A closer look at the state of our cities and local communities quickly reveals the scale of the problems they face nowadays. Traffic systems are strained to the brink of collapse, extremely tight budgets hamper critical modernization work, and security threats are now increasingly making things worse. So it’s no surprise that the powers-that-be are desperately in search for ways to tackle these challenges. Smart solutions based on IC technologies seem to offer a lifeline. Digital advances such as cloud computing, big data, the Internet of Things and high-speed 5G technology promise to improve people’s quality of life, provide effective neighborhood services, boost the local economy, protect the environment, help crime prevention and improve public security. This 21st-century scenario sets the imposing stage for the Chinese ZTE Corporation to unveil its blueprint for intelligent cities at CeBIT 2017 in Hannover.
One of the world’s largest, pioneering suppliers of smart city solutions, ZTE has developed a "Smart City 3.0" model for urban and local digital transformation. To start with, an in-depth analysis is performed of the city or region in question in order to develop highly customized smart city concepts, which are then put into practice step-by-step. This approach enables cities and local authorities to pinpoint the measures they need to prioritize and to identify the best partners to help achieve them. ZTE uses a PPP model for the task, which brings together private enterprises, public stakeholders and local residents to form a solid economic and social base for implementing customized smart city solutions.