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Duisburg delegation on smart mission to China

The delegation will also visit Huawei partners which specialise in next-generation vehicles and the latest advances in rail

The German city of Duisburg is deepening its links with technology company, Huawei
The German city of Duisburg is deepening its links with technology company, Huawei

The mayor of the German city of Duisburg is leading a 19-person government delegation to visit to the headquarters of Huawei in Shenzhen, China as part of its mission to become a smart city.


Huawei is one of the companies helping Duisburg transform from a traditional industrial city into a service-oriented smart city through smart government, smart port logistics, smart education, smart infrastructure, 5G and broadband, smart homes, and urban IoT.


Real-life smart city management


As well as see demonstrations of smart city implementations, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, and cloud data centre, the party is visiting the command centre of the Longgang District of Shenzhen, which Huawei helped to construct. It is designed to allow people to experience real-life smart city management applications, such as incident assignment, cross-agency emergency collaboration, risk monitoring, data sharing, decision-making support, quality checking, and visualisation of data.


It will also visit experience centres operated by two Huawei partners: the smart drone company EHang and BYD Company. The delegation is piloting EHang’s self-driving craft for passengers, which is a 5G-based next-generation vehicle, as well as SkyRail, BYD’s latest achievement in rail transportation.

“Duisburg already has a tight connection with China. Through the cooperation with Huawei, such partnership with China grows even stronger”

As the European economic hub of the Belt and Road Initiative, Duisburg has the world’s largest inland port and is the business and logistics centre connecting Europe and China. The cooperation between Huawei and Duisburg is based on building an open and cooperative international ecosystem.


In January 2018, Duisburg and Huawei signed a memorandum of understanding, announcing they will work together to build a digital benchmark city, where its e-government infrastructure will be driven by cloud computing, and its smart city nervous system network will be an IoT network powered by 5G and other connection technologies.


The Rhine Cloud


At CEBIT held in Germany in June 2018, Huawei and Duisburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft (DVV) signed a framework agreement on the Rhine Cloud, the brand name of a smart city and public service cloud platform, and smart city services, enabling Duisburg to move towards its goal of becoming a smart city and realising the Smart Duisburg 2.0 vision.


In the future, Huawei and its partners will provide Duisburg with leading expertise and solutions in 5G LTE technology and wireless broadband networks. This will significantly promote the development of Duisburg in areas such as self-driving vehicles, smart logistics, and Industry 4.0.


“We’re happy to work with Huawei to transform Duisburg to a smart city,” said Mayor of Duisburg, Sören Link. “We’ve had lots of exciting projects during the process of working with Huawei which inspired us in our work. Duisburg already has a tight connection with China. Through the cooperation with Huawei, such partnership with China grows even stronger.”


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