Siemens implemented the digital infrastructure that interconnects over 130 buildings at the Dubai Expo. It is a digital infrastructure that makes it possible to make buildings more energy efficient, more comfortable and sustainable, thus allowing a sustainable energy transition of the structures and helping to create a community of people who are more aware and responsible for their impact on the environment.
The experience of Expo 2020
Buildings become intelligent because a “responsive digital twin” which governs flows and consumption, thanks to artificial intelligence and algorithms that foresee the needs and requirements of several structures at the same time. In Expo, Siemens has implemented a digital infrastructure that includes building management systems, lighting control, heating and cooling systems, access control and video surveillance systems, systems for optimizing energy consumption, charging stations for electric vehicles: all operating systems on the proprietary IoT platform but which is also open to third parties.
Expo is transformed into a city of the future
At the end of the Expo, 80% of the structures of the Universal Exposition will be converted into a new urban district, which will be called District 2020, where all the integrated Siemens digital infrastructure that makes this area the first truly intelligent city will remain. In particular, the sensors applied to the infrastructures collect data, send them to the cloud and, being all interconnected, they allow us to predict the needs and requirements of people, spread over several places, allowing Expo managers to access that digital twin via the app. analysis of all building data in real time. In this way, consumption and all operations are optimized, reducing polluting emissions, saving water and energy, increasing energy efficiency in buildings but also the comfort and safety of visitors.
A more sustainable and safer city
Thomas Kiessling, CTO of Siemens Smart Infrastructure, explained that the Dubai Expo is a model of a smart city “because it manages all areas that are relevant to the inhabitants or users of a smart city. We have created an environment in which it is It is possible to try the use cases – said Kiessling of Siemens – to make people experience all these domains, in a physical environment and in its digital twin “. In 2017, 41% of the world’s energy consumption came from buildings, 31% from the industrial sector and 28% from transport. With this technological infrastructure, consumption can be controlled and balanced every time. Nadimeh Mehra, vice president of Expo 2020 and head of the District 2020 project, which will transform the area into a new district, told us about the future of the Expo smart city: “The next steps will be to take everything that has been built for Expo and 80% of it will be transformed into a human-centered smart city. Siemens gives us the building management system and a whole host of other technologies that will allow us to convert Expo into a human-centered city “. From the first Universal Exposition in history in 1851 in London where Werner Von Siemens (who presented his first telegraph) also participated at the Dubai Expo, where Siemens is a partner for what is one of its main branches, intelligent technological infrastructures, the multinational has remained true to its mission of interconnecting the world and people.