ICT solutions provider, Huawei, is on track to deliver 20 OpenLab facilities by 2019 as part of its plan to work with industry partners globally to create innovative solutions including those around smart city development.
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 announced the OpenLab program in March and has already established 13 such platforms, including South Africa and joining cities including Singapore, Munich, London, Paris, and Moscow, while the latest city to be added to the list earlier this month is Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia, which will drive digital transformation in the Asia-Pacific region.
Huawei wants to establish an additional seven OpenLab programs by the end of 2019. The company said on Tuesday that it has already spent billions to implement a platform to collaborate with customers, including $200 million towards OpenLab developments over the next three years.
“With 13 OpenLabs around the globe, Huawei and its partners conduct joint innovation to build sustainable ecosystems and drive localized smart city solutions. The OpenLabs offer an open end-to-end one-stop ICT Infrastructure platform where partners can test and verify their smart city solutions in actual network environment, leverage research, marketing and solutions delivery, and experience best practices and solutions,” the group said.
Huawei said it can provide all-rounded ICT support to city administrators, and is committed to planning, building and investing in smart cities with city administrators in the long-run, enabling services to be provided faster, more efficiently and with fewer resources.
It said that its smart city solutions are serving over 120 cities in more than 40 countries around the globe.
- Gareth Vorster is attending the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona, Spain from November 14-16, 2017 as a guest of Huawei.