Review | December 6th AustCham x Huawei Visit

Yesterday AustCham delegates visited the Huawei Industry Base in Shenzhen. The visit focussed on the future of smart cities, how this will effect government and citizens alike, and what’s next for the huge Chinese tech company that’s recently excelled in global market penetration.

Huawei is currently Australia’s leading network solutions provider in LTE, and boasts a user rate of over 50% of the population when it comes to daily communication needs.

Despite increasing it’s brand in Australia, most would still find this surprising. This is because at the heart of numerous technology solutions lie core Huawei Technologies like nanochips and wireless control centres that monitor data and aggregate findings.

Eckert illustrated this network by outlining four key elements to the concept of a smart city and the Internet of Things (IOT). First, sensors monitor existing infrastructure like water meters, electricity wires, traffic intersections. Second, these sensors are connected through a network, wireless or fibre optic. This means all monitoring is linked and larger interconnected patterns and observations can be made, as well as sensor communication. Third, this data is collated and used in solutions providing smart city management. This is where governments can use their existing infrastructure to streamline process and responsiveness. For example police forces will be able to trace causation of traffic accidents or large scale city hazards with more ease due to the connectivity of all independent data points. Lastly, is where private business can get involved, using the connectivity of the city to provide innovative products. This could be anything from automated.

After the talk delegates were taken through Huawei’s showroom, which illustrated these solutions. The biggest takeaway was the comprehensive industry application. These are now solutions ranging from automated medical diagnoses, to streamlining of financial services. The main thing these solutions all have in common is increased efficiency and geographic penetration.

Currently AustCham South China’s membership demographic represents numerous industries, and all delegates were able to apply the knowledge gained throughout the day to their own business models. AustCham would like to thank the Huawei Australia office for it’s collaboration, the headquarters for it’s hospitality, and all the attendees for their participation.