Huawei 5G Technology Supports Beijing’s Newest Smart Airport
Daxing International Airport will employ facial recognition, artificial intelligence and augmented reality when it opens its doors to the public today
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Huawei announced its Smart Airport 2.0 Solution at CEBIT 2018, with a goal of “helping customers build future-oriented smart airports”, and Daxing International Airport has done just that. Projected to handle 72 million passengers by 2025 and boasting the world’s largest single terminal building covering 7.53 million square feet, or for those who prefer to measure in football fields, 98, this is quite an undertaking for Huawei.
China unicom will deploy Huawei’s 5G technology to enable the smart travel system of Daxing Airport. It enables travellers with China Eastern Airlines to purchase tickets, check in bags, complete security checks and board the aircraft through facial recognition technology. Huawei have stated the 5G speed of 1.2 Gigabits per second was 100 times faster than the previous 4G system.
Huawei’s US Relations
While it remains the world’s largest telecom supplier and second largest phone manufacturer, Huawei is immersed in controversy, with questions over its proximity to the Chinese government and subsequent fears of espionage, the US has banned companies from using its network equipment from as far back as 2012, while in May, US President Donald Trump, through the US Department of Commerce, blacklisted the company, effectively banning Huawei from all trade with US companies.
The US are spectators in the race for 5G technology, currently being run by Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Nokia, and if the US-China Trade War continues to burn, they may remain that way. However, in a move that has shocked many, Huawei CEO Zhengfei Ren offered to licence Huawei’s 5G technology to US companies. A significant olive branch from Huawei, which is intended to ease fears of surveillance and reopen the doors between the company and the US. Whether the US chooses to take it remains to be seen, but the mutual benefits for both US infrastructure and Huawei could be significant.
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