Cisco completes network deployment at Expo 2020 Dubai site

Intent-Based Network forms the backbone of Expo 2020’s technological infrastructure

Infrastructure covers network, wireless, CCTV, signage and business communications.
Infrastructure covers network, wireless, CCTV, signage and business communications.

Cisco, the Official Digital Network Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, has completed the deployment of its networks across all the three Thematic Districts –Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability of Expo 2020 Dubai.

The network will enable visitors, exhibitors and organisers across the site to connect on any device securely, wirelessly and seamlessly.

Mohammed Alhashmi, chief technology officer at Expo 2020 Dubai said: “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.”

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 ideal foundation for the Expo 2020 digital experience.

Cisco’s Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) –the company’s intent-based networking platform 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 IOT systems such as building management, irrigation and lighting control.


A strong network security infrastructure is critical to ensuring the success of Expo 2020-Cisco solutions will be deployed around the site to help detect and stop threats.

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 minimise blind spots providing security teams with visibility and coverage to monitor and control access throughout the 4.38 sq km site.

Business communications

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 digital signage platform. 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, a web app that allows employees to 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 app to book 1-on-1 meetings with select teams at Expo 2020.

Shukri Eid, managing director, Cisco Gulf Region said: “Today marks a significant milestone in our journey towards making Expo 2020’s technology infrastructure the most advanced in the history of World Expos.

“We are proud to be collaborating with Expo 2020 and helping to deliver a uniquely memorable digital experience,” he added.

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