London, 20 June 2013 – Cisco is delighted to announce that it is to become the official network infrastructure supporter for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Cisco will provide a highly secure and robust network infrastructure for the Games, enabling the connection of data, voice, video and devices.
The Games will feature 15,000 volunteers, 1,000 staff and 6,500 athletes from 71 nations. The network will consist of Cisco® solutions, including an impressive 2,300 IP phones, 441 switches, 378 access points, 16 routers, 15 digital media players, 14 ace load balancers and eight firewalls.
At an event today, Phil Smith, CEO Cisco UK and Ireland, said: "I am really excited that the Commonwealth Games are coming to Glasgow and even more pleased that Cisco is an official supporter of the games. I believe we are in a fabulous position to make the visitor experience absolutely brilliant and better than anything ever achieved at a Commonwealth Games. At Cisco we like to make amazing things happen by connecting the previously unconnected. Earlier this year we announced ‘The Internet of Everything' which is our approach to connecting people, process, data and all things on the network. Glasgow 2014 is a perfect stage to showcase what we can make possible."
Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg said:“I am delighted to welcome Cisco into the Glasgow 2014 sponsor family. It is crucial in a high-performance and fast-paced Games environment that information flow is seamless, and we are delighted to have a company of Cisco’s calibre on board to keep Glasgow 2014 connected as we focus on the delivery of the largest multi-sport Games Scotland has ever seen.”
The Games will consist of 11 days of sport running from 23 July through 3 August 2014. In addition to world-class sport, the Glasgow 2014 Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be a celebration of culture and national pride, opened by the head of the Commonwealth followed by a Parade of Nations. The formal procession will include 4,500 athletes as well as their coaches and management teams.
Smith concludes: "We believe that technology has the power to change the way we live, work and play to build a brilliant future. We are passionate and excited about being part of another incredible international event."
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