Sochi embraces technology

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Members of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee took part in the annual Russian International Computer Forum Day in late May 2011, where they discussed the innovative technologies which will be used while organising and staging the first winter Games in Russian history.

Meeting in Sochi, participants of the Russian ICF Day were given the opportunity to learn about the evolution of Olympic project management systems, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee's Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP), identification and access systems for the Olympic venues and the 3D technologies which will be used during the Games. One of the key areas of interest for conference participants was the interactive 3D model which helps to plan the work of staff at Olympic venues, as well as a presentation of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee's Unified Identification System (UIS). Innovative technologies such as this will guarantee a new level of technological services for those involved in Olympic Projects. For example, guests at the Olympic and Paralympic Games will now be able to link their mobile phones or handheld devices to the UIS which will then act as an all–encompassing device for security access, tickets, navigation capabilities, payment systems and a high–band channel for getting Games information. Partners of the Olympic Movement also presented their new initiatives in creating the technological infrastructure for the organisation and staging of the Games. Worldwide IOC partners – ATOS Origin, Omega and Panasonic – talked about the use of technology in operational management during the Games, the key Games Management Systems and Information Diffusion Systems. For their part, Partners of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee – Rostelecom and Megafon – talked about the creation of a telecommunications infrastructure in the Sochi region to meet the needs of technology and television broadcasting, as well as organising wireless communications services for guests and participants during the Games. Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, highlighted that: " The organisers of the International Computer Club conference opened our country's doors to the civilised computer world as far back as 1988. In the same way, the Sochi 2014 Project is opening the doors to the future for Russia, speeding up the country's development and helping to dispel any previous stereotypes that people may have had about our country. In many ways this conference is directly linked to the strategic path that we chose at the initial stages of the Games –which was to host an innovative Olympic and Paralympic Games which reflect the character of the new Russia and bring sustainable and positive changes to all. "

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