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Cisco joins NBC Olympics line-up

February 8, 2018

NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected entertainment and communications technologist Cisco to provide IP video contribution and distribution solutions, along with networking and security solutions for its production of the forthcoming Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.

Cisco will provide technology innovations and capabilities that enable a resilient and highly dependable IP and compute environment, one that meets the demands of live and file-based content production. Cisco will also provide data centre network security solutions, as well as mobile collaboration solutions to connect its remote and onsite production teams. Key components include:

Network routing and switching technology via the Cisco carrier-class ASR9000 and Cisco Nexus portfolio

  • Wireless and POE-enabled (power over Ethernet) switching infrastructure Virtual Private Network (VPN) services via Cisco ASA firewalls
  • Cisco Digital Content Manager (DCM) for broadcast transport of IP Video utilising Hitless Merge Technology.
  • Next Generation Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) and robust network security with the Cisco Sourcefire and Lancope solutions
  • Cisco collaboration solutions including Cisco Telepresence, Spark and Spark Board technology

“With Cisco’s help, our network operations centre in PyeongChang mimics our world class facilities in Stamford, Connecticut, and helps our teams deliver compelling, interactive sports coverage to our viewers, no matter where or when they are watching,” said Dan Robertson, Vice President, Olympics Information Technology, NBC Olympics.

“With each of these events, NBC Olympics incorporates more IP and cloud technology to simplify the delivery of live broadcast video, multi-gigabytes of streamed video to mobile devices, and hundreds of hours of on-demand content,” said Dave Ward, CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect, Cisco. “Our work together demonstrates our passion and vision for the future of the digital ecosystem driven by apps, software and cloud-powered infrastructure.”

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