Expo 2020 Dubai will host the world for 173 days, each one being a time to create memories, connect, and be part of the future. It will be a time to collaborate and innovate – and it’s going to be great fun!
Divided into three Thematic Districts – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability- each featuring a Thematic Pavilion with unique architecture inspired by its theme, Expo 2020 Dubai is about spectacular structures and ingenious inventions. And the entire Expo site is being digitally connected by Siemens, the official Infrastructure Digitalisation Partner for Expo 2020 Dubai.
The Sustainability Pavilion, with its impressive solar-panel-covered canopy and ability to create water from the air around it, demonstrates how it’s possible to supply power from renewable sources and use natural resources sustainably. Designed by the British architectural firm Grimshaw Architects, the Sustainability Pavilion has an enormous roof that not only provides shade but also produces electricity. The same is true of the ‘energy trees’ arranged around a building that tracks the sun.
The multi-storey Mobility Pavilion was designed by the world-famous architectural firm by Foster + Partners. Its floor plan is roughly the shape of a three-leaf clover. Visitors who enter the futuristic building will be able to experience the latest technological developments in the field of mobility.
Designed by the Australian firm Cox Architecture, the Opportunity Pavilion is built exclusively of natural materials and totally without concrete. The spiral-shaped canopy is made from more than 100km of woven rope and represents the importance of people connecting to achieve common goals.
Internet of Things
The first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia has the potential to become a blueprint for smart cities around the globe. Featuring spectacular structures and ingenious inventions, Expo 2020 Dubai will include hundreds of buildings, all connected via the Internet of Things (IoT) or IoT technology. Altogether, several hundred thousand sensors will communicate with a central IoT platform via subsystems, making Expo 2020 Dubai one of the most digitally connected World Expos in the event’s 168-year history.
The core of the digital infrastructure provided by Siemens is MindSphere, an open, cloud-based IoT operating platform. Data from sensors, gateways, systems, and building management applications are gathered in MindSphere, where it can be analysed and visualised by applications such as Navigator, the cloud-based energy and asset management platform from Siemens. The Siemens system helps Expo 2020 Dubai achieve its goal of an optimal balance of energy efficiency with visitor safety, security, and comfort.
Different Cities, Different Challenges
Not all cities experience sandstorms. Taipei, Los Angeles, and Buenos Aires face very different challenges – and the digitalisation of infrastructure offers new and flexible ways to manage many different types of conditions. “Our solution in Dubai will demonstrate how smart infrastructure can contribute to more liveable, more sustainable cities around the world”, says Oliver Kraft, Siemens’ Executive Director for Expo 2020 Dubai. “Ultimately, our work is not just about ingenious technology, but about creating added value for society and making our cities better places to live.”