This week South Florida’s Lynn University was taken over by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) for the final debate of presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Moderated by chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and Face the Nation moderator, Bob Schieffer, this debate was critical for the final polling outcome. Just on the Sunday prior to the event a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed the race tied.
Cisco is proud to say that it took part in the behind the scenes. Lynn University partnered with longtime Cisco partner Modcomp to provide a secure environment for all data center and voice communications during the debate. Modcomp and Cisco beat out seven other firms vying for the opportunity. Lynn worked with Cisco and Modcomp to design solutions for the short term that could also serve the university in the long term so that the school is not simply buying technology for a single-time use.
Our Director of Government Strategies & Healthcare, Cassie Roach, recently discussed Cisco’s participation in the debate and how Cisco is enabling Lynn to bring the debate directly to voters. Cisco has extensive experience in providing products and services for events requiring reliability, flexibility, and scalability in their networks, including the London Olympics and each of the last three Democratic and Republication National Conventions.
Lynn, Modcomp and Cisco used technology and tools to scale live access and broaden the reach of the debate; this is the infrastructure Cisco provides. Specifically, the solution architecture included real-time intrusion detection and prevention, Network Access Control, self-provisioning guest portals, network monitoring and segmentation, and policy and bandwidth management and enforcement. The result: A successful debate that allowed Lynn to meet the CPD’s stringent requirements and bring real-time communications and an unmatched user experience to voters.
Just how many resources went into this debate? The Miami Herald reported that more than 70 miles of cable was laid across the campus to broadcast the debate and pre and post shows. Additionally, nearly 3,500 media were credentialed to cover the debate.