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Organizers: No problem with SEA Games information system

A representative of local Southeast Asian Games organizers on Friday assured the competition-wide systems connectivity is in place.

Atty. Jarie Osias, spokesperson and legal director of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), said its information technology group has been coordinating with the Filipino-Malaysian joint venture team that was awarded the contract to supply the SEA Games Information System (SEAGIS).

” ‘Yung venues natin sa SEA Games . . . lahat ng ito ay pasado, reserved na ng gobyerno, nag-issue na ng certificate availability of funds so sarado na ang deals sa mga venue na ito at ang mga venues na ito ay handang handa as far as internet connectivity na tinatawag,” said Osias in an interview over dzMM’s “Pasada Sais Trenta.”

Osias said that the internet connectivity was even tested during the initial run of the athletics and swimming events in New Clark City last week and it worked, he said.

“Gumana naman ang scoring, nagreflect naman sa system, nacollect ang data,” said the PHISGOC spokesman. 

Arnold Labadan, the authorized representative of the Filipino-Malaysian group, has previously said that his side is having problems with the connectivity since the contract for the network has not been awarded yet.

“There is no network infrastructure, no connectivity, no cloud (at competition venues),” Labadan said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Gigi Grande. 

“The contract for that has not yet been awarded to anyone. Without connectivity, we can’t interface our software with the timing and scoring equipment.”

But Osias said Labadan’s interview took place 2 weeks ago, when the contract was just awarded.

“Natawagan ko rin agad si Mr. Labadan ng kumpanyang iyon para linawin kung ano’ng basehan ng balita. Ang pagkakasabi niya ang interview nangyari 2 weeks ago. Ka-award lang din ng Philippine government sa grupo nila ang kontrata 2 weeks ago,” he said.

“Noong panahon iyon kulang sa coordination ang grupo nila at ang grupo ng PHISGOC so hindi pa malinaw nu’ng na-interview siya, pero simula noon hanggang ngayon patuloy ang coordination.”

He added that Labadan was also present during the running of the test events, where they evaluated the internet connectivity in New Clark City. 

The SEAGIS will be vital in the Games as it is supposed to provide real-time updates of scores, the medal tally, player statistics, and other important data.

Osias also said organizers are working to outsource a backup network for the system, which will also cover the connectivity for the Games’ broadcasting telecast.

“Kukuha pa tayo at magtatransact tayo ng back up internet connection para sa lahat ng venues para yung cloud service natin para mayroon backup ang data, pati yung broadcast system natin meaning yung internet connectivity para sa TV telecast natin,” said Osias.

The PHISGOC official also said that 30 percent of the equipment required for the 56 sports in the 12-day event have already arrived for installation.

“Transacted na ang lahat (ng equipment). All requirements of the 56 sports transacted na, meaning nakapag-down payment na. Mayroong 30 percent na-deliver na,” he said.

“Ang assurance nila . . . in the next 10 days (makukumpleto).” 

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