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Avaya Unified Communications Connects Athletes and Teammates at 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games

02-09-2009
  • Personal video calls across three venues and additional communication advances from Avaya allow team members to visually and verbally share encouragement and excitement

Athletes participating in the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games this week can make personal video calls to connect with teammates, coaches and support staff across different sports venues.

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Athletes participating in the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games this week can make personal video calls to connect with teammates, coaches and support staff across different sports venues. The technology that makes this happen is part of the Avaya Unified Communications portfolio, enabling users to make high-quality video calls from a PC or notebook computer as easily as placing a phone call.

 

The 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games are spread over seven sporting venues in Idaho, including Sun Valley, Bogus Basin, Qwest Arena and others, with the headquarters and main festival location in Boise. The event will attract nearly 2500 athletes from more than 100 countries.

 

Athletes can have live video conversations with teammates and others in Olympics Towns located in Boise, Sun Valley or McCall, Idaho. Once connected, they can visually and verbally communicate their encouragement and excitement about the day's snow shoeing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and other events.

 

Making it possible behind the scenes is Avaya one-X® Communicator, a desktop application for business users that provides full telephony features, desktop video, visual voicemail, rich presence, access to email and instant messaging, conference bridge integration and other productivity tools. From a single interface, a simple click of the mouse can launch virtually any form of communication, including applications from different vendors and with different protocols. The easy-to-use one-X Communicator interface maximizes convenience and employee productivity.

 

Last year, Avaya along with Extreme Networks, Juniper Networks and Avaya BusinessPartner, S1IT solutions implemented a powerful network for the 2008 Special Olympics Invitational Winter Games that continues to support this year’s event. The network extends Avaya Communication Manager IP Telephony software from the event headquarters in Boise to all 28 sport and non-sport locations. The high availability network from Extreme Networks features Gigabit performance with superior quality of service for voice traffic and secure wired and wireless access.

 

In addition, since efficient, mobile communications are critical at an event spread over such a broad area, the mobility features of Avaya Unified Communications transform staff members' cell phones into another endpoint on the event network. Callers simply dial the extension assigned to a staff member to instantly reach him or her whether he or she is at a desk or any other location. The software also provides built-in, Meet-Me audio conferencing, which helps eliminate or reduce the cost of using hosted or separate systems. 

 

The communications and data networking products, solutions and implementation services for Special Olympics Winter Games were donated by Avaya, Extreme Networks, Juniper Networks and S1 IT Solutions Inc.

 

About Avaya
Avaya is a global leader in enterprise communications systems. The company provides unified communications, contact centers, and related services directly and through its channel partners to leading businesses and organizations around the world. Enterprises of all sizes depend on Avaya for state-of-the-art communications that improve efficiency, collaboration, customer service and competitiveness. For more information please visit www.avaya.com.

 

About the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games
The 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held in Idaho, USA, 7-13 February 2009 and nearly 2,500 athletes from more than 100 countries are expected to compete. Surpassing the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games in athlete numbers and participating nations, the World Winter Games will be the largest multi-day winter sporting event ever held in Idaho. Competition will take place in seven winter sports – Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing and Speed Skating. Competition and other activities will take place in communities and venues throughout Idaho including but not limited to Boise, Sun Valley and McCall. For more information, visit www.2009WorldGames.org.

 

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