Huawei announces Openlab, agreement with KUKA, Open Telekom Cloud with Deutsche Telekom, and Connected City Lighting Solution at CeBIT 2016.
At this year’s CeBIT conference, kicking off last week in Germany, Huawei Technologies unveiled its first Openlab in Munich, signed a memorandum of understanding with KUKA, announced partnership with Deutsche Telekom for launching new public cloud platform, Open Telekom Cloud, and debuted its Connected City Lighting Solution.
Huawei’s Munich Openlab will drive innovation in areas including the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and big data, to build safer and smarter cities with more than 25 partners including T-Systems, SAP, Intel, Alstom, and Hexagon having expressed their interest in participating in the new Openlab.
As an important part of the “Europe 2020” strategy, Munich Openlab builds competitiveness for the future by enabling local industry partners and customers in Europe to accelerate digital innovation. The Openlab will act as an incubation center for joint collaboration on industry solutions with leading software and industry partners to build a competitive industry ecosystem.
Visitors to the facility experienced solutions for smart cities, the IoT, public safety, smart lighting and retail big data. Munich Openlab connected to a network of Huawei Openlabs across the globe to facilitate exchange of ideas about new business models, market needs, and technical solutions. Huawei has established ten inter-connected Openlabs to help enterprises across various industries accelerate digital transformation with industrial experts, business and technology experts and over 150 industry partners.
“Munich Openlab empowers enterprises to advance their digital transformation through customer-centric, agile innovation and open collaboration with key Huawei partners in Europe,” said David He, president of Marketing and Solution Sales of Enterprise Business Group in Huawei.
Huawei and KUKA will work together under the new agreement, in the domain of cloud computing, big data, mobile technology, and industrial robots to help manufacturing customers in moving to smart manufacturing, with focus on robots which can aid in helping manufacturing businesses.
Research and development will be prominent in the new partnership. Key areas of R&D include the use of small cell Internet of Things (IoT), wireless and 5G network, as well as big data solutions in manufacturing and factory environments and the deployment of Huawei’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions to develop cloud-hosted smart manufacturing services.
In addition, KUKA and Huawei will set up a joint intuitive robot programming team to explore the use of imitative deep learning in advanced manufacturing environments.The new partnership demonstrates both Huawei and KUKA’s commitment to national programs in Germany and China to promote and develop intelligent manufacturing through the application of innovative IoT-enabled industrial solutions.
“We’re confident our strategic partnership with KUKA will enable Huawei to lead the way in helping manufacturing enterprises transform their factories and gain competitive advantages from realizing smart manufacturing,” said Ryan Ding, president of Products & Solutions, Huawei.
Huawei was also selected as the hardware and software solution provider for Open Telekom Cloud by Deutsche Telekom, which is driving digitization in Germany and across Europe.
Open Telekom Cloud is an OpenStack-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution, powered by Huawei and operated by T-Systems, the subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. The solution provides access to affordable computing, storage, network components and other services. The new offering will help Deutsche Telekom gain a foothold in a market segment largely dominated by U.S. cloud services providers.
Open Telekom Cloud allows enterprises to order IT infrastructure and software solutions in a central booking portal in just a few clicks, making resources available in minutes. In this way, Deutsche Telekom is helping its customers to digitize their business models by providing simple and flexible services that can be scaled to suit organizations of any size and in any industry.
SAP is one of the first Open Telekom Cloud users and service providers. T-Systems provides the infrastructure services for frequently used SAP applications as well as SAP HANA analysis technology in Open Telekom Cloud first. These services are also available in any combination of public and private clouds.
“The strategic partnership allows each party to fully play to their strengths, providing enterprises and the industry with various innovative public cloud services that are beyond those provided by over-the-top content players,” said Eric Xu, rotating CEO of Huawei.
Huawei also debuted its Connected City Lighting Solution, an Internet of Things (IoT) lighting solution with multi-level intelligent control. Huawei Connected City Lighting Solution connects street lamps to the IoT and adopts a GIS-based management system, enabling cities to enhance the control and performance of every street lamp.
The solution provides municipal managers with status information on each lamp, in every street and enables precise control of on-off switches and brightness of individual street lamps, allows on-demand lighting and reduces energy consumption by up to 80 percent.
“Huawei Connected City Lighting Solution is another powerful application of Huawei Agile IoT Solution, and an important advancement towards a truly Smart City,” said Wu Chou, CTO of Huawei Switch and Enterprise Communications Product Line.