ICT solutions provider, Huawei, at the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) on 14 November 2017 in Barcelona, Spain released their Intelligent Operation Center (IOC), a solution that functions as the “brain” of the Smart City, connecting the digital and physical worlds.
The underlying infrastructure of the IOC comprises distributed cloud data centers and ubiquitous city networks that collect, integrate and share city information, enabling real-time visibility of the city. The IOC uses an Integrated Communications Platform (ICP) that enables intelligent collaboration across city functions and emergency dispatch of all services. By using Big Data, machine learning and AI technologies, the IOC delivers valuable insights to facilitate city planning and management of vital services such as transportation and security.
Huawei also provides wired and wireless broadband, IoT platforms, and LiteOS – a secure, lightweight and intelligent operating system, that serve as the peripheral nervous system, collecting data to assist the brain in making decisions, which bring about changes in the physical world. For example, sensors for temperature, humidity and brightness in the greenhouses provide real-time environmental data for the city operations control center, enabling the center to inform respective control devices to carry out adjustments when the thresholds are reached, so as to satisfy various environmental needs of the crops in each greenhouse.
Smart City Evolution Requires E2E Interconnection and a Leading Digital Partner that Can Offer All-Rounded Support 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 an actual network environment, leverage research, marketing and solutions delivery, and experience best practices and solutions for Smart Cities. Huawei is committed to building innovative platforms for partners to constantly evolve their technologies and the company continuously invests in the development of a thriving ecosystem.
Huawei looks to offer all-rounded ICT support to city administrators, and according to the company, are 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.
Smart City leaders at the Global Smart City Summit showed how they are achieving Smart City maturity, whereby intelligence is driving end-to-end (E2E) interconnection that improves connectivity between people and things to generate innovation, economic growth and social progress.
Currently, Huawei’s Smart City solutions are serving over 120 cities in more than 40 countries around the globe. In China alone, Huawei participated in the development of 26 Smart City evaluation criteria, leading the development of 9 of them.
Taking advantage of the platform of SCEWC, Huawei along with SAP, Honeywell, Hexagon, Chinasoft International, Esri and other industry partners showcased the following:
- Huawei leverages its IoT platform, LiteOS operating system, and advanced technologies such as Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), eLTE-IoT and AI to build ubiquitous sensing systems. Smart applications, such as smart rubbish bins, smart streetlight, smart watering, smart building, smart metering, and smart healthcare, improve city administration efficiency, public security, and people’s livelihoods. Visualized and collaborative city administration and enhanced emergency response and decision-making efficiency are achieved with the support of an IOC, which comprises a cloud data center, a Big Data service support platform, and an ICT application enablement platform.
- Huawei’s cloud technology supports the development of innovative administration services for governments and innovative public services for residents. Services include but are not limited to smart government, smart healthcare, smart education, smart electricity, and smart transportation, raising the public satisfaction.
- Huawei launched the Smart Campus Solution to drive industrial evolution and development, promoting the integration of digitisation and intelligence. In Dunhuang in China, Huawei’s cloud data center, Big Data platform, and IoT technology have improved Silk Road tourism service quality and intelligent public services. In 2016, the annual number of tourists increased to 8 million, a 32% growth compared to 2015. Scenic spots are now capable of hosting 40% more tourists with 20% less service personnel.