Paris, London: Atos said this week that it has completed its first operational readiness test for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Atos, the lead information technology (IT) partner of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, together with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), have come through the first of two scheduled technical rehearsals, testing the 2012 IT, communications, media, sports and technology security systems.
The first technical rehearsal forms part of Atos' comprehensive testing of its IT systems ahead of the Games, which is the largest sports IT contract of all time. Atos says it hopes this testing phase ensures that Atos business technologists, technology and procedures are ready to respond to any situation that could arise during London 2012.
The first rehearsal simulated periods of the London 2012 competition schedule. Over 300 IT professionals from LOCOG, Atos and the other technology partners operated in simulated Games-time conditions to complete the tests.
Commenting on the rehearsal, Michele Hyron, Chief Integrator for London 2012, Atos, said, "Atos business technologists will be striving to achieve their own personal best for London 2012 with the same mindset of an Olympic athlete to deliver the Games successfully. By the end of the testing phase, we will have undertaken more than 200,000 hours of meticulous testing of the IT system for London 2012, which will process 30% more information than at any other Games in history. The completion of the first technical rehearsal shows that our team of business technologists are very much on course."
Sebastian Coe, Chairman, London 2012, said, "You cannot underestimate the important role technology will play in the successful delivery of London 2012. Everything must perform seamlessly and Atos' business technologists, like the athletes, must be ready from the first moment to strive for their personal best. With the first operational readiness test now complete, the final preparations for the Games are well underway and we are confident that the massive testing programme of the LOCOG technology team, Atos and the other technology partners will deliver a fitting Games-time experience."
Between now and the start of London 2012, Atos, as the Worldwide IT Partner, will work with LOCOG and its other technology partners to deliver some of the key systems which make the Games happen. At Games time, the technology team will be made up of 3,500 technology specialists responsible for the deployment of 900 servers, 1,000 network and security devices and more than 10,000 computers.
Atos and LOCOG will carry out a final technical rehearsal in May.
Atos has been the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games since Salt Lake City in 2002.