August 07, 2015 09:37 ET

Cisco Canada Helps Deliver Most Digital Pan Am Games in History

Focus Now Turns to Establishing a Technology Legacy Across Ontario

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - Aug 7, 2015) -  The numbers are in and the TORONTO 2015 Games were clearly the most digital Pan Am Games in history, providing athletes, officials, fans and media with superior network connectivity and enhanced fan experiences across 57 Games venues.

Technology Facts and Figures of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games:

The Technology

  • The Ethernet and dark fibre cable required to connect the Games and all the venues was longer than 232 CN Towers laid end-to-end.
  • The Cisco® network provided more than 2.4 million hours of free Wi-Fi throughout the Games, equivalent to 274 years of continuous wireless access.
  • More than 18,000 wired LAN ports and 2,000 wireless access points were installed across Games venues, ensuring spectators, officials and athletes had access to information when they needed it.
  • 300 students from 23 Cisco Networking Academy® schools participated in Cisco's I CAN Develop program, bringing the TO2015 Games to life as in-venue volunteers working alongside Cisco and TO2015 technology experts.

The Fan Experience

  • Over 38,000 pictures were taken through Cisco Interactive Experience Kiosks and the Cisco Countdown Clock during the Games. 66,129 pictures have been taken since unveiling the Countdown Clock in July 2014.
  • An average of 29,000 wireless devices connected to the Cisco network each day during the Games. 
  • In total, 155,674 unique wireless devices connected over the 16-day event, consuming over 79 Terabytes of data. That's enough data for the entire population of Mississauga to watch Andre De Grasse's 100-metre gold-medal race 36 times -- simultaneously.
  • An estimated 42,000 people in venues across the Greater Toronto Area were greeted by TORONTO 2015 'virtual' volunteers, who assisted spectators, athletes and media using live, two-way, high-definition video with Cisco TelePresence®. Over 92,000 IP phone calls kept the Games running smoothly.

Cisco is the exclusive Official Information and Communications Technology Provider and Official Video Conferencing and Collaboration Provider for TORONTO 2015. Cisco, together with TO2015 technology sponsors ATOS, Allstream, Beanfield Metroconnect, and Scalar Decisions as well as Cisco's technology partners AmpThink and Lancope, built an end-to-end network infrastructure for the Games that included wireless, network security, collaboration, video, telepresence, unified compute and cloud services. Cisco's aim was to create the most digital Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in history, with superior network connectivity for operational excellence and exceptional fan experience.

Supporting Quotes:

Bernadette Wightman, President, Cisco Canada
"We are incredibly proud of our partnership with TORONTO 2015 and our role in delivering the most connected Pan Am Games to date," said Bernadette Wightman, President, Cisco Canada. "We accomplished this with tremendous support from our ecosystem partners, the TO2015 organization, and the 150 Cisco Canada employees who volunteered their time. 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."

Brian Cook, Vice President, IT, TO2015
"Cisco was a world-class partner and together we took an integrated approach, along with our other technology partners to work as one team. 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. They enabled us to provide spectators, technical officials and our operations team with a level of connectivity that would not have otherwise been possible. Their expertise and ecosystem are unparalleled, and the success of the Games would not have been possible without their support."

Jeff Seifert, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco Canada
"We started the journey with TORONTO 2015 three years ago and are incredibly proud of what our team of Cisco engineers was able to accomplish. We architected the Games network, introduced the first Internet of Everything-enabled Countdown Clock, built two data centres, connected 57 venues and mentored hundreds of aspiring technology professionals along the way.

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Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:

    Karin Scott
    Cisco Canada
    416 306 7164