The Emirates Arena and adjoining Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the East End of Glasgow form one of the most versatile structures of its kind in Europe and with a culmative spectator capacity of 9,500, the venue will host both Track Cycling and Badminton as part of the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games
The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is the busiest velodrome in the world and features a fast track made from specially grown, Siberian pine
The Emirates Arena is the national training centre for Athletics, Basketball, Netball, Track Cycling and Volleyball and has a 200 metre, 6 lane athletics track which is hydraulically operated and has been transformed to home 6 Badminton courts for the duration of the games.
Boston Networks Solution
As the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Official Cabling Services Provider, Boston Networks has designed, deployed and will maintain, during Games Time, a highly robust and high performing data, voice and TV infrastructure throughout the The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and all other competition and non-competition Games venues.
Comprising 2 exclusive networks, Boston Networks cabling infrastructure will deliver the capability to transmit a multitude of technologies to empower the Games workforce, the athletes, the Host Broadcaster, sports commentators and the press at The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Games Data Network for Competition and Logistics
Boston Networks has designed and delivered a robust cabling infrastructure backbone, utilising single and multi-mode fibre optic cabling. The resilient backbone will support the Games data & voice network connecting the key venue operational area
The Games data & voice network will be utilised by the Games workforce, security officials and the world’s media, to support the secure and seamless transmission of data, voice and IP telephony.
In addition cabling systems will also be installed across the competition areas, to support technologies such as PSTN, ISDN and ADSL, supporting the transmission of rapid news feeds, which are critical to the hundreds of media that will operate from the at The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome press centre. The press centre within The Emirates Arena was also used by the world’s media to provide coverage of the Opening Ceremony from Celtic Park.
Games Television System
Boston Networks has also designed a dedicated Games Television System (Games TVS), using leading edge IPTV technology, to seamlessly transmit footage from the Host Broadcaster throughout at The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and all other competition and selected non-competition venues.
Additionally, the Games TVS will distribute live video from the Host Broadcaster to each of the commentary positions throughout all of the competition venues.
All the technical and operational planning of the Games TVS will be delivered by Boston Networks on behalf of Glasgow 2014, including:
- The supply of the Games TVS equipment and associated services in accordance with the defined requirements of Glasgow 2014.
- Full testing and commissioning of the Games TVS to ensure full integration and operation throughout all competition and selected non-competition venues.
- An enhanced operational and technical support service for pre-Games and Games time periods.
Games Time Support
Boston Networks will provide on-going support and maintenance for all cabling and Games TVS equipment throughout supply, installation, commissioning and testing stages of the Games, throughout The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and other competition and non-competition venues.
The level and extent of support will vary depending on the operational timeframes and requirements of each Venue, however it will be 24/7 and omnipresent for the duration of Games time.
The Boston Networks project and technical support team will be managed from the TOC, which will be the main Games Technology operations, monitoring and control centre for all information technology and communication systems provided for the Games.
In addition to the provision of technical support, Boston Networks will provide overarching service arrangements, ensuring that all operations are being appropriately managed and supported, as well as providing incident resolution and escalation mechanisms for the Games.