Xu Ming: Smart City – Road to Urban Digital Transformation

Release Date:2017-03-23  Author:ZTE  Click:735

23 March 2017, Hannover, Germany ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, announced that on 21st March, Xu Ming, ZTE's President of Strategy and Marketing, delivered a speech entitled "Smart City – Road to Urban Digital Transformation" at the CeBIT Global Conference. In this speech, Xu Ming shared ZTE's Smart City 2.0 practice in China and unveiled Smart City 3.0 and its three key features. ZTE and Drei Gewinnt will co-build Smart Cities in Rüsselsheim, Kelsterbach, and Raunheim in Germany, taking a solid step forward to bring Chinese Smart City practice to developed countries.

At CeBIT 2015, ZTE's EVP, Pang Shengqing, mentioned the concept of Smart City 2.0 for the first time. Smart City 2.0 integrates and shares governmental data through top level design and overall planning of a whole city. Based on its practice in Yinchuan, Zhuhai, Shenyang, and Shijiazhuang in the past two years, ZTE comprehensively formulated the concept of Smart City 3.0. Based on Smart City 2.0, Smart City 3.0 collects data from more sources, and expands governmental and other public service data to city-level data, further tapping data value from the Internet of Things (IoT), Internet, and various industries. Xu Ming stated that, Smart City 3.0 features smart services, industries without physical boundary constraints, and non homogeneous industrial ecosystems.

Urban management in essence provides services. Therefore, Smart City construction must consider people oriented services as a starting point and the ultimate goal. By using new information and communications technologies (ICT) such as cloud computing, big data, and IoT, Smart City construction brings innovative concepts, architecture, methods, and patterns of services, and provides a wealth of applications. For example, intelligent traffic management shortens the travel time for citizens; food and drug management improves public health; environmental monitoring and management help create a greener and more comfortable world, and security management helps create a safe and secure living environment.

In addition, industrial parks and industrial IoT are combined together to break physical and geographical boundaries. Industrial factors are gathered online to promote the integration of traditional industries and information technologies. It aims to transform manufacturing services towards professional services, change the life service industry to provide higher quality operation, develop an innovative economy and create different types of businesses. The industries are connected to the online network for cross border integration and interaction. All the management, production, and business processes are incorporated into borderless industrial clusters, thereby accelerating industrial upgrading and transformation.

Smart City is a complex macro system. The only way to guarantee the implementation and sustainable development of Smart City 3.0 is to create intelligent, industrial, and technical ecosystems and build a prosperous multidimensional Smart City ecosystem through mutual collaboration and cross border cooperation among enterprises and organisations in various industries.


As of now, ZTE's Smart City solution has been implemented in 160 cities across 45 countries around the world. In the future, through the construction of Smart City 3.0, ZTE will work with ecosystem partners to provide unprecedented Smart City services by taking advantage of multidimensional data as well as big data and artificial intelligence technologies. This will enable ZTE to break the physical and spatial limitations of industries, promote industrial upgrading and transformation, and provide innovative models of urban development. In recent years, relying on China's Smart City development strategy, ZTE's practice of Smart City solutions has entered the 3.0 stage. China's successful practice of Smart City has also been recognised and promoted by the global industry. The partnership established between ZTE and three cities in Germany is a great example. ZTE will adhere to the three major principles of Smart City: streamlining administration, benefiting people, and upgrading industries, and is committed to the digital transformation of cities.

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