A football convergence story
FIFA World Cup 2006 relies on VPNs to deliver converged communication and wireless
data transfer solutions that offer almost real-time event information for spectators
as well as organisers. This year Avaya has taken on the responsibility to connect
12 stadiums across Germany with thousands of on-the-move users.
A team of Australians, including the Australian Labs team, initially rolled
out the idea and worked out the initial project plans. They created flexible
connectivity through VPN with high-speed encryption at a comparatively lower
cost than a traditional leased line network. IP phones are also in place at
temporary offices and information booths across airports.
The entire deployment supports reporters and photographers who need to transmit
their stories and photographs wirelessly from any point within the stadium.
An estimated 10 million online fans from across the globe will be able to keep
themselves updated on the events and get play-by play statistics in almost real-time.
The initial challenges were to connect all possible locations in Germany and
the mobile end-user at stadiums, hotels, ticketing booths, local organising
committees and temporary FIFA headquarters.
The converged network deployment will carry 80 percent of the voice calls made
at the event. This includes the calls made by 5,000 FIFA and local organising
committee members and approximately 30,000 volunteers.
Telephone conversations are encrypted and the transmission is expected to be
99.99 percent error-free. The network is said to be fully inter-operable and
open-standards based. During the events 31 days, the converged network
solution would carry about 15 terabytes of voice and data traffic. The deployment
is maintained and monitored 24x7.