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Avaya, Extreme Networks, Juniper Networks and S1 IT Solutions Team to Support Special Olympics Winter Games With IP Telephony Network
Feb 19, 2008 (08:02 AM EST)


BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- When athletes and their families arrive at the 2008 Special Olympics Invitational World Winter Games in Idaho later this week, a sophisticated IP Telephony network from Avaya, Extreme Networks , and Juniper Networks will be operating behind the scenes to keep the activities running smoothly. For both the athletes and the technology, it's a major trial run before next year's 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Avaya BusinessPartner, S1 IT Solutions Inc. implemented the solution for the Special Olympics. Avaya is a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and software.

The Special Olympics 2009 World Winter Games covers more than 28 venues throughout Idaho, including Bogus Basin, , Taco Bell Arena, Idaho Ice World, Sun Valley Resort and Tamarack Resort. More than 3,000 athletes and 6,000 volunteers are expected to participate and support the events.

"This is the first time a voice over IP System has ever been used in a Special Olympics World Games," said Josh Crosby, 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games Chief Technology Officer. "What would normally be a four-year infrastructure implementation has been compressed into a two-year deliverable -- a time frame companies like Avaya are familiar with, having provided service for other short-term, highly complex sporting events. The incredible support all four of these companies have shown the Games has allowed us to be operational from day one. We are extremely grateful for Avaya, Extreme Networks, Juniper Networks and S1 IT Solutions' support and generosity."

One powerful network running Avaya Communication Manager IP Telephony software from the event headquarters in Boise extends to gateways and/or Avaya IP phones in the 28 venues. The high availability network from Extreme Networks features Gigabit performance with superior quality of service for voice traffic and secure wired and wireless access.

Since efficient, mobile communications are critical, Avaya Extension to Cellular enables cell phones to behave as another endpoint on the event network. Callers simply dial a single number assigned to a staff member on the Communication Manager network to instantly reach him or her on a cell phone in any location. The software also provides built-in, Meet-me audio conferencing, which helps eliminate or reduce the cost of using hosted or separate systems, and accessibility features.

The communications and data networking products, solutions and implementation services for Special Olympics Winter Games were donated by Avaya, Extreme Networks, Juniper Networks and S1 IT Solutions Inc.

Avaya and its technology alliance and channel partners are no strangers to providing converged voice and data solutions for highly complex, short-term events. Avaya supported the FIFA World Cup Soccer events in Japan and Korea in 2002, and in Germany in 2006, plus the FIFA Women's World Cup in the U.S. in 2003. The company has also provided solutions for NBC Olympics since 1999.

About Avaya

Avaya delivers Intelligent Communications solutions that help companies transform their businesses to achieve marketplace advantage. More than one million businesses worldwide, including more than 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500(R), use Avaya solutions for IP telephony, unified communications, contact centers and communications-enabled business processes. Avaya Global Services provides comprehensive service and support for companies, small to large. For more information, visit the Avaya Web site at http://www.avaya.com .

Extreme Networks, Inc.

Extreme Networks designs, builds, and installs Ethernet infrastructure solutions that solve the toughest business communications challenges. The Company's commitment to open networking sets it apart from the alternatives by delivering meaningful insight and unprecedented control to applications and services. Extreme Networks believes openness is the best foundation for growth, freedom, flexibility, and choice. Extreme Networks focuses on enterprises and service providers who demand high performance, converged networks that support voice, video and data, over a wired and wireless infrastructure. For more information, visit: http://www.extremenetworks.com

About Juniper Networks, Inc.

Juniper Networks, Inc. is the leader in high-performance networking. Juniper offers a high-performance network infrastructure that creates a responsive and trusted environment for accelerating the deployment of services and applications over a single network. This fuels high-performance businesses. Additional information can be found at www.juniper.net .

About S1 IT Solutions

S1 IT Solutions is a strategic technology partner to progressive companies and organizations, providing enterprise solutions that help you navigate the world of convergence. We offer one source for seamless, high-value voice and data products that enhance information management. We help you use technology to communicate -- your way. S1 IT Solutions is headquartered in Boise, ID with regional offices in Vancouver, WA, Salt Lake City, UT, Seattle, WA and Sacramento, CA. For more information, contact Chelsea Jones, Director of Marketing, at 208.381.0679 or cjones@chooseS1.com.

CONTACT: Deb Kline, Avaya Media Relations, +1-908-953-6179, klined@avaya.com; or Sarah Sorensen, Juniper Corporate Communications,+1-408-936-4037,

Web site: http://www.avaya.com/ http://www.extremenetworks.com/ http://www.juniper.net//