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World Expo’s blueprint for smart cities

137 buildings will be connected via cloud-based energy analytics platform; one of the world’s largest installations of Siemens Navigator

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Siemens technology will underpin the World Expo in Dubai. Picture: Expo 2020 Dubai
Siemens technology will underpin the World Expo in Dubai. Picture: Expo 2020 Dubai

Dubai is working with Siemens to create a blueprint for smart cities for the World Expo event in 2020. The global technology company is starting work on a site-wide implementation of its digital building management system, Desigo CC, for what aims to be the most connected and sustainable expo in the event’s 167-year history.

 

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 smart technologies will support Expo 2020 Dubai’s targets for energy efficiency, comfort, safety and security.

 

Control over building functions

 

The building management technology will cover each of the event’s thematic districts (mobility, opportunity and sustainability), their respective pavilions and the Dubai Exhibition Centre. It 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 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.

 

"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,” said Markus Strohmeier, senior executive vice president of the building technologies division, Siemens Middle East.

 

Data will also be fed to Siemens Navigator, a central overarching cloud-based management platform. 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. With MindSphere powering the digital infrastructure, data from multiple sensors, gateways, systems and applications will be integrated, correlated, analysed and visualied to allow intelligent actions to be taken.

"Expo 2020 Dubai will be a global benchmark of how smart infrastructure will form the foundation of our future cities”

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 powerful access control system, SiPass Integrated.

 

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.

 

Logistics headquarters

 

Siemens has also committed to setting up a global logistics headquarters as a key element of the site’s legacy. The company will provide a wide range of innovative solutions, technologies and products to help plan, build and operate the event. Under the partnership, Siemens will also supply smart applications for Expo 2020 Dubai’s technical and site operations including MindSphere, the open, cloud-based operating system for The Internet of Things.

 

The company has been participating in the world exhibitions since exhibiting its pointer telegraph at the very first in London in 1851. In Paris in 1937, Siemens equipped the German pavilion with extensive illumination and in 1967, supplied infrastructure to the entire fairground in Montreal.

 

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