ICT is a powerful tool that allows people, governments, and businesses to share, engage, create value, and innovate. As such, it drives demand for connectivity infrastructure, digital services, and data. ICT applications are able to unlock new opportunities in areas such as smart metering, smart parking, logistics tracking, and smart cities in ways that drive efficiency gains in how services are provided and consumed.
Huawei offers a wide range of ICT solutions that help to transform customers in various sectors such as healthcare, railway, manufacturing, public safety, energy/smart grid, finance, government, and education. These solutions lead to significant improvements to human health and well-being, water, agriculture, natural resource management, and climate change mitigation. They will also play an important role in helping to increase resource utilization and decrease natural resource consumption, which is essential for sustainable development.
To improve access to healthcare services in rural Kenya, Huawei worked with the Government of Kenya, Safaricom, MicroClinic Technologies, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to connect over 40 medical facilities to a telemedicine and digital clinic solution.
This collaboration benefited over 200,000 residents in remote areas like Lamu Island. As a result, people no longer need to travel to distant facilities for diagnosis or treatment. Instead they can continue using their local clinic and communicate with medical specialists remotely. In addition, Huawei's digital solution allows the government to build up health data, predict and manage the demand and supply of medicine, and assess the productivity of staff or workload in facilities to decide on staffing, training or investment in facilities.
On November 16, 2016, our eHealth project was recognized at the 2016 Smart City World Congress with the Innovative Global South Award.
Training for local healthcare staff
Innovative Global South Award
Today, two billion adults are excluded from the formal economy because they lack access to formal financial services. The main reason for this is that they rely almost entirely on cash and are ill-equipped to weather financial shocks, such as illness, crop failures, livestock deaths, and farming-equipment breakdowns. Digital financial services that allow for personal savings accounts, insurance, credit, or cash transfers are critical for helping people to permanently pull themselves out of poverty.
To help address this problem, Huawei became one of the first major partners to join the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Level One Project – an initiative focused on developing and deploying digital financial services that serve customers at all levels of the financial pyramid. Scalable, low-cost, interoperable, and fraud-resistant payment solutions are being developed based on open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). These solutions will help people improve their lives by connecting them with digital tools that enable easier purchases, transfers, saving, borrowing, and insurance. As part of the Level One Project, Huawei will collaborate with industry associations, government agencies, technology firms, banks, and others to establish the global baseline for interoperability, which will help promote economic security for all.
Signing between Huawei and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Ethiopian government aims to advance ICT-based education and nurture an ICT-skilled workforce, both of which are crucial to building an information society. In Addis Ababa, the Education Bureau runs more than 150 schools and aims to use high-quality and effective information systems to improve ICT-based education. With a full understanding of the government’s needs and long-term strategic plan, Huawei has implemented the Schoolnet project, hoping to evolve it into a benchmark and promote ICT-based education in the country.
For this project, Huawei provided an integrated ICT solution, which included a Cloud Desktop System and software. Unlike traditional computers with hard drives, Huawei’s Desktop Cloud System comprises a small thin client, a monitor, a mouse, and a keyboard. The system’s hard drive is stored in a centralized data center and can be accessed via the cloud. The solution also incorporates software to protect and restore the network connection, as well as software to compress image and video data, which reduces bandwidth use. In addition to interacting with others and accessing customized content, students can enjoy better video-on-demand services over low-bandwidth Internet with the help of Huawei’s solution.
After the switch to this Desktop Cloud System, computer usage in these schools increased from 10% to 60% and power consumption has been greatly reduced. With a unified cloud management platform, the Education Bureau’s O&M personnel can easily manage all the education resources through a unified portal, and remotely monitor and manage the entire network. This has significantly improved the quality of O&M and provided users with high-quality educational resources. Huawei’s solution has significantly improved the ICT utilization and management efficiency in 65 schools covered by this project, and also lowered the schools’ annual operating cost. By the end of 2015, more than 50,000 students had benefitted from our solution. We also provided extensive training to those in the schools and in the Education Bureau to manage the system and improve their overall ICT skills.
The project has been recognized by the Minister of Education as a key initiative that is leading the transformation of education in Ethiopia.
Students using computers via Huawei’s Desktop Cloud System
In Henan province, China, healthcare resources are distributed very unevenly. Many patients waste a great deal of time traveling to and from hospitals in different cities, and waiting in queues, which often result in costly delays before receiving the right diagnosis and care.
