When you think of the 2015 Pan Am games, athleticism, the spirit of gamesmanship and the city of Toronto come to mind. Cisco hopes that you will also think of its products and services. The 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am games committee recently signed an agreement with the company to provide information and communication technologies when the competition takes place in Toronto in three years’ time.
Jeffrey Seifert, chief technology officer at Cisco, discussed which Cisco products and services would be used at the Pan Am games. Cisco will provide the network infrastructure that will connect the venues, the athletes’ village and the press centre. Seifert explained that Cisco will supply switches and routers, and that the company will be responsible for maintaining the Wi-Fi network during the games.
To ensure that spectators, volunteers and staff members will be able to surf safely, Cisco will also be deploying its ScanSafe web hosted security solution, which prevents the transmission of malware and viruses. Ironport, a cloud service that filters spam from email, will also be used at the games. In addition, Cisco will bring its identity services engine to the game, which shows which devices are on the network and enforces security policies. Aside from network security, Cisco will also play a role in protecting spectators from threats. The company’s video surveillance products will monitor the crowds for suspicious activity.