Atos has been appointed as digital media and central results services provider to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, the new multi-sport event launching in August.
Already an official timing, scoring and results provider, the company said it will also help to deliver a robust digital presence for the event. Atos will be working with Edinburgh-based agency Signal to design and develop the Glasgow 2018 and European Championships websites.
It will also be responsible for processing and distributing live results for all seven sports across Glasgow and the other venue city, Berlin, and delivering live schedule and results pages to help sports fans and attendees access up-to-date information.
A mobile app will also be created which will give fans access to medal tables, news and live schedules and results. Atos and Signal worked together previously, on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
To be staged every four years, the European Championships will combine the existing European Championships of aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon, along with a new golf team championships, and athletics staged in Berlin.
“There are now less than 200 days to go until the biggest sporting event since the Commonwealth Games comes to Glasgow, and Scotland. The first ever European Championships will be a new highlight in the global events calendar,” said Glasgow director Colin Hartley.
“Atos has an established track record in delivering digital services to large scale multi-sport events. The integrated online platforms they produce will allow people to keep up to date with the latest action and engage with the championships, ensuring we deliver a must attend, must watch event.”
Gavin Thomson, senior vice-president for big data and security UK&I, Scotland, Ireland and Wales at Atos, said: “We are delighted to play a leading role in delivering the 2018 European Championships, having successfully provided leading edge IT solutions for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and the Olympic and Paralympic Games for over 20 years.
“We warmly welcome the opportunity to be part of this new global sporting event and the digital transformation challenge of bringing the championships to a multi-platform, digital-first worldwide audience. Our bespoke real-time service will enable fans to keep up to date with scores and results from anywhere in the world.”
As part of the inaugural event around 3,000 athletes will visit Scotland for six events – aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon – while a further 1,500 athletes will compete in Berlin as part of the European Athletics Championships. Up to 250,000 spectators are expected at venues across Glasgow and Scotland, with a potential TV audience of up to 1.03 billion.
Picture: Triathlete Cameron Main with mascot Bonnie the Seal, at Strathclyde Country Park.