Rather than a simple focus on deploying smart cities solutions, Huawei is pushing the concept of safer cities through technology and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, the Chinese networking giant has said. Speaking during Huawei Asia-Pacific Innovation Day in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, Huawei Enterprise global public safety expert Augustine Chiew described how Huawei has improved public safety in the Chinese district of Longgang, Shenzhen. The Longgang District government and Huawei collaborated on developing a safe city solution framework focused on data collection, aggregation, convergence, and applications. According to Chiew, Longgang has one of the leanest police forces in the world, with many of the city's officers being unarmed volunteers. "To better detect, respond, and recover from crimes ... we basically went on a journey and started looking at various types of innovative technologies.
Huawei has unveiled its new smart cities digital platform utilising artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, which it said could be used across smart public safety, environmental protection, transportation, government, education, and agriculture. Huawei's AI Digital Platform connects what it calls the brain, or command centre; the central nervous system, or network; and the peripheral nervous system, made up of sensors across a city. "Just like an operating system, the platform is compatible with different city sensors, creates a city digital twin, and supports diverse city applications," Huawei Enterprise Business Group VP Ma Yue said. The smart cities digital platform combines AI, IoT, big data, a geographic information system, video, cloud, converged communications, and security. "Huawei has also developed a middleware platform to provide services to software application partners. This is designed to help application partners quickly develop upper-layer applications to accelerate transformation and innovation in city management, city services, and industry development," the Chinese networking giant added.
Nokia has announced signing on with New Zealand telecommunications carrier TeamTalk to provide emergency services connected vehicles, wireless technology, private 4G, and Internet of Things (IoT) services and solutions. Under the deal, which also allows TeamTalk to resell Nokia software, services, and equipment, the two will work on building an IP/Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)-based critical communications radio service using Nokia's backhaul network solution. "A substantial portion of the New Zealand market is not adequately covered by a mobile network, and this raises issues for emergency service responders," TeamTalk CEO Andrew Miller said. "Our goal is to deploy a country-wide solution that will provide critical communications to the majority of New Zealand's emergency services. We found Nokia to have the right product set and partnerships to make this project a reality."