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YITU and Huawei Collaborate to Usher in an Intelligent, Digital Future

By Lin Chenxi, Co-Founder, YITU

YITU Technology and Huawei jointly launched an intelligent speech recognition solution based on YITU’s open speech recognition platform; Huawei’s full-stack, all-scenario Ascend-series chipsets; and Huawei’s Atlas 300 Artificial Intelligence (AI) accelerator cards for data centers. The integrated software and hardware solution has combined the Research and Development (R&D) and ecosystem service capabilities of both companies. The resulting speech recognition platform is designed to support the efficient development of third-party applications.

From Smart Cities to speech recognition, the partnership between YITU and Huawei continues to produce technological breakthroughs.

Smart Cities Around the World

In the future, competitive cities will depend on advanced data-processing capabilities. Where in the past, it may have been difficult for city managers to gain a comprehensive understanding of a particular department or territory. In the digital era, big data can be organized and visualized to reveal deep insights in a glance. Because big data is a valuable municipal asset, the result is ability for managers to make better decisions more quickly. Cloud computing technology and AI applications are two key tools for leveraging this data. Huawei and YITU work together closely to combine cloud computing, AI, and big data to build intelligent products and services for Smart Cities around the world.

Huawei is a leading global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions provider that supplies open, flexible, and secure platforms to support device-management-cloud synergies. Huawei is active in many vertical industries, including public security, intelligent transportation, and campus safety.

YITU is a leading AI company in China. It serves customers in nearly 30 provinces, more than 150 cities, and hundreds of campuses around the country. The company has a deep understanding of AI technology development and Smart City construction. YITU was the first Chinese company to win the Face Recognition Vendor Tests (FRVTs) held by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the U.S. Department of Commerce. The company won the top prize three years in a row. In the latest FRVT test, YITU’s algorithm delivered an industry-leading recognition accuracy of over 99 percent, with a False Match Rate (FMR) of less than 0.0000001. As the YITU-Huawei partnership deepens, the two companies will continue to spread China’s best AI and cloud technology around the globe, promoting the deployment of Smart Cities and driving industry-wide innovation and transformation.

The YITU-Huawei partnership began in early 2016. In 2018, the companies released multiple video cloud and big data solutions and they signed a memorandum of cooperation in the intelligent computing field to jointly explore markets outside of China.

At Huawei Connect 2018, Huawei and YITU launched two joint initiatives. First was a Policing Cloud Solution for the public security market that leverages Huawei’s network-wide intelligent video capabilities with YITU’s big data platform to create a powerful system that allows police officers to better protect public safety. Second, the two companies launched a Smart Campus Solution for the enterprise market based on Huawei’s Atlas intelligent computing platform and YITU’s facial recognition and integrated campus management software to construct a smart security system that helps enterprises improve the efficiency of campus management.

The YITU-Huawei partnership has also delivered benefits to Huawei’s own digital transformation. Beginning in early 2017, Huawei turned part of its Shenzhen headquarters into a pilot campus that incorporated YITU’s AI-based facial recognition technology. The software was configured to work in conjunction with 1,000 video cameras to implement 24/7 campus security. The result saved USD 17,900 (CNY 120,000) per entry gate by eliminating the need for manned security positions and also enabled Huawei employees to walk through the campus gates at the rate of one-per-second without having to swipe their ID badges, improving the flow of workers and creating a better employee experience.

The cooperation between YITU and Huawei is modeled as a pyramid structure, where Huawei provides a strong computing foundation onto which YITU builds AI algorithms that generate real value.

YITU and Huawei jointly launch the Policing Cloud and Smart Campus Solutions

AI Spreads to More Industries

With the rapid development of the digital economy, AI is improving the efficiency of many industries. YITU has been using technology to advance industry efficiency and benefit society. YITU’s work fits within Huawei’s vision of ‘universal AI.’

According to Dong Libin, Vice President of Data Center Marketing & Solution Sales for Huawei, “YITU is a very important partner of Huawei. As a leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei provides open, flexible, and secure ICT infrastructure platforms that support device-management-cloud synergy. The company has extensive investments and applications in fields that are important to people’s livelihood, such as Smart City and traffic management. YITU has world-class leading algorithms that are of great significance to our comprehensive policing, governance, and services solutions. We are committed to building intelligent and integrated public security solutions to serve global customers.”

Today’s AI is not only driving the development of machine intelligence, but it is also helping humans extend their own natural abilities. The commercial practice of combining AI technology with industry applications reveals just how much machine intelligence has grown in recent years. This is an unparalleled era for AI, wherein companies like YITU cooperate with partners to create even more possibilities for the use of AI. From protecting people and the environment to working more efficiently while spending less money, intelligent image recognition technology is helping to create better lives for everyone. Further gains will require industry leaders who continue to work closely with partners to drive innovation.

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