If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have realized that the U.S. National Conventions happened last month. As the Official Network Provider for both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Cisco helped transform Cleveland and Philadelphia into mini smart, connected cities to help the conventions go off without a hitch. It wasn’t easy – conventions involve lots of people, set-up time, and, of course, balloons. Here are the RNC & DNC by the numbers:
- 32 days – How long they had to set up Quicken Loans Arena for the RNC, since the Cleveland Cavaliers had just been playing there for the NBA finals.
- 50,000 – The approximate number of people who traveled to Cleveland for the RNC, including about 15,000 journalists, 2,472 delegates and 2,302 alternate delegates.
- 125,000 – The number of balloons dropped on the last night
- 58 days – How long they had to set up Wells Fargo Center for the DNC.
- 50,000 – The approximate number of people who traveled to Philadelphia for the DNC, including about 20,000 journalists, 4,760 Democratic delegates and 347 alternate delegates.
- 100,000 – The number of balloons dropped on the last night, including extra-large 36-inch ones
So what exactly did Cisco supply to help connect the conventions?
- 300 access points across Cleveland and Philadelphia
- 80 video security cameras
- Around 2,000 desk and video-enabled phones
- 12 TelePresence units
- 400 switches and routers
- 2 UCS servers for RNC Teleprompters to store and retrieve speeches during Convention
What did that network help power?
- 28.5 terabytes – The amount of data used over the four days of the RNC in downtown Cleveland – that’s the equivalent of streaming video for 3,560 days straight!
- 50.4 terabytes – The amount of data used over the four convention days at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia. Most of this was from social media applications, followed by video viewing and Web browsing.
Cisco also provided extensive network security utilizing ASA5585s with FirePower modules, FireSight, Identity Services Engine (ISE), and StealthWatch. In addition, Network Management was provided by PRIME Infrastructure 3.0 for wired and wireless devices, with Video Surveillance Manager (VSM) for viewing real-time or recorded video footage.
To learn more about Cisco’s role in powering these #ConnectedConventions, check out this great recap video: