Official 1999 Australian Open Web Site Serves Up New Inter@ctive Features for Sports Fans

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MELBOURNE, Victoria - 18 Jan 1999: -- Whether they're seeking the latest scores, searching for a tournament souvenir, news or views, tennis fans can hit the 'Net at for the most comprehensive 1999 Australian Open information on the Web.

This year, the new and enhanced features include: electronic FanCards; an enhanced Java Scoreboard; daily Tennis Australia 'Net visitor polls; live streaming audio broadcasts and a user-controlled "SlamCam" Web camera.

For the fourth consecutive year, Tennis Australia and IBM are collaborating to produce the official Australian Open Web site. It is expected to be more popular than last year's site which recorded around 36.2 million hits during the 1998 Australian Open tournament. highlights for 1999 include:

"The Australian Open Web site has quickly evolved into the interactive realm where fans can not only see real-time results and statistics but also choose what they want to see, when they want to see it and purchase merchandise," said Tom Burke, sports marketing manager at IBM. "Our partnership with Tennis Australia is a perfect example of how IBM's e-business solutions are helping a client service the needs of key customers -- in their case, tennis enthusiasts worldwide."

IBM, as official Information Technology and Internet supplier of the 1999 Australian Open, provides the equipment and services for results and statistics collection; supplies information and graphics to television broadcasters and media; and distributes tournament data through information terminals located around Melbourne Park and throughout the Melbourne CBD. As an extension of this information processing system, IBM has installed the programming interface, equipment and networking infrastructure which allows this and other information to be transferred to the official 1999 Australian Open Web server, thus making it accessible to the world through the Internet.

The official 1999 Australian Open Web site was designed, hosted and powered by IBM for Tennis Australia. was designed and developed by IBM's interactive media centres in Sydney and Atlanta, in conjunction with Tennis Australia's communication and marketing departments. The site runs on IBM RS/6000 SPs using Lotus Notes client and Lotus Domino server software, the same winning combination that powered the official Web site of the 1998 Olympic Winter Games to world records for a sporting event on the Internet.

Products and Services involved in IBM's Australian Open solution: ThinkPads, IBM PC 300s, IntelliStations, Aptivas, RS/6000 SPs and RS/6000 workstations using IBM's AIX operating system, IBM printers, Lotus Notes, Lotus Domino, DB2, Net.Commerce, eNetwork Dispatcher, Tivoli, Network Services from IBM Global Services, IBM Interactive Media, IBM SurfAid Analytics, LAN Network Manager, Distributed File System (DFS), ADSTAR Distributed Storage Manager (ADSM) and RAMAC Array storage units.

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** IBM, ThinkPad, PC 300, IntelliStation, Aptiva, RS/6000 SP, AIX, DB2, Net.Commerce, eNetwork Dispatcher, ADSTAR and RAMAC are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.

** Tivoli is a trademark or a registered trademark of Tivoli Systems Inc..

** Lotus, Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino are registered trademarks of Lotus Development Corporation.

** Java is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.

** The SlamCam feature of the official Australian Open Web site used Interactive Telepresence software, developed by Perceptual Robotics, Inc.

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