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Huawei Launched an Enterprise IoT Strategy of "Platform + Connection + Ecosystem"

Kept the Promise of Helping Customers Achieve Digital Transformation with a Comprehensive IoT Solution

[September 5, 2017, Shanghai, China] Today, Huawei first proposed the IoT development strategy of "Platform + Connection + Ecosystem" and demonstrated the comprehensive enterprise IoT solution on site. "As a new technical field, IoT is an important strategic direction for Huawei." Huawei IoT Solutions President Mr. Jiang Wangcheng said that "apart from continuously investing in technology, in all these years working with partners to serve enterprise customers, Huawei has a good understanding on the construction requirements that enterprise customers have on IoT. Based on our understanding of enterprise customers, our positioning on the IoT domain is the following: 'A smart platform builder, innovator of various connection methods, and promoter of the IoT ecosystem,' and this is all embodied in our products."

When introducing the enterprise IoT solutions, Jiang Wangcheng added:"The OceanConnect's IoT platform and wireless convergence access capacity is one of the biggest highlights of this solution; It not only provides a smart platform and agile access methods for enterprise customers, but also fully opens capabilities for ecosystem partners. This cooperation creates comprehensive IoT solutions, supports customers from all domains, and pushes us closer to smart transformation. Apart from this, this solution also includes edge computing IoT (EC-IoT), IoT security, and many other features, further improving its agility and security." Jiang Wangcheng further said that "generally speaking, from chip to platform, Huawei enterprise IoT solutions satisfy the requirements of users from different industries. They provide rich full-scenario solution sets and everything is designed considering compatibility with the customer's existing systems and protection of customer investment, providing customers with an open architecture. It can be integrated, decoupled, and flexibly combined depending on the scenario requirements, while the platform's agile deployment brings unique value to customers."

Huawei's innovative OceanConnect IoT platform is the brain of the IoT solution. The platform provides open APIs to integrate various industry applications and exclusive Agents to access various sensors, devices, and gateways, enabling fast industry application integration and device access for enterprise/industry customers. In addition, the "device-platform-application" architecture makes a breakthrough in the traditional vertical "device-application" design concept and decouples applications and devices, reducing enterprises' dependence on suppliers. More importantly, this is a smart platform. Its embedded Big Data analytics capability can help enterprises explore potential data value based on their own business scenarios. At this conference, Huawei also presented its IoT cloud services. Huawei IoT cloud services support cloud terminal collaboration, achieving the integration of a large number of terminal devices and efficient device management. Some examples include: Visualized terminal device management, remote firmware upgrade, and E2E fault locating. At the same time, IoT cloud services support agile and open applications that enable services, providing the public sector, smart home, Internet of Vehicles, and other industries with cloud service packages that can accelerate the development of industry applications and the rollout of new services.

With the smart transformation of the industry, cloud computing, Big Data, IoT, and other emerging ICT technologies are fueling industrial transformation. Enterprises are facing severe challenges to communications and connection capabilities. Customers from different industries have varied connection needs in various scenarios. Under this complicated situation, Huawei's enterprise IoT solution innovates connections. First, it contains eLTE industrial wireless private network and provides a comprehensive wireless solution. Customers can provide voice, data, video, and IoT services through one network. Second, the solution has a flexible spectrum usage mode. If enterprises have spectrum resources, the solution can provide professional broadband access and scheduling services, facilitating production scheduling. If enterprises do not have a licensed spectrum, they can deploy networks based on the ISM spectrum. In addition, the IoT can be applied in every aspect of production and daily life. Different application scenarios have varied requirements for network transmission rates. For services with low rates, NB-IoT provides a solution with wide coverage, low costs, and low energy consumption. Based on the NB-IoT standards, eLTE-IoT technology in Huawei's enterprise IoT solution inherits advantages from NB-IoT and supports the smooth evolution towards future networks.

