Qatar Olympic Academy goes wireless

3Com has clinched a deal to provide a wireless network infrastructure to the Aspire Academy of Sports Excellence, Qatar’s new educational institution that aims to transform promising students into Olympic champions.

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By  Alicia Buller Published  September 7, 2004

3Com has clinched a deal to provide a wireless network infrastructure to the Aspire Academy of Sports Excellence, Qatar’s new educational institution that aims to transform promising students into Olympic champions. Utilising coaches and exercise physiologists, the Academy will train students in soccer, athletics, swimming, gymnastics, fencing and table tennis, and aims to deploy the most advanced technology available as part of its project to mould the next generation of athletes. To connect the facilities on its new campus in Doha — which features academy buildings, playing fields and the largest sports dome in the world — Aspire decided to invest in an advanced communications infrastructure. The solution from 3Com will include a 10 Gigabit Ethernet-enabled core solution, a Gigabit to desktop switching architecture with 10 Gigabit support, as well as power over Ethernet (PoE) technology and a wireless LAN infrastructure. “Using 3Com’s solutions, we are preparing Qatar’s student-athletes for international competition with the most innovative and sophisticated training strategies available,” says Soubhi Abdulkarim, IT manager at Aspire. The new solution will play a key role in the success of the Academy, as it will be used to distribute its suite of dietary, training and academic applications across the site, in addition to providing the communications backbone for the school’s physiological, biomechanical and videography laboratories.

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