Along with being heavily championed via social media and mobile devices, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games are undoubtedly going to be the network-connected in history.
Cisco is just one of the collaborators involved in the behind-the-scenes tech and IT production, but the San Jose-based corporation is also the official "network infrastructure supporter" of the Olympics that kick off in London this Friday.
Cisco is supplying the networking equipment, with the network's scope being equivalent to 46 of the World Championships' network infrastructures combined.
If you want to look at it another way, Cisco's network will be transmitting 60 GB/sec, or the equivalent of 60,000 novels or the entire content of Wikipedia every 0.5 seconds.
Furthermore, Cisco will be offering support for Internet access, IP telephony, collaboration platforms, and the "Games LAN" network, which is basically a mission-critical system that provides information for TV commentators and on-screen graphics.
After more than 200,000 hours of testing, here's a snapshot of Cisco's involvement in preparation for the Olympics as well as how it will be involved over the course of the Games, by the numbers.
- 30,000 connections across 94 locations
- 2,200 switches
- 1,800 wireless access points
- 7,000 cable TV sockets
- 16,500 telephones
- 65,000 active network ports (active connections)
- 40GB of data per second
And in terms of how many people will be using Cisco's network in one way or another, here are some more estimates:
- 205 National Olympic Committees
- 6,000 LOCOG employees
- 21,800 athletes and team officials
- 22,000 media personnel
Another fun fact according to Cisco: London is the first Olympics to adopt a new generation of cloud services for voice (BT "One Cloud"), collaboration (BT Meet Me /Webex) and email security.