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BARCELONA '92 OLYMPIC INFORMATION SYSTEM BASED ON IBM'S OS/2

 BARCELONA '92 OLYMPIC INFORMATION SYSTEM BASED ON IBM'S OS/2
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- At an international event on as grand a scale as the summer Olympics, timely information retrieval is a vital service for athletes, broadcasters, reporters, spectators and family members. At the heart of the Barcelona, Spain, 1992 Olympic Information System is IBM's OS/2(A) operating system, the company announced today.
 The Results Information System, The Commentator System, The Olympic Family Information and Communication System, and The Operations Management Information System will be based on two IBM 9021 mainframe host computers and more than 4,400 PS/2(A) workstations running OS/2. More than 15,000 athletes, 11,000 media representatives, 40,000 "Olympic Family" members and 30,000 volunteers will be depending on the Olympic Information System to support their needs.
 "An information system of this size presents very unique challenges, including the support of 96,000 end users with a wide range of computer literacy," said Fernand Sarrat, IBM's assistant general manager, Personal Systems market development. "OS/2 is designed to tackle these challenges and manage additional user requirements, such as local processing, multitasking, and seamless connectivity among the four primary systems."
 OS/2 integrates into a unique environment the tools necessary to develop the complex applications that run the Olympic Information System.
 Olympic Competition Results
 The Results Information System, with 400 networked PS/2s, is installed at each sports venue. It allows the manual or automatic input of competition results and provides those results in varying formats, such as a direct computer link to press agencies or a TV data feed to broadcasters.
 The Olympic Information and Communication System, based on 2,000 networked PS/2s, provides journalists, judges, athletes and volunteers access to general information such as event results, schedules, medal standings, press releases and weather reports. It also provides an electronic mail (E-Mail) service for Olympic family members and the press.
 The Commentator System, based on 1,100 networked PS/2s, allows broadcast commentators to access event information or a biography of athletes via a color touch screen. This, according to event organizers, is a vast speed and range improvement over previous Olympics where commentators could only access a few channels of information at a time.
 The Operations Management Information System, based on an AS/400(A) mid-range computer with 350 networked PS/2s, is used by Olympic employees for managing accommodations, ticketing, transportation and medical services.
 Innovations of the Olympic Information System include:
 -- Instant availability of data and results from all sites;
 -- Immediate transmission of non-official results; and
 -- Automatic identification of the language in which the user needs to receive information.
 The XXV Olympic games begin on July 25 and continue through Aug. 9.
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