Athletes, organizers and digital media technologists in Toronto are counting down the days to the start of the Pan Am and Parapan Games next summer – and they’re using a combination of interactive, wireless and high bandwidth technologies to do so.
The Cisco Toronto 2015 Countdown Clock was unveiled recently; it features a traditional clock showing the days and minutes to the start of the Games, and there’s an interactive touch-screen kiosk alongside to provide Games information and more.
Using the kiosk’s special digital media app, visitors can snap a photo of themselves at the clock, download the image to their smartphone, and then email it or share it via social media feeds embedded on a dedicated Web page at www.ciscotoronto2015.ca.
The clock itself stands 5.5 metres tall, and weighs 7.3 metric tonnes, organizers describe. It uses seven 47” LCD screens, and corresponding audio and video Ethernet switches, to link up with more than 5 km of high speed fibre that connects to more of the technological infrastructure underpinning the Games.
Like the new Broadcast Centre, located in the west end of the Pan Am Park in east end Toronto.
The Cisco International Broadcast Centre will be headquarters for all broadcast operations during the Pan Am Games, acting as home-base for the Canadian Host Broadcaster, CBC, as well as all other international broadcasters.
All live and taped feeds coming in from Games venues across the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, and transmitting out to more than 40 countries worldwide, are handled at the Centre, which will also host the technical and administrative services for broadcasters, including broadcast studios, control rooms, editing suites, offices and a lounge space.
The Toronto 2015 Pan Am (July 10-26) and Parapan American (Aug 7-15) Games organizers have launched a website with more information and content about the upcoming competition, at http://www.toronto2015.org/.