Huawei’s Horizon digital platform for cities to build fully connected intelligent city
Nov 21, 2019
The ninth Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) is held in Barcelona from November 19 to 21, 2019. Huawei, together with more than 20 industry partners and customers, jointly attended the event under the theme of "Building a Fully Connected, Intelligent City." Based on the Horizon Digital Platform and Intelligent Operation Center (IOC) for cities, Huawei showcased a wide-range of urban applications, such as intelligent education, intelligent healthcare, intelligent government, as well as the latest strategic cooperation with Barcelona. Meanwhile, at the EU-China City Forum, Huawei demonstrated its strategy in intelligent city construction and substantial practices in cities worldwide. Additionally, Huawei released the Smart City Development and Governance Standpoints Paper during the expo to encourage governments to adopt a systematic approach to digitalization and be economical in developing smart cities, while sharing Huawei's point-of-view on smart city governance.
Building a Future Intelligent City in a “More Intelligent Way”
The EU-China City Forum was held on November 19. Shan Zhiguang, Director of the Informatization and Industry Research Department at the State Information Center, Rudolf Niessler, Principal Advisor for International Relations at the European Commission, and Sun Fuyou, Vice President of Huawei Enterprise Business Group shared their views. How to integrate various new technologies, connect information silos, efficiently govern data, and promote organizational and process transformation are common concerns between China and Europe, which are also challenges Huawei is dedicated to helping customers address.
"Smart city development needs to consider both technical and human factors, and needs to be done more intelligently," said Mr. Sun. "It is a government-led initiative that requires a long-term, continuous process of development. Innovation, trial, and constant iteration will be key. An integrated digital platform can help powerful ecosystem partners conduct agile development and iterative operation based on the individual needs of the city.”
Based on the Horizon Digital Platform, Huawei launched the “HiCity” Intelligent City Solution, which optimizes the integration of a variety of new ICT technologies and data to streamline service processes, share service data, and transfer information flows, reducing the threshold for the use of new technologies and makes integration easier. Together with ecosystem partners, Huawei aims to better support the governance and innovation of smart cities.
Economic Vitality and Systematic Planning Are the Keys to Intelligent City Development
During the expo, Huawei officially released the Smart City Development and Governance Standpoints Paper. Through urban case analysis, the paper comprehensively details two typical models and six paths of how intelligent cities empower urban development. It is proposed that “economic” and “systematic” will be the keys to urban development.
The paper offered four initiatives on intelligent city construction. First, adaptation to new trends and shifting of the role of governments can accelerate intelligent city deployment. Second, adopting an economy-driven model can boost economic vitality. Third, systematic planning is needed to build a comprehensive and layered intelligent city capability system. Fourth, multi-faceted efforts help secure the sustainable development of intelligent cities.
During the expo, Smart City Industrial Ecosphere (SCIE), with Huawei as a member, reached strategic cooperation with the SCEWC to develop all-round cooperation in new technologies, industry incubation, industry standards, and industry ecosystems. Huawei hopes to contribute to the intelligent city standards, help cities build and enhance global competitiveness in the process of digitalization and intelligent transformation to jointly realize the vision and dream of a great city.
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