Website for Johannesburg Summit 2002 Goes Live
HP Expects up to 50 Million Daily Page Views During 12-Day U.N. Conference
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Aug. 20, 2002
HP today announced that the official Web site of the United Nation's Johannesburg Summit 2002. Hosted on a secure HP server platform, the site is expected to draw approximately one million visitors and up to 50 million page views per day during the conference and offers content-rich information to U.N. delegates and members of the public around the world.
As the 12-day summit's lead technology provider, HP has worked closely with the Johannesburg World Summit Company (JOWSCO) to provide the technical infrastructure, support, services and Web site solutions to integrate the summit's 39 venues and to create a rich virtual environment for the dissemination of news and dialogue.
"We have included information on sustainable development, news, entertainment, a timetable of events and results of meetings," said Thandi Davids, communications executive, JOWSCO. "We view the design, implementation and execution of a robust, content-filled Web site as the embodiment of HP's commitment to supporting the summit's inventive dialogue.
"Since only a fraction of the people interested in the summit's universal themes of 'people, planet, prosperity' will be able to attend, the site is intended to provide a central resource for content dissemination and dialogue. "
All this has been enabled by an HP content management solution that links seamlessly to the site to provide broadband Internet video and streaming audio. Information is updated in real time by a diverse team of online editors and writers on duty at the JOWSCO offices and the Sandton Convention Centre. While the bulk of the material available on the site is in English, key content also is available in French and Spanish.
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