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Smart City Ideas Take Shape at the Global Smart City Summit Forum

Jun 28, 2013

The Global Smart City Summit attracted industry experts from across the globe to discuss "Smart City" trends and solutions for local governments. At the forum, Huawei introduced their recommendations for a Smart City and proposed a set of development principles for constructing an ICT infrastructure platform to facilitate the implementation of smart applications.

Shenzhen, China, April 17, 2013 At the first session of the Global Smart City Summit, Huawei, a leading global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions provider, exchanged ideas about the development of the Smart City with over 400 government, enterprise, and industry experts from America, Singapore, Hong Kong, and mainland China.

Figure 1-1 Yu Dong, general manager of Government and Public Affairs Solutions at Huawei, gives the keynote speech at the Global Smart City Summit Forum

Yu Dong, the general manager of Government and Public Affairs Solutions at Huawei, delivered the keynote speech, where he elaborated on the principles and benefits of constructing an ICT infrastructure platform to facilitate smart applications.

In the speech, Mr. Dong explained that the development of the Smart City is a process that must begin with a solid foundation to support the current and future needs of diversified government services. At Huawei, experts believe that the development of a unified structure for a metropolitan network platform and a public information platform that supports collaboration and data exchange satisfies the core requirements for a Smart City solution. Huawei recommends developing an ICT infrastructure platform in a step-by-step process that involves building a unified platform first, and then the data center and infrastructure network to enable the development and expansion of Smart City applications in an integrated way. According to Mr. Dong, scalable system architecture in a flexible framework with robust, smart systems enables the expansion of platform capabilities and applications as future needs change.

At the end of the speech, Mr. Dong emphasized that the Smart City system development should not form "technology silos" but work as a process in close collaboration with industry and university researchers. Huawei plans to assist these efforts by "focusing on ICT solutions and insisting on integrated systems" and working together with partners in all fields to innovate new products and solutions that facilitate Smart City development.

During the round-table discussion, Zhao Qin, the chief technical expert for Government and Public Affairs Solutions at Huawei, added, "We are committed to continuously improving experiences and creating maximum value for customers. The Smart City concept, with the increasing attention and investment from governments, enterprises, and industries and help from all members in the industry chain, will generate vigorous development. We believe that, in the near future, industries and cities will be linked together to enjoy intelligent application sharing and benefit greatly from a comprehensive Smart City system."