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Huawei sponsors smart city summit

Qatar-hosted Middle East Smart Cities Summit 2013 to get underway tomorrow in Doha

Huawei sponsors smart city summit
As urbanisation accelerates, ICT is playing a more significant role in improving efficiency, Huawei argues.

China-based infrastructure specialist Huawei today announced it is to be the ICT Platinum Partner at this week's Middle East Smart Cities Summit 2013, which will aim to highlight the key factors expected to drive increased adoption of Smart City infrastructure over the coming three to five years.

As urbanisation accelerates, information and communications technologies are playing a more significant role in improving efficiency, Huawei argues. The summit, which will be held in Doha, Qatar, from tomorrow until 10 December, will be placing particular focus on working with government authorities, urban planners, communication carriers, consulting firms, venture capitalists, investment firms, local universities and research institutes that are involved in the master planning and development of more intelligent city infrastructure. Senior executives and engineers will also be showcasing a wide variety of global case studies demonstrating how applications of "cutting-edge" ICT platforms "are already supporting sustainable socio-economic growth in major metropolitan environments", according to Huawei.

"Access to a safe and efficient economy for businesses, citizens, and local governments is the ultimate goal of any smart city initiative," said Pan En, vice president, Huawei Middle East.

"Countries in the region today need to provide services that span the digital divide, meeting citizens' expectations for interacting with and accessing government services at the touch of a button, from healthcare to education, smart transportation, and even tourism services.

"Technology advancements such as ubiquitous broadband connections, advanced analytics software, and more advanced security protocols will all be required to meet this future, and thus it is particularly important to have public and private organisations [involved] in cultivating a healthy ecosystem for the development of future information highways."

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