Huawei launched its Agile Network 3.0 architecture at the Huawei Network Congress 2015 (HNC2015), in Beijing themed “From Agility to Imagination”. The latest version of Huawei’s Agile Network architecture is designed to enable enterprises to build an agile IoT infrastructure to capture business possibilities and realize the digitisation of production, manufacturing and logistics.
Huawei predicts that by 2025, a total of 100 billion connections will be generated globally and two million new sensors will be deployed every hour. However, it said that networks today cannot provide the connectivity to support this.
As part of HNC2015, Huawei also launched its Agile IoT solution, which consists of three core components: Agile IoT gateway, Agile Controller and LiteOS, a lightweight IoT operating system (OS).
“Huawei believes that standardising ICT infrastructure will foster the development of Internet applications, including IoT applications. To address this, Huawei is launching our Internet of Things operating system, LiteOS,” said William Xu, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Huawei, at the congress.
The company claims LiteOS is the world’s most lightweight IoT OS. It is small in size at 10Kb and requires zero configuration while supporting auto-discovery, and auto-networking. It can be widely applied to different areas including smart homes, wearables, connected vehicles and across industries.
The LiteOS helps to simplify the development of smart hardware to enhance IoT connectivity. In addition, Huawei announced that LiteOS will be opened to all developers, enabling them to quickly develop their own IoT products.
LiteOS is a lightweight, open source IoT OS. Compared with other IoT OS, LiteOS is three times smaller in size and consumes four times less power. Its microsecond response speed is also 20% faster.
In addition, the LiteOS is an open source system that provides a unified development platform. The system fosters the development of the IoT system as partners can obtain codes from the open source community free of charge and quickly build their own IoT products.
Agile IoT Gateways
The Agile IoT Gateway is designed to bridge sensor and IP networks. It has the following key features:
• Huawei’s Access Router Series IoT Gateway products provide more than 17 types of IoT interfaces, which can dynamically load protocols from the Agile Controller according to service requirements.
• Huawei’s Agile IoT Gateway supports local processing and decision-making by integrating computing and storage resources.
• With an industrial-grade design, the Agile IoT Gateway is water, dust, and shock resistant, and has anti-electromagnetic interference capabilities. It can also operate under a wide range of temperatures to meet the requirements of various application scenarios.
Huawei’s Agile Controller is an IoT platform which enables unified management of IoT terminals, gateways, computing resources, applications and data. It also provides seamless scalability to support management and control of increasing IoT terminals. It is built on an open software architecture that enables access for various industry applications.
Currently, the Huawei IoT solution has been deployed in many areas including buildings, electricity meters, home appliances, power distribution networks and gymnasiums. Moving forward, Huawei will work with its partners to foster an open and thriving IoT ecosystem to ultimately create a better connected world.
In addition to focusing on developing IoT infrastructure products and solutions, Huawei said it is also committed to establishing an industry application-oriented IoT ecosystem through collaborating with upstream and downstream partners and developing industry solutions. This is part of Huawei’s approach to develop and provide Business-driven ICT Infrastructure (BDII).
In his keynote speech, Yan Lida, President, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei, said, “BDII requires close business collaboration and joint innovation efforts between Huawei and our partners. We have been involved in industry alliances, working with standard organizations in the area of IoT, and establishing innovative research centers, open labs, and development communities to foster industry development.”
Liu Shaowei, President, Switch and Enterprise Communication Product Line, Huawei, said: “Over the last three years, Huawei has been involved in a number of in-depth technological collaborations with our global industry partners in IoT. We have developed a series of IoT solutions that have already been applied to buildings, electricity meters, vehicles, gymnasiums, factories, retail outlets, and street lights.
“In line with our approach to provide BDII, Huawei will continue to work with more partners to launch solutions based on our Agile Network architecture for different vertical industries,” said
In addition to the Agile IoT solution, Huawei also released a number of new products and technologies in the areas of data centres, enterprise wireless campus, Wide Area Network (WAN) and network security.
These products include the 100T data centre switches, the Wi-Fi and LTE Integration Access Agile Mobile Solution, high throughput routers with enhanced transmission efficiency, and the device, network, cloud end-to-end security solution.
HNC2015 brings together more than 6,000 of customers, channel partners, journalists, analysts, and others from more than 43 countries around the globe and 41 exhibitors including Intel, SAP, IBM, VMware, Infosys and China Telecom.