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Siemens works with Expo 2020 Dubai to create a blueprint for future smart cities

Digitalised infrastructure will support Expo 2020 Dubai in meeting sustainability, comfort, safety and security targets, says company’s representative

| | Dec 18, 2018 | 3:16 pm
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Dubai, UAE, 18 December 2018: Dubai is on its way to creating one of the most connected and sustainable World Expos in history, as Siemens begins one of the world’s largest installations of its building technologies at Expo 2020 Dubai, the company announced in a Press communiqué. The digital solutions will connect, monitor and control buildings across the site with MindSphere, the cloud-based operating system for the Internet of Things, powering the collection and analysis of data for intelligent decision-making and actions, the communiqué said. The smart technologies will support Expo 2020 Dubai’s targets for energy efficiency, comfort, safety and security, the communiqué further said.

Siemens – Expo 2020’s Infrastructure Digitalisation Partner – will deliver a site-wide implementation of its digital building management system Desigo CC, covering each of the Event’s Thematic Districts (Mobility, Opportunity and Sustainability), their respective pavilions and the Dubai Exhibition Centre, the communiqué said. The system will use sensors and analytics to monitor and control building functions in all three Districts, including air conditioning, energy usage, lighting control, elevators, air quality and fire alarm systems, the communiqué further said.

According to Siemens, the data from these systems will be managed by a command and control centre in each Thematic District to reduce energy usage, ensure the comfort of building users and maintain maximum levels of safety and security. Data will also be fed to Siemens Navigator, a central overarching cloud-based management platform, the communiqué said. Connecting 137 buildings from a single site, it will be one of the world’s largest installations of the cloud system, giving operators visibility of the whole site and using data analytics to monitor energy usage during the Expo, the communiqué further said. With MindSphere powering the digital infrastructure, data from multiple sensors, gateways, systems and applications will be integrated, correlated, analysed and visualised to allow intelligent actions to be taken, the communiqué added.

Markus Strohmeier, Senior Executive Vice President Building Technologies Division, Siemens Middle East, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai is building the most digitalised, connected Expo in the Event’s history and we will support this with data-driven infrastructure for sustainability, safety and security. With more than 25 million visitors expected, Expo 2020 Dubai is the largest event ever staged in the Arab world, and a global benchmark of how smart infrastructure will form the foundation of our future cities. I’m proud that Siemens is playing a major role in digitalising this internationally significant event.”

Mohammed Alhashmi, Senior Vice President – Innovation and Future Technology, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Innovation is at the heart of World Expos and the United Arab Emirates. Coupled with Dubai’s ambitious plans to be a pioneer for smart city technology, we are delighted that through our partnership with Siemens, Expo 2020 Dubai will become a world-leading showcase for the potential of smart cities.”

The communiqué said key safety and security systems will be integrated into the Expo’s digital infrastructure, including a world-record installation of Siemens’ video management system Siveillance VMS300 and the access control system, SiPass Integrated. The communiqué further said that more than 20 subsystems including security, access control, building management and fire safety systems will be integrated with the centralised Siveillance Vantage command and control platform, providing holistic situational awareness and enabling smart decision making.

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