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Huawei and Honeywell are developing a smart building offering to take advantage of the latest Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The announcement was made at the world’s largest ICT exhibition, CeBIT, in Hannover. Through the collaboration, the two companies will jointly pursue large-scale smart city projects globally to help city administrators build intelligent urban infrastructures that enable them to control costs while making their cities desirable and livable for their residents.

For example, Huawei and Honeywell recently worked together on the Longgang Smart City project in the district of Shenzhen, China. Honeywell provided traditional building automation systems for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), security and fire infrastructure, as well as the connected building solutions to integrate all sub-systems for a building management dashboard, alarm management, work order management for efficient facility management, quick response and preventive maintenance.

Huawei provided ICT infrastructures including data centres, security protection and monitoring, IoT gateways and cloud services.

An important building block of the collaboration is a new IoT Gateway Huawei is working on. It is built on Tridium’s Niagara Framework and collects and analyses data from buildings to provide detection, deduction, determination and decision-making capabilities to customers. Tridium is an independent business of Honeywell. The solution will greatly improve building intelligence by providing functions such as access control, intrusion monitoring, and disaster detection in the security and safety field. The Gateway offers energy saving features, with functions like cooling and heating control, natural resource usage, and electric appliance management.

It also provides illumination, transportation, and communication control for efficiency and convenience, while also providing customers with an innovative solution for more sustainable, secure and energy efficient connected buildings. Developed by Huawei, the Gateway marks the successful implementation of the Huawei Edge-Computing-IoT (EC-IoT) Solution for the building industry. The solution combines Huawei’s IoT gateway (AR502 Series) and Agile Controller, Tridium’s Niagara Framework (IoT middleware platform), together with various sensors, control devices, and a building management system from other partners.

It enables uniform interconnection and interworking between various sensors and control devices, manages tens of millions of IoT terminals on the cloud, and supports the distributed deployment and scalability of the building management system. Huawei has collaborated with Honeywell for several years to jointly explore cooperation in the fields of smart cities, connected buildings, smart energy and industrial IoT. The two companies have agreed to jointly explore business opportunities in China and other high growth regions, including the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.

Honeywell is a partner in Huawei’s Enterprise Solution Partner Programme, which provides participating companies access to Huawei’s open API, global expert support, and lab resources in support of the companies’ strategies to help customers deploy technologies to provide more connected, safe and cleaner buildings, homes and cities. CeBIT 2017 is taking place at the Hannover Exhibition Centre in Hannover, Germany until 24 March. The Huawei booth is located at C30 of Hall 2.

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