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Standard Chartered and Huawei Develop IoT Solution to Expand Ecosystem Lending

Oct 15, 2018

Six executives from Huawei and Standard Chartered Bank make the thumbs up sign, announcing a joint IoT solution for banking

From left to right: Qiu Lei, Vice President of Marketing and Product Solution Sales, Huawei Enterprise Business Group, Huawei; Jerry Zhang, CEO, Standard Chartered China; Zhang Xiwei, President of Cloud Communications Product Line, Huawei; Michael Gorriz, Group CIO, Standard Chartered; Daniel Zhou, President of Enterprise Business Group, Southern Pacific, Huawei; Ye Jiwei, Head of Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered China.

[Shanghai, China, October 15, 2018] Standard Chartered and Huawei have announced that they are developing an Internet of Things (IoT)-powered solution that could revolutionize the way corporations communicate with banks for financing or payments. Rather than corporations having to manually initiate these transactions through paper-based or emailed instructions, corporations and bank systems will be able to ‘speak’ to each other in real-time, triggering financing or payment instructions through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

The solution, unveiled during Huawei Connected 2018 in Shanghai last week, combines IoT and cloud capabilities so the bank will be able to track the movement of goods on a real-time basis, reducing operational risks and providing reliable data that can be used in financing decisions. Availability of real-time data enables straight-through processing for a wider class of use cases and can significantly reduce turnaround times, opening up possibilities for a broader range of financing solutions for manufacturers and their distributors.

The IoT solution uses Huawei’s OceanConnect, an open platform built on IoT, cloud computing, and big data technologies. With a cloud-based unified IoT device management capability as its core, it links up with connected devices and collects real-time data through a series of agents while providing user-friendly open APIs to application developers to design and orchestrate the business process.

Commenting on the partnership with Huawei, Dr Michael Gorriz, Group CIO of Standard Chartered, said: “We are committed to delivering financial solutions to our clients across our diverse footprint and to bank businesses of all sizes. Technology can change the fundamental way we do banking. We found in Huawei a strong partner who shares our passion to transform the way we would like to support our clients and make banking seamless and effortless for them through the application of cutting-edge IoT technology. We look forward to piloting the solution with clients and working with Huawei and other technology partners to explore new use cases.”

Qiu Lei, Vice President of Marketing and Product Solution Sales of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, said: “It is Huawei’s mission to help create a fully connected, intelligent world as more industries adopt IoT and embark on their digital transformation journey. In the face of the challenges within the journey, technology is often only part of the solution. Determination and vision are equally critical. We partner with Standard Chartered for their strong determination and great vision from the very top echelon of the company to support their clients when it comes to digital transformation.”

Standard Chartered has been actively working with tech companies to co-develop solutions to improve client experience and increase efficiency. Earlier this year, Standard Chartered set up SC Ventures, a business unit to catalyze entrapreneurship and innovation, invest in FinTechs, and set up disruptive ventures. SC Studios, in Silicon Valley, allows them to connect with the latest technologies, tech companies, FinTech, and investor communities.