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Singapore 2006: IT at your service

Cisco Systems, Alcatel and Oracle are among the technology bigwigs to lend their expertise at the upcoming global financial confab.
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Written by Aaron Tan on

SINGAPORE--Delegates at Singapore 2006 can expect a seamless office productivity experience through a broad array of technology services.

To be held in the island-state from Sep. 13 to 20, Singapore 2006 is a series of high-level meetings involving global financial organizations. The event is expected to attract 16,000 delegates, including 400 finance ministers, central bank governors and world leaders from organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

According to a spokesperson from the Singapore 2006 organizing committee, several technology lead partners have been roped in to provide a range of business services at the Suntec Convention Center where the event will be held.

Networking giant Cisco Systems, for instance, has set up close to 4,000 wired network points and over 40 wireless access points, incorporated with the latest security technologies. In addition, 50 IP (Internet Protocol) communications kiosks will be set up to provide the necessary applications such as real-time financial updates, weather alerts and flight schedules.

France-based Alcatel will also be providing 1,250 analog and 1,020 multi-line digital phones connected to a digital PABX system, while Fuji Xerox will offer a range of printing and photocopying services. UPS, an international courier service provider, will also be at the service of delegates who need to send paper documents back to their home countries.

Event organizers have also created an IT system based on Oracle's infrastructure platform to manage backend operations of the week-long event. Dubbed the Organizing Committee Tracking and Update System (Octus), it allows event organizers armed with Nokia's 3G cellphones to update the operations control center on infrastructure failures and security issues.

In addition, local carrier SingTel will be providing about S$2 million (US$1.3 million) worth of voice, mobile, broadband and data solutions for Singapore 2006. To complement the telecom services, SingTel will also operate counters to meet the needs of delegates. Besides communication services, equipment such as phone and fax lines, will be made available for rent.

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