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Sochi 2014 Technology Lab now fully operational

Sochi 2014 Technology Lab now fully operational

30/04/2013

Atos, the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games, has announced that the Sochi 2014 Technology Lab is now fully operational, as technology plans for next year’s Olympic Winter Games continue.

The Technology Lab is where the IT systems for every sports event and venue will be put through a series of tests. Its opening marks the launch of more than 100,000 hours of IT testing, which will include two technical rehearsals during which up to 500 different scenarios will be tested to ensure that the Atos Business Technologists, technology and procedures are ready to respond to any situation that could arise during the Games.

Patrick Adiba, CEO Iberia, Major Events and Olympic Games at Atos, said: “We are confident that the technology for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is on track. The opening of the Technology Lab and the start of the IT testing marks a major milestone in our project plan and our whole team is committed to delivering our personal best to ensure a successful Games in 2014.”

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will mark the first time that myInfo+ – a service used by print and broadcast media to check information including the competition schedule, medal ranking, weather reports and news feeds – will be available on all mobile devices. Broadcasters – both in Sochi and remotely around the world – will also have access to the Commentator Information System, which provides the latest competition information and scores.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, President, Sochi 2014, said: “We are committed to the Sochi 2014 Winter Games being the most digital Games ever and are delighted to be working with Worldwide IT Partner of the IOC – Atos. It is invaluable to be able to draw on the knowledge that Atos brings from its experience of delivering six previous Games.”

The Atos team has been in Russia since June 2010, first based in Moscow before moving to Sochi in May 2012. The team now comprises around 70 business technologists and has already delivered the volunteer portal, which is used to manage and process all the applications for the 25,000 volunteer roles.

Between now and the start of the Games, Atos will test and run the technology infrastructure and systems that will make the Games happen. This includes the solution that will deliver the results to the world’s media in 0.3 seconds and the systems to issue 220,000 accreditations that allow entry to the venues and also serve as a visa for athletes, media, sponsor and officials to enter the Russian Federation. By the time the Games arrive, Atos will manage the deployment of 900 servers, 1,000 network and security devices and 6,500 computers.

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