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Cisco Canada starts Toronto 2015 countdown clock

Toronto-based networking equipment company Cisco Canada has installed a clock in Toronto that will count down to the start of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. The clock, which is located in Nathan Phillips Square, is 5.5 metres tall and incorporates five 1.1 metre screens. The installation also features a touch-screen kiosk that provides information about the games. The kiosk includes a photography application that visitors can use to take a picture of themselves at the site, download it to a smartphone, email it or share it via social media sites from a website at <http://www.ciscotoronto2015.ca>.

"We're excited to bring the Cisco Toronto 2015 Countdown Clock to the heart of downtown Toronto, the first of its kind in the world, and it will be an important landmark for local residents and visitors alike to announce the games are quickly approaching," said Nitin Kawale, president of Cisco Canada. "But this is more than just a clock. It's a social portal, enabled by the 'Internet of Everything.'"

The structure was official opened on July 11 in a special event featuring Cirque du Soleil stilt acrobats, Brazilian drummers, breakdancers and BMX stunt cyclists.

The Toronto 2015 Pan American Games will begin on July 10, 2015. The clock will remain in operation until the end of the Parapan Am Games on August 15, 2015. Cisco is the information and communications technology sponsor of the games.

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