BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 19 /CNW/ -- When athletes and their families
arrive at the 2008 Special Olympics Invitational World Winter Games in Idaho
later this week, a sophisticated IP Telephony network from Avaya, Extreme
Networks (Nasdaq: EXTR), and Juniper Networks will be operating behind the
scenes to keep the activities running smoothly. For both the athletes and the
technology, it's a major trial run before next year's 2009 Special Olympics
World Winter Games. Avaya BusinessPartner, S1 IT Solutions Inc. implemented
the solution for the Special Olympics. Avaya is a leading global provider of
business communications applications, systems and software.
The Special Olympics 2009 World Winter Games covers more than 28 venues
throughout Idaho, including Bogus Basin, Boise State University, Taco Bell
Arena, Idaho Ice World, Sun Valley Resort and Tamarack Resort. More than 3,000
athletes and 6,000 volunteers are expected to participate and support the
"This is the first time a voice over IP System has ever been used in a
Special Olympics World Games," said Josh Crosby, 2009 Special Olympics World
Winter Games Chief Technology Officer. "What would normally be a four-year
infrastructure implementation has been compressed into a two-year deliverable
-- a time frame companies like Avaya are familiar with, having provided
service for other short-term, highly complex sporting events. The incredible
support all four of these companies have shown the Games has allowed us to be
operational from day one. We are extremely grateful for Avaya, Extreme
Networks, Juniper Networks and S1 IT Solutions' support and generosity."
One powerful network running Avaya Communication Manager IP Telephony
software from the event headquarters in Boise extends to gateways and/or Avaya
IP phones in the 28 venues. The high availability network from Extreme
Networks features Gigabit performance with superior quality of service for
voice traffic and secure wired and wireless access.
Since efficient, mobile communications are critical, Avaya Extension to
Cellular enables cell phones to behave as another endpoint on the event
network. Callers simply dial a single number assigned to a staff member on the
Communication Manager network to instantly reach him or her on a cell phone in
any location. The software also provides built-in, Meet-me audio conferencing,
which helps eliminate or reduce the cost of using hosted or separate systems,
and accessibility features.
The communications and data networking products, solutions and
implementation services for Special Olympics Winter Games were donated by
Avaya, Extreme Networks, Juniper Networks and S1 IT Solutions Inc.
Avaya and its technology alliance and channel partners are no strangers
to providing converged voice and data solutions for highly complex, short-term
events. Avaya supported the FIFA World Cup Soccer events in Japan and Korea in
2002, and in Germany in 2006, plus the FIFA Women's World Cup in the U.S. in
2003. The company has also provided solutions for NBC Olympics since 1999.
Avaya delivers Intelligent Communications solutions that help companies
transform their businesses to achieve marketplace advantage. More than one
million businesses worldwide, including more than 90 percent of the FORTUNE
500(R), use Avaya solutions for IP telephony, unified communications, contact
centers and communications-enabled business processes. Avaya Global Services
provides comprehensive service and support for companies, small to large. For
more information, visit the Avaya Web site at http://www.avaya.com.
Extreme Networks, Inc.
Extreme Networks designs, builds, and installs Ethernet infrastructure
solutions that solve the toughest business communications challenges. The
Company's commitment to open networking sets it apart from the alternatives by
delivering meaningful insight and unprecedented control to applications and
services. Extreme Networks believes openness is the best foundation for
growth, freedom, flexibility, and choice. Extreme Networks focuses on
enterprises and service providers who demand high performance, converged
networks that support voice, video and data, over a wired and wireless
infrastructure. For more information, visit: http://www.extremenetworks.com
About Juniper Networks, Inc.
Juniper Networks, Inc. is the leader in high-performance networking.
Juniper offers a high-performance network infrastructure that creates a
responsive and trusted environment for accelerating the deployment of services
and applications over a single network. This fuels high-performance
businesses. Additional information can be found at www.juniper.net.
About S1 IT Solutions
S1 IT Solutions is a strategic technology partner to progressive
companies and organizations, providing enterprise solutions that help you
navigate the world of convergence. We offer one source for seamless,
high-value voice and data products that enhance information management. We
help you use technology to communicate -- your way. S1 IT Solutions is
headquartered in Boise, ID with regional offices in Vancouver, WA, Salt Lake
City, UT, Seattle, WA and Sacramento, CA. For more information, contact
Chelsea Jones, Director of Marketing, at 208.381.0679 or cjones@chooseS1.com.
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