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Atos Origin and Beijing Olympics 2008: Making everything work!

Conducted over three days towards the end of April, more than 100 predefined operational scenarios were carried out, covering IT systems, communications, IT security and press operations, according to Atos Origin. As the Games IT integrator, the company is responsible for designing, building and operating the whole IT infrastructure.

More than 600 people, including technology professionals from BOCOG, Atos Origin, other Technology Partners, and stakeholders such as Beijing Olympic Broadcasting (BOB) and the official website of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, participated in the rehearsal operated in real Games time conditions.

The technical rehearsal, known as Technical Rehearsal 1 (TR1), tested areas such as knowledge of operational procedures, communication between support teams and interaction with key customers and stakeholders. Any areas for improvement identified in TR1 will be incorporated into a second and final technical rehearsal in June.

According to Atos Origin, who also ran the IT infrastructure for the previous Olympic Games at Athens in 2004 and Torino in 2006, the number of 600 participants for TR1 for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games nearly equals the number of participants in the second and final technical rehearsal phase (TR2) of the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Furthermore, all participants for TR1 played their roles in a manner as if it were actual Games' time, a feat usually achieved only in TR2.

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clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
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