COLTÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Paris and Berlin data centres meet high security demands for election
COLT, the pan European telecommunications company, today (14 June 2004) announced that it delivered the electoral information for the European parliamentary election, that took place on 13 June 2004.
COLT provided a secure and resilient telecommunications infrastructure, as well as the Internet portal for the European election. Together with the Berlin-based software house IVU Traffic Technologies AG, COLT published all the results on the on-line portal www.elections2004.eu.int on election night. The electoral results were collected by an IVU IT system, analysed and sent to COLT data centres in Paris and Berlin, where they were available online to roughly 454 million EU citizens in 25 European states.
A special interface made it possible for the media and electoral analysts to import large quantities of data directly into their own systems and relay them to the population. As early as 2002, IVU and COLT successfully used this infrastructure for the German Federal parliamentary election.
Altogether, about a terabyte of data will be delivered over the next few weeks, roughly equivalent to 40 million A4 pages. COLT provided 100 Mbps of bandwidth for the Internet connection, corresponding to 133 times the bandwidth of a normal ISDN line. In the run-up to the referendum, roughly 20 GB of data per month was retrieved.
Robust security standards safeguarded against system crashes and bottlenecks on election night: twice the number of data circuits were made available via two separate routes, while the majority of systems in the two data centres in Berlin and Paris were doubly configured. Anti-virus software and firewalls provided reliable protection against attacks by hackers. Furthermore, round-the-clock monitoring of all technical components was provided by special monitoring software and additional staff. A special monitoring system, Global Loadbalancing, ensured that both data centres in Paris and Berlin were able to communicate with each other, so that were either data centre to stop responding, there was an automatic switchover to the system that remained active.
“After the successful German Federal parliamentary election project in 2002, we decided on further collaboration with COLT,” says Matthias Rust, Divisional Director for E-Government systems at IVU Traffic Technologies AG, “because COLT can provide us with a highly efficient and secure infrastructure as well as our own data centres.”
Wolfgang Essig, managing director, COLT in Germany, explained: “The European election project shows how well placed COLT is as a pan-European company. With its own fibre-optic network, which is more than 20,000 km long, in 13 European countries and with 11 data centres in all the major European capitals Ã¢â‚¬â€œ including Paris, Berlin, Madrid and London Ã¢â‚¬â€œ we are the ideal partner for such a European project.”
Today, more than 14,000 HTML documents can be accessed on the EU election portal, with all information available in 20 official languages. Besides the election results on the election evening and the official final results after the election, the portal also provides information about the parliamentarians, the electoral laws of 25 European countries and the opening hours of the polling stations.
COLT Telecom Group plc is a leading pan-European provider of business communications services and solutions. The company owns an integrated 20,000 kilometre network that directly connects approximately 10,000 buildings in 32 major cities in 13 countries augmented with a further 42 points of presence across Europe and 11 Internet Solution Centres. COLT supplies customers across the full spectrum of industry, service and government sectors with unrivalled end-to-end network security, reliability and service.
COLT Telecom Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (CTM.L) and NASDAQ (COLT). Information about COLT and its products and services can be found on the web at www.colt.net.
About IVU Traffic Technologies AG (www.ivu.de)
IVU Traffic Technologies AG supplies IT systems for planning, operating and controlling traffic and logistics processes. More than 25 years of experience with hardware and software systems for more than 300 public traffic companies also make IVU the leading specialist in IT solutions: monitoring fleets of lorries, planning branch networks, networking authorities and developing elections on line. That is traffic and more from IVU.
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