Together with its industry partners, Huawei unveiled its Safe City Solution Experience Center at Mobile World Congress 2016, running from February 22 to 25 in Barcelona, Spain.
Under the theme “Leading New ICT, Making Cities Safer”, the experience center showcases leading new Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including the Internet of Things (IoT), Mobile Broadband, Video and Big Data, which are reshaping traditional urban safety management. The center also includes Safe City Solutions that enable cities to build multidimensional and intelligent security systems featuring awareness, visualization, and collaboration, helping governments improve crisis prevention and emergency handling capabilities while reducing crime rates.
Leading New ICT Enables Visualized and Collaborative Safe City Solution
With the increased frequency of serious public safety incidents, building a safe city has become a priority for city administrators. Safe city development has shifted from an incubation period focused on video surveillance deployment to a rapid growth stage embracing comprehensive public safety management. To help cities become safer, Huawei launched an agile and innovative Safe City Solution leveraging new ICT to enable “visualization” and “collaboration”, two elements that Huawei believes will be critical to building safe cities.
At MWC 2016, Huawei partnered with Hexagon to demonstrate the industry’s first Visualized Converged Command Solution. Huawei’s command solution supports the visualization of accident scenes and emergency handling resources (e.g. police force and emergency supplies) to allow unified commands based on a geographical information system (GIS) map. In addition, the solution enables collaborative management across different departments through cross-terminal seamless interconnection of video (video surveillance, video conference, cellphone, trunking terminals), audio (Broadband Trunking eLTE, Narrowband Trunking Tetra, public network), and data (GIS, text message). To better support the solution, Huawei also provides an industry-leading cross-regional, multi-level video sharing cloud platform. Leveraging distributed cache technology, the platform is capable of responding to vital evidence discovered in seconds and supporting up to ten thousand users watching videos simultaneously.
The broadband trunking system is another key component of building a Safe City. Compared with the existing “Narrowband Trunking (e.g. Tetra) + Broadband access” two-network mode, Huawei eLTE Broadband Trunking Solution adopts one single eLTE network with a base station which supports up to 27-channel video uploads and distribution to enable professional trunking and real-time video dispatching. The solution also allows mobile incident management on multiple platforms anytime and anywhere.
Huawei Safe City Solutions have been widely deployed across the globe. For example, Huawei helped Kenya improve public safety by establishing safe city systems consisting of a Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, broadband trunking eLTE, video surveillance, and intelligent analysis (license plate recognition and traffic violation detection). According to Kenya’s annual police report, the crime rate in the regions covered by the system declined by 46 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year. In particular, the solution played a vital role in ensuring the safety of Pope Francis during his visit to Kenya on November 26, 2015.
Industry Cooperation to Build Open and Win-Win Safe City Ecosystem
Huawei is committed to working with leading industry partners to build an open, win-win Safe City ecosystem. As a one-stop ICT infrastructure provider, Huawei partnered with Hexagon, a global leader in Safe City application software with a leading global market share of Intergraph and CAD systems, to provide users with a comprehensive Safe City Solution.
The Safe City ecosystem is being driven by Huawei and a wide range of partners, including consulting firms (BGS and Accenture), system integrators (Safaricom, Tyco, and NCS), and software vendors (Hexagon, Milestone, SAP, iOmniscient, Promad, and AgentVi). In line with its strategy guideline of Business-Driven ICT Infrastructure (BDII), Huawei is dedicated to promoting industry collaboration and integration by providing comprehensive, open, and compatible ICT platforms. To date, Huawei Safe City Solutions have served more than 400 million people in over 100 cities across over 30 countries.