London: IT consultancy Atos was able to bask in the reflected glory of the London 2012 Olympics today, when it confirmed that the core systems it delivered as Worldwide IT Partner of the Olympic Games had stood up to the test.
Atos says that London 2012 was the most digitally enabled Olympic Games in history, with more people tuning in to watch the events on more devices than ever before.
Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, said, "With the support of Atos, we have been able to meet people's expectations to watch the Games via multiple channels, on multiple devices in real-time. Its team of business technologists successfully designed, built and operated the IT system so that the competition results could be viewed and read by more people than ever before."
"Atos is the brains behind the operations for the Olympic Games, consistently delivering on schedule and within budget. As our long-term partner, I look forward to working with Atos as we look ahead to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games."
Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of Atos said: "As lead integrator, project manager and operations manager, we were responsible for the key IT systems for the Games and I am delighted to say our team delivered.
"The way people have interacted with these Games via their TVs, mobile devices, social media and the internet has made London 2012 the most digitally enabled Games of all time and we are proud of the role we have played in what has been a resounding success for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), LOCOG and the entire Olympic family."
The Atos team of hundreds of business technologists for London 2012 have been working behind the scenes under the direction of the Technology department within LOCOG, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
It was the largest and most sophisticated sports IT project of all time, with the team setting a range of new benchmarks for future Games, including:
- Providing the IT systems that processed and activated more than 250,000 accreditations for the Olympic family
- Supporting 35 competition venues with complete IT infrastructure to ensure the events could take place as scheduled
- Processing over 30 percent more competition data than ever before for media and news agencies worldwide
- Sending real-time results and data from all 26 Olympic sports to worldwide broadcasters. This was delivered via Atos' Commentator Information System (CIS)
- Providing competition, schedule, weather, transport and other essential information to all 14,700 athletes — delivered via the Atos Info+ and myInfo+ systems
- Enabling up to 900 stories to be published in English by the Olympic News Service each day since the Opening Ceremony
For the first time critical key processes for the London 2012 Games were "Zero email certified". Instead the technology team used collaboration tools to manage monitor and share information about the main critical processes of the operations.
London 2012 was the first Olympic Games in history to stream every single minute of the action live. It was also the first time ever at the Summer Games that all 26 Olympic sports were added to the CIS. An enhanced and extended Remote CIS system also meant that the speed of data delivery from Atos allowed commentary teams to commentate direct from their home countries, removing the need for them to be in the stadium.
With just 19 days to go until the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the Atos team is now focussed on the "flawless delivery" of the IT solution it has designed on behalf of LOCOG.