Avaya Unveils Technology Firsts at Sochi 2014

Athletes, fans, media, officials and volunteers descended on Sochi between 7-23 February 2014, where organisers anticipated the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games would be the most connected Olympic Winter Games in history. As the Official Supplier of Network Equipment to Sochi 2014, Avaya provided a full communications experience to more than 40,000 Olympic Family members while interconnecting 11 competition venues, three Olympic Villages, Media Centres, Celebration Centres, Data Centres and Technology Operating Centres.

This was expected to be the largest Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Olympics, and the Avaya network supported over 120,000 mobile devices at any given time. Fuelling the demand for wireless connectivity was the fact that for the first time in Olympic Games history, all accredited media were given free access to high speed WiFi services. The Avaya network provided fast and secure connectivity for mobile devices based on the user’s log-in credentials.

This was also the first Winter Games to leverage network virtualisation – helping the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee to raise the bar in terms of simplicity, reliability and speed. The Avaya Fabric Connect technology enabled the design and deployment of the Sochi Olympic network within a short timeframe and also helped deliver faster resolution to any issues that occurred. The agility of this technology made it a formidable tool to manage to the ever-changing, dynamic Olympic Games environment – enabling any last minute move or change request to be completed quickly and without risk. The Avaya solution could also easily accommodate sudden spikes in network capacity - which are common for high profile competition events.

Sochi also deployed Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) technology to distribute 36 HD video channels to each Olympic venue. Due to the unique ability of the Avaya Fabric Connect technology to distribute video with increased reliability and scale over traditional networking technologies, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee was able to save money and simplify operations by being able to leverage a common network for voice, data and IPTV services.

A glance at the numbers:

· 18 months to deploy the network from beginning to end

· 21 shift-based operational staff and 19 expert support staff oversaw operation of the network, 24/7

· Sochi volunteers and officials utilised 6,500 IP phones

· 2,500 Wireless access points were dispersed throughout the venues

· Multicast capabilities on the Fabric Connect network supported 36 simultaneous HD IPTV channels

· 1-2 terabytes of data were used per day

· Traditional networking technologies generally take a few seconds for recovery; but for example the Avaya Fabric Connect backbone can recover within 20 milliseconds of an outage or issue 

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that it has reached an agreement with Atos to extend its Worldwide TOP Partnership through to 2020.

Atos will provide Integration Services and Systems Management Services, Core Hosting Services and key Games-related applications and associated services for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (2018) in PyeongChang and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (2020) in Tokyo.

Atos has been a key technology provider for the Olympic Movement since 1989, when the company provided services to the Barcelona 1992 Organising Committee. Atos became the Olympic Movement’s Worldwide Information Technology Partner in 2001, and it is currently supporting the Organising Committee for the XXII Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, and already working with the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016.

IOC president Thomas Bach said: “Technology is critical to the success of each edition of the Olympic Games. We are delighted that we will be able to continue relying on Atos and its vast experience to deliver flawless, innovative IT services.”

Patrick Adiba, Atos’ group executive vice president human resources - Olympics & major events, commented: “The Games cannot happen today without intensive use of complex information technology. I am delighted we will continue our partnership long into the future, giving us the opportunity for us to share our ambition for making IT at the Games even better thanks to our approach to innovation combined with the highest quality standards in delivery and operations. We will deliver the services over the cloud, providing more efficiency, agility and productivity.”

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