Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt weren't the only ones setting big records during the 2008 Beijing Games. Behind the scenes, this year's Olympics surpassed previous years in the technology department as well.
Atos Origin, the brains behind all the high tech happenings during the Olympics, said it delivered systems and software this year like no other.
"IT is changing the way that the Olympic Games are viewed," explained CEO and Chairman, Philippe Germond. "[We] are playing a mission-centered role in ensuring that richer, more detailed and colorful content is available immediately to audiences around the world in the way that they want to receive it."
One of the company's most noticeable improvements in Beijing was real-time competition reports and medal counts.
Compared to Athens, news agencies were able to get 80 percent more competition data this year, allowing twice as many stories to be published than in 2004. On average, the Olympic News Service released 500 articles a day, most of which were translated into other languages. NBC provided more than 2,900 hours of live coverage.
"Through the IT infrastructure that Atos Origin has designed, built and operated during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the competition results have been viewed and read by more people and on more channels - web, mobile phone and TV - than ever before," said Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee.
Security also reached it's pinnacle in Beijing, with less than 100 potential IT risks to the Games, all of which were resolved.
Now that the Olympics are over, Germond says Atos Origin is planning for the next job, just 13 days away.
"Our teams are already focused on next month's Paralympic Games in Beijing, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Games and the London 2012 Olympic Games," he said.
Sources: Atos Origin, The News Market