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Chinese networking and telecommunications giant Huawei announced that it had signed two consecutive agreements for the development of smart cities in Malta and Sardinia.The agreements were signed at the CeBIT 2016 exhibition and conference in Hanover, Germany, where Huawei hosted its Global Safe City Summit 2016 under the theme of “Leading New ICT, Making Cities Safer."

[quote] Mr. Edward Chan, CEO of Huawei Italy, signed a smart cities project agreement with Mr. Jose Herrera, parliamentary secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth of Malta, at the summit. Mr. Chan signed another smart cities project agreement with Mr. Francesco Pigliaru, president of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia in Italy, and Mr. Luigi Filippini, president of CRS4, a research institute based in Italy.

In his address, Mr. Yan Lida, president of Enterprise Business Group, Huawei said: “New ICT technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile broadband, cloud computing, big data, and big video, are connecting environment, transportation, energy, electric power, finance, and manufacturing systems in cities.

“They are not only enabling the connection between networks and information, but also the connection between objects, between people and objects, and between people and ideas.

“These connections help cities build comprehensive protection systems, prevent incidents before they occur, and implement rapid, accurate decision-making through interdepartmental collaboration.”

Safe, sustainable smart cities

Huawei punted the importance of safety in smart city development. According to a company release, the Chinese networking and telecommunications equipment and services provider, said that it “collaborates with leading industry partners to build an open, win-win ecosystem.”

It adds that the company cooperated with Hexagon, a geospatial application software supplier, to provide customers with a holistic safe city solution.

Rodney Gill, projects director of Hexagon Ventures, who also made a keynote speech at the Summit said: “Hexagon’s real-time 5D GIS collects, processes, and manages geospatial data in cities. By working with Huawei’s ICT platform, we can develop a rich portfolio of solutions, including smart grid, smart transport, and safe city, to help government agencies manage cities in intelligent, efficient, visible, secure ways.”