Most Zimbabweans think that Kenya a small East African country with lots of political and economic troubles. Well that perception is nothing much of an imagination stuck on the mind of those who lived in the late 90s as the country has really done a lot since the volatile political eras.
While Kenya has grown to be a darling of the West, even the East as well. These Kenyan close buddies have pampered the country with economic support and serious technological advancements, which in my own words, puts Zimbabwe way off the list, that we just cant compare.
Kenya has seriously invested in infrastructure and their information super highway on fibre is just not only dead links of fibre looking for data, but have used the serious smart city concepts being incorporated by the Chinese telecommunication Giant, Huawei, to make Nairobi the safest place in Africa.
Few years back Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya was monikered Nairobbery, due to high rates of crime and day light robbery mixed in ethnical wars and suicide bombing, and today runs 1900 CCTV high resolution camera on fibre optic for safe smart city, ranking it one of the safest cities in Africa.
Leading global ICT solutions provider successfully hosted its Safe City Africa Summit and Kenya Showcase 2016 in Kenya last week attracting more than 200 global customers, partners, experts and industry analysts in the public safety sector.
Themed “Leading New ICT, Making Cities Safer”, the Summit showcased Safe City best practices in cities like Nairobi and Mombas giving attendees the latest insights on industry trends and opportunities in the new ICT era.
As part of its strategy of industry collaboration to drive innovative Safe City solutions, Huawei also demonstrated its new 4G and cloud-based smart Safe City solution, co-developed with partners, and shared other partner innovations successfully deployed in Africa.
Addressing the summit Huawei Enterprise Business Group president of Marketing and Solution Sales department Ms. Diana Yuan said public safety is increasingly necessary to raise the living standards for everyone.
“Public safety is gradually becoming a necessity to raise living standards for everyone. The Summit today is of special significance. You can personally experience practical applications of Safe City solutions.
Adhering to the principle of customer centricity, Huawei cooperates with partners and customers to build smarter, safer, and better connected Safe Cities with our new ICT infrastructure featuring Cloud-Pipe-Device integration. Huawei’s Safe City solutions will comprehensively improve city management and contribute to city safety and prosperity in African countries,” she said.
Safe City in the New ICT Era
In his keynote speech titled “Safe Cities: Driven by a Technology Revolution, IHS Markit Director of Critical Communications Mr. ” Thomas Lynch shared insights into how public safety is a comprehensive system where traditional video surveillance, voice dispatching, Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD), Geographic Information System (GIS), and call-taking and dispatching systems are closely integrated to enable threat awareness, early warning, and incident management throughout the whole process.
According to the latest research from IHS Markit, the market scale of public safety equipment is estimated to increase from USD13 billion in 2015 to USD20 billion in 2020.
Huawei Global Chief Public Safety Expert Mr. Hong-Eng Koh said in his keynote speech that while intelligent video surveillance, broadband trunked radio and computer aided dispatch are crucial, they are not enough to create a Safe City.
“There is a need for policing cloud to link up the silos of different public safety agencies for better information sharing and user experience. With the exponential growth of data from traditional policing records, video surveillance, social networks and the Internet of Things, Big Data analytics are important too.
Together these technologies can help in threats prevention, and if not preventable, early detection for faster response and recovery; with the aim of reducing loss of life and property, and bringing justice and normalcy to society, he said.
Huawei Cooperates with Partners to Build a New Ecosystem
At the Summit, Huawei displayed its new smart Safe City solution, co-developed by Huawei and its partners . The solution consists of the world’s first visualized and converged command system, the industry’s first 4G professional trunking system, world-leading cross-region and cross-agency video cloud, and business-driven Safe City ICT infrastructure.
Additionally, Safaricom, the largest comprehensive telecommunications service provider of Kenya, shared its cooperation with Huawei in the development of the Kenya Safe City project. According to a speech from Shaka Kwach, who is the Head of Special Projects department form Safaricom Limited, the deployments of Huawei’s Safe City solution in Nairobi and Mombasa has drastically improved criminal investigation, cross-agency collaboration, and emergency response efficiency for the National Police Service. This has resulted in tangible benefits to both the citizens of Kenya, as well as the officers using the solution.
In his speech, Mr. Lei Ting, Chief Engineer of Shanghai DS Communication Equipment Co., Ltd., introduced architectural features of the next-generation Converged Emergency Command System jointly innovated by Huawei and DS. This system has also been successfully deployed in Nairobi, Kenya.
In the Safe City industry, Huawei has launched end-to-end Safe City solutions with its partners, serving 400 million people across more than 100 cities of over 30 countries. Moving forward, Huawei will continue to cooperate with its partners to develop open、combined and smart Safe City solutions tailored to customer needs.
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider with the vision to enrich life through communication. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives our customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 150,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully-owned by its employees.