Avaya Developer Community Brings New Capabilities to Sporting World’s Largest Voice and Data Network
May 30, 2006
DeveloperConnection members Aimetis Corp., Citrix Systems, Extreme Networks, Firetide, Juniper Networks, MTS, MultiTech Systems and Polycom help Avaya build a championship Intelligent Communications platform for 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – When the sporting world’s largest converged voice and data network is turned over to the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) next week for the launch of the FIFA World Cup 2006™, it will feature a range of new Intelligent Communication capabilities from Avaya and its developer community — from an innovative new application for security screening to a consolidated dialing directory for the 100,000 individuals and organizations supporting the event.
Avaya (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services, is the Official Convergence Communication provider for the FIFA World Cup 2006™, which is the largest sporting event on the planet.
The Avaya network for FIFA connects 12 host stadia, the media centers in all stadia and FIFA headquarters in Berlin. With an estimated 45,000 network connections, 30,000 network devices and support for more than 15 terabytes of data, it is the largest converged communication network ever built for a sporting event.
To raise the bar and extend the capabilities available to FIFA for the 2006 games, Avaya turned to members of its DeveloperConnection program, an initiative to promote the development, compliance testing and co-marketing of innovative third-party systems and applications that interoperate with standards-based Avaya technology.
The eight member companies playing a critical role in the FIFA World Cup 2006™ network include: Aimetis Corp., Citrix Systems, Extreme Networks, Firetide, Juniper Networks, MTS, MultiTech Systems and Polycom. Among the capabilities the companies enable are:
• Enhanced security:
Aimetis Corp. is providing intelligent video software for the network that will be linked to 80 security cameras at strategic locations across the World Cup venue. The software uses artificial intelligence to enable a computer to understand video the same way a human does. It can review up to eight hours of video in just 30 minutes and automatically alert World Cup security personnel of unusual activity.
Juniper Networks is supplying firewalls that provide access control and user authentication and that protect the network and its critical applications from intrusion or attack. A policy-based management system will let systems administrators centrally manage the firewalls regardless of where on the network they reside.
• New smartphone applications:
Citrix Systems will deliver smartphone applications to each fixed and mobile IP phone on the FIFA network. An Express Directory expedites dialing by placing a consolidated directory of 100,000 personnel from multiple organizations at the fingertips of each user. In addition, Citrix enables FIFA to push score updates and other Web-based information to IP screenphones.
• Enhanced collaboration:
Polycom extends the collaborative capabilities of the FIFA network with group video devices that use the converged network to connect FIFA offices in Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt. The devices which interoperate with Avaya desktop video systems distributed throughout the World Cup venue that also incorporate Polycom technology, will be used by FIFA for daily operations meetings during the tournament.
• Enhanced administration:
MTS is supplying call reporting software that collects, analyzes and tracks voice and data usage from multiple communication sources – from legacy and IP phone systems to IP gateway devices, cell phones and calling cards. Detailed call reports can be accessed by FIFA from anywhere in the world via the Internet. Avaya plans to use MTS software to summarize the daily traffic carried by the FIFA network for posting on www.avaya.com.
• Improved performance:
Extreme Networks is providing the core backbone switches for the network that carry voice and data traffic and are optimized for Avaya IP telephony. Extreme has integrated its network management and Quality of Service tools with Avaya to simplify network administration. In addition, Avaya test agents built into each Extreme Networks switch enable an Avaya Converged Network Analyzer to test, measure and monitor network traffic. Engineers from Extreme Networks are working with the Avaya Global Services team during the FIFA World Cup to document best practices for implementing a converged network infrastructure.
• Expanded connectivity options:
Firetide wireless HotPoint Mesh Networks are extending the reach of the converged Avaya network for FIFA and can provide voice and data connectivity in areas where it is impossible or impractical to run cables.
• Integrated IP fax capabilities:
MultiTech Systems is providing a MultiVOIP™ gateway that allows FIFA to route fax communications over its converged voice and network and eliminate interoffice long distance toll charges among World Cup venues. Acting as an IP to analog converter, the gateway expands deployment options by allowing FIFA to use a fax machine anywhere there is an Internet connection, without the need for an analog phone line.
Players, coaches, volunteers and fans alike will benefit from the Avaya network, which will be instrumental in player and journalist accreditation, results reporting, material tracking, accommodation confirmations, transportation, ticketing and other critical functions.
“Football fans know that being the best requires extraordinary teamwork, commitment and experience,” said Eric Rossman, vice president, developer relations and technical alliances, Avaya. “Avaya looked for those same winning qualities in building its own FIFA World Cup team. By bringing members of our Avaya DeveloperConnection program aboard, we were able to design a seamless, integrated solution for FIFA that enables new possibilities and helps the organization get more out of its communications infrastructure.”
More than 2,500 companies around the globe are members of the Avaya DeveloperConnection program. Member companies have expertise in a broad range of technologies and have created hundreds of innovative solutions tested for Avaya compliance. These include natural language speech recognition applications, wireless services, specialized computer telephony integration and reporting capabilities and applications tailored for specific vertical industries. Membership information and a listing of solutions developed and tested under the program are available at www.devconnectprogram.com.
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than one million businesses worldwide, including over 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP) telephony systems and communications software applications and services.
Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications - and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services - Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results. For more information visit the Avaya website: www.avaya.com.
About the FIFA World Cup and Avaya
As the Official Convergence Communication provider for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, Avaya is providing a champion communications network infrastructure for the World’s largest sporting event. The converged network – that combines voice and data on the same infrastructure – will connect the 12 FIFA World Cup stadiums, the media centers in all stadiums and the FIFA headquarters in Berlin. Players, coaches, volunteers and fans alike will benefit from the Avaya network that will be instrumental in player and journalist accreditation, results reporting, material tracking, accommodation confirmations, transportation, and ticketing, among other critical functions. With an estimated 45,000 network connections, 30,000 network devices and over 15 terabytes (or 15,000,000,000,000 bytes) of data, it is the largest converged communication network ever built for a sporting event.
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