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Unisys technology drives Australian PGA Golf Tour



Millions of golf fans around the world are relying on Unisys technology to keep up to date with the scores at the 2004 Australasia PGA Golf Tour throughout January and February this year.
For the sixth consecutive tour, Unisys is the official information technology and solutions partner, providing IT systems integration, infrastructure management and Web hosting services to deliver live Web scoring and television graphics.
The Unisys role in the 2004 Australasia PGA Golf Tour and this week's ANZ Championship being held at Horizons Golf Resort at Port Stephens follows closely on its success last year as official supplier of IT services at the Rugby World Cup - the biggest sporting event in the world for 2003. During this event, Unisys delivered 0.5 billion hits, and transferred 4.8 terabytes of information, through the official Rugby World Cup Web site.
The Unisys golf scoring system generates data on player scores and statistics, for use on the course, by broadcast commentary teams and fans using the official Web site at www.pgatour.com.au. Players can also collect their own statistics to identify weaknesses and strengths in their game. Scores are captured at the holes by a team of volunteers who radio them to the central Unisys data team on the course. Scores and statistics, posted to the scoring system in real-time, are available almost instantly. Over 30,000 statistics have already been collected ranging from the number of birdies, bogies and eagles to the number of players, penalties and holes in one.
Unisys also captures weather information with its unique Windstick, which records wind speed and direction. Unisys is using two Windsticks at each tournament this tour, feeding live information to broadcasters, allowing viewers to see how the wind is affecting the flight of the ball.
The Australasia PGA Golf Tour network uses around 58 personal computers and two event servers located at the Unisys data centre in Sydney. There is a team of around 50 volunteers collecting and recording the scores and entering them into the Unisys golf scoring software, ensuring viewers around the globe have up-to-date information.
"Unisys' ability to present thousands of statistics during play at the Australasian PGA Golf Tour is testament to our expertise in dealing with the issues of managing large complex technology-based assets. Unisys has applied its expertise in recording multiple transactions in real-time for clients in the government, transport, telecommunications and financial services sectors," said Andrew Barkla, Unisys Vice President, Asia Pacific.
Unisys IT solutions have been applied to the US and British Open Championships and on the European Tour since 1980, and to the Australasia PGA Tour since 1999.
About Unisys
Unisys is a worldwide information technology services and solutions company. Our people combine expertise in systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure, server technology and consulting with precision thinking and relentless execution to help clients, in more than 100 countries, quickly and efficiently achieve competitive advantage. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.