For 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai Citrix is going to provide application delivery solutions for GMS to enable officials access real-time information at the games. How has the use of information technology (IT) really helped in the smooth conduct of such large sporting events?
Building and managing key components of the IT infrastructure for any large-scale event like the Special Olympics come with considerable challenges. A critical IT requirement for any sporting event is to provide game officials with secure and easy access to applications, game results and information in real-time.
The application delivery solutions contributed by Citrix for various applications including the Game Management System (GMS) have ensured that the officials are able to securely access real-time information at the games.
The GMS holds crucial information on the athletes’ data and results produced by over 7,000 special athletes, representing more than 170 countries, who are expected to compete in the 2007 Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai.
At the core of the IT infrastructure at the Shanghai Special Olympics is the Citrix Presentation Server that has helped the game officials in centralizing IT administration, which is essential to ensure continuity and security. All key information, data and applications pertaining to the games is centralized at a data centre. By virtualizing applications and other critical information, Citrix Presentation Server enables the user to interact with the application without actually installing it on his or her computer or any other access device. Citrix Presentation Server’s “secure by design” imperative enables IT administrators to provide secure delivery of applications and critical games information in real-time to end users who could be in multiple locations, using different devices.
Citrix also provided application delivery solutions at the 2006 Special Olympics Invitational Game, a precursor to the 2007 event, which was held from 12th