Setting the `Hot' Stage for the 40th WorldSkills Competition



    WINNIPEG, May 27 /CNW/ - Eight people, four days, one extensive
Information Technology system to configure for an international event that is
2/3 the size of the '88 Winter Games. In less than four months Canada will
host the 40th WorldSkills Competition on Calgary's Stampede Park. The
international Competition of skills, trade, and technology includes an IT
system that will set the precedent for future events of this magnitude. From
May 25 until May 29, a team assembled by WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. will
`hot stage' the Network Operating Centre (NOC) in Winnipeg, MN, using a
portion of the equipment.
    WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. IT Manager, Roger Dery, leads the hot stage
team, along with members of some of the IT Project's partnering companies
including Cisco, Allstream, HP, and Epic Information Solutions. WorldSkills
International will also be present to test and verify the IT system's
capability of handling the complicated needs of the WorldSkills Competition.
Other partners contributing to the IT Project for the overall event are Fluke
Networks, Draka, VM Ware, Microsoft, and Autodesk. Dery says `hot staging'
includes set-up, configuration and testing of the entire NOC. The system
includes multiple layers of security and reliability methods. Dery says it is
comparable in size to TransCanada Pipeline building networks in downtown
Calgary, AB, Canada.
    The main goal of the IT Project is to ensure a reliable and secure
network for the 40th WorldSkills Competition. Testing the NOC with a reliable
representation of the equipment involved will provide organizers with insight
on any enhancements needed for the September 1 - 7 event. The international
event, held in Calgary, AB, Canada, will involve over 900 Competitors from 51
countries/regions competing in 45 different skills. Each skill will be tested
from a Competitor and judging perspective during the hot staging. Other
systems include streaming audio and video and secure wireless Internet that
will be available for Competitors and guests throughout the grounds.
    During the 40th WorldSkills Competition in September, the NOC is set to
manage an extensive network of equipment, including:

    
    -   1,100 monitors
    -   105 46 Inch LCD displays
    -   900 desktops
    -   100 laptops
    -   200 personal printers
    -   4 enterprise printers
    -   9 plotters
    -   450 cell phones
    -   200 CB radios

                                                      Technical Backgrounder

           WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Information Technology Project
    
    WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. Information Technology (IT) Project
includes the implementation of a secure, resilient Cisco network supporting
high performance wired and wireless infrastructure for the 40th WorldSkills
Competition. Selected partners are Cisco, Fluke Networks, and EPIC Information
Solutions. They are teaming up with MTS Allstream, HP, VM Ware, Microsoft,
Draka and Autodesk. The entire system will be monitored and tested by
WorldSkills International to ensure that all the highest level of efficiency
is being reaching during the event. The WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. mandate
is to provide an Information Technology Solution that offers security,
reliability and accessibility with the least amount of management throughout
the Competition.
    The Network Operating Centre (NOC) includes multiple layers of security
and reliability methods for the Competition Information System (CIS), which is
needed for judging of the 45 skilled categories. It is the first time a system
of this capacity will be used. It will set the precedent for future
WorldSkills Competitions, and could also be implemented as the future design
for educational institutes.
    NOC includes various security appliances from Cisco and Fluke Networks.
The Security Monitoring, Analysis and Response System (MARS) monitors the Data
Link and Network layer of the backbone. The NOC backbone is designed on a
Windows Server 2008 Platform with VMware/SAN based set-up and backups
offloading to an HP Deduplication unit. There are three physical servers each
installed with virtual servers. This structuring provides several back-ups if
one or more servers fail. Servers can easily be moved while still running,
thereby allowing maintenance without causing any downtime. NOC will use
several disaster recovery techniques and 8 terabytes of memory to ensure the
security and reliability of the system throughout the Competition.
    WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Competitors and visitors will experience
streaming audio and video throughout Stampede Park and secure wireless
Internet within the WorldSkills Competition network, media center and VIP
lounge. Equipment used in the IT Project includes;

    
    -   1,100 monitors
    -   105 46 Inch LCD displays
    -   900 desktops
    -   100 laptops
    -   200 personal printers
    -   4 enterprise printers
    -   9 plotters
    -   450 cell phones
    -   200 CB Radios

                                                                  Fact Sheet

    WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Information Technology Project
    
    The WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Network Operating Centre (NOC) produces a
secure and reliable network for the 40th WorldSkills Competition. It creates
innovative technology to set the precedent for WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd.
and the future of the WorldSkills Competitions. The equipment used will
provide a legacy of technology, equipment, and education to pass on to
students. The WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. Information Technology Project
showcases the absolute latest in technology.

