Cisco and London 2012

What does it take to make the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games the most connected sporting event the world has ever seen? Cisco - the official Olympic Network infrastructure provider http://www.cisco.co.uk/london2012

  1. Cisco -- At the Heart of the 2012 Games
  2. Tom Kneen, BIG programme lead says: “A key differentiator for Cisco as a sponsor of London 2012 has been its Legacy programme, Building A Brilliant Future, which is built to support the entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow."
  3. "Without doubt the impact of the Games has exceeded our expectations on the sorts of conversations we are now having," Cisco UK chief technology officer, Ian Foddering
  4. We got this early review from Craig Lau, VP of NBC Information Technology: "It's an absolute expectation. It will give (viewers) a glimpse of how people may watch sports coverage in the future."
  5. “We have seen some phenomenal talent showcased throughout the Cisco BIG Awards process and we’re delighted to announce the final six," said Phil Smith, CEO of Cisco UK and Ireland.
  6. Cisco’s philosophy “Built for the Human Network” could have been made for this moment. They believe technology shouldn’t define what we do, but provide the backdrop that makes human excellence possible.
  7. Cisco HCS gives BT the ability to provide the rich UC&C services to all of the designated Olympic users, with minimal premise equipment, as the HCS infrastructure is located in BT’s own data center. 
  8. Phil Smith, the chief executive of Cisco UK, explains that “Cisco wanted to be at the heart of London 2012”, but the company was keen to make sure that the huge momentum didn’t peter out when the event finishes.
  9. Ian Foddering, Cisco UK's chief technology officer, revealed the company's contribution to the Olympics - including thousands of switches, IP handsets and three massive virtual networks.
  10. Cisco, Stemnet (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) and the Pearson Foundation challenged students to consider the venue, location, sport, resources, facilities and equipment to plan a large-scale event in their home town.
  11. Within the main stadium, BT is using Cisco's Connected Stadium solution, which works by dividing the stands into segments. Each segment is tested for wireless LAN interference using Cisco's CleanAir technology, which automatically detects radio interference from rogue access points or camera equipment, and is capable of mapping its source.
  12. Mr Cameron will say that the challenge now is "to make sure we turn these Games into gold, to secure an economic boost for Britain that more than pays for the cost of putting them on."
  13. "The current plan is to add 30 more Cisco academies in the London host boroughs to the 600 already in place in the UK. They'll help to upskill local workers to meet the employment opportunities that will be created after the Olympics by technology companies moving into the East End..."
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