Talking to the Broadband Asia, Huawei figures out the Smart City Vision by claiming that the world is just at the initial phase of the journey to smart cities, with enormously information being collected but not used very effectively because the vertical markets are not yet connected due to which the transformation and sharing of information is lacking.
John Frieslaar Huawei’s Director of Strategy and Innovation said that:
[pull_quote_center]”A smart city is a journey that goes from connected cities, to smart cities to intelligent cities, which ultimately will be more sustainable. The journey is all about how you use the data, moving from using data to understanding what happened, to using it to change the future.”[/pull_quote_center]
To make it happen to smart cities it’s not about connecting people or making broadband access and availability easy, it’s only about transformation of information. How we gain and access the information and how we transform it, how we pass it to other people with in our community and what do we do with that information. The use of information for the welfare of the community is the most important aspect of the smart cities.
For smart cities, smart services are necessary as many of the city councils are doing great and innovative things which in return force the telecom community to pay attention to the shifts with in the community and figure out the new types of services that are required from the networks.
Trends like autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and 3D printing is impacting the way networks are developed and deployed.
Frieslaar also said that:
[pull_quote_center]”The broadband architecture for 2020 will be built on a number of major components such as 5G radio access, software defined networks that allow the granular switching of traffic flows, network function visualization and storing things in the cloud.”[/pull_quote_center]
The core objective behind all this is the call to accelerate business through faster network, innovation cycles and more rapid development of new services. Smart cities are becoming a major driver for today’s businesses and their growth, for this reason networks and services must also be faster to cope up with the shift.