Huawei says that its smart city solutions have enabled customers all over the world to deliver advanced citizen-centric services that enrich people’s lives, accelerate economic growth and create sustainable communities; and one of Huawei’s enabled solutions, by MicroClinic Technologies from Kenya, has won the "Innovative Global South Award" from the World Smart City Awards.
Among the over 250 smart city project entries, three Huawei enabled projects in Kenya and China were nominated - MicroClinic Technologies, Dunhuang Smart Tourism Company (DSTC) and The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University (FAHZU) – highlighting their significant achievements in transforming their cities and delivering high quality services to their citizens.
This year, the World Smart City Awards received an unprecedented number of entries with over 250 from 45 countries, and more international participation than ever before. The winners were announced on 16 November in a ceremony that attracted an audience of more than 1,000 senior executives from both the public and private sector.
Smart city development is emerging as a major force to tackle challenges relating to rapid urbanization in cities across the world. Progressive cities are leveraging digital technology and intelligent design to facilitate sustainability, and improve the quality of life for citizens. Commenting on the trend, Mr. Yan Lida, president, enterprise business group, Huawei said: “Advanced smart city solutions not only help cities improve public services but also help foster innovation and economic development. With leading new ICT and through open collaboration with partners, Huawei develops and provides such solutions to support cities in becoming smart like a living being that grows, learns and evolves constantly. We are delighted the winners of the 2016 World Smart City Awards have leveraged our ICT solutions to drive their smart city projects and look forward to helping more cities turn their smart city ambitions into reality.”