Wednesday, 15 November 2017 16:01

Huawei smartly creates Smart City Nervous System, showcased at SCWEC 2017 Barcelona


Huawei is participating in the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 (SCEWC) in Barcelona under the theme of “Leading New ICT, Creating a Smart City Nervous System”, highlighting how a Smart City can be like "a living organism that works seamlessly to continuously learn and enhance the city’s services".

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

Huawei's stand at SCEWC 2017.

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

Alongside the SCEWC, Huawei says it "hosted the Global Smart City Summit, where representatives from the European Union, international standards organisations, world-renowned consultancies, relevant research institutions and leading Smart Cities shared their insights and experiences in driving Smart City development with over 400 city administrators from around the world".

So, what does it mean to become a Smart City?

Well, Huawei says it is creating a Smart City Nervous System to make the city as an organic life body.

To become a Smart City "involves the digital transformation of a city to address challenges in the physical world".

"This demands data-driven systems that combine management and IoT data to help authorities manage the city and enable the physical and digital worlds to be integrated.

"Smart City development requires a fundamental change to city administration and for the development to flourish it needs to be a priority for the government. In addition, there must be a strong and capable Smart City project team, long-term and stable investment, and city leaders need to partner with a leading digital provider that can facilitate the transformation."

Yan Lida, president of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, said: “A Smart City is like a living organism, which is powered by a nervous system. This Smart City nervous system comprises a 'brain' [the control centre] and 'peripheral nerves' [the network and sensors], gathering real-time information about the status of the city, transmitting the data, enabling the 'brain' to analyse and make informed decisions, delivering feedback commands, and ultimately carrying out intelligent actions.

"This creates a seamless link between the physical and digital worlds. Leveraging leading new ICT such as cloud computing, IoT and AI, Huawei is committed to creating a strong nervous system that powers Smart Cities. With our innovations and investment in various technologies, we develop an open platform for Smart Cities, which is compatible with various devices and supports a wide range of applications. We aim to be the rich soil that supports the robust and sustainable development of Smart Cities.

"Huawei is one of the few ICT solution providers in the industry that can offer end-to-end cloud-pipe-device solutions, leading the way to connecting the physical and digital worlds. We will continue to work together with our ecosystem of partners to create top-level designs addressing city administrators’ needs and achieving the ultimate goals of a Smart City – to enable good governance, promote industry development and deliver benefits for the people.”


Yan Lida, president of Huawei Enterprise BG, delivered the opening speech at Huawei’s Global Smart City Summit.

Huawei also released its "Intelligent Operation Centre" to a global audience

During the Global Smart City Summit, Huawei says it released the "Intelligent Operation Centre", a solution that functions as the “brain” of the Smart City, connecting the digital and physical worlds.

Smart city evolution requires E2E interconnection and a leading digital partner that can offer all-round support

Huawei is demonstrating comprehensive Smart City solutions together with SAP, Honeywell, Hexagon, Chinasoft International, Esri, RuiCheng Technology and other industry partners at the SCEWC

Below is the text from Huawei's fact sheet on its "Smart City Solutions" – please read on if interested in learning more, with the following text a direct copy of Huawei's information.

Huawei’s Smart City Solutions


The global trend towards urbanisation is forcing many cities to rethink how they operate. 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.

However, the underlying Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) infrastructure will be critical to make this possible. The key to smartness is open technology infrastructure and a unified platform that can keep up with the relentless supply of data from tens of thousands of diverse systems and data formats, such as video, image and text.

Based on 30 years of ICT expertise, Huawei offers leading new ICT solutions featuring cloud, Internet of Things, Big Data and Mobility, to enable a properly connected smart city that transforms services such as transport, education, energy consumption and emergency services.

Smart Strategy for Smart Cities

Huawei is uniquely positioned to turn smart city ambitions into reality. Based on its cloud-pipe-device strategy, Huawei provides cloud computing solutions to power city-wide digital transformation; advanced IoT and broadband networks to make ubiquitous connectivity possible; and smart city platforms to accelerate the adoption of smart city initiatives.

Huawei’s transformative technology and solutions combine proven global best practices with the expertise of local developers and companies to enable the development of local ecosystems through which citizens and businesses can share assets and resources collaboratively to foster innovation and productivity.

Huawei co-operates in an open partnership ecosystem with more than 400 global partners, including SAP, Hexagon, Esri, Accenture, Schindler, GE and Honeywell, to explore new innovations for smarter and safer cities.

