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DNASPA: Administering Cisco DNA Spaces


Course Overview:

Cisco DNA Spaces helps resolve physical-space ‘blind
spots’ in an organization. Through the Cisco wireless
infrastructure, organizations can gain insights into how
people and things move throughout their physical
spaces. Based on these insights, organizations can drive
operational efficiencies by monitoring and managing the
location, movement, and utilization of assets.
Upon completion of the first day of the course, you will
be able to describe how the DNA Spaces solution drives
operational efficiencies in both consumer and enterprise
environments. You will be able to cite use cases from
major industry verticals. You will be able to identify
procedures and applications when implementing DNA
spaces in an organization that is getting ‘back to
business’ during the Covid-19 period. You will be able to
describe the three phases that comprise the DNA
Spaces solution ‘SEE - ACT - EXTEND’. In addition, you
will learn the solution’s security features in the context
of customer data compliance requirements, including
the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Finally,
you will be able to explain the DNA spaces licensing
The second and third days of the course you will review
both basic and advanced ‘SEE – ACT – EXTEND’
elements. In addition, you will consider Data Analytics in
the context of DNA Spaces. You will simultaneously
perform a hands-on ‘deep-dive’ into the product. You will
obtain an account in the DNA Spaces cloud, and then
perform on-boarding of your lab pod’s wireless
infrastructure. Subsequently, you will configure the DNA
Spaces solution based on the ‘SEE – ACT - EXTEND’
model reviewed in day one. This will include elements
such as behavioral metrics, location analytics, captive
portals, profiling, customer engagements, Internet of
Things, asset identification and management, and API
interfaces for streaming and notifications. Through
these activities you will familiarize yourself with the DNA
Spaces App Center and IoT Device Marketplace.



The knowledge and skills that the learner should
have before attending this course are as follows:
• Basic knowledge of networking concepts.
• Basic knowledge of Wi-Fi concepts.
• Basic knowledge of computer security.


Who Should Attend:

The primary audience for this course is as follows:
• Account Managers
• Project Managers
• Pre-sales Engineer
• Implementation Engineers


Course Objectives:

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to
meet these overall objectives:
• Explain the DNA Spaces solution and its benefits
• Present use cases based on industry vertical
• Articulate the components and considerations for
DNA spaces configuration in the context of Covid-19
• Explain the DNA Spaces three-phased solution
approach: SEE-ACT-EXTEND
• Describe the ‘SEE’ phase of DNA Spaces and its
• Describe the ‘ACT’ phase of DNA Spaces and its
• Describe the ‘EXTEND’ phase of DNA Spaces and its
• List and describe the DNA Spaces licensing models
• Explain the DNA Spaces security features in the
context of customer data compliance
• Describe the different DNA Spaces components,
architectures, and their appropriate use cases
• Describe the different DNA Spaces migration options
• Describe how data analytics provided by DNA Spaces
provides business intent
• Discuss the DNA Spaces indoor Internet of Things
(IoT) service and its use cases
• Articulate Open Roaming and how it can boost
Wi-Fi-based revenue stream
• Configure DNA Spaces onboarding
• Configure and demonstrate DNA Spaces IoT Services
• Configure DNA Spaces profiles, engagements, and
• Configure a captive portal
• Perform simple API calls to DNA Spaces


Course Outline:

Section 1 – DNA Spaces Solutions Overview

• Introduction – What is “DNA Spaces”?
• Resolution of physical-space blind spot to better
understand behavior and location of people and
• Operationalizing DNA Spaces
• Providing Data Analytics for Business Intelligence
• Operational Efficiency and productivity
• Improve customer experience
• Understand behavior and monetization
• Onboarding to provide customer acquisition and
• Enhance IT productivity

Section 2 – DNA Spaces Use Cases

• Example Use Cases by Vertical
• Retail
• Healthcare
• Carpeted Enterprises
• Education
• Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Education
• “Back-to-Business” – Observations, recommendations
and applications specific to safe Covid-19 reopening

Section 3 – ‘SEE – EXTEND-ACT’: Three-phased
approach to extract maximum value from your Cisco
wireless infrastructure.

• Overview
• SEE what’s happening at your properties
• Behavior Metrics
• Right Now
• Camera metrics
• Open roaming
• Location Analytics
• Detect and Locate
• Impact Analysis
• EXTEND platform capabilities and drive business
• High-performance streaming API (Firehose)
• Partner Dashboard
• Native integration into enterprise software
• Apps Center for industry-specific solutions
• ACT on insights with digitization toolkits
• Internet of Things (IoT)
• Captive Portal
• Location Personas
• Engagements
• Asset Locator
• Proximity reporting
• Provide a half-hour review of the product via NterOne’s
DNA Spaces cloud account

