Cisco Australia supports Racing and Wagering Western Australia for the Race that Stops the Nation
It may be the race that stops the nation, but for Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) and Glen Fee the CIO of RWWA, this week’s Melbourne Cup Carnival (which includes Australia’s most famous horse race, the Melbourne Cup) is their busiest time of year. RWWA is responsible for ensuring the integrity and long term viability of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing in Western Australia. RWWA is also responsible for wagering and sports betting where it trades as The TAB in 322 locations and 58 race tracks state-wide. Last year the RWWA handled over $27 million worth of transactions for this race alone.
The complexities of an IT system at a wagering agency are on par of that with a stock-exchange due to the sheer volume and real-time nature of transactions that occur each second and as such, organisations such as RWWA must be backed by some pretty robust and scalable IT architecture. Over the last four years RWWA has undergone a complete IT modernisation so that the systems in place can handle the impressive workload.
Cisco has played a crucial role in this IT overhaul (see press release here) with the implementation of its Unified Computing System (UCS), on which RWWA’s mobile betting platform and Interactive TV functions both run. The mobile application allows customers to access their accounts on the go from anywhere whereas the Interactive TV system allows users to place bets directly from their TV remote control. Both these applications ensure that serious punters as well as Melbourne Cup-only flutterers can access RWWA’s betting system any time from anywhere.
As well as the Cisco UCS, RWWA also use a wide range of Cisco intelligent networking equipment for the core and wide area network, exemplifying the long-standing, positive relationship that exists between Cisco and RWWA. Backed by reliable and robust Cisco technology, RWWA can breathe easy knowing that at least their IT systems will be a winner this Melbourne Cup and at each cup into the future.
Here’s an excellent article in CIO Magazine Australia of an interview with Glen Fee the CIO of RWWA that was nicely timed with yesterday’s Melbourne Cup (a very thrilling photo finish where the winner – Dunaden – literally won by a nose)!