To address these issues, Huawei has provided a professional telemedicine solution, enabling remote consultations and remote diagnoses for patients as well as distance training for doctors. In partnership with the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University and the Henan Health and Family Planning Commission, Huawei has deployed a telemedicine platform that covers hospitals across the province’s cities, counties, townships, and villages. The system uses high-quality video conferencing systems (also known as telepresence systems) to connect the provincial hospital, 18 city-level hospitals, 130 county-level hospitals, ambulances throughout the province, and hospitals in townships and villages which are now in trial operation. The telemedicine platform can offer all nine remote medical services suggested in the national telemedicine standards, making it China’s largest, most comprehensive telemedicine system. Eachyear, the hospital provides more than 10,000 remote consultations and 30,000 remote diagnoses.
With the hospital’s data growing dramatically, it is becoming increasingly important to effectively handle and apply this data. To meet this need, Huawei has built a Big Data platform that enables the hospital to store and process huge volumes of data. This platform allows the hospital to access data more quickly and provide more efficient management. It also enables easy and rapid analysis of data to turn it into critical insights. The result of the project is more effective remote consultations and better care for patients.
Huawei is committed to providing leading telemedicine solutions to address inequalities and inefficiencies in healthcare, and is thus working with the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University to establish a joint innovation center to promote and develop the use of telemedicine and Big Data so as to improve health outcomes.
Henan Telemedicine Center
The Lijiang river is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southwest China. Each year, more than 2 million tourists make the journey along the 83 kilometer-long river surrounded by incredible Karst mountain scenery. However, as the number of tourists has increased, so has the number of thefts, robberies, and transport accidents.
The Lijiang Public Security Sub-Bureau has only 50 staff members, yet it has to monitor a broad and complex area of land and waterway travel routes. Several police stations have been established along the river, but the police officers were unable to promptly respond to problems or collect sufficient evidence for effective prosecution. The customer thus chose to work with Huawei, aiming to better use ICT in their work.
- Building a high-speed 4G network and deploying 20 base stations that cover the entire 83-kilometer Lijiang river.
- Installing high-definition day and night cameras along the river for uninterrupted video surveillance around the clock.
- Installing high-definition mobile surveillance cameras in patrol boats that transmit real-time video images to the land surveillance center where police officers can easily monitor boats and people on the river.
- Building a mobile command post on the river that interoperates with the land surveillance center and waterway patrol boats.
The result has been a dramatic increase in the bureau's ability to more efficiently, quickly, and accurately collect information on incidents, transmit information to the surveillance center, and respond to emergencies.
The efficiency of responses to emergencies has increased 40%; there has been an 18% reduction in the number of people falling into the water and 23 lives have been saved. A total of 36 unlicensed and potentially dangerous sightseeing boats with a total capacity of 1,400 persons have been seized, which in turn has deterred others from operating unlicensed vehicles and thus led to an 85% reduction in illegal boating.
Huawei's solution has also enabled better collaboration between the public security bureau and other functional departments such as the departments of transport, water affairs, fisheries administration, and maritime. For example, the bureau has helped handle more than 50 cases of illegal fishing.
Chisinau is the capital and largest city of Moldova and has experienced an increase in motor vehicles, resulting in worsening traffic congestion and frequent accidents. In 2010 alone, more than 500 traffic accidents occurred, leaving over 60 people dead. As a result, the government urgently needed an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) to standardize routine traffic behavior, improve traffic conditions, and attract more tourists to expand revenue streams.
Existing video surveillance devices were deployed for only a few intersections and some of the devices were damaged from lack of maintenance. When traffic congestion occurred because of bad weather, traffic accidents, or traffic violations, the traffic authorities lacked accurate on-site information to take quick or effective action. The legacy surveillance devices could also not take snapshots of traffic violations which law enforcement needed for evidence.
Huawei's ITS solution included a traffic surveillance center, traffic violation monitoring, intelligent vehicle detection and recording, and signal transmission systems. The solution incorporates a variety of proven technologies including image processing, motion detection, license plate recognition, remote data communications, and database storage. It can automatically record traffic violations around the clock, intelligently recognize traffic violations, and take snapshots of the entire violation process. It can also generate alarms when detecting blacklisted or suspect vehicles, and support real-time surveillance and tracking of vehicles.
The ITS solution gathers a wide range of road traffic information via traffic violation and monitoring systems deployed at 30 major intersections and 8 road sections at the city limits.
- - Road occupancy rate
- - Traffic density
- - Queue length
- - Vehicle circulation, and
- - Average speed
This scientific data helps optimize the flow of traffic based on vehicle data statistics to make traffic management more intelligent and efficient. It also enables police agencies to collect evidence for incident investigation and law enforcement. By doing so, the system has helped reduce the workload of police officers, save labor costs, decrease traffic violations, and ensure that transportation moves smoothly on the roadways.
According to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Moldova, the ITS solution had reduced traffic accidents by 40%, accident deaths by 60%, and damage to vehicles by 45% since its rollout.