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Smart, fast and connected: Expo 2020 Dubai ups the ante

07/08/2017 - World Expo 2020
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Smart, fast and connected: Expo 2020 Dubai ups the ante

The global event’s organising committee has recruited professional services giant Accenture to enhance the digital experience for millions of visitors

Expo 2020 Dubai has revealed it will team up with leading global professional services company Accenture to create a powerful and engaging digital experience for the millions of visitors it expects to attend the mega event.

From information security and customer relations to virtual assistance and geolocation services, the newly-appointed Digital Services Premier Partner and Systems Integrator will play a key role in ensuring the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region is one of the fastest, smartest and best connected places on Earth.

To achieve this, Accenture will work with Etisalat Digital, a business unit of the international telecoms and technology service provider, Etisalat, which is Expo 2020 Dubai’s Premier Telecommunications and Digital Services Partner.  

Accenture will design, build and run solutions in areas such as virtual assistance, business intelligence and analytics, mobile applications and technologies that support guest relations. It will also ensure the integration of more than 70 Expo applications and coordinate programme management, architecture and testing across Expo’s multiple technology partners.

Over the next few years, Accenture and Etisalat Digital will be exploring ways to enhance the Expo experience using digital services. Examples of these services could include a virtual assistant guiding visitors around the Expo site or even allowing them to pre-order their meal at a restaurant using smart technology.

Accenture and Etisalat Digital could also help participants and partner companies evolve their offerings by analysing who is visiting their pavilion, as well as training staff and volunteers to make sure they have all the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the needs of the millions who will attend the Expo.

“We are delighted to welcome Accenture as our Digital Services Partner,” says Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Bureau Dubai Expo 2020.

“Innovation and technology are at the heart of World Expos and Accenture is a world leader in technology and business innovation and digital transformation.”

With more than 180 countries expected to participate and up to 60,000 visitors every hour, Accenture’s role will be critical to ensuring the Expo experience is a memorable one.

The partnership deal with Accenture was recently signed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, and Gerardo Canta, Accenture’s communications, media & technology lead for the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Turkey.  

Accenture is an ideal partner for an event the scale of Expo 2020 Dubai, which is anticipated to attract at least 25 million visitors between October 2020 and April 2021.

The company has experience across 40-plus industries in more than 120 countries and when you take into consideration the power of the Accenture Innovation Architecture and the presence of the Accenture Digital Acceleration Centre in Dubai, as well as the firm’s previous involvement at Expo Milano 2015, where it was Global Systems Integration Partner, it is an obvious choice.

Accenture’s expertise in integrating systems and creating innovative solutions means it will have a vital role to play in delivering the overall theme of the Expo, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.  

“Accenture, Etisalat Digital and Expo 2020 Dubai share a goal of joining together businesses, systems and people around the world,” says Canta.

“This new partnership represents our common commitment to this mission and aligns with Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme. We recognise the unique opportunity that Expo 2020 Dubai presents and will use our experience, network and specialised digital skills to ensure the underlying systems infrastructure for this remarkable event is state of the art.”

Expo 2020 Dubai and Accenture have already worked in close partnership. In November 2016, they organised the Accenture Digital Connected Hackathon. The event pitted young graduates and undergraduates from eight cities in Europe and Asia, including Dubai, against each other in a 24-hour challenge under the theme of ‘Connect. Collaborate. Create.’

Accenture also took part in GITEX Technology Week 2016 in Dubai, where it was the Exclusive Digital Transformation Partner.

Accenture joins a number of global brands – including DP World, Emirates Airline, Etisalat, SAP and Siemens – who have been named Expo 2020 Dubai premier partners.

More partnerships are expected to be announced in the coming months.

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