At their flagship event, The Huawei Eco-Connect Conference in Sandton, Huawei announced the opening of their Global OpenLab Program in South Africa. The opening of the lab will see Johannesburg become one of 7 new Huawei OpenLabs for 2017, joining cities such as London, Paris, France, Moscow and Russia in forming part of the Huawei ecosystem.
Based in Johannesburg, the OpenLab is a part of Huawei’s three year $200 million investment plan and will enable Huawei to work with various industry partners in South Africa to create customer-centric and innovative solutions that enable digital transformation, while promoting industry ecosystem development.
The first two joint innovation areas of Huawei’s Johannesburg Openlab will focus on public safety and smart grid solutions, which will feature the development of advanced analytics for both police and power grid operations, as well as power IoT and integration of Huawei’s communication module into local smart meters.
Victor Yu, President of Industry Marketing & Solution Department of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, said: “Each OpenLab addresses the needs of its local market, and harnesses local talent and technology assets. For example in Munich, Germany, we are working on joint innovation projects, conducting simulation tests and researching on connected cars with German automotive enterprises. We work with outstanding local companies to integrate their capabilities into Huawei’s global value chain and promote these capabilities across the world, helping to enhance the competitiveness of local ICT industries.”
To date, Huawei has built and operated OpenLabs in 5 cities including Suzhou, China; Munich, Germany; Mexico City, Mexico; Singapore; and Dubai, UAE. These OpenLabs are facilitating joint innovation and solution launches with more than 400 partners across Smart City, finance, transportation, energy, manufacturing and media sectors. Globally, Huawei has established partnerships with nearly 80 solutions partners. Various large enterprises and government departments are implementing solutions developed by Huawei’s OpenLabs.
The Global OpenLab Program is aligned with Huawei Enterprise Business Group’s “Platform + Ecosystem” strategy. This strategy centres on collaborating with partners and customers to develop innovative, differentiated and leading industry-specific solutions that enable open, elastic, flexible, and secure platforms to drive enterprise digital transformation. Huawei is focused on facilitating a digital transformation ecosystem to implement joint innovations and expand the ecosystem in terms of industry alliances, business alliances, developer platforms, and open-source communities.
“We hope the Huawei OpenLab will create a new model for joint innovation. Subsequently, we would like to invite partners to work together with Huawei in this initiative,” says Stan Qiu, Energy Sector Director of the Huawei Enterprise Business Group in Southern Africa.
“Huawei will provide the data centre facility, hardware and software infrastructure and technical team whilst the partner will contribute with ideas, products and human resources. By working together, we can enable new ideas to be verified more quickly, allow for more agile industry innovation and more efficient proof of concepts creation. The ultimate goal is to transform the lab into a customer experience centre and generate more opportunities for all ecosystem players,” concluded Qiu.