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Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad and Atos Origin Jointly Inaugurate the Integration Test Lab

Beijing, January 30, 2007

Atos Origin, an international IT services company and Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games, today announced in partnership with the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) the formal inauguration of its Integration Test Lab in Beijing. The opening of this critical technology facility marks the completion of planning and development phases, and ushers in the phase of integration testing for all the key IT infrastructure and software applications that will be used during the 2008 Games.

Located on the 19th floor of the BOCOG office building, and taking up a floor space of 800 square meters, the ergonomic laboratory is designed by Atos Origin together with BOCOG’s Technology Department in compliance with international ISO standards.

The Integration Test Lab is used by Atos Origin and other technology partners to integrate and test the Olympic Games’ IT infrastructure, information security systems and key software applications, such as those in the Games Management Systems (GMS) that provide accreditation, transportation and accommodation schedules, medical encounters reports, sports qualifications and protocol information. The Information Diffusion Systems (IDS) are another set of applications designed, developed and tested by the integration team led by Atos Origin. Atos Origin integrates and manages the IT system that relays results, events and athlete information to spectators, media, officials, sponsors and members of the Olympic Family around the world. Atos Origin has already delivered all the Games Management Systems (GMS) applications and the Info Diffusion Systems (IDS) applications for testing.

Atos Origin will also use this facility to train a core staff of hundreds of IT experts from within its own company, as well as from BOCOG and other technology partners, who will run the IT systems at more than 60 competition and non-competition venues during the Games. The Integration Test Lab is the first of five key facilities that will provide critical IT support for the Games: the Technology Operations Center (TOC) that will serve as the nerve command center; the PC Factory that will prepare equipment before installation at venues; and separate Primary and Back-up Data Centers that will host the servers and other infrastructures.

At the inauguration co-hosted by BOCOG Technology and Atos Origin, senior officials from other BOCOG departments, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as representatives from TOP and local technology partners and sponsors, including Kodak, Lenovo, Omega, Panasonic, Samsung, CNC, China Mobile and Sohu, witnessed the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony officiated by Wang Wei, Executive Vice Chairman of BOCOG, together with Patrick Adiba, Executive Vice President, Olympics and Major Events, Atos Origin. All guests were then treated to a guided tour of the lab facilities.

“The inauguration of the Integration Test Lab is a testimony to the efficient and on-time delivery of the critical IT systems for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. It is also a strong indicator of the highly effective cooperation between BOCOG, Atos Origin and the technology partners,” said Yang Yichun, Director of BOCOG Technology Department. “Atos Origin has rich experience and strong expertise in building IT systems for Olympic Games, and deep understanding of BOCOG’s stringent requirements for IT systems for the 2008 Olympic Games. We commend the great efforts made by Atos Origin.”

“We are extremely honored to jointly launch the Integration Lab with BOCOG,” said Patrick Adiba, Executive Vice President, Olympics and Major Events. “Our team has over 20 years experience and expertise in building IT systems for world-class and large-scale sports games. Through continuous collaboration with BOCOG, we are committed to applying our skills to provide the best IT solutions for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.”

The Atos Origin contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the largest sports-related IT contract, covering six Olympiads: Salt Lake City in 2002, operated as SchlumbergerSema; Athens in 2004; Torino in 2006; Beijing in 2008; Vancouver in 2010; and London in 2012. Atos Origin has primary responsibility for Information Technology, which is related to consulting, systems integration, operations management, information security and software applications development for the Olympic Games.

About BOCOG

The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) was established on December 13th, 2001, five months after Beijing won the right to host the 2008 Games. BOCOG currently consists of 22 departments looking after everything from venue planning to environmental management. BOCOG will gradually expand its departments and staff in line with the demands of the Olympic preparations. By the year 2008, there will be more than 30 departments and 4,000 staff under the BOCOG umbrella. For more information, please visit BOCOG’s web site at http://www.beijing2008.cn/

About Atos Origin

Atos Origin is an international information technology (IT) services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5,5 billion and it employs over 47,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games.

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