Avaya Forms Team to Support Special Olympics Winter Games

When athletes and their families arrive at the 2008 Special Olympics Invitational World Winter Games in Idaho later this week, an IP Telephony network from Avaya, Extreme Networks, and Juniper Networks will be operating behind the scenes to keep the activities running smoothly.

For both the athletes and the technology, it’s a major trial run before next year’s 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Avaya BusinessPartner, S1 IT Solutions implemented the solution for the Special Olympics. Avaya is a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and software.

The Special Olympics 2009 World Winter Games covers more than 28 venues throughout Idaho, including Bogus Basin, Boise State University, Taco Bell Arena, Idaho Ice World, Sun Valley Resort and Tamarack Resort. More than 3000 athletes and 6,000 volunteers are expected to participate and support the events.

”This is the first time a voice over IP System has ever been used in a Special Olympics World Games,” said Josh Crosby, 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games Chief Technology Officer. “What would normally be a four-year infrastructure has been compressed into a two-year deliverable—a time frame companies like Avaya are familiar with, having provided service for other short-term, highly complex sporting events. The incredible support all four of these companies have shown the Games has allowed us to be operational from day one. We are extremely grateful for Avaya, Extreme Networks, Juniper Networks and S1 IT Solutions’ support and generosity.”

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