According to McKinsey , by 2025 the IoT will create up to US$11 trillion in economic benefits worldwide and contribute 11% to the global economy.
“By 2025, there will be an estimated 100 billion smart IoT connections, fueling growth in industries such as intelligent manufacturing, logistics, transportation, and smart metering,” said Joy Tan, President of Global Media and Communications at Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Last year the global IoT standard, NB-IoT, was approved by 3GPP, an international telecommunications organization, signaling the advent of the IoT’s worldwide commercialization. Two years ago, Huawei demonstrated its commitment to collaboration across industry sectors by joining enterprises and institutions to establish the NB-IoT Alliance, a group dedicated to promoting the development of the NB-IoT. As of June 2016, Huawei was the main contributor to NB-IoT standardization, and has taken the lead to develop more than 400 NB-IoT partners across more than 20 industries.
As a result of rapid progress in the development of technology and standards, the IoT is poised to drive new products, services, and business models. And as a global ICT leader, Huawei is committed to creating the technology that makes those breakthrough developments possible.
Smart metering. Huawei’s NB-IoT based intelligent metering solution covers indoor and underground water-meter installation. Intelligent meter-reading can replace manual meter reading, saving costs, reducing the likelihood of incorrect readings, and improving the efficiency of water use. Smart metering can also help water utilities locate leaky pipes and head off problems before they occur.
Smart appliances. Currently, smart appliances use Wi-Fi solutions, which suffer from drawbacks such as poor coverage, bad mobility, and being difficult to configure. Poor coverage is a particular problem, as appliances often lose their connections. But NB-IoT based smart appliance solutions have higher connection rates, especially indoors, enabling maintenance personnel to fix problems remotely. They can also carry out data analytics based on users' usage, allowing manufacturers to provide value-added services. Huawei has completed interfacing tests with Haier air conditioners and Little Swan washing machines. It is expected that by the end of 2017, about 110,000 NB-IoT smart appliances will go live.
Hotels/ hospitality. Shared accommodation is common, but frequent changes of tenant mean that landlords face high maintenance costs if they give out keys frequently. Smart door locks solve this problem. Through an app, landlords can now remotely register tenant information and generate a password, which is then delivered to tenants’ phones via SMS. Tenants can open the cloud locks with the password and enter the rooms for inspection or occupancy. Upon termination of the lease, the passwords expire, and the rent-release and payment procedures can be handled.
Smart security. Traditional smart door locks require gateways that are difficult to construct and have high maintenance costs. But NB-IoT based smart door locks are easy to implement and maintain, with low maintenance costs and a long standby time (four AA-size batteries can deliver 8,000 door openings). Soon, hotel room booking, check-in, and check-out all will be completed with NB-IoT smart door locks. Huawei has worked with An-Xun-Tong, Dessmann, and other leading enterprises to complete interfacing and basic performance tests. An-Xun-Tong has deployed its smart locks at the campus of Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Smart parking. Beijing Telecom, Innotek, and Huawei this year jointly deployed an NB-IoT based intelligent parking system. Its vehicle detectors can be used in a plug-and-play manner, with easy installation and construction, and it has a standby time of up to five years. NB-IoT intelligent parking solutions can achieve intelligent management of parking spaces, and car owners can book parking spaces remotely, enhancing convenience and improving utilization rates.
Smart bikes. In the first half of 2017, Huawei began cooperating with bike-sharing enterprise ofo and other companies, working with telecom operators to jointly expand NB-IoT technology’s deep application in smart bike locks, smart parking, platform operation, and maintenance and other fields.
Operating system. IoT involves multiple vendors, so the industrial chain is hugely complex. For that reason, Huawei provides its enterprise and carrier customers with Huawei LiteOS, an open-source Internet operating system. It also provides the following:
- IoT communication modules and chips
- eLTE/NB-IoT/5G wireless access networks
- enterprise IoT gateways and smart-home gateways
- IoT connection management platforms (mainly in the form of cloud services)
- IoT network integration services
More than 100,000 units of smart doorbells, security cameras and other devices powered by LiteOS have been shipped.
To promote the development of the IoT, Huawei has 3,300 engaged employees in the field of IoT research and development. Huawei has also set up an IoT Solution Department responsible for planning, design, integration, verification, and delivery of the company's IoT solutions. In addition, Huawei sets up IoT work groups in its R&D centers around the world. At present, Huawei has a total of eight R&D centers globally to conduct IoT research and development, including the R&D centers in London and Shanghai, focused on NB-IoT and related solutions.