Behind the TO2015 Games: How Cisco is Powering the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

This post is first in a series taking readers behind-the-scenes of how Cisco technology is powering the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Cisco and TORONTO 2015 are creating the most digital Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in history, with superior network connectivity and technology working in concert to deliver an exceptional fan experience. We’ve already seen this in action over the first weekend of competition, with thousands of spectators sharing images and video from venues on their mobile devices.

But it’s taken thousands of hours from our dedicated team – and the incredible team at TO2015 – to get us where we are today, with 18,000 network ports, more than 2,000 wifi access points and over 100,000 meters of cable connecting the Games.

It’s in this spirit that I’m proud to introduce this blog series, which will take you behind the TO2015 Games as we share the highlights, facts and figures of the technology powering these experiences this summer.

Cisco Customer Experience Kiosk - Milton Velodrome For example, Cisco Interactive Experience Kiosks can be found across various venues throughout the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, including the CIBC Athlete’s Village, CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House, Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome, Ryerson Athletic Centre, ATOS Markham PANAM Centre, Mississauga Sports Centre and CIBC Hamilton Soccer stadium. These touchscreen kiosks harness the power of the Internet of Everything to allow spectators, athletes and fans to instantly access information about the Games, participating countries, venues and ticket information. It also keeps fans connected to all the action surrounding the Games, ensuring they don’t miss a second of the excitement, and lets them take souvenir photo postcards and instantly share them, for free, with friends and family.

The best way to experience the Games is as a spectator, and I encourage you buy tickets and share your own TO2015 stories with us or below. You can also tweet them to us on Twitter using #CiscoTO2015.

So stay tuned as we share more stories from the TO2015 Games and take you behind-the-scenes of the largest multi-sport games in Canadian history.

About Jeff Seifert

As Chief Technology Officer for Cisco Canada, Jeff Seifert provides technical guidance and direction in key advanced and emerging technologies and go-to-market strategies. His work with many governments, enterprise and service provider customers in Canada and globally is influencing how Cisco brings products to market. During the past sixteen years at Cisco, Jeff has been involved in the successful introduction of many new technologies from the early days of the Internet, through the first deployments of VoIP and IP Telephony through to new transformational video solutions. Through this time he has worked to ensure that Canadian customer requirements are reflected in the products and architectures that Cisco brings to market. He shares a passion with organizations that wish to improve the lives of citizens whether it be serving rural Canadians, using technology to improve healthcare or enhancing education. Seifert was appointed a Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco's highest technical distinction, in August 2003. As an individual who represents the pinnacle of Cisco's technical and sales expertise, he is responsible for transforming customer demand into innovative solutions that companies can utilize in an effective and efficient manner. Prior to joining Cisco in 1995, he held financial, management, and technical positions at Bell Canada, Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), and IBM Canada. Seifert has achieved double CCIE certification, including Routing & Switching CCIE in 1996 and Voice CCIE in 2003. He holds a Bachelor in Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
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3 Responses to Behind the TO2015 Games: How Cisco is Powering the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

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