Five years ago, China's Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development set off a wave of construction when it issued a list of 46 pilot smart cities. One of them, Longgang District in the southern coastal city of Shenzhen, has improved residents’ lives using solutions from Huawei, a global ICT market leader with a strong focus on R&D and innovation.
Intelligent technologies are improving lives through digital transformation. Longgang District has a high percentage of temporary residents and young people, spread across a wide area. To meet their unique needs, Longgang and Huawei have joined together to lay out a plan based around "5+ architecture", "6 visions” and "11 key projects,” developing applications based on accumulated data and mapping technologies.
The concept of "5+ architecture" (referring to endpoints + networks + libraries + maps + clouds), brings together data resources to build a unified database for Longgang, linked to existing resources for the entire city of Shenzhen. Databases have been established for population, housing, economic indicators, geographic information and other key factors. This helps Longgang’s government departments coordinate their work to provide better and more efficient services.
Smart Longgang is a massive system involving numerous different industries and domains and entailing participation of all parties, to achieve "crowd-planning, smart building, co-construction, and sharing." Huawei acts as the "chief designer" for Longgang, bringing together the best partner resources from different fields, providing an efficient integrated platform and rich intelligent applications, and ensuring the best results in Longgang’s smart city construction.
Smart cities should be organic life forms, which may, through collaboration between the brain, nervous systems and various organs of the body, continuously recognize and improve the physical world,” saidYan Lida, Huawei Enterprise BG CEO. “The ongoing growth of smart cities needs cultivation of vital platforms as its soil.”
The neural networks of smart cities first need to be fed with data, and then be equipped with the right “nerves” to carry that data. For the “nerves,” Huawei uses ultra-wideband network, cloud, big data, IoT and other facilities and technologies to achieve the perception, interconnection and intelligence of all things. Huawei has more than 2,700 partners and global delivery capabilities in the field of smart cities, so it can bring together global best practices with the expertise of local partners to promote the development of localized ecosystems.
Today, someone applying for a business license can download all the necessary forms from the internet and complete pre-approval work with the Bureau of Education over the phone or on WeChat, China’s leading social media platform. Previously, she would have needed to apply for each required document individually, at different government departments.
Residents can access government services through an online portal, mobile app, or WeChat. One app provides 20 categories of services in areas including nutrition, healthcare, housing, smart home and smart shopping. Residents can access housekeeping, lock changing, and even courier services through the local government’s app.
In 2014, the Shenzhen government adopted Huawei’s cloud platform in all of its eight administrative districts. The following year, Longgang’s government affairs cloud platform went live for long-term operation. It allowed for open and cooperative comprehensive government information and security services, helping accelerate construction, efficient operation and maintenance, as well as IT resources sharing. The utilization rate increased from 10% to 65%, and service go-live efficiency increased by 50%. Residents could access a wide range of safe, credible and fast services.
Huawei’s smart city solutions have now served more than 100 cities in over 40 countries around the world. In the next three years, Huawei will construct a total of 20 OpenLabs, each with four capacity centers: a verification center, ISV support center, innovation center and experience center. By relying on open, symbiotic and organically growing platforms and ecosystems, Huawei shares with its global partners "the nervous systems of smart cities," together creating perception-connected and collaboratively-responding smart cities.
As people grow accustomed to increasingly more digital lives, the digital transformation of cities becomes crucial. Through its leading ICT hardware and software infrastructure, Huawei is creating an open, flexible and smart platform to achieve interoperability between people and cities, to help accelerate the digital transformation of cities, and in turn to further promote digital economic development in cities, making our world a better and happier place.