Saturday 24 October, 2020

Huawei accelerating digital transformation to support transportation

Telecoms giant Huawei emphasised the importance of digital transformation and its impact on transportation at the HAUWEI CONNECT 2020 annual flagship event.

Wang Guoyu, Vice President of the Global Transportation Business Unit, Huawei Enterprise Business Group, went in depth about some of the developments underway at Huawei aiming to create a seamless passenger experience for all. Huawei has been working in the transportation industry more than 20 years.

“We help customers guarantee safety, improve efficiency and optimize passengers’ experience through digital transformation. All these three targets are the main vision for this industry,” Wang Gouyo stated.

It was explained that in order to improve transportation efficiency, MaaS (Mobility as a Service) for passengers and Multimodal Transport for logistics has become more and more popular. It incorporates passengers flow, freight flow and business flow flawlessly across multiple transportation modes.

“Digital transformation in airports has two layers: one is digitization of infrastructures, and the other is digitalization of business flow.” Gouyo explained. “By converging the two layers, we can transform the physical world into a digital one. We also refer to this as ‘digital twins.”

Huawei and their partners took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic as they helped Shenzhen Airport develop an epidemic prevention and control system.

“We deployed an airport intelligent operation center to obtain and analyze real-time passenger and flight data. We used AI-based video analysis to inspect and control the epidemic risks,” stated Gouyo. More than 700 passengers are able to be screened and tracked during the peak hour every day.

The smart flight information display system is another example. This system doesn’t require passengers to take off their mask when being screened as they can still be recognised with their masks on. The system also automatically shows their own flight information and navigate them to their boarding gate to save boarding time. This system was launched only in one week which makes the system a very fast one.

Based on the platform, all application rollout time should be shortened. Gouyo expressed that “When facing harsh challenges like COVID-19, airports and other transportation enterprises can benefit from technology to find a better way to cope.”

He closed by expressing that future airports must be people-oriented, green, safe, and smart, noting that it will be backed up by extensive applications to enhance the travel experience. He stated that the future airports will also make use of intelligent devices and systems to satisfy the customers’ needs and demands which he referred to as being ‘personalised’.

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