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Cisco DNA Spaces: Digitizing People and Things At-a-Glance

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Updated:May 27, 2021

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Digitization has rocked the foundation of every industry, changing the economics and reinventing business models. Companies that digitize can use behavioral data on people and things to make business decisions and to gain a strategic advantage against the competition.

However, when it comes to physical spaces, enterprises experience a data blind spot. They have limited visibility into the behavior of people (visitors, guests, and employees) and things (sensors, smart devices, and assets) and how people and things interact in the space.

What if your Cisco® wireless network could deliver more than connectivity and eliminate the data blind spots in your physical spaces?

Introducing Cisco DNA Spaces, a single scalable, reliable location platform that digitizes spaces by centralizing location services for both people and things. This powerful location platform leverages existing Wi-Fi infrastructure to give you actionable insights and drive business outcomes.


     Centralized control over and visibility into location services via a single role-based dashboard with 24x7 monitoring and end-to-end service-level agreements (SLAs) to help ensure reliability and performance of location services, including partner applications

     Standardization: Compatibility and interoperability across all Cisco wireless—Aironet®, Catalyst®, Meraki®, and Catalyst 9300/9400 Series switches

     Robust privacy and security: Exercise control over your data privacy with a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) shared privacy model

     Low touch: No need to upgrade your underlying network infrastructure to activate service

     Simplification: A single, unified platform for accessing location products and apps and for normalizing data to create meaningful insights

     Industry-specific business outcomes realized through a multivendor partner and device ecosystem, using the Cisco DNA Spaces App Center and IoT Device Marketplace to connect to onboard partner applications and end devices

     Increased attachment rates and actionable insights with OpenRoaming, opening new opportunities for you and your guests

What it does

     Safety and compliance: Facilitate a safe return to work with built-in apps for monitoring density of people, investigating the impact of self-reported incidents, and delivering contactless experiences. Gain real-time visibility into the number of people at your location and use that data to drive important safety measures. Assist contact tracing with a comprehensive summary of where a person was and other devices that were in the vicinity.

     Location insights: Drive key business decisions leveraging insights into customer behavior and space utilization. Understand how events and layout changes impact visitor behavior and use rich performance metrics for physical spaces. Gain real-time visibility into the location of devices, as well as customer behavior and patterns.

     Contactless experiences: Provide customer experiences that are both safe and valuable. Use engagements toolkits to deliver contextual multichannel notifications. Seamlessly onboard visitors to Wi-Fi and build rich customer profiles based on at-location behavior.

     Indoor IoT services with Catalyst 9000 switches and Wi-Fi 6 access points: Leverage gateway-enabled Wi-Fi 6 access points and Catalyst 9300/9400 Series switches to enable outcomes at scale, including asset management, environmental monitoring, wayfinding, and more. Manage the multivendor, multi-technology landscape with simplicity, and at lower TCO. Scale out your IoT deployments and management quickly and efficiently. Use end devices based on multiple supported technologies, such as BLE.

     Partner ecosystem: Achieve outcomes with a broad variety of applications, partners, and independent software vendors (ISVs) available to enable vertical-specific use cases. Customers can seamlessly and quickly activate these applications. The IoT Device Marketplace is a one-stop shop for customers to discover validated devices for their specific use cases.

     Next-generation onboarding: Cisco DNA Spaces offers various solutions that address today’s common Wi-Fi onboarding challenges. With Cisco DNA Spaces, businesses can provide seamless and secure Wi-Fi onboarding, enhance indoor coverage, and open up additional monetization avenues. Additionally, businesses can expand their customer base through differentiated loyalty programs.

Learn more

To learn more about Cisco DNA Spaces and the outcomes it enables, read the Cisco DNA Spaces Solution Overview and visit https://www.cisco.com/go/dnaspaces.

For more on the supported end devices and the use cases they enable, visit idm.dnaspaces.io.

For a more detailed overview on Cisco Licensing, go to https://cisco.com/go/licensingguide.



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