About Cisco DNA Spaces Release Notes

This document describes the new features, enhancements, fixed bugs, open bugs, and related documentation for Cisco DNA (Digital Network Architecture) Spaces Release June, 2020. Use this document in conjunction with the documents listed in the Related Documents section.

Introduction to Cisco DNA Spaces

Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) Spaces is a powerful location services platform that leverages existing wireless and/or IoT (BLE) infrastructure to provide actionable insights and drive business outcomes through spaces built-in applications.

Insights from Cisco DNA Spaces include:

  • Location Analytics that provides the capability to slice and dice location data by time or location and get a deeper visibility into behaviour of people that are connected to your network.

  • Right Now Reports provide real time count of the number of visitors (identified by devices connected to WiFi) within your physical space and how it compares to the historical average. Based on the authentication method in use, Right Now reports can detect multiple devices belonging to a person and count them as one visitor.

  • Business Insights gives the capability to measure how frequently people visit your physical location and how much time do they spend at your business locations. This data is benchmarked monthly across all locations. It also provides the capability to compare and benchmark the performance of your locations historically, by group or by industry.

  • Impact Analysis provides the capability to measure the impact of at-location events, campaigns and layout changes on behaviour. It is easy to create an Event using the tool and measure the impact of this event based on specific timeline such as Before, After and During the impact on time spent and frequency.

Cisco DNA Spaces applications include customer experience management apps such as Captive Portals, Location Personas, and Engagemens that allows you to connect with your customers in real time when they are at your physical location. Additional applications also include an Asset Tracking app, a service manager to manage and configure IoT Services (Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)) as well as an open API framework in case you would like to extract this data and correlate it or integrate it into other enterprise systems.

Cisco DNA Spaces provides a single dashboard interface to avail these multiple services through various location based technologies and intelligence. Cisco DNA Spaces enables you to connect and engage with visitors at your physical business locations. It covers various verticals of business such as work spaces, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare, education, financial services, and so on. The asset tracking application in Cisco DNA Spaces provides solutions for monitoring and managing assets in your premises. Cisco DNA Spaces offers a variety of toolkits, apps and APIs to turn these insights into actions.

Cisco DNA Spaces through its partner program, offers businesses access to various different partner applications across verticals.

Cisco DNA Spaces is compatible across Cisco Catalyst, Cisco AireOS and Cisco Meraki infrastructure.

In addition to the above services, the scope of Cisco DNA Spaces apps have been extended to meet the business requirements that arise due to the global pandemic, COVID 19. Extensions have been built on existing applications and newer applications have been added to meet specific requirements for COVID 19. Extensions to apps such as Impact Analytics, Location analytics, Behaviour Metrics, and Right Now, allow you to analyse the impact of COVID 19 at your business locations as well as take appropriate actions. For example you can now create a rule based on device density at your location such that you will be automatically notified if the number of people at your location exceeds a specific count or density (people/area). The Location Analytics app now has the capability to share executive summary reports with your colleagues in the organization. Additionally, COVID-19 based trend analysis for individual/group locations can now be done using the Behaviour Metrics app, and you can compare specific business locations with that of the overall organisation as well as specific industry vertical.

Cisco DNA Spaces has added a new Proximity Reporting App that provides a quick way to review the location history as well as device proximity history of any impacted device. One needs to just enter the user ID or MAC address, and a report for the device location in the building for the last 14 days along with the proximity of other devices is generated. This report can be exported or shared using the share feature. Similarly the Detect and Locate app now has the capability to cluster devices into specific counts to check and report on areas that may be violating social distancing guidelines.

The following are the major features of this release:

  • New app Proximity Reporting is available now in Cisco DNA Spaces dashboard to generate proximity reports.

  • New app Camera Metrics to view the data captured using Meraki Camera.

  • New feature Right Now on Camera to view the Right Now report for Meraki Camera.

  • New activity Occupancy is added to Density Rules to trigger notifications based on the occupancy limit.

  • Provided COVID 19 portal templates in the Captive Portals app.

  • In Location Analytics, floor and zone level location filtering support is added for ACT and Extend licenses.

  • Trigger API and Action Tags support for the Enterprise Captive Portals.(Runtime)

New Features - June 2020

Cisco DNA Spaces Dashboard

The following new features are added to the Cisco DNA Spaces dashboard:

Proximity Reporting App

A new app, Proximity Reporting is now available in the Cisco DNA Spaces dashboard home page to generate Proximity Reports. Currently, the app is in Beta.

The Proximity Reporting app helps the workplace administrators to create a safe environment for employees who are returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The wireless devices of the reporting users (people to be monitored) must be associated with the wireless networks and mapped to physical locations. The Proximity Reporting app enables you to trace the movement of a person tested positive for COVID-19.

Some of the key capabilities of the Proximity Reporting app are as follows:

  • It helps you understand the locations where an affected person was during a particular period (usually 14-28 days).

  • Provides a list of other people who were in the same location as a affected person.

  • Provides a timeline that shows when an affected person entered and exited a location.

The report will be having the following sections:

  • Location Summary: Provides a summary of locations that a reporting person has traversed in a particular period.

