As the official IT sponsor of the forthcoming 13th Asian Games, Taiwan's Acer Group is facing what is perhaps one of its biggest challenges ever.
Loosely modelled after the summer Olympics, this year's Asian Games, to be held from December 6Ð20 in Bangkok, are expected to draw nearly 8000 athletes from 42 countries.
Unlike the mainframe and minicomputer systems deployed by IBM at the Olympics, however, Acer has committed to implementing a pure PC-technology-based, client-server system for the Games. In addition, Acer has nowhere near the level of in-house system integration expertise as IBM.
So far, at least, it looks like all systems go. During a three day pre-Games trial event in Bangkok earlier this month, competitions were held at three different venues, and Acer's client-server system was awarded a zero-defect rating by the IT Committee of the 13th Asian Games.
As the official IT sponsor of the Asian Games, Acer is providing all the computer systems for the event, including hardware, application software and system integration services.
Acer's sponsorship of the Games, valued at about $US10 million, calls for the PC vendor to deploy 1800 PC clients and 200 servers in over 100 locations connected by a wide area network (WAN).
To maintain and service the system during the event, Acer has trained 300 engineers as well as 800 volunteers.