Industrial systems integrating digitalisation

Huawei solutions designed to speed up digital and intelligent transformation across key vertical industries

Sponsored Feature Global organisations in industry verticals such as education, healthcare, manufacturing and utilities are looking to step up their digital transformation initiatives by taking advantage of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to deliver improved application and service performance to end users.

According to Goldman Sachs, AI is poised to begin shifting from a phase of "excitement" to one of "deployment" in 2024, particularly in industries including manufacturing and healthcare.

"After a breakthrough year for generative artificial intelligence, investors are looking for signs that new deep learning tools and techniques are filtering through to more industries. The shift from the excitement phase into the deployment phase is expected to continue in 2024, eventually helping to raise global productivity and potentially helping address challenges coming from unfavourable demographics in some countries," Goldman Sachs Asset Management noted.

To meet all kinds of demand, Huawei has unveiled a wide range of industrial digital solutions designed to enhance the effectiveness of core industrial processes in multiple verticals. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024 event in Spain, Li Peng, corporate senior vice president, president of ICT sales & service, Huawei, noted that "we're entering an intelligent world, and the best way to predict the future will be to create it. Huawei will double efforts to offer more intelligent digital infrastructure products and solutions that accelerate the intelligent transformation of industries; and Huawei will work hard to be a reliable partner for others on this journey."

To embrace this intelligent world, Huawei believes that digitalisation is a key step. Leo Chen, President of Enterprise Sales, Huawei, echoed the sentiment, predicting that as industrial digitalisation enters the 'deep-water zone', organisations will have to manage data "computing, transmission, and storage power" in a coordinated manner, integrate the data from different scenarios into one unified cloud data foundation, and reach more traditional industries and core businesses, so as to support many industry customers on their digitalization journey and embrace the intelligent world.

Three macro trends to drive AI-powered world

Huawei believes that this transition to a new AI-powered digital world will be driven by three macro trends, the first of which will see explosive growth in data volumes and compute power.

It also predicts that, secondly, digitalisation will increasingly transform multiple aspects across production and operations within different verticals. So to unlock the full value of data, the organisations involved must integrate the data from different sources into unified cloud data repositories.

But while it may be evident that momentum behind digital and intelligent transformation is ramping up, it's equally true that many organisations face significant challenges in building or upgrading their network, storage and infrastructure management systems to maximise the benefits of the new technologies and solutions involved. It's to help address these challenges that Huawei launched a suite of new industrial digital and intelligent transformation solutions which are designed to help organisations achieve their AI and digitalisation ambitions, says the company.

Addressing the needs of corporates and SMEs

For large-scale industrial customers with diverse services and complex infrastructures, for example, Huawei launched ten different platforms - including National Cloud Solution 2.0, Smart City, Smart Classroom 3.0, Medical Technology Digitalization, Digital CORE, Intelligent Factory, Smart Airport Fully Connected Fiber Network, Perimeter Security with Fiber Sensing, Smart Railway Perimeter Detection, ITS 2.0, Intelligent Power Distribution (IDS), ansd Oil and Gas Pipeline Safety Management Solutions. In addition, Huawei released several product portfolios, including the Campus Digital Platform, Multilayer Ransomware Protection (MRP) 2.0, and Perimeter Protection Site.

To address the needs of small- and medium-sized (SME) customers with less complex business needs, Huawei has collaborated with partners to build over 30 open, lightweight, scenario-specific solutions. Besides, for the extensive small and micro-sized customers with simple scenarios, Huawei launched the HUAWEI eKit brand in 2023, which contains products designed to be easy to buy, sell, install, maintain, learn and use. During MWC 2024, new HUAWEI eKit products were unveiled for SME offices, budget hotels, primary and secondary schools, commercial stores, clinics, community hospitals, real estate, and restaurants, for example.

In total, Huawei launched 24 new products and solutions for the commercial market and 12 new HUAWEI eKit products for the distribution market to assist SMEs worldwide in digital transformation and intelligent upgrade. It also launched new products in data communications, optical network, data storage, and lightweight converged O&M. Huawei says it is committed to working with its global network of partners to develop the company's range of digitalisation solutions as a key point of competitive differentiation when it comes to addressing customer needs. By the end of 2023, Huawei had more than 40,000 partners in the enterprise market worldwide, helping customers achieve business success.

Where ICT technologies make an industrial difference

These are already allowing the benefits of digital and intelligent transformation to be realised across multiple vertical sectors, according to Huawei. In the financial sector, AI can be used for fraud detection and prevention for example, with credit approvals shortened from days to minutes and fraud detected in seconds. In rail transport, it can be used to help predict and detect equipment failure to make operations more efficient. With the power of AI, weather forecasts can be rendered more accurate and delivered in less time.

Digitalisation, according to Huawei can also be a "great enabler" of decarbonisation and the company has incorporated environmental protection into many of its computing and networking products to improve the energy efficiency.

David Shi, Vice President of ICT Marketing and Solution Sales, Huawei concluded: "Huawei recognises that each customer has its own specific needs and challenges. As digital and intelligent transformation continues to progress, Huawei is dedicated to developing scenario-based, cutting-edge, green, and low-carbon products and solutions to meet customer needs."

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