Huawei launches smart city solutions for Malaysia
Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, dubbed Huawei’s Solutions ICT roadshow this week, as “… a platform to get the ecosystem to start thinking about the way ahead in using technology for a Smart Malaysia..” All this is with the end goal of complementing and enabling all other nation building initiatives, he also said.
During the 2-day roadshow, Huawei also announced the availability of their Smart City solution, which offers end-to-end security with ubiquitous network access, a convergent command centre, video surveillance, cloud and mobile policing.
When asked to explain the scope of Huawei’s smart city, Huawei Southern Pacific Chief Marketing Officer, Lim Chee Siong broke it down into three essential parts, first being the communications between people and things or the Internet of Things.
Second, is the involvement and cooperation between different domains, for example transportation and healthcare, in order to provide effective public safety solutions, and third is next-generation data centres.
Lim explained, “The future smart city is about a service-driven distributed cloud data centre.”
He also shared that they are currently working with MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission) on a smart city white paper that would discuss possible deployment paths for Malaysia.
This white paper is expected to be announced in four months’ time.
Citing our southern neighbours, who are also embarking upon a journey towards being a smart nation, Lim pointed out that Singapore aims to deploy sensors nationwide. The idea behind this is so that all the sensor information collected, could be analysed to provide insight and some level of intelligence to improve citizens’ lives.
“This sensor network is separate from their public network,” Lim said, adding it begs the question of viability to do the same for Malaysia which is a bigger country. “Is it cost effective to deploy another network layer of sensors?”
With this in mind, one of the biggest challenges for Malaysia is the lack of understanding about how smart city solutions would be deployed.
Another big challenge he cited, is with regards to data governance.
“As with most other countries, most of the government agencies here are siloed off from each other. Their information systems are not connected, when they have to be, in order to enable smart transportation and smart healthcare services” explained Lim.
Huawei’s role in the bigger scheme of things, is as an enabler of the infrastructure – data centres, fibre systems and so on.
Lim concluded that investment into Malaysia’s digital economy, is important for the country to increase its competitiveness
“So, we need to develop and build up ICT in Malaysia, for the next wave of the digital economy,” he said.