After more than nine months, across ten cities around the world, Volvo IT’s mission for the Volvo Ocean Race is complete! While the project has come to an end, the experience will last a lifetime for everyone involved.
“It has been a great journey and experience,” says Project Manager, Per Berlin. “Everyone on the crew has invested a huge amount of energy, time, and effort - both personally and professionally. This dedication and commitment is the source of success. It helped us to bring the soul into the delivery.”
Increased media demands
One of the biggest challenges was the increased need for media coverage and exposure. This resulted in requirements for higher availability of the IT environment. It also created high demands on uptime during direct transmissions of high-definition video from each of the ten cities where the race visited.
A strong technical platform
The technical set-up worked well. The crew relied on both a server environment and microwave link technology. This approach to the IT platform was essential for supporting the race’s increased technology focus.
“This race was proof that much of the future of the Volvo Ocean Race lies within online communication and media,” says Per Berlin. “This was exciting for us to be a part of, to see the evolution of the race towards a more technology-driven sport than ever before.”
Supported by a committed team
At the end of the mission, it’s not only the technology that has shaped this project. Per concludes, “Working with the Volvo Ocean Race is more than a job, it is a way of living. You put yourself on the line every day – pushing the envelope on your own capabilities. There’s no other experience I’ve had like it within a project team. We made friends for life.”
The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the world’s most demanding global sporting competitions. During the nine months of the race, the participating teams sail over 39,000 nautical miles of the globe’s most treacherous seas. Starting in Alicante, Spain in October 2011 and concluding in Galway, Ireland in July 2012, the teams will race around the world in nine legs, stopping in ten port cities along the way.
As the official IT supplier to the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race, Volvo IT is on a mission to deliver an IT platform that can keep pace with the world’s most extreme sailing race. Volvo IT’s crew will ensure effective communications at each of the ten cities the Volvo Ocean Race visits, provide IT hardware and support for the race headquarters in Alicante, Spain, and deliver hands-on IT support for the race staff and media centers in each city, requiring high-speed access to information 24 x 7.