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Cisco celebrates network milestone at Expo 2020 Dubai Site

Cisco and Expo 2020 Dubai plant Ghaf trees to mark latest tech milestone at event site

Mohammed Alhashmi, Chief Technology Officer at Expo 2020 Dubai and Shukri Eid, Managing Director, Cisco Gulf Region mark the milestone with planting a Ghaf tree at the Expo 2020 site in Dubai.
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Mohammed Alhashmi, Chief Technology Officer at Expo 2020 Dubai and Shukri Eid, Managing Director, Cisco Gulf Region mark the milestone with planting a Ghaf tree at the Expo 2020 site in Dubai.

Cisco completed the deployment of its advanced networks across all three Thematic Districts –Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability of Expo 2020 Dubai. The network will enable visitors, exhibitors and organizers across the site to connect on any device.

Cisco’s Intent-Based Network forms the backbone of Expo 2020’s technological infrastructure. Consolidating operations into a single IP network, the intent-based network provides an infrastructure which constantly learns, adapts and protects, making it the foundation for the Expo 2020 digital experience.

Providing Expo’s back-office operations and visitors with a network experience, Cisco’s Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) –the industry’s first intent-based networking solution for the enterprise – will host around 8,000 Wi-Fi access points, serving up to 250,000 users per day during Expo 2020 as well as supporting end points in IOT systems such as building management, irrigation and lighting control.

Cisco solutions will be deployed around the site to help detect and stop threats, keeping visitors and employees connected in a safe environment.

Cisco’s Physical Security network has also been implemented to support a CCTV network which, once completed, will comprise of a number of security cameras. This network will use redundant switches to minimize blind spots providing security teams with visibility and coverage to monitor and control access throughout the 4.38 sq km site with ease. Currently, over 3,200 Cisco phones are being used in the Expo 2020 offices, with over 1,000 users making use of Webex Teams – the company’s on-demand collaboration, file sharing and web conferencing suite.

The Expo 2020 site will also make use of Cisco Vision, the company’s dynamic digital signage solution. The deployment of Cisco Vision at Expo 2020 will be the largest of its kind in the region and one of the largest globally

Additionally, Cisco has deployed an Office of the Future proof of concept which is an intuitive web app that allows employees to securely search, locate and reserve meeting rooms at Expo 2020. When scheduling a meeting, employees can include WebEx Conference, allowing remote participants to join, with the additional option of activating an AI Voice Assistant to have Voicea’s EVA take and share meeting notes. Guests and external visitors of Expo 2020 can also use the web app to book 1-on-1 meetings with select teams at Expo 2020 for an easy and seamless experience when they arrive on site.

“On 20 October 2020, we will open our doors to welcome the world. We want to amaze millions of visitors with an incredible experience made possible by cutting-edge technology enabled by our partners, in particular the digital infrastructure being installed by our Digital Network Partner, Cisco. We’re delighted with the speed of progress as preparations continue ahead of the readiness and testing phase at the end of this year.” Mohammed Alhashmi, Chief Technology Officer at Expo 2020 Dubai

“Today marks a significant milestone in our journey towards making Expo 2020’s technology infrastructure the most advanced in the history of World Expos. To celebrate this milestone together with Expo employees, we engaged in a Ghaf tree planting ceremony. Declared as the national tree of the UAE, the Ghaf represents cultural value. We are proud to be collaborating with Expo 2020 and helping to deliver a uniquely memorable digital experience.” Shukri Eid, Managing Director, Cisco Gulf Region