Sailing Media Infrastructure for Volvo Ocean Race delivered by Volvo IT

It’s one thing to run a media infrastructure for a stadium based game, or a sailing event that happens within Wifi range of the shore. It’s quite another to deliver almost real-time, high definition coverage on multiple devices from the middle of the ocean. The Volvo Ocean Race has announced that the task of delivering the media goals for the next edition of the race will be given to Volvo IT who will be  the official IT supplier. Volvo IT will provide the IT platform, ensuring effective communications at each of the 10 cities, which the race will visit during the course of the event.

The company has provided similar services to the two previous Volvo Ocean Races and developed an understanding of what is required and capabilities to deploy a world-class IT infrastructure that can keep pace with the extreme nature of the Volvo Ocean Race.  With the need to communicate the race to stakeholders and fans in more than180 countries, the Volvo Ocean Race requires a supplier who has the ability to deliver at all times.

Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad said:

“Our IT solution requires a sophisticated infrastructure to run this world-class event. We are confident that Volvo IT has the proven ability to deliver at the highest level and we look forward to working with them on the upcoming race.”

Volvo IT, CEO Magnus Carlander added:

“We are proud, once again, to have the opportunity to deliver to the Volvo Ocean Race. The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the world’s most extreme, global sporting events and this is an exciting way for Volvo IT to showcase our ability to deliver IT solutions under extreme conditions and to leverage the passion and spirit of our committed team of employees around the globe.”

Volvo IT will design a platform that ensures network access and availability for the Volvo Ocean Race staff, media visiting the race, and participating teams. A key aspect will include running the media centres from an IT perspective at each stopover, enabling the transmission of gigabytes of data and providing hands-on, IT support. Volvo IT will also provide hardware and support for the Volvo Ocean Race headquarters in Alicante, Spain.

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