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Atos Origin Runs IT systems for the ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games

Athens, 22 September 2004 – IT services company, Atos Origin, begins the task of running the IT systems for the Paralympic Games in Athens. This follows the company’s successful implementation of the IT for the Olympic Games, which ended on 29 August.

Atos Origin is responsible for all aspects of the smooth and secure running of the Paralympic Games’ IT: designing and building the systems; integrating all the IT partners; and running all the critical IT infrastructure and networks, including the immediate distribution of Games results to media.

The ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games is a top-level sports event with 4,000 athletes representing more than 140 countries participating in 19 sports. The Games take place from 17 to 28 September 2004 and will be supported by 1,000 technical officials and judges, 2,000 team escorts, 2,500 official guests and 3,000 press officials. 35,000 people, including 15,000 volunteers, are employed to organise and run the event. The IT team will consist of 160 Atos Origin staff and 200 volunteers.

Since the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games ended on 29 August 2004, Atos Origin has decommissioned and rebuilt 6,000 PCs, re-installed 350 servers and deployed 1,500 Information terminals across the 28 Paralympic Games competition and non-competition venues. Deploying these systems is a highly complex and large scale operation that is managed from the PC Factory, a 5,500 square metre facility where the servers, desktops and laptops as well as several hundred routers and switches are stored, configured and allocated a barcode for identification, before being deployed to the venues in advance of the Games.

Agamemnon Kaimakis, chief integrator, Atos Origin for the ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games, said: "The Paralympic Games is a world-class sporting event and the systems to run them are as complex as for the Olympic Games, though on a smaller scale. Our first priority is ensuring the systems are secure, in the same way that we did for the Olympic Games in August, to prevent any IT security breaches."

As for the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games, IT security will be a key priority for the IT team to ensure there is no disruption and that the results were relayed to the world and to the media in Athens accurately and with no delay. The company will focus on three key IT areas: security architecture, risk management and operations, to ensure that the systems are able to respond immediately to any potential threat from either inside or outside of the network, identifying and closing down the threatened area and deploying back-up systems so there is no disruption to the Games.

The IT for the Paralympic Games is built on two main systems:
· Information Diffusion System, which relays results and athlete information to media, and is based on the system used in the Olympic Games. It has been modified to meet the specific Paralympic requirements.
· Games Management System, which provides accreditation for 55,000 people, transportation and accommodation schedules, medical encounters reports, sports qualifications and protocol information. This is the same system used in the Olympic Games.

In total, during the Paralympic Games, ATHENS 2004, with the Atos Origin team and the Technology Partners, will run:
· 55,000 accreditations
· 6,000 PCs
· 350 servers
· 1,500 INFO terminals (part of the Information Diffusion System that relays results and athlete information)
· 300 UNIX boxes
· 1,100 fax machines
· 750 printers