Huawei, one of the world’s leading ICT-solutions provider, showcased its cutting-edge Future Railway Smart Solutions at Asia Pacific Rail 2023, the region’s most influential railway event. As a Diamond Sponsor, Huawei demonstrated its commitment to delivering smart, efficient, and sustainable railway systems throughout the APAC region.
The Asia-Pacific region, home to 4.2 billion people (61% of the global population), is witnessing rapid expansion and urbanization, leading to increased demand for improved transportation services. By 2030, global IT spending on railways is projected to reach $57.9 million, with aggressive investments in railway development observed in the APAC region. Today, several nations are now leveraging new and intelligent ICT solutions to make trains safer, greener, and more efficient.
“With 20 years of experience in the rail industry, particularly in our recent focus on digital transformation, Huawei has clearly defined our mission in this industry: to reshape connections, reconstruct platforms, and enable intelligence,” said Xiang Xi, Vice President of Huawei Global Transportation BU, during his keynote speech.
In recent years, the rail industry has undergone rapid digital transformation and it is Huawei who is now fully committed to enhancing safety and efficiency in rail operations and maintenance with its latest ICT solutions. Leveraging a range of advanced digital technologies, including Data Capture and Analysis, Autonomous Systems, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, FRMCS, MSN, Station Network, Storage, and IoT, Huawei is transforming how transport systems are managed, used, and reimagined. Today, technological advancements are centrally focused on the seamless integration of various modes of transport as well as their integration with other aspects of society, a process that Huawei is perfectly positioned to address.
“Smart station is an innovative solution to improve the experience of passengers and efficiency of operation, it can consolidate all the data and information from all applications in the station. The new ICT infrastructure is the foundation for smart stations. We should replace siloed ICT, like servers, storage, networks, and even data, with cloud-powered digital platforms. ” said Steven Xiong, CTO of Rail Industry at Huawei Enterprise BG.
With a focus on addressing key challenges and opportunities in both mainline and metro, Huawei is using the latest ICT to help cities in Asia Pacific to upgrade their infrastructure, creating new momentum for urban development and a digital APAC.
During the event, Huawei showcased several best practices and its cutting-edge solutions, such as the IP and Optical communication backbone, which forms the skeleton of future railway systems: the Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) and Wi-Fi 6, which provides wireless broadband connection between train and ground; Intelligent IT, which brings new collaboration experience and advanced storage with Huawei’s latest technologies in order to fight ransomware; and Smart Station Solutions, which optimize O&M and passenger experience.
“Modern railway networks demand high security, high bandwidth, and smart automation. Huawei’s innovative optical technology enables seamless and effortless upgrades.” said Pan Chock Teck, Senior Manager of Huawei Asia Pacific Enterprise Transportation Railway Solution.
On Nov 09, 2022, The Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT) together with Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate in a Smart Expressway project in Thailand to facilitate the application of intelligent digital technology that supports the development of future efficiencies in Thai highways.
At the event this year, Huawei hosted high-level conferences with thought leaders, major stakeholders, key customers, and authoritative organizations in the region to explore the potential advancements of the rail industry in the APAC region.
Huawei has also established the Aviation & Rail BU to constantly explore industry digitalization and technological innovation by focusing on industry scenarios. Huawei currently serves over 130 airports and airlines worldwide, more than 300 urban rail lines in over 70 cities, and more than 150,000 km of railways.