Rio 2016 tech testing lab goes live

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

IT services provider Atos has opened a center in Rio de Janeiro to test the systems that will be responsible for the transmission and back-office networks for the 2016 Olympics.

France-based Atos is one of the 10 technology partners of Rio 2016. The company will essentially operate as systems integrator, connecting all the dots of the IT and technology infrastructure created for the event.

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Those dots include critical games applications, applications and systems management, operations management, IT security and cloud services, as well as the IT infrastructure in the venues, committees and data centers.

Atos will also provide key systems for the games, such as the volunteer portal, sports entries and qualification (athletes data), the accreditation system and the workforce management system.

Other olympic partners are Claro Brasil (mobile telecommunications), Embratel (fixed telecommunications), Omega (timing and scoring systems), Panasonic (audio and video equipment) Samsung (wireless devices), Cisco (network, wireless equipment and hardware supplies), EMC (storage) Symantec (security software) and Microsoft (systems software).

The amount of money involved in the set up of the international testing lab (ITL) has not been disclosed, nor has the value of the contract for the provision of IT services between Atos and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The contract, renewed in 2002, is now valid until 2024.

The Atos-IOC partnership began in 1992 in Barcelona, where Atos still maintains its main center dedicated to sports and from where some of the cloud services for Rio 2016 will be provided.

Other cloud services in Rio 2016 will be provided from two Embratel data centers in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with EMC servers.

The Olympic Games in Rio will represent a turning point in terms of migration of systems to the cloud. According to Patrick Adiba, Atos VP for Olympics and major events, this will be the last time that the ITL will be established in the host city. By the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, all IT operations will have been moved the cloud and will be provided from Spain.

At the ITL installed at the headquarters of the Rio 2016 organizing committee, Atos maintains individual cells to test the critical applications according to the specific systems, displays and rules of each of the sports. The company promises to run over 200,000 hours of tests.