- SOLUTION: Sports Innova

- SECTOR: Public


“The infrastructure for the Erzurum 2011 Winter Universiade was made up of many different and highly complex technologies, including IP based full HD broadcasting, scoring systems, telephony, security, information management solutions, high capacity Internet, digital signage and giant screens. Innova showed a thorough understanding of our project requirements and was able to deliver the project so successfully that it built an IT infrastructure worthy of the Olympic Games.”

Mehmet Özdemir 
Universiade 2011 Technology Group President

Erzurum Universiade 2011

The 25th Universiade Winter Games were held in the Turkish city of Erzurum, which sits 1,757m above sea level. The event’s IT infrastructure and solutions were provided exclusively by Innova in one of the largest IT projects ever conducted in eastern Turkey.

The Universiade Winter games are often seen as a staging post for young winter sports athletes hoping to go on to take part in the Olympics. The 2011 event hosted 3,000 athletes from 56 countries. It was the result of an investment of $600 million and required meticulous preparations to ensure that the entire operation ran smoothly, including the provision of high-level IT support. Innova was entrusted with the exclusive rights to configure all aspects of IT infrastructure and services for the event.


Erzurum Universiade by numbers:

  • 11 different sports
  • 3,000 athletes
  • 56 countries
  • 8,000 IT hardware components
  • Over 300 scoring and timing devices


The systems provided by Innova included the IT infrastructure, IP-based high definition broadcasting, scoring systems, telephony solutions, security, information management systems, high-speed and high-capacity Internet, digital signage and kiosks, and giant spectator screens.

Erzurum Universiade 2011


250 Innova employees and subcontractors contributed to the event’s IT needs. Together they installed 8,000 pieces of hardware in locations all around Erzurum, including at the sporting locations such as the ski slopes and jumping towers. Scoring for the 11 sports handled by the use of over 300 special scoring and timing sensors placed at 114 different locations. In order to aid the flow of information to all Universiade sites and facilities, more than 300 digital kiosks, signage solutions and LED screens, which if placed together would have covered over 500 square metres, were placed around the city. In addition, Innova successfully designed, built and installed the Game Management System that provided Universiade officials with complete organisational control throughout the games.