Atos, the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games, today teamed up with London 2012 to open the Technology Operations Centre – the "mission control" for all 94 Olympic competition and non-competition venues. The Technology Operations Centre monitors and controls the IT systems that deliver the results from all the Olympic sports competitions to the world’s media in real time.
For the London Games, Atos expects to process 30% more results data than in Beijing ensuring the world’s media meets the increasing demand of fans for information as it happens. With 15 billion PCs, smart phones and tablets predicted to be connected to the internet by the summer of 2012, the London Games are set to be the biggest smart Games ever.
Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, said: “Technology is radically changing how spectators enjoy the Olympic Games and our longstanding worldwide partner, Atos, plays a critical role in ensuring technology continues to enhance the spectator experience. The IOC is very impressed with the progress of the preparations in London.”
During Games time, the Technology Operations Centre will operate with about 450 business technologists covering 150 positions, to manage and monitor the technology infrastructure and systems including IT security, telecommunications, power and the results systems.
Patrick Adiba, CEO at Atos for Iberia, Olympics and Major Events, said: “It’s an honour to be here today with London 2012 and our technology partners to write history with the official launch of the Technology Operations Centre – the mission control for the London 2012 Games. During Games time, this 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 Games.”
The Worldwide Technology partners of London 2012 are:
• Atos - Worldwide Information Technology Partner
• Acer – Worldwide Computing Equipment Partner
• Omega – Official Timekeeper
• Panasonic – Official AV Equipment Partner
• Samsung – Official Wireless Communications Partner