The 2018 European Championships organisation has appointed Atos as the first official supporter of the event, to which it will supply Timing, Scoring and Results technology, as well as television graphics services. The firm brings more than 20 years of experience supporting top sporting events with similar services to the event.
The 2018 European Championships is a newly created European sporting event, brings together the bodies of athletics, aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon, to hold their respective European championships at a single event. The inaugural event will take place in August of 2018 in Berlin and Glasgow, with the individual events split between the two locations. The combined event is expected to see higher television viewer numbers, among other benefits.
Commenting on Glasgow hosting the inaugural event, Councillor Archie Graham OBE*, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, says, “Glasgow’s sporting reputation has never been higher thanks to our international sporting events programme. The European Championships will see us embark on the next stage of this proud sporting journey in partnership with Europe’s leading sports.".
The organisers of the Glasgow arm of the event recently announced that Atos has been commissioned to support the digital side of execution. The digital transformation firm will leverage a number of technologies – the firm has provided IT solutions to top level sporting events over a 20-year period, to provide the 2018 European Championships with Timing, Scoring, Results and TV graphics service for Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics and Triathlon. In addition, the IT consulting firm will be providing a TV graphics highlights package with which to wow the audience of over one billion across Europe.
Marta Sanfeliu Ribot, Chief Operating Officer of Major Events at Atos says, “We have delivered innovative IT solutions for the Olympic and Paralympic Games for more than 20 years and once again the digital transformation involved in bringing events like Glasgow 2018 to an increasingly sophisticated worldwide audience is a challenge we relish. Glasgow has an internationally acclaimed reputation for hosting major sporting events and this is another key opportunity to showcase the city, the athletes and the support sponsors involved.”
Graham adds that he looks forward to the cooperation with the French-origin consultancy: "Atos is a world leader when it comes to providing digital services for major sporting events and has shown time and time again that they can deliver on the global stage. Their proven experience will put Glasgow 2018 in the best possible position to deliver a truly world-class event for athletes and spectators alike.”
* OBE = Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.