VALENCIA, Spain, June 1 /PRNewswire/ — As the official New Media Provider of the 32nd America’s Cup, Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced it has expanded into the virtual realm with the opening of Port AmericasCupAnywhere on Second Life(R), the 3D virtual world phenomena entirely built and owned by its residents. Coinciding with the final round of sailing competition beginning today in Valencia, Spain, the announcement follows Alcatel-Lucent’s launch earlier this spring of AmericasCupAnywhere, a unique suite of new media services which enable sailing fans globally to enjoy all of the sailing action whenever and wherever they want via the Internet and mobile devices.
At Port AmericasCupAnywhere, Second Life residents can watch live animated coverage of the sailing competition and access daily archives of racing action. Providing an exciting new venue for Second Life residents to learn about the technology and tactics of America’s Cup racing, Port AmericasCupAnywhere is also hosting a virtual regatta for the Second Life sailing community, allowing residents to take the helm of an America’s Cup class boat in virtual fleet and match racing.
Linking the real and virtual worlds, Port AmericasCupAnywhere also includes demonstrations of Alcatel-Lucent’s enhanced portfolio of AmericasCupAnywhere new media services which are providing video and 3D animation and gaming coverage of the 32nd America’s Cup for sailing enthusiasts from more than 150 countries during the 2007 regattas.
The new media services, available online at http://www.americascupanywhere.com/