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Cisco to provide secure high-speed wireless connectivity for Expo 2020

As part of its joint commitment with its partners to create the most digitally-connected and immersive event in World Expo history, Expo 2020 Dubai is deploying Cisco’s Wi-Fi technology – ensuring fast and secure wireless connections throughout the 4.38 square kilometer site.

With Expo 2020 Dubai seeking to deliver unique and engaging experiences, Cisco’s Wi-Fi technology will prove critical to keeping visitors at the heart of the action and connected with each other and their surroundings. Cisco’s Wi-Fi network will enable the visitor to connect effortlessly to a rich variety of technology services that will enhance the visitor experience, including engaging AR and VR content as well as application and location services and barcode and QR code scanning. The network will also facilitate fast upload and download speeds so that every visitor can become an ambassador of Expo – sharing their experience with the world through real-time audio-visual content.

In its capacity as Digital Network Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, Cisco has already deployed its intent-based network across the site and was recently appointed to manage and maintain Expo’s IT network operations. In addition to the widespread deployment of Cisco Wi-Fi, the company’s Wi-Fi 6 technology has been selected for use in specific areas, to provide a consistent, dependable wireless network connection, which effortlessly supports device and IoT requirements while protecting against cyber security threats expected in high-density environments such as Expo 2020 Dubai.

More than 9,000 access points are being deployed across the site for blanket Wi-Fi coverage, allowing every user across the site – wherever they may be – to stay connected. Around 400 of the access points deployed by Cisco are specifically designed for Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. To date, approximately 70% of Wi-Fi 6 deployment has been completed, with rigorous and frequent testing to collect and analyze data and optimize network performance.

In addition to enhancing the visitor experience, Cisco’s Wi-Fi 6 technology is proving fundamental to enhancing wireless capacity and data privacy and protection requirements, particularly in areas requiring high bandwidth, such as Expo 2020 Dubai’s Media Centre and Event Operations Centre.

With its high speed and low latency, Cisco’s Wi-Fi 6 network enables secure endpoint protection, while delivering up to four times faster speed than the previous wireless industry standard. The company’s technology also helps improve battery efficiency for smartphones, personal computing and IoT devices, when compared with conventional Wi-Fi networks.

Wi-Fi 6 is WPA3 certified, promising enhanced open Wi-Fi network security through encryption of unauthenticated traffic, robust protection against cyber threats, and superior reliability for sensitive data.

International visitors, in particular, will benefit from Cisco’s Wi-Fi across Expo 2020, enjoying a truly interactive and immersive experience without the expense of roaming charges. Cisco has also worked in close collaboration with Expo 2020 Dubai to design and deploy Wi-Fi technology in a way that aligns with the site’s aesthetics, blending seamlessly with the surroundings.

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