SAS is analytics partner for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi
SAS will provide analytics platform and volunteer data science team to support event
The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has appointed SAS as the official analytics supplier of the event.
Analytic specialist SAS will provide an advanced analytics platform and expertise to the games, which take place in March, to utilise data analytics for a wide range of uses, both pre, post and during the event.
The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi has signed an MoU with SAS for the partnership. Large volumes of data will be generated from multiple sources throughout the Games, and the analytics platform will enable data analysis for operational uses and also for other purposes such as medical and behavioural insights.
SAS will provide its Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and data management platform to analyze traditional and non-traditional data sources like athlete and spectator geospatial data, health data, spectator and volunteer data. It will also support a globally-sourced team of volunteer data scientists and data enthusiasts who will provide data analysis during the event.
The MoU was signed signed by Peter Wheeler, CEO, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 and Alaa Yousef, Managing Director, SAS Middle East, at SAS's Middle East office in Dubai.
Peter Wheeler, CEO said: "The World Games in Abu Dhabi will mark the start of the next 50 years of Special Olympics, and so we want to ensure that these Games are innovative and technologically advanced. Leveraging the latest data-gathering methods to monitor our athletes and other constituents enables us not only to deliver excellence at the World Games, but also creates a legacy of valuable data that will help to redefine the future of the Special Olympics movement. We are grateful to SAS for partnering with us in this effort."
"Inclusion is about offering the same opportunities to everyone, and providing encouragement and services to accommodate people's differences. At SAS we are passionate about this cause. While some people look at data and see numbers, we see numbers and see faces and an opportunity to drive change. This partnership with Special Olympics Local Organizing Committee Abu Dhabi also reflects our commitment to support such path breaking initiatives encouraged by the visionary leadership of the UAE Government," added Alaa Yousef of SAS Middle East.