How is Huawei enabling smarter cities?
Huawei has developed multiple technologies for the smart city concept, such as smart government, safe city, smart emergency command, smart education, smart grid and smart tourism, as well as smart hospital.
The Chinese company said its smart city solution is now used in more than 100 cities across more than 40 countries. Huawei’s public safety solution serves more than 800 million people in more than 200 cities and 80 countries.
Last year, Huawei signed a strategic alliance with Malta to establish an innovation center in that country focused on safe city solutions including nationwide surveillance. Huawei said that this nationwide safety and surveillance plan, will combine alarm reporting, data transmission, video surveillance, transport management, police scheduling, wired-wireless communications, and voice and video conferencing technologies.
Also during 2016, Huawei signed a memorandum of understanding with the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, in Italy, and the Center for Advanced Studies, Research and Development (CRS4) for the research and development of smart and safe city research projects to be implemented on the island as a whole, starting in the capital Cagliari.
Huawei and CRS4 are working on six key areas of research: improving connectivity using scalable broadband technologies that are standardized and open; internet of things and big data; security; social sensing; public assets management, and knowledge sharing.
Huawei is also developing smart city initiatives in Dubai following a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Civil Defense.
Under the terms of the agreement, the vendor will work with Dubai Civil Defense to develop smart city solutions to leverage cloud computing and cloud data centers, software-defined networking (SDN), big data, business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR), unified communications, intelligent video surveillance and other technologies.
Huawei and Dubai Police are currently working to identify how the vendor’s solutions can be deployed to aid in crime prevention and reduction as well as improve road safety by reducing incidents of accidents and fatalities. In October 2016, Huawei had signed a long-term collaboration agreement with the Dubai Police to develop and deploy a safe city innovation center for Dubai’s security forces.
At the Gitex 2016 exposition,Dubai Police and Huawei showcased four advanced safe city solutions, including advanced facial recognition technology that is able to identify and track people within the systems parameter; an augmented reality (AR) solution and headset which allow the user to receive real-time data on the person or object they are looking at; a video content management (VCM) tool; and an anti-drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) weapon which designed to disable drones by firing electronic waves at unauthorized drones.
Huawei’s portfolio of public safety solutions for the government sector include high-definition video surveillance, broadband trunking, multimedia dispatching and intelligent analytics. These solutions are split across six main solution offerings: convergent command center, cloud-based intelligent video surveillance, smart road safety, 4G mission-critical broadband trunking, agile communication network and secured cloud data center solution.