Students help to build Games Data Network

12 February 2014

NVT Group, the official Technology Services Integrator (TSI) for the Games

NVT Group, the official Technology Services Integrator (TSI) for the Games

GCU is sending a team of IT security students to work with Scottish firm NVT Group during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

More than 50 students from the School of Engineering and Built Environment will play a vital role in this summer’s event by working alongside professionals at NVT Group to help build and implement the Games Data Network. 

NVT Group, the official Technology Services Integrator (TSI) for the Games, invited students to join its Players Programme, offering them the chance to work behind the scenes at one of the world’s biggest multi-sport events.

GCU’s computing students at undergraduate and postgraduate level will work closely with NVT on the technology solutions driving the Games.  Students will be involved in a number of critical roles during the build, integration and testing stages, as well as maintenance as part of the support team.  They will also assist in providing wired and wireless connectivity for all competition and non-competition venues which are relied on by athletes, officials, press, administrators and contractors.

David Hendry, Senior Lecturer in Computer, Communications and Interactive Systems, said:

“The opportunity to join NVT’s Players Programme gives network students the chance to experience what is involved behind the scenes in the planning, building and execution at a major sporting event and will ensure they are a part of Glasgow 2014’s legacy.” 

Networking Honours student Stuart Traynor, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to gain work experience as well as seeing a large scale operation put into practice. Being part of the Games, and in some part working to contribute to its success, brings the event even closer to home.”

David Crawford, Head of Support at NVT Group, said: “We are delighted to have the students from GCU in our Players Programme. It is a fantastic way for the business and academic worlds to come together and deliver a successful Glasgow 2014.”