    Features of the IT Project for the 40TH WorldSkills Competition

    
    -   Network backbone design created by Cisco Certified Internetwork
        Experts from MTS Allstream

    -   Comparable in size to Petro Canada and TransCanada Pipeline building
        networks in Calgary, AB, Canada

    -   Procurement, design, testing, logistics & staging will all be
        completed in 6 month time frame; projects of similar scope are
        completed in 2 years

    -   8 terabytes memory; equivalent to 8000 trucks full of books

    -   Over 43 km's of CAT 6 cable supplied from Draka International

    -   98 fiber locations with media cross over installed throughout
        Stampede Park

    -   IronPort scans 5 billion webpages through URL/SPAM filters to
        eliminate all unwanted content

    -   Multiple layers of integrated security employed with Cisco M.A.R.S,
        Kaseya, IronPort and McAfee

    -   Disaster recovery techniques are employed from HP and Epic
        Information Solutions to ensure the WorldSkills Competition network
        is 100% stable during the event

    -   Firewall scans 5 billion webpages through two filters to eliminate
        SPAM and unwanted content

    -   2 Network Operating Systems (NOC's) in Stampede Park; one the nerve
        system of the network to monitor traffic; one a simulation for public
        observation and learning

    -   VIP lounge for dignitaries in Stampede Park's Rotary Dream House
        includes 46" televisions, home theatre system, BluRay, Satellite, 5
        computers with wireless internet

    -   Technology template will be used for future WorldSkills Competitions,
        and could also be implemented as future designs for educational
        institutes

    -   1100 Samsung monitors, 105 Samsung LCD displays, 800 HP desktops, 100
        HP laptops, 200 personal printers, 5 enterprise HP printers, 10 HP
        plotters, 450 Samsung cell phones, 200 CB Radios

                                                                Backgrounder

                           WorldSkills Calgary 2009
    
    WorldSkills Calgary 2009 marks the second time Canada hosts this
international event in its 59-year history. In May 2004, at the WorldSkills
General Assembly in Hong Kong, Canada officially won the right to host the
WorldSkills Competition. The successful bid was made possible through
collaboration with Skills Canada Alberta and Skills/Compétences Canada.
Shortly thereafter, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd., a not-for-profit
organization, was established.
    For the past 5 years, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. has been working
closely with legacy, government, and industry partners to make the 40th
WorldSkills Competition the most successful to date. Although the event is
held from September 1 - 7, 2009, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. has been
working with legacy partners to actively help the global skills movement that
addresses labour shortage, competency standards, and education programs
designed to motivate and encourage young adults to explore successful career
options in skills, trades, and technology.

    
                                                                Backgrounder

                          Skills/Compétences Canada
    
    Skills/Compétences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national,
not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour
groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among
Canadian youth.
    Its unique position among private and public sector partners enables it
to work toward securing Canada's future skilled labour needs while helping
young people discover rewarding careers.
    Skills/Compétences Canada offers experiential learning opportunities
including skilled trades and technology competitions for hundreds of thousands
of young Canadians through regional, provincial/territorial, national and
international events, as well as, skilled trades awareness programs.
Headquartered in Gatineau, Quebec, Skills/Compétences Canada is the Canadian
Member organization of WorldSkills International and the official legacy
partner of WorldSkills Calgary 2009.
    In 2002, Skills Canada Alberta and Skills/Compétences Canada began the
planning process which established Alberta as the host of the 40th WorldSkills
Competition.
    The 38 members of Team Canada (7 females, 31 males, average age 21), that
will represent Canada at the 40th WorldSkills Competition, reached the
national level by first competing at provincial/territorial skills
competitions, and then contending at the 14th Canadian Skills Competition
    skillscanada.com

    
                                                                Backgrounder
                          WorldSkills International
    
    WorldSkills International's mission is to promote, through the
cooperative action of Members, a worldwide awareness of the essential
contribution that skills and high standards of competence make to the
achievement of economic success and personal fulfillment. WorldSkills
International's principal activity is organizing the WorldSkills Competition
in a different Member country/region every two years. These Competitions bring
the best young professionals from trades, service and vocational programs from
around the world to showcase their talents and ability at the WorldSkills
Competition.
    worldskills.org





For further information:

For further information: Roger Dery, IT Manager, WorldSkills Calgary
2009, Direct Line: (403) 210-5999, Mobile: (403) 472-1093; Maria Pacella,
Executive Director, Skills Canada Manitoba, Direct Line: (204) 927-0250, Fax:
(204) 927-0258

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