Boston Networks delivers seamless connectivity for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
11 Days of Magnificent Sport. 14 Competition Venues. 140 Commonwealth Records Broken. 17 Sports. 500,000m of Structured & Fibre Optic Cabling. 1 Cabling Services Provider and 1 very memorable cuddly Mascot!
Over the last 11 days Glasgow has rolled out the carpet to thousands of athletes, officials and visitors and hosted a fun filled festival of sport and culture on a scale that the city has never seen before.
It was a Games which saw more than 140 Commonwealth records broken as elite athletes from 71 nations and territories competed for Games glory.
Technology was Critical to the Success of the Games
Undoubtedly, technology played a critical part in the huge success of the Games. As an official technology provider, Boston Networks designed, delivered and maintained multiple high performing networks for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to deliver seamless flows of communication and event critical connectivity for the duration of this prolific sporting event.
The multi-faceted communication infrastructure, delivered by Boston Networks, enabled the delivery of superlative IT and Games TV services throughout key Glasgow 2014 venues, including:
- Hampden Park
- Ibrox Stadium
- Barry Buddon Shooting Centre
- Glasgow National Hockey Centre
- Glasgow Green Precinct
- Cathkin Braes Mountain Biking
- Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls
- Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome & Emirates Arena
- Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh
- SECC Precinct, International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre
- The SSE Hydro
- The Clyde Auditorium
- Scotstoun Sports Campus
- Strathclyde Country Park
- Tollcross International Swimming Centre
- Celtic Park
- Commonwealth Games Village
- Glasgow Hilton, Games Family Hotel
- Games Headquarters
Games Data Network – Event Critical Communications
Boston Networks designed and delivered a robust backbone cabling infrastructure, utilising single and multi-mode fibre optic cabling. The resilient backbone supported the Games data & voice network connecting all operational areas throughout the competition venues including press, logistics and transport hubs.
The Games data & voice network was fully utilised by the Games workforce, security officials and the world’s media, across Glasgow, to support the secure and seamless transmission of data, voice and IP telephony.
In addition further cabling systems were installed across the venues to support technologies such as PSTN, ISDN and ADSL and to facilitate the transmission of rapid news feeds, which were critical to the thousands of press and media delegates reporting from the Games.
Games Network for the Host Broadcaster – Capturing all the Games Time Action
A separate fibre optic cabling network was installed by Boston Networks for exclusive use by the Host Broadcaster, Sunset+Vine Global Television (SVGTV). This exclusive network comprised highly resilient single and multi-mode fibre to feedback real time camera footage to the remote Broadcast Centres and the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) located within the SECC precinct.
The design, installation and operation of the IBC was managed by SVGTV and staffed with more than 1000 broadcast technical experts delivering all the Games action. The IBC was the hub for all Commonwealth Games broadcasting activity, handling incoming television pictures and sound from all the competition venues and ensuring the distribution of footage to international television and radio rights holders’ home countries.
The exclusive use of the dedicated and highly resilient cabling infrastructure designed and delivered by Boston Networks played a critical role in the transmission of the Host Broadcasters footage, to a world-wide audience in excess of one billion.
Games Television System
Boston Networks also designed, deployed and maintained a dedicated Games Television System (Games TVS) to seamlessly transmit footage from the Host Broadcaster throughout all competition and selected non-competition venues. The Games TVS was delivered utilising leading edge IPTV technology – a first of its kind for a Commonwealth Games and consequently hugely successful.
The Games TVS distributed live video, without delay, from the Host Broadcaster to each of the commentary positions throughout all of the competition venues ensuring multilingual coverage and detailed, up to date commentary in real time.
All the technical and operational planning of the Games TVS was delivered by Boston Networks on behalf of Glasgow 2014 and included:
- The design and 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.
- A 24/7 enhanced operational and technical support service for pre-Games and Games time periods.
A resilient fibre optic network was installed from the IBC to a dedicated Microwave Wireless Network, which was designed and deployed by Boston Networks for the transmission of 24 IPTV channels throughout Glasgow.
The fault tolerant Metropolitan Microwave Wireless Network was used to transmit the 24 Host Broadcaster television channels, from the IBC to key locations throughout the city including the Games Operations Centre (GOC) & Technology Operations Centre (TOC) and the Commonwealth Games Village.
The high speed and highly secure microwave network was fully supported and managed by the Boston Networks Glasgow based Network Operation Centre (NOC) and our 24/7 network support staff.
The MPC was housed within the SECC precinct and was the key hub for press and photographers that visited Glasgow. In excess of 1,500 international media visited Glasgow during the Games; therefore a high performing and resilient communication solution was required.
To enable express flows of communication and the transmission of rapid news feeds, both the Games data & voice network and Games TVS empowered the MPC during Games Time.
The world’s press and photographers were granted access to live footage via banks of screens showing material from all the competition venues, they were also able to work with the support of IP telephones and over 200 workstations, delivered via our cabling infrastructure and supported by the Games data & voice network.
Games Time Support
Boston Networks provided on-going support and maintenance for all cabling, wireless microwave and Games TVS equipment throughout supply, installation, commissioning and operational stages of the Games, within all competition and non-competition venues.
The level and extent of support varied depending on the operational timeframes and requirements of each Venue, however it was 24/7 and omnipresent at all venues for the duration of Games time.
The Boston Networks project and technical support team was fully operational and managed from the TOC, which was 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 provided seamless and overarching service level agreements, ensuring that all operations were appropriately managed and supported, as well as providing incident resolution and escalation mechanisms for the duration of the Games.
Commenting on the landmark project, Scott McEwan, Chief Executive, Boston Networks states:
The success of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has been truly phenomenal from so many aspects. Not only from an Operational and Technological standpoint but also from the atmosphere in the city, the thousands of unforgettable clyde-siders and the record breaking medals won by Team Scotland.
Having worked with the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee for over 18 months as an Official Provider, it’s been a fantastic journey and a great achievement to have positively contributed to the Games and to the technology solution that powered one of the largest sporting events in the world.
Boston Networks delivered a world class communications infrastructure on behalf of Glasgow 2014, guaranteeing unsurpassed network performance and is proud to have played a role in the ‘Best Games Ever’. Congratulations Glasgow!
As the Official Cabling Services Provider, Boston Networks delivered a vital contribution to the technology infrastructure that connected the largest sporting event Scotland has ever hosted.
The expertise delivered by Boston ranged from the detailed design of the cabling infrastructure, which supported a multitude of technologies, right through to the unwavering operational support they provided during Games Time.
The approach to the cabling infrastructure design, project management and support delivered by Boston Networks met, and often exceeded, both the requirements and expectations of the Glasgow 2014 team. In particular, I would like to commend Boston Networks on its flexibility in meeting the scope and scale of this project and their commitment to deliver the outcomes Glasgow 2014 aspired to.