Shanghai, China: Huawei’s NB-IoT solution received the “Best IoT Innovation for Mobile Networks” award from the GSM Association at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017, which highlighted innovative breakthroughs based on new technological developments and standards of mobile networks.
Huawei’s NB-IoT solution comprises an NB-IoT terminal chipset, terminal operation system LiteOS, NB-IoT RAN and EPC, OceanConnect (a cloud platform for IoT management), and OpenLab that helps related enterprises develop IoT services and applications.
In March 2017, Huawei jointly released the world’s first commercial NB-IoT-based Smart Water project in cooperation with Shenzhen Water and China Telecom. The project, involving 800 MHz NB-IoT base stations managed by OceanConnect, established an industry benchmark for NB-IoT-based applications.
Two months later, Huawei participated as a strategic partner of China Unicom Shanghai in the trial commercial project for the world’s first 4.5G-based large-scale NB-IoT network with continuous coverage. Huawei assisted China Unicom in establishing more than 2,600 base stations throughout Shanghai, offering terminals, servers, Apps and other necessary products for the project.
In June, Huawei and China Telecom co-built the world’s first NB-IoT-based Smart Lighting project for commercial use in Yingtan, Jiangxi province.
“This award embodies recognition of the remarkable progress Huawei has made in promoting NB-IoT technological innovation, solution innovation, and ecosystem establishment, as well as advancing development of the mobile communications industry as a whole,” Jiang Wangcheng, President of Huawei IoT Solution, said during the event.
“2017 is the starting line for commercial NB-IoT deployment, and Asia, especially China, will be the pace-setter. Huawei will continue to offer a premium product portfolio and open architecture incorporating chips, LiteOS, RAN, EPC and a cloud platform,” he added.
In 2017, Huawei is scheduled to deploy over 30 NB-IoT networks for Utility, Smart City, Smart Agriculture, and other sectors in more than 20 countries across the globe.
Meanwhile, Huawei demonstrated its 5G-based remote driving with China Mobile and SAIC Motor.
Huawei provided the 5G wireless solution that connected SAIC Motor’s smart concept car, the iGS. China Mobile provided the connectivity.
In the test, the driver was located over 30 kilometers away from the vehicle. Several high-definition video cameras installed in the vehicle sent multiple real-time HD video feeds to the driver, providing him with a 240-degree view of the vehicle’s surroundings over a high-bandwidth 5G network. (Including peripheral vision, without turning their head, an average person has a binocular visual field of around 180-190 degrees).
Control signals for the steering wheel, gas pedal, and brakes were also transmitted over the 5G network, which provided the ultra-low latency needed to support instant response to different roadside conditions. From his remote position, the driver was able to maintain full control over the vehicle at all times.
5G’s ultra-high bandwidth provided the required speed for flawless HD video connections between the vehicle and the driver at all times.
End-to-end latency for all vehicle control functions was less than 10 milliseconds (the latency for the 5G new air interface itself was less than one millisecond). This means that when the vehicle was traveling at 30 km/h, the distance it traveled between braking and actual deceleration was only eight centimeters. In extreme conditions, immediate emergency braking is critical to ensuring safety.
Huawei Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO Guo Ping said that industry digitalization is indeed bringing more demands on carriers. As a result, carriers should be able to develop new technologies to support a growing demand.
“Industry digitization is placing new demands on carriers. To achieve new growth, carriers need to take three major steps: They need to provide digital connectivity, digitize traditional industries, and develop cloud applications and big data analytics,” Guo said.
Huawei strives to develop a 5G ecosystem with its partner companies to cater to the needs of different industries. These developments are showcased in Huawei’s XLabs in China.
“Carriers prioritize industry digitization at the organizational level and set up an independent decision-making team. New technologies and capabilities should be developed to adapt to business needs, including those in connection to IoT, security, big data, and even artificial intelligence. Policy support is also essential to carriers to facilitate business, including service license and spectrum policy,” according to Guo.