In July, Gartner released a new Hyper Cycle for Emerging Technologies that revealed the technical trends for the next five to ten years. Edge computing has reached the peak of the curve and will continue to become popular in the industry in the next few years. Simply put, edge computing can optimize numerous duplicate or invalid data of the IoT and supports operations that have high requirements of timeliness and are sensitive to data delay. Huawei's enterprise IoT solution contains IoT gateways with edge computing capabilities. The gateways can help customers flexibly use a lightweight data analysis model to conduct real-time pre-analysis and fault prediction and detection, or implement local control policies to respond in milliseconds. With cloud-based centralized management, enterprises can achieve visualized O&M and reduce OPEX by 80%. Furthermore, Huawei EC-IoT has various industrial protocols and interfaces, applicable to a wide range of vertical industrial scenarios.

According to research from a consulting institution, presently, traditional enterprises are changing their product-centric sales model to a service-centric sales model. The research shows that 81% enterprises are applying or will apply the IoT by the next year. By 2020, IoT investment will account for 43% of total IT investment. However, enterprises also have concerns in using IoT technologies. About 58% enterprises regard security as their major concern. Huawei's enterprise IoT solution also gives full consideration to customers' pain points and helps customers build a full-stack security system with proactive defense covering clouds, pipes, and devices. On the cloud side, Big Data analytics and machine vision threat models enable security situation awareness and unknown threat detection of the IoT. After detecting security threats, the solution can initiate alerts within seconds and prevent attacks. On the network side, the solution complies with 3GPP and IETF security standards and can defend against DDoS attacks. The solution can also handle million-level concurrent attacks by using firewalls to identify and filter threats in the IoT network. Encrypted wireless and gateway channels can effectively protect platform data security for customers. For devices, security chips (TPM/TEE) help customers provide a reliable environment and lightweight Huawei LiteOS facilitates customers' routine security O&M and management.

It is well known that enterprises' application of IoT is a systematic project. They should innovate management, invest in technologies, and build a partner ecosystem based on the new sales model. Huawei is actively working with partners from all domains to promote the development of the IoT system.

Dr. Alain Staron, Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy, Offers and Partnerships, Veolia Group, commented regarding Veolia's digital strategy: "It is a great pleasure to cooperate with Huawei in smart waste management, smart water, smart energy,  smart parking, city security, and other domains since Huawei Connect 2016, by signing a Global Strategic MOU. Those joint innovation solutions reduce deployment and management costs and improve management efficiency of the government and industrial enterprises. We agree with Huawei's IoT ecosystem strategy and will continue to work with Huawei and other partners to provide smarter, convenient, eco-friendly, and secure life experience for more users in the world."

To promote the healthy development of the IoT ecosystem, Huawei has more than 500 partners in the IoT domain and has set up 11 OpenLabs with carriers, 11 OpenLabs with enterprise customers, and 4 OpenLabs independently across the world. These labs provide open lab services for IoT partners, such as joint solution innovation and integrated verification of solutions and devices. In addition, those labs also demonstrate joint solutions and cooperation results through online and off-line marketing, facilitating rapid solution deployment and application. Huawei has joined multiple IoT organizations such as CIIAII, Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI), oneM2M, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). Within these organizations, Huawei has assumed important positions and made significant contributions. 

About Huawei IoT

The IoT is Huawei's strategic direction. At present, the R&D team contains more than 3300 employees. Apart from solution planning, design, integration verification, and delivery, Huawei has also set up IoT organizations in global R&D centers, providing local platforms and incubation bases for IoT solutions.

In the enterprise market, Huawei is setting benchmark IoT projects in the world. Multiple scenario-based solutions, such as smart manufacturing, smart campus, smart meter reading, and Internet of Vehicles, have been put into commercial use. Huawei has also worked with more than 500 partners on the IoT, bringing more convenient and efficient working and life experience for local enterprises, governments, and residents. The cooperation results have been widely applied, such as the Internet of Elevators solution jointly developed with Schindler, Smart Campus co-constructed with the University of Melbourne, Connected City Lighting jointly developed with CEZ, Smart Parking for the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone, and Smart Meter with Ikeja Electric, Nigeria.

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