Section 4 – DNA Spaces Licensing

• License Models
• Procurement and Terms

Section 5 – DNA Spaces and Customer Data Compliance

• Protecting data at rest and in transit
• Data Security Law compliance

Section 6 - Architecture Overview and Location Compute

• Supported Topologies
• On-premise Direct-Connect
• On-premise Cloud-enabled Connected Mobility
• DNA Spaces Connector
• Meraki
• Compute Model – On-Premise
• Compute Model – Cloud
• Migrating from Connected Mobility Experience /
Mobility Services Engine (CMX/MSE) to DNA Spaces
• Why Migrate to DNA Spaces?
• Migration Options – Overview

• Migration Option 1 – Keep AireOS WLC and PI
• Migration Option 2 – Keep only AireOS WLC
• Migration Option 3 – Keep only Prime on-premise
• Migration Option 4 – Full stack migration
• DNA Spaces – Ports, Protocols, and Data Flows

Section 7 – Getting started with DNA Spaces:

• Account Creation
• Connecting to DNA Spaces and Network Onboarding
• Connecting to DNA Spaces – Introduction
• Cisco Wireless Connectors
• Meraki Connector
• Configuring Locations
• Location Hierarchy - Introduction
• Location Hierarchy Creation – Automated Map
• Location Hierarchy Creation – Manual
• Location Hierarchy Configuration Best Practices

Section 8 – Advanced Topics

• Open Roaming
• Problem Statement
• The Players
• On-Boarding
• Configuration
• Indoor Internet of Things (IoT)
• Indoor IoT Problem Statement
• Indoor IoT with DNA Spaces - Benefits
• Indoor IoT Components
• Indoor IoT Gateway Types
• Indoor IoT Control Flows
• Indoor IoT Configuration
• Configure Asset Management using IoT device
• DNA Spaces APIs and Firehose
• API configuration
• SLA and monitoring
• Firehose configuration (streaming data support)
• DNA Spaces App Center
• Review and evaluate Stanley Health Care App
• Extend location data into enterprise software
platforms (optional)
• Review enterprise application (e.g., Salesforce, SAP
• Partner Dashboard (optional)

Section 9 – DNA Spaces and Data Analytics

• Introduction to Data Analytics
• Data analytics review – mathematical, probability, and
statistical functions
• Introduction to graphical functions and data
structures to represent data
• Extracting data using DNA Spaces APIs
• Proposed use cases:
• Determining physical location density based on
telemetry data
• Build and index people proximity in a given space
using dynamic clustering
• Predicting when a space’s capacity limits will be
reached telemetry data
• Calculation of dynamic proximity coefficient.
Example: ‘x’ number of people crowded around a
moving crane. Currently this is done using RFID
tags with maximum distance of 15 meters within 3
meters of precision

Lab Outline:

Lab 1: Configure DNA Spaces Connector

• Step 1: Log in to DNA Spaces Account
• Step 2: Configure Spaces connector
• Step 3: View the token
• Step 4: Log in to On-premise Connector and verify
• Step 5: Configure Token
• Step 6: View Connector Status On-premise
• Step 7: View Connector Status in Cloud Account

Lab 2: Add Wireless LAN Controllers

• Step 1: Add Controllers
• Step 2: Check WLC Connectivity on the Connector
• Step 3: Check status on the WLC

Lab 3: Maps and Location Hierarchy

• Step 1: Configure or Export Maps from Cisco Prime
• Step 2: Upload Maps in DNA Spaces
• Step 3: View the Location Hierarchy
• Step 4: Add META Data about the site
• Step 5: Enter Location Details
• Step 6: Add Zone
• Step 7: Select Access Points for Zone
• Step 8: View the updated Location Hierarchy

Lab 4: Location Analytics

• Step 1: Navigate to Location Analytics
• Step 2: View the different Analytics
• Step 3: Apply Filters

Lab 5: Captive Portal Setup

• Step 1: Captive Portal Setup
• Step 2: Select Authentication
• Step 3: Select Email
• Step 3: Enable Data Capture
• Step 4: Review User Agreements
• Step 5: Portal Editor
• Step 6: Verify Portal Created
• Step 7: Configure SSID
• Step 8: Captive Portal Rule Creation
• Step 9: Provide Rules
• Step 10: Portal Status
• Step 11: Setting up WLAN on the WLC
• Step 12: Connect your gadgets

Lab 6: Location Personas

• Step 1: Setting up Visitor and Employee Personas
• Step 2: Viewing Configured Personas

Lab 7: Engagement Rules

• Step 1: Setting up Engagement Rules with Personas
• Step 2: View Visitor Engagement Metrics

Lab 8: Add IoT Services

• Step 1: Configure AP Gateway
• Step 2: Deploy IoT Devices and/or sensors
• Step 3: Configure and enable IoT Streams
• Step 4: Configure Access Point as Beacon or Gateway
• Step 5: Troubleshoot
• Step 6: Monitor

Lab 9: REST API Query

• Step 1: Go to Detect & Locate App
• Step 2: Navigate to Notifications
• Step 3: Get the API Keys
• Step 4: Get Postman App
• Step 5: Open the application and create a new request
• Step 6: Create Request
• Step 7: Prepare the query
• Step 8: Submit/Send the query

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