Several Rhône-Alpes businesses—including a few from Grenoble-Isère—provided essential services for this year’s Sochi Olympics. Meylan (Grenoble) Engineering firm Dianeige got in on the project back in 2003, providing 20–25 year master development plan for Krasnaya Polyana, a picturesque valley in the Caucasus Mountains. Ski-lift manufacturer Poma has been involved with Sochi since 2007, completing a five-year, €100 million project to build sixteen lifts. Atos provided accreditation, qualification, and registration services for the 200,000 people on-site in Sochi; the IT company also provided a particularly high-profile service: timing the events and broadcasting the information in real time. For the first time ever, Atos implemented complete virtualization of its Technology Operation Center’s servers, slashing the number of servers required by an impressive 40%. Lighting balloon maker Airstar supplied the giant custom clouds and moon seen at the closing ceremony. A host of other companies from the region—Géode, Abest, Compagnie des Alpes, MyNeige—also provided services for the Games. Meet them all at the 40th anniversary edition of Mountain Planet, the world’s largest mountain development trade show, on April 23–25 at Grenoble’s Alpexpo.
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