Cisco has announced a partnership with systems integrator Smartworld to design and deploy the network infrastructure for Expo 2020 Dubai.
The partnership will see the design and implementation of a smart network infrastructure for the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.
Cisco is working with Smartworld to deploy parts of Expo’s digital IP network infrastructure, including Cisco intent-based networking solutions. These solutions will support the digital experience offered at Expo 2020, helping visitors, participants and businesses connect from anywhere on the 4.38sqkm site, on any device – securely, reliably and seamlessly. The network is also designed to support over 100,000 IoT devices during Expo.
Cisco’s intent-based networking portfolio represents a fundamental shift away from the manual and time-intensive methods by which networks are traditionally managed. Designed for the demands of the digital era, intent-based networks capture and translate business intent into network policies, and activate them across the infrastructure. They anticipate operational issues, stop security threats in their tracks, and continue to learn, adapt and protect.
“Being a semi-government leading master systems integrator, Smartworld is committed to working with Cisco to help Expo 2020 deliver a global event enabled by the latest technology, in alignment with Expo’s theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, added Abdulqader Ali, CEO, Smartworld.
In April this year, Expo 2020 Dubai announced Cisco as Digital Network Partner. Cisco will provide its latest technology innovations that enable the exploration of new possibilities and connections for a sustainable, inclusive future.
Shukri Eid, managing director – East Region, Cisco Middle East, said, “As Digital Network Partner for Expo 2020, Cisco will provide its latest technology innovations and a secure, intelligent foundation for connectivity through our intent-based networking solution. We look forward to working with Smartworld in making Expo 2020’s technology infrastructure the most advanced in the event’s history.”
Mohammed Alhashmi, senior vice president, Innovation and Future Technology at Expo 2020 Dubai, said, “An innovative and seamless digital infrastructure is essential for a successful Expo 2020. We are delighted at the progress being made by our partner, Cisco, in collaboration with Smartworld, and we’re confident that the smart technology deployed at Expo 2020 will wow visitors from all over the world.”