Contributing to smart city ecosystem development, Huawei has established 13 OpenLabs and 36 Innovation Centers around the globe to promote joint R&D, and has launched a worldwide Developer Enablement Plan 2.0 to encourage innovation.

Leading-edge technology and solutions

Huawei’s Smart City solutions enable ubiquitous connectivity, information sharing and integration, and cross-sector collaboration. The leading new ICT architecture powering the solutions creates a Smart City nervous system, which includes:

• Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) – the ‘brain’: By aggregating and sharing information across city agencies, Huawei’s IOC provides a unified perspective across the city to help city leaders prevent and respond quickly to fast-changing events. The solution is powered by Cloud, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence:

• The management platform provides a city dashboard that supports data collection, supervision, analysis, and management of city events and emergencies, as well as decision-making for urban services.

• The underlying infrastructure offers a secure cloud data center based on open architecture that enables the integration and sharing of city information resources to improve government service efficiency and decision-making accuracy.

• City Internet of Things (IoT) – the ‘peripheral nerves’: Huawei’s IoT Connection Management platform enables digital transformation of cities through smart sensing and the interconnection of people, processes, applications and ‘things’.

• Covering open services, data management and connection management, the platform is supported by Huawei’s IoT Network, which includes Narrowband IoT – a technology standard being developed by 3GPP for deployment of IoT devices over existing LTE networks, eLTE, 2G/3G/LTE, Wi-Fi, home gateways and enterprise gateways.

• Connected devices are equipped with Huawei’s LiteOS – a secure, lightweight and intelligent OS, and MCU, ARM and x86 chips.

Broadband Networks: Huawei provides wired and wireless broadband networks that enable ubiquitous broadband coverage supporting high-speed data, video, and voice services. With city-wide connectivity, enriched communication services can be delivered to citizens.

Huawei offers comprehensive solutions across three core pillars:

• Smart Government: Huawei provides an integrated platform for government networks, cloud, collaborative offices and multi-dimensional security. It enables sharing and integration of data, and collaboration among various governmental agencies to optimize resources and improve efficiency across public safety, urban transport, emergency handling, energy management, and environmental protection.

• Smart Industry: Huawei’s solutions are designed to fuel the economic growth of a city and drive the development of intelligent and digital innovations to attract strategic investment. For example, Smart Park provides professional IT services and cloud-based data centers to help enterprises grow their businesses, and Smart Tourism provides technical support to the whole tourism industry chain to encourage tourism in a city.

• Smart Life: Huawei’s solutions facilitate intelligent connectivity among smart applications and interactive platforms for real-time traffic information, healthcare, and education. Smart Life improves city services to enhance citizens’ quality of life in a safe and secure environment.

Building smart cities of the future

Huawei’s Smart City solutions have been successfully deployed in the areas of governance, public safety, electric power, transportation, education and healthcare in more than 100 cities across 40 countries. Notable examples include:

• “IoT Weifang”: The government of Weifang City and Huawei launched an NB-IoT-based IoT sample city to sharpen city management and improve social wellbeing. The first city-level IoT platform supports the integrated development and deployment of IoT applications. For example, the smart lighting system reduces electric power consumption by 30% and increased O&M efficiency by 45%; while, the smart water system monitors 9 indexes in 39 rural water plants, ensuring all local villagers can have safe water supply.

• ‘Traffic Brain’ for Shenzhen Public Security Bureau: Huawei collaborated with industry partners to develop a global-first all-scenario Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) solution that forms the ‘traffic brain’ for Shenzhen. It alleviates city traffic congestions through precise traffic flow statistics and adaptive traffic light control; enhances work efficiency by 300% through centrally processing traffic data via a unified Big Data platform; and enables the mining of traffic intelligence in minutes through visualised data modelling.

• Yanbu Smart City: The Royal Commission of Yanbu is cooperating with Huawei to build Saudi Arabia’s first smart city. Through deploying 10 smart applications including smart parking, smart bins, venue crowd analytics, and smart streetlights, the efficiency of utility management, public safety and livability of Yanbu have been improved. For example, garbage removal efficiency has increased by 30% and energy costs for public lighting fell by 30%.

• Microgrid Solar Plants in Cameroon: Huawei’s Microgrid Solar Solution is supporting the Ministry of Water Resources and Energy of Cameroon to realize rural electrification of 1,000 localities, driving the development of local industries, creating economic returns for the government, and improving the livelihood in Cameroon. With the deployment of 166 sets of off-grid systems, the rural electrification rate has increased by 1.7%, serving 120,000 villagers, increasing the school enrolment rate of local children, and creating more than 1,000 job opportunities. 


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