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Open equals smart and vibrant, believes Huawei

It aims to provide ICT across cloud-pipe-device to enable governments and industries to deliver advanced citizen-centric services

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Huawei showcases new ICT Solutions at Smart City Expo World Congress
Huawei showcases new ICT Solutions at Smart City Expo World Congress

“A smart city is like a living being”

There is no end point for building smarter cities

Global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, Huawei, used Smart City Expo World Congress 2016 (SCEWC) in Barcelona to present its strategy and latest technologies for smart city transformation.


It centres on providing leading new ICT across cloud-pipe-device to enable governments and industries to deliver advanced citizen-centric services that enrich people’s lives, drive economic growth and create sustainable communities.


The company introduced core ICT solutions designed to accelerate the development of smart cities, including: an Intelligent Operation Centre (IOC) powered by cloud and big data; city management solutions based on Internet of Things (IoT); and advanced public service solutions developed in collaboration with global partners.


Alongside the SCEWC, Huawei also held its Global Smart City Summit. In his opening speech, Yan Lida, president of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, described a smart city as being like a living being, “with a brain and complex nervous system working together so that it constantly learns and enhances the physical world”.


He added: “Its growth and evolution depend on open platforms where all players collaborate to foster innovation. Integrating ultra-broadband networks, cloud computing, big data and IoT, Huawei is committed to helping cities become context aware, better connected and more intelligent.”


And he concluded: "We believe there is only a beginning point but no end point for building smarter cities.”


Following this, Nicolas You, founder and honorary chair of the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign, addressed the challenge of increasing urban population density: “ICT technologies empower cities to break information silos and make use of data strategically. They allow cities to connect people, information, resources and services effectively, and to become context aware and self-optimising.


“Such cities are well equipped to deliver smart public services that are essential for improving the lives of citizens, fostering economic development and achieving sustainable development.”


Insights and contributions also came from Massimiliano Claps, associate vice president, IDC Government Insights – EMEA, who emphasised that a huge ecosystem can be done only through the engagement of all key stakeholders and requires an open platform to consolidate a variety of systems and data. “IoT deployments must be cost-effective. Data collection must pass verification tests to mitigate risks,” he said.


City managers from around the world also shared best practices in leveraging new ICT to transform cities into smart cities.


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