Information technology services company Atos SE has signed a contract extension with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) up to 2016 to continue to be its Worldwide Paralympic IT Partner.
France-headquartered Atos said it will continue to deliver its IT services in the forthcoming Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The company's technology expertise will also be extended to more than 20 other major para-sport events that include July's IPC Athletics World Championships, August's IPC Swimming World Championships and October's IPC European Shooting Championships.
Under the agreement, Atos will make IT products and services available to the IPC for the different sport events. The services include systems to process accreditations for all those involved in the events, timing and scoring services; the SMART player; and the systems and services to distribute the results to the world's media in less than a second.
The SMART player application, which Atos developed for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, aims to provide more people with greater access to future Paralympic Games.
While enabling viewers to watch live swimming and wheelchair basketball on www.paralympic.org, the application helps the audience view real-time results tickers, statistics, biographies, news and social media in one integrated and synchronised window. Another application feature is the simplification of the user's interests and gives specific and relevant results per sport.
Atos will also continue to manage and run the IPC website www.paralympic.org. Developed by Atos and launched in February 2012, the website has seen 489-percent increase in site visits in 2012 from 2011.
"There is no doubt that the expertise and experience of Atos Business technologists has had a positive impact on the development of the paralympic movement," said Xaview Gonzalez, CEO, IPC.
Gonzalez added that the company has helped the IPC to grow and offer better services to its members, National Paralympic Committees, athletes and competition organisers.
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