Making cities smarter and safer

20 April 2016

Huawei believes the mega trend of building smart cities will drive urban development and improve public safety

Huawei’s new agreements to develop Smart and Safe Cities with institutions in Sardinia, Malta, and Hannover and Gelsenkirchen in Germany, signed at CeBIT 2016 in March, bring yet more European partners into the company’s research fold. Six Dutch cities and regions, including Amsterdam, Groningen and The Hague, and the three-town “Drei gewinnt” area in Hesse, Germany, are also working with Huawei to make their communities smarter and safer.

As connectivity increases, 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. To date, it has provided Smart City solutions to more than 100 cities in over 40 countries worldwide, and its Safe City solutions already serve more than 400 million people worldwide.

Improving connectivity in Cagliari

The MoU between Huawei, the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, and the Center for Advanced Studies, Research and Development (CRS4), is 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 first.
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, especially risk management; social sensing; public assets management, and; knowledge sharing.

Huawei has many products and solutions to offer in the area of Smart Cities. These include its Safe City Solution, the All-in-one Collaborative Cloud Solution for enterprise branches and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), the Machine-to-Machine (M2M)-based Energy Efficiency Management Solution, the Digital Journey and Intelligent Bus Solution, just to name four.

Smart hospital in the Netherlands
The idea is that such collaborations deepen over time, not only with Huawei’s investment in a region, but also in order to improve healthcare, public safety, urban services, environmental protection and business activities. This is the case, for example, in the Netherlands, where Huawei recently signed a new enhanced cooperation agreement, extending an initial one, with the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in the area of Smart Healthcare.

The UMCG has begun several research lines within its Healthy Ageing Program, an area in which it is one of the leading European players. To facilitate this program, Huawei is helping build a massive, fast data processing infrastructure based on newer generation ICT software and hardware technology for collecting and analysing regional healthcare bio-data. This will enable the hospital to track patient traffic in its facilities and signal the spread hospital infectious diseases at an early stage, an advance that could dramatically reduce medical costs in the future given that hospital infection is one of the leading complications, consuming more than 10% of medical resources.

Nairobi, a safer city
A prominent example of where Huawei is making cities safer comes in Nairobi, Kenya. Huawei helped Kenya deploy a holistic solution that integrated a call-taking and dispatching system, eLTE broadband trunking, video surveillance and intelligent analysis (licence plate recognition and violation detection) to improve Kenya’s critical incident management and crisis management capabilities. The solution was used to successfully manage Pope Francis’ visit to Kenya on November 26, 2015. Since its deployment and operation, the Safe City solution has drastically improved safety conditions in the country. According to Kenyan police, crime has decreased by 46% in the Safe City areas.