In February 2017, the FIS World Ski Championships took place over two weeks in St. Moritz, and we were responsible for the digitalisation of the event. We laid 126 km of optical fibre cable and 360 km of copper cable to build a reliable world championship command centre. The basic infrastructure consisted of internet connections for media centres, command centres for emergency service organisations and hundreds of workspaces that had to be supplied with wifi, accreditation systems and their own IT network. Till systems and various info points in different locations also formed part of the challenging commission.
The undisputed highlight was the legendary ‘Free Fall’ start to the men’s downhill run, where skiers start from a gradient of 100% (45°) and accelerate to 140 km/h over six seconds. The entire site was networked to ensure that timekeeping and TV broadcasting could occur in real time.
To guarantee reliable worldwide TV broadcasting to participating nations, SRG, the host broadcaster, sent its signal via our high-performance infrastructure. The main challenge of this project was to link the various locations in a previously rural area with a range of multilingual stakeholders.
An app was also developed for ski fans. This showed real-time information about the events, was used as a main means of communication by the organising committee, and enabled the interactive inclusion of fans and sponsors.