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Atos hits Rio 2016 Olympics IT milestone

The IT underpinning the 2016 Olympics in Rio enters a critical phase as one of its essential event management systems starts to work

The Rio 2016 Olympics IT infrastructures is up and running as the critical system that registers staff, media, athletes and other officials processes its first accreditations.

The Atos developed accreditation system is one of its critical games management systems for the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. It will accredit a total of 300,000 people over the next three months.  

The system identifies accredited participants, manages registrations, assigns access privileges and provides access control information.

It provides similar levels of security as systems used to process applications for passports and visas. The accreditation provided through the system can even be used as a visa waiver for foreigners entering Brazil.

Michèle Hyron, chief integrator at Atos for the Rio 2016 Games, said: “By working with the Rio 2016 organising committee and Brazil’s Ministry of Home Affairs, we deliver the online system that enables the entire secure accreditation process – from identifying accredited participants, to managing registration and assigning access privileges and by providing access control information.”

“The accreditation system is integrated with the Brazilian security systems to ensure the safety of the games. All accredited foreign nationals can use their accreditation as a visa waiver to enter Brazil,” said Francess Lusack, accreditation general manager of Rio 2016.

Other games management systems provided by Atos are: Sports entries and qualification system, which collects and processes data on each of the athletes eligible to compete in the games; the volunteer portal, which co-ordinates volunteer applications; workforce management system, which supports the human resources (HR) department with all functions needed for managing, interviewing and training staff and volunteers; and medical encounters, that provides statistics about medical incidents during the games.

IT preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games started in 2012 when the systems and infrastructure design began. In 2013 the focus was on building the systems and testing facilities ready for integration and acceptance. Testing began in 2014.

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