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As the OfficialInformation and Communications Technology Provider and Official Video Conferencing and Collaboration Provider for TORONTO 2015, Cisco was Canada’s most valuable player.

Assembling the team

With 57 game venues, ensuring seamless connection is a feat in itself. That’s why Cisco had support from TO2015 technology sponsors ATOS, Allstream, Beanfield Metroconnect and Scalar Decisions. With Cisco’s own technology partners AmpThink and Lancope playing the wings, Cisco was able to build an end-to-end network infrastructure that encompassed wireless, network security, cloud services, video, telepresence and more.

“Cisco was a world-class partner and together we took an integrated approach, along with our other technology partners to work as one team,” said Jeff Seifert, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco Canada. “Through Cisco’s innovative technology, team experience and dedication to the Games, we were able to deliver the most digital Pan Am Games in history.”

That’s what we call teamwork.

The digital experience

Cisco’s role began long before the Games themselves. In anticipation for the July 10 opening ceremonies, Cisco built the first ever Internet of Everything enables Countdown Clock. As the days ticked by, a total of 66,129 pictures were taken on Cisco Interactive Experience Kiosks and the Cisco Countdown Clock.

When the big day finally came, athletes, dignitaries and fans were greeted with virtual volunteers. Powered by Cisco TelePresence, the volunteers used live, two-way HD video to give local and international visitors a warm welcome.

From there, it only got better. To provide live updates and connection between the venues scattered across the GTA, Cisco used Ethernet and dark fibre cables. To give some Torontonian perspective, these cables measured longer than 232 CN Towers.

The cables certainly didn’t go to waste. On average, 29,000 wireless devices connected to Cisco networks each of the 16 days. That means by the event’s end on July 26th, 155,674 unique wireless devices consumed over 79 Terabytes of data.

As always, it was a learning experience. Students from Cisco’s Networking Academy Schools were able to get a hands-on learning experience by participating in the I CAN Develop program. The program features support from Toronto schools and post-secondaries to give graduates improved mentorship.

The closing ceremonies are always bittersweet, but Cisco Canada President Bernadette Wightman hopes this year’s games will have a lasting impact on the province.  

“We are now excited to focus on delivering the same technology performance for the Parapan Am Games and leaving a technology legacy that will continue to serve Ontarians long after the Games are over,” she says.

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