Huawei Introduces ‘GLocal’ Ecosystem For Customized IoT Solution In Africa

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By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja

A global leading Information and Communications Technology company, Huawei Technologies Company has introduced its ‘GLocal’ ecosystem philosophy in Africa in order to build a customized IoT solution and enable operators to provide IoT-as-a-service to verticals in the region.

According to a statement by the managing director of Huawei Technologies Nigeria Limited, Mr Frank Li, GLocal refers to leveraging global experience and engagement with leading international vendors and partnering with local players to cultivate a local ecosystem.

The statement noted that for a GLocal ecosystem to work, operators and partners from different industries and areas need to work together to establish channels for communication between operators and vertical industries.

“Another great ecosystem that supports IoT connection management is OceanConnect, an open ecosystem built on IoT, cloud computing, and Big Data technologies. OceanConnect provides over 170 open APIs and serial Agent software to promote app release, simplify device access, and guarantee network connection. There are currently more than a 100 global partners in the Huawei OceanConnect ecosystem,” it stated.

It further said Huawei already had fulfilled innovation responsibility through laboratory for industry partners, adding two laboratories had already been set up in Lagos and Johannesburg and that some of partners had passed the test.

It added that the success of IoT was not only dependent on technology, but also on a strong business case, saying IoT has the potential to improve business revenue, reduce expenses and risk, drive efficiency and customer experience, pointing out, however, that a strategic business plan is essential to drive its success.

“The successful launch of the world’s first smart water system utilizing NB-IoT technology by the Shenzhen Water Group (SZWG) which took place on World Water Day, in March 2017 is testament to this.

“SZWG is the largest water company in Shenzhen, producing 97 percent of the city’s water.  In order to comply with Shenzhen Government legislation, the company needed to amend its metering system in order to meter the water usage to each home directly, instead of measuring the consumption of the estate management company every month. Ordinarily this would have required 300 more employees, and increase operational expenses by approximately US$2.2 million per year,” it added.