Huawei talks up smart city progress

A smart city can be like a living organism that works seamlessly to continuously learn and enhance the city’s services, says ICT group Huawei.

The China based technology group is participating in the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 in Barcelona under the theme: ‘Leading New ICT, Creating a Smart City Nervous System’.

Together with its global partners, Huawei said that joint ICT solutions connect the digital and physical worlds across city administration, public services, and industrial economies.

Using new ICT including cloud computing, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI), these solutions drive unified coordination, cross-sector collaboration, and intelligent analysis for effective management of city services.

It said that rapid urbanisation is increasing pressure on city infrastructure and services, forcing many cities to rethink how they operate. City managers are responding to these pressures through the development of smart cities.

“These future cities will be dynamic and constantly evolve to ensure high quality public services and efficient systems while achieving sustainable development. Like a living organism, a smart city has a nervous system that comprises a ‘brain’ and ‘peripheral nerves’, gathering realtime information about the status of the city, its environment and infrastructure,” Huawei said.

Yan Lida, president of Huawei Enterprise BG, said: “In these smart cities all things are sensing, connected and intelligent, informing decisions and driving actions that improve city services and the lives of citizens.

“In the smart city 3.0 era, massive amounts of data are being generated from a vast number of connections between people and things and between things. This data collected in the physical world can now support decision-making in the digital world to drive intelligent actions in the physical world, thus creating a seamless link between the physical and digital worlds.”

Currently, Huawei’s smart city solutions are serving over 120 cities in more than 40 countries around the globe – and has signed contracts with 62 countries for similar smart city related solutions.

“With unique DNA and vision, Huawei provides ICT solutions across the entire spectrum of cloud-pipe-device, and has the capability to work with city administrators to design customized end-to-end Smarty City solutions that address their needs,” Lida said.

  • Gareth Vorster is attending the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona, Spain from November 14-16, 2017 as a guest of Huawei.

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