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City of Duisburg progresses its road to smart

Rhine Cloud is the brand name for a smart city and public services cloud platform and marks a major milestone in the project

Huawei and DU-IT are helping Duisburg on its journey to become a smart city
Huawei and DU-IT are helping Duisburg on its journey to become a smart city

The city of Duisburg in Germany is set to receive a range of ‘innovative’ cloud-based digital services following a new framework agreement with information and communications technologies (ICT) provider Huawei and city internet service provider DU-IT.


The announcement at CeBIT 2018 in Hannover follows a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which was signed by the city and Huawei Enterprise Business Group in January 2018. The aim is to make Duisburg an innovative and digitalised “model city” in Western Europe within the next few years.


The goal of the MoU is to develop innovative ideas, solutions and make use of new technologies to enhance the quality of life in Duisburg through an ecosystem including local and international partners and municipal companies.


The new agreement expands the cooperation of the two companies and strengthens their joint efforts to enable Duisburg to become a smart city. Both Huawei and the DU-IT are part of the network, Smart City Duisburg.


The first infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings are now available on Rhine Cloud, a smart city and public services cloud platform which is being hosted in Duisburg by DU-IT.


According to Huawei, deployment of the platform represents a significant step towards making Duisburg a smart city, providing the capabilities to support city automation and intelligence.


“Huawei is focused on working with city governments to make modern cities smarter and easier to live in. We are delighted to be Duisburg’s preferred partner for developing a smart city and this cooperation will build on our success of delivering smart city deployments worldwide,” said Vincent Pang, president of Huawei west Europe region.


He added that the goal was to help the city’s business customers “drive innovation and growth, bring safety and efficiency to citizens. and make the city more attractive to businesses and investors”.


DU-IT is also collaborating with Munich-based 3D indoor mapping and navigation company NavVis to develop smart city software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings for Rhine Cloud including applications for eGovernment, tourism, facility management and retail. The service is expected to be available through Rhine Cloud in October 2018.


“As a municipal company, we have deep expertise in providing the highest level of security and customised solutions to ensure smooth running city services,” added Stefan Soldat, managing director of DU-IT.


“We help our customers migrate their databases to the cloud, monitor the set-up operations, and, if required, manage their cloud environments to offer a full-service package.”


Huawei has also introduced its Smart Airport 2.0 solution at CeBIT. The one-stop ICT platform featuring cloud-pipe-device collaboration covers a range of aspects such as visualised operational processes, visualised safety, visualised services, and airport IoT.


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