Expo 2020 Dubai has appointed Cisco as the Digital Network Partner for the event.
Cisco will provide networking technology to connect the Expo 2020 site and to link visitors and participating agencies.
The agreement intends to make a ‘smart site' with connected devices and applications, making it the most connected issue of the World Expo yet.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, said: "Dubai is rapidly becoming one of the smartest and most connected cities in the world, exploring futuristic solutions that range from driverless vehicles to artificial intelligence solutions.
"At Expo 2020, we hope not only to share the expertise we have acquired across these areas, but also, through our partnership with Cisco, to connect minds around the world and capture the many opportunities made possible through collaboration."
Expo 2020 will also be the first ever large scale deployment of Cisco Vision digital signage outside of the US. The Cisco Vision solutions will be used to provide dynamic signage and high-definition digital content and video, for participating entities to connect with visitors for interactive experiences.
The collaboration will also see Cisco provide other services, solutions and equipment that allow systems across the Expo 2020 site to seamlessly engage and securely communicate.
Cisco has extensive expertise in delivering digitally-driven experiences for events on a global scale. The company was a strategic partner at both Expo Shanghai 2010 and Expo Milano 2015, as well as the official networking supplier for both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Guy Diedrich, Global Innovation Officer, Cisco, said: "At Cisco, we firmly believe that amazing things can happen when you connect people, ideas, data and things. By partnering with Expo 2020 Dubai, we will not only showcase the future of technology and the incredible possibilities it presents, but also help shape how we all connect, communicate and collaborate.
"Supporting a global event of this magnitude is a monumental task that demands a network like no other - one which can deliver on the requirements of connectivity, scale, security and agility. Our technology innovations are unlocking amazing opportunities for humanity, and we are excited to contribute to the ambitious goals set by Expo 2020 Dubai as part of our vision to change the way people live, work, learn and play."