Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced a strategic partnership to provide secure and flexible network connectivity to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The innovative new partnership claims to make the 2022 Commonwealth Games more connected, more inclusive and more engaging than ever.
As one of the biggest sporting events in the world, the Commonwealth Games will bring together thousands of people in and out of competition venues, all of whom will need a flexible, fast and secure networking experience.
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games selected Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company to provide advanced network infrastructure throughout the running of the Games. In order to start with an exceptional connectivity experience, HPE will operate on an accelerated implementation schedule to deliver the full portfolio of Aruba Technology as a Service, supporting:
- The hybrid workforce that brings the Games to life: Running an event of this magnitude requires seamless teamwork among thousands of staff and volunteers working at 14 Games competition venues and a number of equally critical non-competitive venues. Aruba’s advanced networking technology will enable smooth execution for the hybrid workforce behind Games delivery, enabling connectivity between Games HQ, Technical Operations Center and all other venues.
- An efficient information flow for broadcasting and the media: Aruba’s technology will be responsible for providing a superior operational Games delivery experience and will support the rapid and efficient distribution of results to press and broadcasters, helping to enable the broadcast of approximately. 1.5 billion viewers.
- A digital heritage: Beyond the Games, HPE is committed to leaving behind a legacy of digital sustainability in the West Midlands and will work with local authorities and Birmingham 2022 to ensure on-site equipment is made available to community once it has been decommissioned from Games time. delivery.
“It’s fantastic that Aruba is joining us as an official venue network infrastructure partner for Birmingham 2022,” says Adrian Corcoran, CIO at Birmingham 2022. “Aruba, using its expertise in the part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, is the ideal company to provide a complex and flexible network connection, enabling a seamless experience for our staff, volunteers and athletes. This is an integral part of Birmingham 2022 and we are confident that Aruba will help us bring the Games to life. Aruba is fully aligned with our commitment to sustainability and it’s wonderful to know the company will be working locally to ensure we leave a digital legacy behind.
“We are delighted to partner with Aruba and the extended team at Hewlett Packard Enterprise for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games,” said Martin Reynolds, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Games Federation. “They will play a vital role in ensuring that the Games are more connected and engaging than ever, ensuring an unparalleled athlete experience that will last a lifetime. “
Aruba will provide the full Network as a Service experience at the Commonwealth Games, deploying a programmable Edge-to-Cloud solution, using Wi-Fi 6 and 6E. In addition to providing exceptional connectivity, the solution will also provide cloud-based AI-based security and management through Aruba Central to connect, protect, analyze and act on events and requests that traverse the network.
This will allow IT teams to identify potential threats before they have a chance to impact the event experience, helping to ensure Birmingham 2022 is one of the world’s busiest sporting events. secure to date. HPE Pointnext Services will provide IT expertise to bring the experience to life in close collaboration with another official network technology sponsor and integrator for the Games, Nord.
“In any major sporting event, experience is essential. Secure connectivity that strengthens collaboration for the events team and enables media to reach a global audience is fundamental, ”said Marc Waters, senior vice president and general manager UK, Ireland, Middle East & Africa , HPE. “The challenge of implementing the network infrastructure, services and software that meet the unique and demanding requirements of the Games is significant. Our experienced service team and edge-to-cloud platform meet these needs with built-in automation, management and flexibility, leaving the events team to focus on delivering great Games. “
“HPE has a long and proud heritage of connecting international sporting events, which positions us perfectly to support Birmingham 2022, one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events, and sets the stage for a legacy of providing solutions to sporting events as a service, ”said Phil Mottram, president, intelligent edge, HPE. “During our partnership, we look forward to partnering with the teams responsible for organizing the Games to standardize event connectivity, speed up the organization of future competitions and ensure a more secure, consistent and engaging experience for athletes,” staff, volunteers, media, officials and the entire Games family.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will see approximately 4,500 athletes from 72 nations and territories compete in 19 sports and eight para-sports at 14 competition venues from July 28 to August 8, 2022. As the largest event to be held in the West Midlands, it is expected to attract over a million viewers to the city and have a global TV audience of 1.5 billion.