  • Proximity Report:

    • Proximity Summary: Provides a summarized report of the impact a reporting person has on other users in the location.

    • Proximity Tracing: Provides a detailed history of other users who have been in contact with a reporting person.

  • Daily Journey Report: Visually traces the day-by-day journey of a reporting user across various locations(Campus, Building, Floor), along with the time spent by the reporting user on each location.

Camera Metrics

A new app Camera Metrics is now available in the Cisco DNA Spaces dashboard. This app enables you to view a Metrics report based on the data captured using Meraki Camera.The report will be shown for a particular month.

The report currently will be having the following details:

  • Monthly Footfall: Displays the total footfall count for the entire month.

  • Daily Footfall: Displays the total footfall count for each day of the selected month.

  • Footfall Distribution: By hour of day: Displays the average footfall for each hour of the day on the selected month.

  • Presence Index : By hour of day:Displays the average number of the people present for each hour of the day for the selected month.

  • Peak Presence : By hour of day: This graph will be available only for network locations. Displays the cumulative number of the peak presence of people for each hour of the day for the selected month. Also, it displays the average number of the people present for each hour of the day on the selected month.


    All the charts are based on the entry and exit of visitors through tripwire line drawn for the cameras.

Enhancements - June 2020

Cisco DNA Spaces Dashboard

The following changes are made to the Cisco DNA Spaces dashboard

Density Rules

The following changes are made to the Density Rules:

  • Density Rules is enhanced to trigger notifications based on the occupancy in a particular location. You can define the ocuppancy limit, and can configure to trigger notification when the occupancy meets certain percentage of the occupancy limit set.

    To support this feature, the following changes are made in Density Rules:

    • A new option Occupancy is available now in the drop-down list that appears after When devices are connected to WIFI. When you choose Occupancy and condition type, a Percent drop-down list appears where you can specify the percentage of occupancy limit based on which the notification is to be triggered.

    • In the Location Information window, a number list Occupancy limit (Max Capacity) is added to specify the occupancy limit in terms of number of people.

  • Added the following smart link variables to all the notification types such as SMS, Email, and so on:

    • $buildingName: The building of the location for which the notification is triggered.

    • $floorName: The floor of the location for which the notification is triggered.

    • $zoneName: The zone for which the notification is triggered.

    • $deviceCount: The device count for the location for which the notification is triggered.

    • $locationPath: The location path (Parent Hierarchy) for the location for which the notification is triggered.

    • $TotalCapacity: The occupancy limit for the location for which the notification is triggered.

Covid 19 Enhancements for the Captive Portals app

To support the COVID 19 business requirements, the following enhancements are made in the Captive Portals app:

  • In the Captive Portals window, COVID-19 specific portal templates are now available.

  • A banner COVID-19 Templates is added to the Captive Portals tile in the Cisco DNA Spaces home page.

Location Analytics

The following changes are done to the Location Analytics report:

  • The percentage chart displayed at the top-right of each graph will now appear as pie charts. Previously, bar charts were displayed.

  • For ACT and EXTEND licenses, you can now view the report for floors and zones. The floors and zones will be enabled for selection in the Location drop-down list.

Cisco DNA Spaces Runtime

The following changes are made to the Cisco DNA Spaces runtime:

Enhancements for Enterprise Captive Portal

Cisco DNA Spaces now provides the following support for the Enterprise Captive Portals.

  • Support to send notifications to an API endpoint using Trigger API.

  • Support to tag the Captive Portal Users based on their actions.


Fixed Bugs

Table 1. Fixed Bugs




Clicking on activated app tile in app activation sandbox redirects leads to "page not found" error.


Location Analytics -When more SSIDs are there, dwell time and dwell time breakdown are not loading.


Switch app option is not available for few of the apps.


URL smartlink is not working for webex notification.


Density rules based on sqft / sqmtr value should work for all location types.


Dashboard Login is failing when password contains foreign characters and few special characters.


In the Right Now -Visitor vs Employee chart section, Proportion of Employee count is shown less.


Location Analytics- Dwell time range % is overlapping in Dwell time break down chart when dwell time values are lesser.

Open Bugs

Table 2. Open Bugs




RBAC - Admin users who have access only to specific locations are not able to login to dashboard.


By default Visitor and Visits counts are displayed for newly created account in Digitization Stats.


Meraki camera - User is able to import non camera devices as well.


Incorrect “Users Count” is displayed in location hierarchy.


Proper error message should be displayed when trying to use the already accepted invitation.


In the Right Now -Visits by floor section, Floor names are not shown in tooltip text, when count of visits is low.

Related Documents

You must use this document in conjunction with the following support documents:

  • Cisco DNA Spaces Configuration Guides

    Configuration Guides

  • Data Sheets

    For Cisco DNA Spaces License Information and Product Specification refer to Data Sheet.

    Data Sheets

  • Release Notes

    For previous Release Notes for Cisco DNA Spaces, click the following link:

    Release Notes

  • Cisco DNA Spaces CompatibilityMatrix

    Cisco DNA Spaces Compatibility Matrix

  • Cisco DNA Spaces Support

    For contact details of Cisco DNA Spaces support team, click the following link: