Siemens starts Expo 2020 Dubai site work with smart cities focus

Expo buildings to be connected via multiple Siemens platforms for energy efficiency and security

Siemens will deliver numerous of smart building platforms for the Expo 2020 Dubai site.
Siemens will deliver numerous of smart building platforms for the Expo 2020 Dubai site.

Siemens has started installation work for one of the world’s largest examples of smart city building technologies at the site of Expo 2020 Dubai.

Buildings within the expo site will be connected, monitored, and controlled using Siemens’ cloud-based operating system for the internet of things, Mind Sphere. The smart technologies within the system will support Expo 2020 Dubai’s targets for energy efficiency, site safety and security, and visitor comfort.

Mind Sphere will allow data from “multiple sensors, gateways, systems, and applications” to be integrated, analysed, compared, and visualised for “intelligent actions” related to building management.

As the Infrastructure Digitalisation Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, Siemens will also deliver Desigo CC, its digital building management system, across the world expo’s site. Desigo CC will cover Expo 2020 Dubai’s Thematic Districts – Mobility, Opportunity, and Sustainability – in addition to their respective pavilions, and the expo’s exhibition centre.

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Desigo CC will use sensors and analytics to monitor and control building functions such as air conditioning, energy consumption, lighting, elevators, air quality, and fire alarm systems, in all three districts.

In a statement, Siemens explained that the data collected by these systems would be managed by a command and control centre built in each Thematic District, with a view to reducing energy consumption, improving the comfort of building users, and maintaining safety and security to the maximum level.

This data will be fed to Navigator, which Siemens described as “a central overarching cloud-based management platform”. Navigator’s installation will connect 137 buildings across the expo’s site, making it one of the world’s largest installations of the cloud system. Its data analytics tools will be used to monitor energy consumption during Expo 2020 Dubai, which will open its doors on 20 October, 2020, and end on 10 April, 2021.

Additional Siemens systems slated for Expo 2020 Dubai’s site – which at 4.38km2 is equivalent to more than 600 football pitches – include safety and security platforms that will be integrated into the expo’s digital infrastructure. This includes “a world-record installation” of Siveillance VMS300, Siemens’ video management system, and its access control system, SiPass Integrated. Siemens’ Siveillance Vantage command and control platform will integrate more than 20 subsystems covering security, access control, building management, and fire safety.

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Siemens said in its statement that its global logistics headquarters within Expo 2020 Dubai’s premises would be “a key element of the site’s legacy”. Moreover, the German firm will help to plan, build, and operate the event through its technologies, as well as deliver smart applications for Expo 2020 Dubai’s technical and site operations.

Commenting on the operation, Mohammed Alhashmi, senior vice president of innovation and future technology at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Innovation is at the heart of World Expos and the UAE. 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.”

Markus Strohmeier, senior executive vice president of the building technologies division at Siemens Middle East, added: “Expo 2020 Dubai is building the most digitalised, connected expo in the event’s 167-year 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.”


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