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Atos Origin and Lenovo Join Forces for First Time for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games

   

TORINO, Italy, January 11, 2006 - With the opening ceremonies of the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games less than 30 days away (February 10-26, 2006), Atos Origin and Lenovo today announced that the two companies have combined strengths to deliver information technology for the Torino Games. Under Torino Organizing Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games (TOROC) Technology Department supervision, they have successfully collaborated to meet every technical deadline and milestone required to support the IT infrastructure critical to managing the Games and communicating competition results.

"We are working together with Lenovo in Torino on the Olympic Games project," said Bernard Bourigeaud, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Atos Origin. "As the lead systems integrator, we are extremely pleased with the products provided by Lenovo so far and the success of our collaboration in Torino and look forward to continuing together to work successfully in Beijing as well."

"As worldwide Olympic sponsors, our companies want to demonstrate high quality, innovation and reliability of our technologies and expertise," said Yuanqing Yang, chairman of the board of Lenovo. "Atos Origin and Lenovo have prepared extensively for the Olympic Winter Games and have successfully passed numerous test events throughout 2005. Atos Origin’s global reach and deep Olympic Games system integration expertise have made them an ideal partner for Lenovo as computing equipment provider and the Olympic movement."

As the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games, Atos Origin is responsible for the integration of all technology partners to provide and secure the vast IT system that relays results, events and athlete information to spectators and media around the world, in real-time. For the Torino Games, Atos Origin is integrating a consortium of key technology partners.

As Worldwide Computing Equipment Partner for the Olympic Games, Lenovo is providing the majority of the computing equipment for the Torino Games, which includes 5,000-plus Lenovo-branded PCs, 350 servers and 600 notebooks. Each Lenovo computer used for the Games is received, stored, configured, and validated in Torino, before being dispatched to one of 28 different competition and non-competition Olympic venues. In addition to Lenovo's work with Atos Origin, Lenovo is creating seven Internet lounges for athletes, trainers, coaches, media and other members of the Olympic Family in Torino and the mountain villages of Sestriere and Bardonecchia, where Lenovo presents Thinkpad notebooks and desktop PCs.

Atos Origin: Design, Build, Operate Atos Origin’s contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the largest sports related IT contract, covering six Olympic Games over 10 years: Salt Lake City in 2002 (operated as SchlumbergerSema), Athens in 2004, Torino in 2006, Beijing in 2008, Vancouver in 2010 and London in 2012.

Atos Origin has primary responsibility for Information Technology, which is related to consulting, systems integration, operations management, information security and software applications development for the Olympic Games. Atos Origin’s "design, build and operate" approach to integrating people, processes, products and technologies is fundamental to managing the complexity of the Games and transferring knowledge, process and people to the next.

In addition to its role as Main Integrator for Information Technology, Atos Origin provides two main IT systems to run the Games:

GAMES MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (GMS), a suite of applications for the Olympic Games, that provides accreditation, transportation and accommodation schedules, medical encounter reports, sports qualifications and protocol information. The recently deployed Accommodation System (ACM) in Beijing is the first module of the GMS .

INFORMATION DIFFUSION SYSTEMS (IDS) which relays results and athlete information to on-site athletes and media representatives and Olympic family members, as well as to millions of TV and internet viewers around the world.

Lenovo: innovative and reliable computing equipment solution As Worldwide Computing Equipment Partner for the Olympic Games, Lenovo provides computer equipment for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and for more than 200 National Olympic Committees worldwide. Lenovo is also providing desktop and notebook computers, servers, technical support, funding and expertise to contribute to the success of the Olympic Games.

Computer hardware from Lenovo is a critical component of the Olympic Games operation and management systems, and is used by officials, media, staff and volunteers before and during Olympic competition. Lenovo computing equipment solutions for Torino 2006 represents new examples of the performance and technical caliber that Lenovo consistently delivers in rigorous and competitive environments. Lenovo values are in line with the Olympic values – integrity, excellence, global friendship and goodwill.

About Atos Origin Atos Origin is an international information technology (IT) services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games. For more information, please visit the company's web site at www.atosorigin.com .

About Lenovo Lenovo creates the most innovative products and services in the personal computing industry. A global technology leader for 22 years, Lenovo offers a worldwide product line that includes ThinkPad notebooks, ThinkCentre desktops, and award-winning "air-bag" and fingerprint-reader technologies. Lenovo also commands 30 percent of the PC marketplace in China, the fastest-growing market worldwide, offering a variety of consumer and commercial PCs. Lenovo engineers, programmers and scientists from five laboratories in China, Japan and the United States focus on research and development that solves customer problems and improves productivity. For more information about Lenovo, visit www.lenovo.com .

Press Contact: Bob Page , Lenovo919 991 3467 rpage@us.lenovo.com