ATHENS 2004 Secures Direct Access To Olympic Games INFO2004 System Via Mobile Phones
Yesterday, ATHENS 2004 announced that the 2004 Olympic Games will be the first Games ever to offer access via mobile phones to the Internet and to the information system of the Games.
ATHENS 2004 is the first Organising Committee to apply high technology for using wireless data communication services.
Using COSMOTE network and the GPRS connection facility, Olympic mobile telephone users will be able to access all data available on the INFO2004 information system or receive special messages addressed to all users or to particular user groups.
For instance, through INFO2004, Olympic Family members can receive in real time information on Games results, records and medals, together with news of any developments of their interest. Using their mobile phones, users will also have access to Games competition schedules, data and photos of the Venues, athletes CV's, even summaries of the rules of each sport, all of them enhancing the users' enjoyment of the events that they will be watching.
Via their mobile phones, members of the Olympic Family for whom access to the information networks will have been secured (VIPs, workforce, representatives of National Delegations and Media representatives), will be able to receive SMS messages with announcements or urgent notifications, immediately and securely.
It is estimated that approximately 12,500 people (1,000 VIPs, 4,000 customers and 7,500 workforce) will be able to access this information system.
The ATHENS 2004 Technology Division in collaboration with COSMOTE and Samsung - Grand National Sponsor and Worldwide Olympic Partner, respectively - are exploiting ultra-modern wireless communications technologies, in conjunction with the potential offered by the Games management system, which can be easily adapted to solutions based on wireless communications technologies, put into action after it has been ensured that mobile telephony services can be used to provide secure wireless transmission and handling of data.
This collaboration aims to provide state-of-the-art mobile telephony services coupled with value added wireless Internet services.
To enable provision of these services ATHENS 2004 has developed a comprehensive platform of solutions, contents and services. On its part, Samsung is developing a special portal service for the 2004 Olympic Games - the WOW WAP Portal Service.
Essentially, all data contained in the INFO2004 system, i.e. the Games management and information system, concerning everything that happens at the Venues, will be directly accessible in their entirety via WOW (Wireless Olympic Works). Access to WOW will be via standard Samsung mobile phones.
To make the most out of this service, the new Samsung mobile telephones (MITS - Mobile Intelligent Terminal) will be used, which in essence combine the functionalities of a standard mobile phone with those of a standard palmtop.
It should be noted that WOW offers users with the possibility to preset, at any given time, the information categories which they wish to access.
These phones also offer a functionality allowing direct connection to the user's computer via a USB port, to ensure that the user's agenda, phone book, e-mail messages etc. on the two devices are fully synchronised.
Apart from INFO2004 pages, these devices and the WOW platform allow searching for other web pages on the Internet, in a way similar to that offered by a notebook or laptop.
In summary, the aim of the entire effort is:
• To provide users with reliable, direct services
• To use state-of-the-art technology
• To assist in ensuring smooth Games operations