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Huawei Plans New Global OpenLabs to Drive the ‘Smart’ World

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Neil Evans | Senior Solution Director | Huawei Australia, during his speech

Huawei on November 2, 2016 hosted its Huawei Innovation Day Asia-Pacific. Kick-starting under the theme of ‘The Brilliance of Exploration,’ the event successfully drew representatives from the industry, academia, governments and research institutes. Keeping the prime focus on topics about exploration in the future, attendees shared their exploration themes and innovation practices, and their ideas on how to adapt to future changes.

Amid the event, the Chinese networking major also announced to propel the ideas further through its new plans to invest in OpenLabs in Asia Pacific.

It asserted to team up with industry partners to build a flourishing ecosystem in the region, and drive growth through innovation leveraging partners to help industries go digital in the new ICT era and face up to the challenges of the intelligent world.

Advances in new technologies such as the Cloud Computing, Big Data and Internet of Things will bring tremendous changes and innovation to many industries. All companies will need to work together to build a modern industrial sector, because no single company can build all these systems alone, said its official release.

At the Huawei Innovation Day Asia-Pacific, Neil Evans, Senior Solution Director of Huawei Australia, delivered a speech titled ‘New Era of Alliances in the ICT Ecosystem.’ He elaborated on Huawei’s philosophy, attitude, and initiatives for the New ICT era, as well as its exploration practices and progress to date. He said that Huawei aims to be the nourishing “soil and energy” of the ecosystem which will push the entire industry forward, and support ongoing social progress through strong, strategic alliances.

Huawei OpenLabs in Asia Pacific

Huawei plans to build OpenLabs in Asia Pacific (including in Singapore and Bangkok). These OpenLabs will deliver a Lab-as-a-Service experience for customers and partners in three areas: Smart City and Safe City, Smart Grid, Industry Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT). The labs will be functionally positioned to play four roles:

Innovation center: Huawei collaborates with customers and partners on joint innovation to drive the digital transformation of industries. These OpenLabs are working on the following joint innovation projects: Smart Grid with Thailand’s Provincial Electricity Authority; Intelligent Nation and Video Cloud with customers in Singapore; and next-generation digital railway communication systems with SMRT Trains Limited (SMRT).

Partner development center: Huawei has signed agreements (non-disclosure agreements [NDAs]/ memorandums of understanding [MoUs]) with over 20 solution partners in Asia Pacific, such as Tyco and XJERA. With its global leading partner HEXAGON, Huawei has completed multiple projects.

Solution development center: Huawei is currently working with over 30 customers (such as SBS Transit) on key projects in Singapore. With Lab-as-a-Service and a complete ICT infrastructure, these OpenLabs are accessible to partners as safe remote labs. Customers can develop in the test bed, carry out pre-integration, and use proof of concept (POC), factory acceptance tests (FAT) or mirror environments. To date, these OpenLabs have completed POC for more than 20 customers, including Microsoft Cloud and New Zealand video cloud.

Experience center: Huawei is currently focusing on Safe City, Industry Cloud, and IoT solutions. With real-world scenarios, these OpenLabs support training and hands-on practice, and the sharing of global success stories.

Global Footprint

Huawei’s OpenLabs are located all around the globe. To date, Huawei has opened OpenLabs in Munich, Mexico City, Dubai, Singapore, Moscow, and China, and has over 400 solution partners worldwide.

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