Huawei to Help Make Duisburg in Germany a Smart City

The city of Duisburg, Germany and Huawei have signed a MoU to make Duisburg a smart city. The Duisburg city Mayor Sören Link and Wang Yonggang, CFO of Huawei‘s Enterprise Business Group, signed the declaration of intent, according to which both partners will begin work to make Duisburg an innovative and digitalized Western European model city.

The MoU provides a framework for further discussion in which the two partners will commit to the implementation of specific projects from agreed topics. 

Huawei also announced plans to build a Joint Innovation Center in Duisburg. The city will benefit directly from innovations developed at the center. Plans already include expansion of the city’s WLAN network to include the city zoo and public transport. In education, the focus will be on the "intelligent classroom" with Wi-Fi and broadband connections for Duisburg schools. 

Other plans under discussion range from intelligent street lamps, supply networks and traffic management, to cloud based e-Government solutions that simplify public access for citizens. In addition, Huawei will offer its experience and solutions in 5G LTE technology and wireless broadband networks, which are required for autonomous driving, smart logistics and Industry 4.0.

Ultimately, the goal is to develop innovative ideas and solutions that use new technologies to enhance the quality of life in Duisburg and make the city more attractive to residents, business and investors. This should be done with an ecosystem that includes local and international partners, municipal invested companies and exchanges among local research institutions and universities. To exploit the potential in the areas of supply, infrastructure and traffic, in particular, Duisburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft (DVV) and DU-IT GmbH as municipal subsidiaries are responsible for the coordination and management of a number of planned projects. 

Currently, Huawei’s Smart City solutions serve over 120 cities in more than 40 countries around the globe. 197 companies on the Fortune Global 500 list have chosen Huawei as their partner for digital transformation.