Huawei has developed strict systems for product safety control, and enforced strict product safety standards. Our areas of focus continue to be reducing electromagnetic and laser radiation and improving electrical safety . Our goal is to deliver safe, reliable products and services to customers and consumers.
Huawei has developed strict standards for controlling electromagnetic radiation. Our ongoing research and innovation helps to ensure that our products conform to all legal and technical standards. Base stations are becoming smaller and lighter, and are being installed closer to ground level. In response, we are building additional electromagnetic radiation protection into their design, and carrying out more research and testing. This allows us to deliver both excellent communications services and product safety.
In 2016, we hired world-leading scientists in electromagnetic field exposure and product conformity testing. By coordinating electromagnetic safety compliance, standardization, and supervision issues, they help us resolve product radiation problems at the R&D and market stages.
The increasing penetration of smartphones and new form factors of device products pose a big challenge to the industry. There is a trade-off between the control of a device's electromagnetic radiation level and the improvement of its signal strength. Stricter regulations on electromagnetic radiation of consumer products are being released in many countries. To conform to relevant standards, manufacturers have to invest a lot more in product R&D, manufacturing, and cost control. Huawei attaches great importance to consumer safety. We invest in product R&D and manufacturing to ensure our products are safe in terms of electromagnetic radiation. We have a dedicated lab that tests the radiation levels of our products, including mobile phones, tablets, and wireless routers. In addition, we collaborate with third-party verification organizations in major countries and regions to ensure that our products comply with security laws and regulations of different countries.
Huawei has established a systematic electrical safety assurance system, and we implement safety baselines, standards, and requirements at different stages throughout the lifecycle. To deliver safe and reliable products, we continue to invest in the research and application of key technologies relating to electrical safety protection and risk mitigation and detection, and we are actively involved in standards initiatives led by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
Huawei has a dedicated electrical safety lab that is certified by both the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS), and is a long-term strategic partner of major testing and certification organizations such as UL, TÜV, and ITS. We perform product design and testing in strict compliance with international safety standards and differentiated national standards to ensure the electrical safety of our products.
We strictly conform to the IEC 60825 security standards when designing, testing, and verifying all laser products. Huawei has a dedicated laser safety lab to strictly test the safety of all laser products, from optical modules to laser transmission systems. This enables us to ensure that users can use our products without concern for laser radiation.
All our laser products are certified by major international certification organizations such as UL and TÜV, which means the radiation levels of our laser products pose no harm to users.
Laser safety testing
Huawei has a specialist ergonomic design team, which promotes safe product design based on real user scenarios. Ergonomic design is built into every phase of product planning, design, development, and testing, so that our products are adapted to users' engineering habits and technical needs –while reducing health and safety risks at the installation and usage stages.
As of the end of 2016, we had collected 115 user scenarios in 26 countries and regions, involving major telecom carriers across Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
Applying Ergonomics in Product Design
Huawei FusionModule2000 is a next-generation modular data center solution. Its ergonomic design enables fast, on-demand deployment and easy O&M. Installation takes only one week, which is 50% faster than competitor products.
Huawei's smart modular data center
We have adopted multiple methodologies to greatly reduce the noise of multiple products. For example, we introduced industry-leading noise simulation technology into our company. A "whitebox" approach was used to study the factors that determine product noise. We also redesigned product shapes and sizes to minimize noise.
One example is our core router, which cancels noise by 10 dB (compared with 6.5 dB of the previous model) and reduces noise energy by 90%. In order to make this happen, we used noise simulation technology to redesign the router's ventilation pipes and noise cancelling module, without having a significant impact on the product's cost or size. The next generation of the core router is expected to achieve 12 dB noise reduction, thus reducing noise energy by over 93%.
We track the latest developments in noise reduction technology, and have close links with universities and research institutes working on noise control. The Huawei Environmental Acoustics Lab has long been ISO/IEC 17025 certified by both the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS), and is recognized by major testing and certification organizations such as UL, MET Laboratories, and National Technical Systems (NTS). The lab supports our efforts to measure, locate, and control environmental noise with some of the world's most advanced noise testing equipment.