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Tuesday, June 12 2018 - 06:59
Huawei and DU-IT Help Duisburg Become a Smart City
HANNOVER, Germany, June 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Rhine Cloud Marks First Key Milestone; New Innovative Digital Services Planned 
with NavVis

At CEBIT 2018, Huawei and the DU-IT GmbH, a municipal subsidiary of Duisburger 
Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH (DVV) signed a Framework Agreement on 
the "Rhine Cloud" brand and Smart City services. The agreement expands the 
cooperation of the two companies and strengthens their joint efforts to enable 
Duisburg to become a smart city. Both Huawei and the DU-IT GmbH are part of the 
network "Smart City Duisburg".

The announcement follows a "Memorandum of Understanding" (MoU) which was signed 
by the City of Duisburg and Huawei Enterprise Business Group in January 2018. 
Both partners agreed to make Duisburg an innovative and digitalized model city 
in Western Europe within a few years by implementing new information and 
communications technologies (ICT). The goal of the MoU is to develop innovative 
ideas, solutions and make use of new technologies to enhance the quality of 
life in Duisburg through an ecosystem including local and international 
partners and municipal companies. Today's signing of the framework agreement 
marks a key milestone in this development.

"Huawei is focused on working with city governments to make modern cities 
smarter and easier to live in. We are delighted to be Duisburg's preferred 
partner for developing a smart city and this cooperation will build on our 
success of delivering smart city deployments worldwide. Huawei integrates new 
ICT in unified platforms enabling IoT, communications, cloud data center and 
intelligent command center, to create the city's nervous system. Huawei's 
expertise as a leading technology provider coupled with DU-IT's strength as a 
city ISP puts us in an ideal position to help the city's business customers 
drive innovation and growth, bring safety and efficiency to citizens, and make 
the city more attractive to businesses and investors," says Vincent Pang, 
president of Huawei West Europe Region.

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The introduction of Rhine Cloud, the brand name for a Smart City and Public 
Services Cloud Platform, represents a significant step towards making Duisburg 
a smart city, providing the capabilities to support city automation and 
intelligence. During the signing ceremony for the framework agreement, Huawei 
also announced that the first Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings are 
now available on Rhine Cloud which is being hosted in Duisburg by DU-IT.

DU-IT and NavVis MOU to create Smart City SaaS offerings for Rhine Cloud 

The first Rhine Cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings will 
leverage NavVis technology, designed to digitize indoor environments and used 
for Smart City use cases like eGovernment, Tourism, Facility Management, Retail 
and others. 

The technology enables users to explore the indoors with a fully immersive 3D 
walkthrough. After scanning the indoors environment with NavVis M6 indoor 
mobile mapping system, the browser-based NavVis IndoorViewer visualizes 
building data as high resolution images. 

Examples of practical applications will be shown at CEBIT and include a virtual 
tour of the historic waterworks, a digitally guided tour through the 
Stadthistorisches Museum in Duisburg and a centimeter-accurate 3D mapping of 
office buildings in Duisburg. The service will be available through Rhine Cloud 
in October 2018.

"As a municipal company, we have deep expertise in providing the highest level 
of security and customized solutions to ensure smooth running city services. We 
help our customers migrate their databases to the cloud, monitor the set-up 
operations, and, if required, manage their cloud environments to offer a 
full-service package," says Stefan Soldat, Managing Director of DU-IT. Data is 
being hosted in DU-IT's the data center which is ISO 27001-certified and offers 
a wide range of IT services for customers with increased security requirements, 
such as municipalities, municipal institutions and universities. The services 
of DU-IT's widely diversified portfolio can be flexibly combined and range from 
cloud storage to software-as-a-service solutions to fiber-connectivity. DU-IT's 
own data center has a special security zone system that complies with the 
specifications of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and 
TÜV Level 3. Complex systems for emergency power, fire protection and cooling 
ensure that computing power is always available. In addition, the data are also 
synchronously mirrored at physically separate locations.

Currently, Huawei's smart city solutions are serving over 120 cities in more 
than 40 countries around the globe. Today, 197 companies on the Fortune Global 
500 list have chosen Huawei as their partner for digital transformation, with 
45 among the top 100 enterprises.

Huawei together with its partners and customers is showcasing new digital 
transformation solutions to orchestrate a digital symphony at CEBIT from June 
11-15 in Germany, the home of classical music. It is also hosting activities 
and sharing best practices around Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence 
(AI), Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN), 
all of which play a critical role in today's digital transformation.

Huawei's booth is at Area C01 in Hall 13, Hannover Exhibition Center, Germany. 
For more information about Huawei at CEBIT, please visit To learn more about Huawei's 
worldwide customer cases using "Leading New ICT", please visit  

Source: Huawei