Huawei has launched a series of all-new AI offering with the capabilities to drive industry development and intelligence and accelerate digital transformation. Huawei also released its AI Developer Enablement Program, which will help build an affordable, effective, reliable, and inclusive AI ecosystem.
These announcements took place at HUAWEI CONNECT 2018 in Shanghai. Under the theme ‘Activate Intelligence’, the conference focused heavily on the challenges, opportunities, innovations, and practices of AI.
Huawei’s recently-launched portfolio includes a new Ascend series of AI chips – the world’s first AP IP and chip series designed for a full range of scenarios. Huawei predicts that by 2025, the world will see upwards of 40 billion personal smart devices, and 90% of device users will have a smart digital assistant. Data utilization will reach 86%, and AI services will be readily available.
Huawei states that AI has recently become a new ‘general purpose’ technology and will fundamentally change all industries and organizations on earth.
Unlocking Cloud Intelligence
During the event, Huawei also introduced the Huawei Cloud EI Intelligent Twins for cities – an upgrade of the Huawei Cloud Enterprise Intelligence services, which is powered by the latest Huawei AI chips.
“Combining AI with industry insight is difficult; and computing power is a major barrier to AI application,” Jia Yongli, General Manager of the EI Product Department of Huawei Cloud BU, noted.
Intelligent Connected Vehicles
Huawei has also introduced Audi and unveiled their future plans together in the field of intelligent connected vehicles (ICV), featuring a demonstration from the new Audi Q7.
William Xu, Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer of Huawei, commented. “As cars get smarter, we take advantage of our leading ICT technologies with Audi – one of the world’s most successful premium car brands – to lead automatic driving into the fast lane. Very soon, consumers will enjoy more secure, comfortable, convenient, and intelligent self-driving services.”
Accelerating IoT with Bosch
Introducing more major global partnerships, Huawei invited leading technology supplier Bosch on stage at the event to outline their plans for accelerating the development of Internet of Things (IoT) in China.
Bosch’s software platform being utilized in the agreement connects web-enabled objects to facilitate data sharing across a multitude of digital services and business models. For example, one of the first services being made commercially available to Chinese consumers through the Huawei Cloud will be the Bosch IoT Remote Manager – a service that manages gateways, sensors, and devices.
Announcement of Global Industry Cooperation Plan
A Global Industry Organization (GIO) Roundtable was also held where Huawei promoted the digital transformation of industries, and discussed collaboratively building an intelligent world for the future.
It also released a global industry cooperation plan to promote collaboration across industries and fields of technology, digital transformation and AI democratization.
As industry continues to integrate with information and communications technology (ICT), an intelligent society is on the horizon. Huawei is committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.
Updating Intent-Driven Network
Huawei also announced the update of its industry-oriented Intent-Driven Network solution. The solution helps to build a complete network system that enables digital transformation and maximum business value.
The architecture of the system has three major benefits: service-centricity, E2E SLA guarantees, and open digital platforms. With the rise of AI and big data in enterprise networks forcing change across industries, this IDN will help enterprise customers build user experience-centric intelligent networks that bind the best of automation, big data and AI for the foreseeable future.
The AI Enablement Program
One of Huawei’s final announcements was the release of its AI Developer Enablement Program. The program will help Huawei collaborate with developers, partners, universities, and research institutions.
Huawei will use the program to build a better development ecosystem that can support AI resources, platforms, courses, and joint solutions.
Huawei aims to build a sustainable ecosystem by focusing on a customer-centric strategy that yields mutually beneficial results for its members. By continuing to allocate resources and investments to the development of industry alliances, business alliances, open source communities and developer platforms, Huawei is looking to ramp up its efforts to facilitate the digital transformation of entire industries, while creating a symbiotic and vibrant community to support this shift.