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Toronto delivers ‘most digital Pan Am Games in history’

August 9, 2015  

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Cisco Canada has issued the following technology facts and figures about the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games:

* The Ethernet and dark fiber 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.

* 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.

Cisco, together with TO2015 technology sponsors ATOS, Allstream, Beanfield Metroconnect, and Scalar Decisions as well as Cisco’s technology partners AmpThink and Lancope, built a network infrastructure for the Games that included wireless, network security, collaboration, video, telepresence, unified compute and cloud services.

“We started the journey with TORONTO 2015 three years ago,” said Jeff Siefert, chief technology officer at Cisco Canada. “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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