Huawei also announced plans to build a Joint Innovation Center in Duisburg. The city will benefit directly from innovations developed at the center. Plans already include expansion of the city’s WLAN network to include the city zoo and public transport according to the company. In education, the focus will be on the “intelligent classroom” with Wi-Fi and broadband connections for Duisburg schools.
Other plans under discussion range from intelligent street lamps, supply networks and traffic management, to cloud-based eGovernment solutions that simplify public access for citizens. In addition, Huawei will offer its experience and solutions in 5G LTE technology and wireless broadband networks, which are required for autonomous driving, smart logistics and Industry 4.0.
According to MoU, the goal is to develop innovative ideas and solutions that use new technologies to enhance the quality of life in Duisburg and make the city more attractive to residents, business and investors. This should be done with an ecosystem that includes local and international partners, municipal invested companies and exchanges among local research institutions and universities. To exploit the potential in the areas of supply, infrastructure and traffic, in particular, Duisburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH (DVV) and DU-IT GmbH as municipal subsidiaries are responsible for the coordination and management of a number of planned projects.
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