Huawei strengthens partnerships to gain edge in AI platforms

Corporate October 12, 2018 01:00


HUAWEI expects the global artificial intelligence (AI) market will reach US$380 billion by 2025. Chasing a large slice of this pie, the Chinese company is joining with business partners to develop AI platforms in support of the global market.

William Xu, director of the board, chief strategy marketing officer at Huawei, said that the company has collaborated with these partners to provide AI platforms to serve the needs of industries such as transport, healthcare, automobile, telecoms, financial and manufacturing industries in order to improve efficiencies and reduce the costs of operational management. 

Xu said that the firm has been working with Shenzhen Bao, an international airport, to use AI and facial recognition technologies to help in the arrangement of flight schedules, and for smoother customs clearance. This has reduced passenger waiting times by 15 per cent. The firm has also been integrating AI into the transport industry. It has worked with Shenzhen Traffic Police to use Huawei’s cloud services to manage traffic lights in a designated district.

 As a result, average vehicle speeds have increased by 15 per cent, saving every driver at least 10 minutes on average. 

“We built an open platform that incorporates devices, networks and the cloud. Now with the help of AI, we are joining hands with our ecosystem partners to help industries go digital. We will continue to expand our expertise in AI and maintain our technological leadership,” said Xu.

He said that the firm has forged solid relationships with ecosystem partners to build a thriving AI ecosystem. 

This ecosystem contains four types of partnership: industry alliances, business alliances, open source communities and developers. 

That means that they can leverage their respective strengths to deliver value to customers. 

The firm plans to support 1 million AI developers and partners over the next three years in order to help industries go digital and establish a platform that helps bring together industry organisations from across the globe. 

"When we think about the future, we look to science fiction – to our own vision of how things might be. Our goal is to bring intelligence to every person, home, and organisation. Industry application will be key to artificial intelligence (AI) success over the next decade,” Xu said.

“Huawei is incorporating AI with products and solutions to support the global market. The firm also has a vision and a mission to bring digital benefits to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world. By creating synergies between platform, AI and the ecosystem," said Xu.

 He said that By 2025, the global artificial intelligence (AI) market is expected to reach US$380 billion, around 90 per cent of which will come from the enterprise market. 

The firm believes that industry applications will be key to the success of AI over the next decade.

The firm has also announced its AI + Digital platform, which adapts to various scenarios across industries. 

It has partnership with Tianjin Binhai New Area to create a smart city based on the adoption of the new AI + Digital platform. In addition, Huawei launched a smart campus solution, which is being implemented by Vanke, a China-based real estate developer, to reshape its enterprise operations for growth and competitiveness. 

In another initiative, Huawei has released the Atlas intelligent computing platform powered by the Huawei Ascend series of AI chips and mainstream heterogeneous computing components. 

The platform integrates various forms of products such as modules, cards, boards, edge stations, and appliances to build an all-scenario AI infrastructure covering the end, edge and cloud to help customers embrace an AI-driven future and expedite the intelligent transformation journey, the company said.