Behind the TO2015 Games: Creating the Most Digital Games in History

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

During these series we’ve taken you deep inside the technology powering the TO2015 Games, which ended this weekend with an incredible closing ceremony that Canadians will remember for years to come.

Our goal was to make these the most digital Games in history. I’m proud to say we did just that. Let’s look at the facts and figures.

Wifi Usage Over the Games

TO2015 Technology by the Numbers

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.

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.

The Cisco network provided more than 2.4 million hours of free Wifi throughout the Games. To put that into perspective, that’s equivalent to 274 years of continuous wireless access.

Over 38,000 pictures were taken through our Interactive Experience Kiosks and Cisco Countdown clock during the Games.

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.

An estimated 42,000 people in venues across the Greater Toronto Area were greeted and had questions answered by fantastic TORONTO2015 volunteers live over Cisco TelePresence.

Colombia fans speak with a TO2015 volunteer through Cisco TelePresence before the women's Gold-medal soccer game.

Colombia fans speak with a TO2015 volunteer through Cisco TelePresence before the women’s Gold-medal soccer game.

These Games were a tremendous success for the GTA and our athletes, and we are more proud than ever to be involved.  As our attention turns to the Parapan Am Games, beginning on August 7th, stay tuned for more on the technology legacy of these Games.

Do you have a memorable moment from the TO2015 Games this month? Share it below or on Twitter using the hashtag #CiscoTO2015.

To read the previous parts in this series, click on one of the links below

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

Behind the TO2015 Games: Cisco I CAN Learn STEM & I CAN Develop Programs

Behind the TO2015 Games: Cisco TelePresence Powers Virtual Help Desk

Behind the TO2015 Games: Cisco Connected Healthcare Mobile Clinic

Behind the TO2015 Games: Facilitating Remote Media Interviews with Cisco TelePresence




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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1 Response to Behind the TO2015 Games: Creating the Most Digital Games in History

  1. Tracey McLean says:

    Jeff – It was a pleasure to attend the PAN AM events and have consistent Free Wi-Fi, the interactive experiences were always busy and I was proud to say I worked for Cisco. Thank you to you and your team and the countless hours you put in to make it work.

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