Behind the TO2015 Games: Facilitating Remote Media Interviews with Cisco TelePresence

This post is fifth in a series taking readers behind-the-scenes of how Cisco technology is powering the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

In our exclusive look at the technology behind the TO2015 Games, we’ve talked a lot about the technology fans will see and interact with this summer. But now I’d like to truly take you behind-the-scenes for a glimpse at technology only media will see during the Games.

Argentina Men's Coxless Fours - Bronze Medalists

TO2015 Bronze Medalists from Argentina speak with media via Cisco TelePresence.

The Games are host to hundreds of international (and local) media eager to cover participants representing their respective countries. This can be challenging for reporters during the Games when competitions occur, simultaneously, across 50+ venues and hundreds of kilometres.

For their convenience, Cisco and TORONTO 2015 are providing select venues with Cisco TelePresence to enable seamless interaction between international media and athletes. These venues include the Main Press Centre (MPC), Ontario Place West Channel, Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course, Welland Pan Am Flatwater Centre, Minden Wild Water Preserve, Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park, Oshawa Sports Centre and President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ballpark.

Media have access to live, face-to-face communication with athletes and medalists for instant interviews or live press conferences between venues and the Main Press Centre. A schedule will be available daily for reporters to book their time and assemble at the MPC to connect with the athletes, offering athletes a wider platform to tell their stories and enabling journalists to cover the Games for effectively and efficiently.

If you’re attending the Games this summer, share your experience with us on Twitter using #CiscoTO2015.

About Jeff Seifert

As Chief Technology Officer for Cisco Canada, Jeff Seifert provides technical guidance and direction in key advanced and emerging technologies and go-to-market strategies. His work with many governments, enterprise and service provider customers in Canada and globally is influencing how Cisco brings products to market. During the past sixteen years at Cisco, Jeff has been involved in the successful introduction of many new technologies from the early days of the Internet, through the first deployments of VoIP and IP Telephony through to new transformational video solutions. Through this time he has worked to ensure that Canadian customer requirements are reflected in the products and architectures that Cisco brings to market. He shares a passion with organizations that wish to improve the lives of citizens whether it be serving rural Canadians, using technology to improve healthcare or enhancing education. Seifert was appointed a Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco's highest technical distinction, in August 2003. As an individual who represents the pinnacle of Cisco's technical and sales expertise, he is responsible for transforming customer demand into innovative solutions that companies can utilize in an effective and efficient manner. Prior to joining Cisco in 1995, he held financial, management, and technical positions at Bell Canada, Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), and IBM Canada. Seifert has achieved double CCIE certification, including Routing & Switching CCIE in 1996 and Voice CCIE in 2003. He holds a Bachelor in Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
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One Response to Behind the TO2015 Games: Facilitating Remote Media Interviews with Cisco TelePresence

  1. Pingback: Behind the TO2015 Games: Creating the Most Digital Games in History | Cisco Canada Blog

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