices and more than 400 printers and copiers, said the company.

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said technology is radically changing how spectators enjoy the Olympic Games.

"The IOC is very impressed with the progress of the preparations in London," said Rogge.

London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton said technology often goes unnoticed and yet is absolutely critical to London 2012 success in 2012.

"The Games cannot happen without technology and I am delighted that that our London 2012 Technology team together with Atos and the team of technology partners are on track to deliver the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012," said Deighton.

Atos Iberia Olympics and Major Events CEO Patrick Adiba said Technology Operations Centre will be the central technology hub providing the results to the Olympic family and world’s media in less than a second, so spectators around the world can follow events in real time wherever they are and on any device.

"Today is a major technology milestone and demonstrates that we are on target to deliver the London 2012 Games," said Adiba.

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