Unisys scores Rugby World Cup 2003 deal

Unisys will provide systems integration services, infrastructure management, outsourcing and enterprise server technology for the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2003.

According to the company - the official supplier of IT services to the Rugby World Cup 2003 - billions of viewers around the world will be relying on Unisys technology and services to keep track of the 48 games over 44 days in 11 venues around Australia during event.

Unisys Asia-Pacific VP and general manager, Andrew Barkla, said, "For seven weeks, the Rugby World Cup (RWC) will be one of the largest technology clients in Australia."

He said the Unisys "contribution to the success of the Rugby World Cup will be highly visible, with the clear business objectives and accountability that all organisations now demand from their technology partners".

The company said it will build and manage the equipment and services to collect game results and statistics, supply real-time information to international broadcasters and media and distribute tournament data through terminals at media centres across 11 venues around Australia, "showcasing Unisys ES/7000 technology, and systems integration and managed services expertise".

The 140-strong Unisys RWC team has begun development and installation of the tailored programs and specialised networking infrastructure. These underwent stringent testing at the rugby Test matches in June when Australia took on Wales and then England.

The Rugby World Cup 2003 information system will be hosted from a Unisys data centre, and the security of networks and data is being maintained to ensure the smooth, mission-critical operation of the championship.

Rugby World Cup Limited's managing director, Mike Miller, said Unisys has been on board with RWC since 1991.

The Rugby World Cup 2003 kicks off on October 10 2003, with the world's 20 best rugby nations competing.

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