Winter Olympics IT ‘ready to go’

The technology supporting this month’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver is “in place” and ready to go, according to supplier Atos Origin.

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The technology supporting this month’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver is “in place” and ready to go, according to supplier Atos Origin.

The Games, which will see events ranging from downhill skiing to ice skating and bobsleigh, begin this Friday. They will be shown to an audience of up to three billion people.

The Olympics will use 800 servers and 6,000 PCs in 35 venues. The IT systems have gone through 100,000 hours of testing and crisis scenarios.

Design, integration, management and security for the IT systems is managed by Atos Origin. The IT team including 1,000 volunteers and hundreds of Atos Origin employees has been “in operational mode” since 28 January, the supplier said.

“Our systems are operational on-time and on-budget,” said Patrick Adiba, executive VP at the company. The technology supports athletes and their teams, officials, the media, volunteers and spectators.

The London Olympics in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016, as well as the Sochi Winter Olympic in 2014, will all use Atos Origin as IT supplier. It has been the main Olympics IT contractor since Salt Lake City in 2002.

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