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Full stack of innovation gives Huawei edge in smart cities

2020-1-6 17:13

 

Several Chinese tech giants are betting on local governments' growing enthusiasm for building smart cities, which they see as new growth opportunities.

Huawei Technologies Co aims to stand out among this string of firms, with its years of technological prowess.

Sitting on its more than three decades of R&D and experience of working with different vertical sectors, Huawei aims to turn the idea of a smart city into reality.

Yan Lida, president of the enterprise business group at Huawei, said the goal of smart cities is to facilitate governance, serve the people and boost business growth.

"In the process of building smart cities, Huawei aims to construct the essential and fundamental platform, or the soil, for all partners to thrive, and to bring in all their capacities so as to help drive digital transformation forward," Yan said.

According to him, Huawei has already participated in the construction of more than 200 smart cities, and with more than 16,000 partners around the world, the Shenzhen-based company will step up its push to construct an open platform and lure more companies in.

Huawei's intensified push into the smart city arena came as a clutch of tech heavyweights such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc are upping their ante.

A McKinsey research report forecast that the global smart city industry covering 600 cities worldwide is projected to spawn a $400 billion market by the end of 2020. These cities are expected to generate 60 percent of the world's GDP by the end of 2025.

"In comparison with rival products, our platform's edge lies in our full stack of technology support, the capacity to serve all industries and our open attitude toward all partners," said Lu Qi, president of marketing and sales at Huawei's enterprise business group.

Different from most players that focus only on offering the platform as a service, or PaaS, Huawei has a sprawling presence across hardware, infrastructure as a service, and PaaS.

The company is also in a good position to serve all sectors, with a focus on public governance, transportation, finance, energy and manufacturing at the moment, Lu said.

According to him, clients who choose Huawei's platform have a choice to adopt technological solutions for specific application scenarios from other companies. Such freedom has enabled Huawei to stand out from the competition.

In 2018, Huawei announced it was partnering with the Tianjin municipal government to build a smart platform, or digital twin, for the Binhai New Area.

The platform will be able to help government officials deal with daily routines related to tasks like reducing unemployment, and emergencies including floods and fires.

"Huawei has helped us design over 4,000 parameters such as education indexes and health indexes to gauge the status of urban citizens. We will use such data to develop a slew of models to conduct intensive analysis, which will allow officials to predict what will happen and how to respond to them," said Chen Song, an official in Tianjin in charge of smart city construction for the Binhai New Area.

"Without a good platform, it is impossible to coordinate and integrate mounting cross-system resources. Huawei's full package of products has put it in a good position to help us build such a platform," he said.

Ma Jionglin, a senior partner at Deloitte, said in an earlier interview: "China is one of the most active countries in the world in building smart cities. With the advancement of urban management and the increasing emphasis on people's living and working styles, smart cities will enter a new stage of development."

Already, China has included the smart city initiative in its national strategy and made significant investments in these projects. Both first-tier cities and small and medium-sized cities are home to smart city projects and they have formed many smart city clusters across the eastern and southern coastal areas of China, according to a Deloitte report.

 

几家中国科技巨头押注地方政府对建设智能城市的热情日益高涨,认为这是新的增长机遇。


华为技术有限公司的目标是凭借多年的技术实力在这一系列公司中脱颖而出。


凭借30多年的研发经验,以及与不同垂直部门合作的经验,华为的目标是将智慧城市的理念变为现实。


华为企业业务集团总裁阎丽达表示,智慧城市的目标是促进治理、服务人民、促进业务增长。


“在建设智能城市的过程中,华为的目标是为所有合作伙伴的蓬勃发展构建必要和基础的平台,或土壤,并发挥他们的所有能力,以帮助推动数字转型的前进,”严说。


据他介绍,华为已经参与了200多个智能城市的建设,在全球拥有超过1.6万个合作伙伴,这家总部位于深圳的公司将加大力度建设一个开放的平台,吸引更多的公司进入。


在华为加紧进军智慧城市领域之际,阿里巴巴集团(Alibaba Group Holding Ltd .)、腾讯控股(Tencent Holdings Ltd .)和百度Inc .等一批科技巨头也在加大赌注。


麦肯锡的一份研究报告预测,到2020年底,覆盖全球600个城市的全球智慧城市产业预计将催生一个价值4000亿美元的市场。到2025年底,这些城市的GDP将占全球的60%。


“与竞争对手的产品相比,我们平台的优势在于我们的技术支持,服务所有行业的能力,以及我们对所有合作伙伴的开放态度,”华为企业业务集团营销和销售总裁陆奇说。


与大多数只专注于提供平台即服务(PaaS)的公司不同,华为在硬件、基础设施即服务和PaaS领域拥有广泛的业务。


他说,公司在服务所有行业方面也处于有利地位,目前的重点是公共治理、交通、金融、能源和制造业。


他表示,选择华为平台的客户可以选择采用其他公司的特定应用场景的技术解决方案。这种自由使华为在竞争中脱颖而出。


2018年,华为宣布与天津市政府合作,为滨海新区建设一个智能平台,或称数字孪生平台。


该平台将能够帮助政府官员处理与减少失业和包括洪水和火灾在内的紧急情况相关的日常事务。


“华为帮助我们设计了4000多个参数,如教育指数和健康指数,以衡量城市居民的状态。我们将利用这些数据开发一系列模型进行深入分析,让官员们预测将会发生什么,以及如何应对,”天津滨海新区智慧城市建设官员陈松表示。


“没有一个好的平台,就不可能协调和整合不断增加的跨系统资源。华为的全套产品为我们搭建这样一个平台提供了有利条件。”


德勤高级合伙人马炯林在早些时候的一次采访中表示:“中国是世界上在建设智能城市方面最活跃的国家之一。随着城市管理的进步和人们生活工作方式的日益重视,智慧城市将进入一个新的发展阶段。”


中国已经将智慧城市计划纳入国家战略,并在这些项目上进行了大量投资。德勤(Deloitte)的一份报告显示,无论是一线城市还是中小城市,它们都是智慧城市项目的大本营,在中国东部和南部沿海地区形成了许多智慧城市集群。

原作者: Ma Si 来自: china daily