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The Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Cisco

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Cisco

Wow! Myself and the team at Comms Express have enjoyed what has been heralded as the most successful Commonwealth games ever. Home nation athletes such as Ross Murdoch, the Brownlee brothers: Alastair and Jonathan and Libby Clegg are reaping the success of all the years of painful hard work.


Myself and millions worldwide have enjoyed the spectacular sporting extravaganza thus far and look forward to much more over the coming days. Glasgow are enjoying being the centre of attention, as much as London did at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Prior to the opening of the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014’s Chief Operating Officer Ralph Ord predicted a successful sporting event:

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will see over 6,500 athletes and officials come to Glasgow for 11 days of fantastic competition that will put Glasgow and Scotland on the world stage.

The city will be bustling with activity and Glasgow 2014 will need to implement temporary changes to deliver an outstanding event that everyone can enjoy. This includes examining how the city normally operates and what needs to be put in place around venues to make the Games a success."

I think we can safely say that the Games have been and will continue to be a resounding success.

Another huge contributor to Glasgow's success has been the Games official network infrastructure sponsor, Cisco. A longterm valued supplier partner of Comms Express, Cisco have enabled the Games to be the most connected ever. From the high speed transmission of mission critical data, to the digital platforms that share the Commonwealth Games with the world, Cisco has put in place a technology foundation that will ensure Glasgow 2014 is a connected and inclusive event.

With 1,400 employees; 15,000 volunteers; 6,500 athletes and officials; as well as the attending press, emergency services and those simply enjoying the Games, Cisco is providing a highly secure and robust network infrastructure enabling the connection of devices, data, voice and video services across all 13 venues. It has revealed that 240km of fibre has been installed across the games’ site - the equivalent length of 600 Hampden Park running tracks.

The network infrastructure provided by Cisco to power the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games includes:

Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine)
Cisco Prime Infrastructure management platform with Cisco Mobility Services Engine
441 switches
8 firewalls
6 intrusion prevention systems
378 wireless access points
40 routers
2300 IP phones 

Phil Smith, CEO Cisco UK and Ireland, said: “Were incredibly proud to play our part in this world-class sporting event. Amazing things happen when you connect the unconnected, and the Commonwealth Games is the perfect platform to display the transformative power of technology and its ability to change the way we live, work and play.

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg commented: We are delighted to welcome Cisco into the Glasgow 2014 sponsor family.

We are delighted to have a company of Ciscos calibre on board to keep Glasgow 2014 networked and connected as we focus on the delivery of the largest multi-sport Games Scotland has ever seen.

Cisco operates throughout the UK and across the globe, and employs around 150 people in Scotland. As part of the deal, Cisco will also sponsor Team England, Team Northern Ireland, Team Scotland and Team Wales.

It's certainly great to see a great innovative company such as Cisco combine their talents with world class athletes to produce a truly great Commonwealth Games.

Until next time.

About Justin Ellis

Justin is one of the managers at Comms Express and he helps make things tick here at Comms towers. He has been in the industry since 2005 and came to us with a long history of field sales roles, so he gets to go and see customers as well as looking after HR and Facilities. He also gets involved in new products and works closely with some of our branded manufacturers.

He has a wife, two boys and one girl, ages 20, 5 and 3 and he is a gooner which does make him perfect! (well...when it comes to football anyway!)