Dimension Data connects Volvo Ocean Race’s Auckland stopover

Tech developed for the Tour de France

The Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover race village opened in late February and is expecting over 500,000 fans to enter the race village, with Dimension Data technology helping support the support.

The New Zealand business of the technology provider has been appointed as the official connectivity partner of the Auckland Stopover, tasked with delivering connectivity technology for event organisers, race teams, hospitality, retails, media and fans in the race village.

“As the technology partner for the Tour de France for the past three years, we have been revolutionising the viewing experience for fans and have been innovating every year with new innovative technologies,” Dimension Data New Zealand CEO, Wayne Yarr, told Computerworld.

“We are bringing this experience to the Volvo Ocean Race, Auckland Stopover with the objective of enabling a seamless experience for all event stakeholders and visitors.

“The ability for event organisers, race teams, media and fans to seamlessly log-on to our network with any device and communicate with their teams, social channels, family and friends anywhere in the world presented a number of challenges that required detailed design and planning.

“Each individual could have four or five devices on that network at any one time so we had to sit down and map out various scenarios, including a number of logistical and environmental challenges.”

As a result, Yarr said the company had created a dedicated project team under project manager Abrie Grobbelaar, working with a number of partners to bring together the technology, solution, implementation and professional services support.

Most of the eight boats competing in the race are expected to arrive in Auckland on the 27 February and will leave for the 7,600 nautical mile leg to Itajaí in Brazil on the 18 March.

During the Auckland Stopover they will take part in an in-port race on 10 March and the Peroni Pro-am Race on 16 March.

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