Huawei sees smart cities as living creatures

Wednesday 7 December 2016 | 10:03 CET | Background

Huawei considers smart cities to be like a living creature, with the Huawei Intelligence Operations Centre as the equivalent of the nervous system.  Like living creatures smart cities continuously develop themselves, they do not stand still. Huawei presented a further update of their Smart City strategy at the recent Smart City Expo in Barcelona.

We recently wrote about Huawei’s smart city strategy, which Huawei, like the smart cities, is also continuing to develop. Zeng Zhibin, Huawei EBG- General Manager Smart City Global Business Development, explored the living creatures analogy by showing how the IOC enables rapid decision making and to monitor the health of the city. Huawei equates the IOC to the central nervous system and the IoT applications in the public service, industrial city and smart home to the peripheral nervous system. The IOC is powered by a cloud data centre using big data platforms.

According to Edwin Diender, Huawei’s VP Government & Public Utilities EBG, to enable a smart city you need technology (cloud, big data, mobility, IoT), platform (openness, flexibility, security) and ecosystem (developers, ISP). Huawei’s smart city approach is an open platform, which can be used for all segments within smart city development. Victor Yu, Huawei Enterpise Business Group - president Industry Marketing and Solutions, called it a ‘glocalized system’: working both with large global partners and small local ones.

Growing urban population requires smart solutions

At Huawei’s Global Smart City Summit various speakers gave examples of the growth of smart city developments across the globe, and the necessity of smart city development. Nicolas You, Founder UN Habitat World Urban Campaign, estimated that by 2050 the world’s population will have grown to 9.2 billion people, from 7.2 billion in 2015. However, the urban population will grow much faster: from 3.8 billion in 2015 to 6.4 billion in 2050. So cities need the right investment to be able to cope with their growing populations.

Examples from all over the world showed that smart city development can help solve small local problems such as leading to a reduced crime rate in Kenya, reduce power line loss in Nigeria or increasing tourism in Dunhuang (China), but it can also help to break down information silos and to help citizens to become more connected, to their city and to each other. In that way smart city technologies can help counteract the negative effects of a growing urban population, such as on the environment but also aid in making the city more efficient (leading to lower costs for governments and citizens) and to improve the quality of life of its citizens.

As developing a smart city encompasses so many different aspects of city life, all this is only possible with a real open system, such as Huawei’s and its more than 2,700 partners across the globe.

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