26 Nov 2015
The IOC, Worldwide TOP Partner Atos and the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 have officially opened the Technology Operations Centre for the 2016 Games. The official opening came during the 12th Project Review of the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is an important milestone in the preparations for the Olympic Games next summer.
Jean-Benoît Gauthier, Information and Technology Director at the IOC, said: “We have been impressed with the Organising Committee’s information technology preparations. These Games will represent significant progress in the IT systems used at the Games, and we are working together with our Worldwide Partner, Atos, to improve the experience of the athletes, media and spectators, not only in Rio de Janeiro but also at future Olympic Games too.”
The Technology Operations Centre (TOC) is the Control and Command Centre for technology that supervises all 144 Olympic competition and non-competition venues. During Games time, this 800m2 facility will monitor and control the IT systems that support the running of the Games and deliver the results from all the Olympic and Paralympic sports competitions to the world’s media in real time.
Elly Resende, Rio2016 Technology Director, said: “The TOC is crucial to the running of the Games, and we are delighted with how it has already supported us during the test events. It is the IT equivalent to the main stadium, from where the IT team will have the best seats to watch all the IT action during the Games to ensure the results are delivered accurately, securely and in real time to the world.”
Patrick Adiba, Group Chief Commercial Officer, CEO of Major Events at Atos said: “Rio 2016 is a breakthrough moment in how we deliver IT for the Olympic Games. It provides a compelling example of how organisations that embrace full digital models can realise tangible benefits in terms of customer experience, business transformation, operational excellence and security.”
Information technology plays an essential role behind the scenes in making the Games a success. Delivering the technology for any edition of the Olympic Games is a team effort between the IOC, the Organising Committee, and the Olympic technology partners. Rio 2016 will be no different with Atos is working closely with to integrate the other Technology Partners, including Worldwide TOP Partners:
• Omega – Timepieces, Timing, Scoring, and On-Venue Results
• Panasonic –Audio-Visual Equipment
• Samsung –Wireless Communications
• as well as important local partners