Intelligent Tech Channels Issue 20 | Page 53

EXPERT SPEAK I m ay Issue 20 Sa INTELLIGENT TECH CHANNELS d Fre n the past three years, Huawei has helped seven cities win International Smart City Awards, so the company is exceptionally well positioned to assist South African cities to achieve their Digital Transformation goals. The Huawei Smart City Solution is comprised of leading new information and communication technologies aimed at building a smart city nervous system with all things sensing, connected, and intelligent. Smart Streetlight – ideal for energy saving city construction – is just one of the advantages of this incredible solution. For example, in the city of Weifang in China, more than 40, 000 streetlights have been reconstructed based on NB-Internet of Things (IoT). As a result, the operations and maintenance (O&M) efficiency has improved by 45%, the lighting rate has increased by 25% and the annual electricity consumption has been reduced by 6.8 million kWh. In a South Africa constantly challenged by an energy crisis – this solution holds immense promise for the conservation of power and better service delivery through enhanced O&M. Smart parking also delivers brand-new parking services to inner city areas by accurately and quickly detecting parking space occupation status. Smart Water gives a real-time full picture of the city lifeline. Again, in Weifang, the ‘smart river chief’ solution – based on eLTE – is recording the state and quality of water in real time. The key success factors for smart city construction include breaking data silos and restructuring processes; strong execution teams with high level planning, coordinated construction and iterative evolution. Huawei has unmatched experience in all aspects of smart city planning, consultation, project management, engineering services and implementation. This experience also extends to smart campuses which play an important role in people’s work and life. By leveraging emerging ICT technologies, such as cloud computing, IoT, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, Huawei’s Smart Campus Solution addresses challenges to traditional campuses including: low management efficiency; poor service experience; serious energy waste; weak security and high an , P inn ve acl uti e’s H xec uawei B iness Unit E us operational costs. The solution implements Digital Transformation of campuses; it fuels innovative industry development and enhances service experience. Huawei is committed to building the Digital Enablement Platform, redefining the campus service architecture. This platform is compatible with various terminals and supports diverse applications to integrate data, visualise the campus status, manage all services and control events. By constructing secure, comfortable, efficient, green, and smart campuses, the solution provides better service experiences for campus users and operational excellence for campus operators, thereby unleashing more business and social benefits. Meanwhile, smart hotels’ demand for new services such as 4K HD videos also require higher bandwidths plus anywhere, anytime Internet access. In addition to conventional services such as, telephone and TV services, hotel networks gradually begin to carry full services, such as video surveillance, Wi- Fi, smart control over guest rooms and environment perception. Seamless Wi-Fi connections are required for places such as guest rooms, corridors, halls, dining room and meeting rooms. These full services are diverse, intelligent and mobile. Economical operation is crucial as hotels require networks which are easy to deploy and maintain because with larger establishments there will be many guest rooms distributed across wide areas. Huawei’s AgilePOL solution meets all requirements for developing services including wireless access, wired access, video, voice and guest room surveillance. Huawei has come up with the idea of building all- optical smart hotels, and creating a model of ‘one room, one line, and ‘N’ services’ for hotels. The solution satisfies the mounting demands on hotel information systems and simplifies networking and management. One room has one fibre that supports three wavelengths and bears full services (including voice, data and video) only one ONT per room and one network covers all areas in the hotel and satisfies demands of all access scenarios. The customer benefits gained through Huawei’s AgilePOL network is that all services for guest rooms can be carried uniformly, and new services can be fast deployed. The strategy of ‘one room, one fibre’ accelerates network deployment and maintenance, and reduces cable routing space in equipment rooms. Dynamic bandwidth allocation and hierarchical quality of service (HQoS) enables flexible configuration of user bandwidths, simpler network management and better user experiences. The solution is already deployed around the world, with the five-star Madinat Jumeirah luxury hotel in Dubai as one example of a successful implementation. It needed a premium ICT network to meet users’ increasingly high demands and improve their experience. It needed to simplify cable routing in guest rooms and required plans to decrease network failure rates and improve O&M efficiency. Huawei’s Agile POL solution supports fibre to the room which simplifies network structures and reduces maintenance costs. Each guest room has an ONT which supports the access of multiple services, such as voice, broadband and video. Instead of deploying various systems, this hotel can use only one fibre to bear all services. Moreover, public areas have full Wi-Fi coverage. A GPON network bears all services, including video surveillance, information release and POS card swiping. GPON type B dual-homing protection can also improve network reliability. The result is a hugely efficient smart hotel leading to richer customer experiences for guests. ˜ 53