Huawei targets big smart city push

ICT group Huawei says it has signed contracts with more than 60 cities for solutions relating to the smart city ecosystem, over and above the 120 projects it already has in place.

The smart city solution is a system that features top-level design, integration, operations, service applications, and new ICT infrastructure.

Cities use new ICT to sense, analyze, and converge key data from city operations and management systems, so that managers can intelligently respond to a variety of governance, livelihood, and business needs.

Huawei’s smart city solution incorporates cloud, network, and platform technologies, along with robust security.

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’.

The group showcased a number of smart and safe city solutions around electricity, agriculture, smart switch water systems, e-learning, policing, and traffic control systems.

It said that by 2025, 27 megacities with 10 million residents or more will exist, placing extraordinary pressure on public transportation, hospitals, waste management systems, and the power grid.

“Cities of the future will need to be dynamic and constantly evolve to keep pace with citizen expectations for high quality
services and efficient systems while ensuring sustainability.

“Smart cities have the power to change the way cities function– enabling intelligent decision making and improving connectivity and collaboration between the digital and physical worlds to generate innovation, economic growth, social progress and prosperity,” the group said.

Joe So, CTO for the enterprise business group at Huawei, said in a press briefing on Tuesday that the company spent $4 billion last year around smart city development – showing 40% growth on an annual basis.

This represents a fair chunk of the group’s budget when you consider that group annual spending on research and development reached CNY76.4 billion (US$11 billion) last year.

Annual revenue was CNY521.6 billion ($75.1 billion), an increase of 32% over 2015. Net profits were CNY37.1 billion ($5.3 billion), an increase of 0.4%.

Mr So said that the ‘safe city’ is the primary area of focus for the group at present, especially considering a number of recent ‘terror’ related incidents in some of the biggest cities around the world.

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

Currently, Huawei’s smart city solutions are serving over 120 cities in more than 40 countries around the globe.

“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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