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“Intelligent World of 2030 Can’t Exist Without Digital Transformation”

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  • ASEAN’s digital economy, as Huawei informed, soared to $100 billion for first time in 2019, and is expected to grow to over $300 billion by 2025
  • Huawei has created a smart airport for the Shenzhen Airport Group
Ma Yue, VP, Huawei Enterprise Business Group

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona 2020 was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak but Huawei held its global Industrial Digital Transformation Conference. It was held via live streaming connecting guests from across the world including UK, Switzerland, USA, Germany and Italy with the theme “Hi, Intelligent World”.

The conference previewed five trends of an intelligent world 10 years’ from now and proposed a foundation built on new types of connectivity, computing, platform, and ecosystem. This, as Huawei Informed, will enable the intelligent development of a wide variety of industries, including urban development, manufacturing, energy, finance, transportation, and so on. The ASEAN Economic Community, Shenzhen Airport Group, and other customers also shared their insights and experiences in digital transformation.

“The next decade will witness rapid development of new ICT (Information and Communication Technology). Huawei believes new types of connectivity, computing, platform, and ecosystem will build a solid foundation for the intelligent world of 2030. Ultra-broadband and high-speed networking built using 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and quantum communications will bridge the physical and digital worlds, laying a foundation for the intelligent world,” stated Ma Yue, vice president, Huawei Enterprise Business Group.

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The world of 2030 will be intelligent

Huawei believes the intelligent world 2030 will have five features: at a governmental level, people-oriented digital governments will be built to adapt to people’s livelihoods better; at an economic level, intelligent robots will make up a critical part of a future labor force; at a social level, digital technology will help equalize the sharing and proper distribution of education, healthcare, and other public resources, achieving digital equality; from a cultural point of view, citizens will be freed from heavy physical labor and tedious repetitive work, and their focus will naturally shift from material value to mental value; and from an environmental point of view, the deployment of various digital technologies, we help us monitor and control carbon emissions more effectively and, as a result, help protect the earth.

The intelligent world of 2030, as per the company, cannot exist without the digital transformation of industries across the spectrum. Currently, more than 700 cities worldwide and 228 of the Fortune Global 500 companies, including 58 of the Fortune Global 100 companies, have selected Huawei as their partner for digital transformation.

ASEAN’s digital economy soared to USD 100 billion for first time in 2019, and is expected to grow to over USD 300 billion by 2025. For governments, business and society, digital transformation is no longer an option but an imperative path to empower the economy and businesses. To further promote digital transformation in ASEAN, new initiatives are currently being pursued such as the development of 5G ecosystem, framework on international mobile roaming, smart manufacturing, and an ASEAN innovation network.

A smart airport and six ICT resources

Zhang Lixuan, GM of Digitalization, Shenzhen Airport Group (SAG), talked about how the group delivered digital transformation and constructed a smart airport. The digital transformation of an airport is a complex project but with its vision of “One Airport, One Dream”, SAG created a systematic approach to building a fully-digital airport. The Group selected Huawei as its strategic partner for digital transformation, using the Huawei Horizon Digital Platform with cloud-network synergy.

The platform integrated six ICT resources – IoT, big data, AI, video cloud, GIS, and ICP – to construct four comprehensive service systems: security, operations control, services, and management. The single-view of airport operations has had significant benefits, including increasing flight punctuality to 87 per cent, and intelligent stand allocation that can complete within seconds, reducing the number of shuttle bus passengers by four million annually. This makes Shenzhen Airport become the world’s first organization to publish cases on the New Experience in Travel and Technologies (NEXTT) platform. From a security point of view, the new system provides more accurate and intelligent control over terminal areas, airfields, public areas, and cargo areas. The facial recognition solution improves security check efficiency by 60 per cent, reduces the risk of passengers’ loss of ID card by taking it out for checking, and meets the differentiated requirements of business passengers.

Chen Kunte, chief digital transformation officer of Global Financial Services in Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group, stated,”In the future, the app will become an ecosystem that integrates retail and corporate customers, and serve as a technology platform to bring banking services into digital world. The traditional concept of banks’ digital transformation was only as a technology transformation for replacing core application systems.”

He cited China Merchants Bank as an example. The bank established a private cloud and mobile platform, and opened host functions to manage devices and users, and control mobile network security. It also built a big data platform with decoupled architecture and applied AI and machine learning to the entire business chain to enhance credit risk control. Furthermore, it deployed a financial transaction cloud and moved applications from the host to the cloud, enhancing customer experience and supporting continuous service innovation.

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