Commonwealth Games powered by Cisco network tech

Tuesday, 18 July, 2017

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Network infrastructure for the XXI Commonwealth Games will be supplied by Cisco Australia.

The company will enable the connectivity from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Technology Operation Centre to 18 competition venues, 18 media centres and 24 volunteer venues.

Cisco is providing network infrastructure with scalable capability to enable high-speed transmission of critical data across a highly secure digital platform.

GC2018 will be the biggest multisport event in Australia this decade, and the first ever to be held outside of a capital city. The Cisco network is predicted to connect 25,000 devices, providing operational Wi-Fi for 6600 athletes and officials as well as 3500 media, enabling the sharing of video, data and information to run dedicated applications.

Offering highly secure network hardware solutions behind the scenes, Cisco will provide foundational technology elements such as firewalls, routers, switches and wireless access points that will enable the media to broadcast the action around the world.

“The work we do behind the scenes means the athletes can take the centre stage,” said Ken Boal, vice president of Cisco Australia and New Zealand.

“Cisco will be working with GOLDOC and its other technology providers to deploy a scalable technology platform, delivering the bandwidth and connectivity required for the world to share the experience in the moment as the action happens.”

GOLDOC needs a highly secure network that grows as its workforce grows. From 50 staff in 2014, the organisation is set to expand to 1500 employees when the Opening Ceremony begins on 4 April 2018.

Cisco will continue working to upscale GOLDOC from a start-up operation to a global enterprise, ready for the Opening Ceremony.

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