Atos, the official worldwide IT partner of the Olympic Games, will begin its final technical rehearsal of the Games IT system on Monday.
The test will last for five days and will simulate the three busiest days of this summer’s games in London, which begin on 27 July.
Atos will provide the Games Management System (GMS), which includes volunteering, transport and accreditation as well as the Information Diffusion Systems, which relay results and information to venues and information services such as the Commentator Information Service (CIS). Security will be of particular concern, given that accreditation for the games also acts as a visa to enter the country.
Open source software was deemed too much of a risk.
Patrick Adiba, CEO of Iberia and responsible for the Olympics and Major Events Division at Atos said that the Oympics cannot be delayed for technology issues, claiming that it is “The only IT project that must start on a given date that is given seven years in advance.”
Atos has called its partnership “The world’s largest sports IT contract” and said that it faced a huge challenge to successfully perform its role as the systems integrator, adding that although individual IT contractors answer to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Atos was responsible for uniting a number of diverse teams together.
Development of the project began four years ago, with the intensive testing programme an early feature. Virtually the whole of the
After the games, the technology will be decommissioned and reconfigured for the Paralaympics, before attention shifts to the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014 and the next Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Atos has already said that the systems used will be more sustainable than Beijing in 2008.
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