The City of Groningen in the Netherlands has signed an agreement with Huawei to explore implementing the company’s Smart City concepts. A three party Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Huawei, Groningen City Government and the University Medical Center Groningen (one of the largest medical groups in Europe).
The MoU is a milestone for all the parties to jointly explore the possibilities of developing Groningen into a Smart City at the conclusion of Huawei’s European Smart City Summit, which was held today (3 June 2015) in Amsterdam.
“With Smart City solutions, Huawei brings about a Better Connected World and is committed to contributing to the city of Groningen by improving the quality and intelligence of citizens’ lives, and enhancing environmental protection, public safety urban services and business activities,” commented Leon He, President of Huawei Western Europe Enterprise Business.
Huawei said it has provided Smart City solutions to more than 100 cities in over 40 countries and regions worldwide. In the Netherlands, Groningen is the fourth city, after Amsterdam, The Hague and Tilburg to sign a Smart City MoU with Huawei.
Huawei stated it intends to explore strategic relationships in the northern region of the Netherlands, namely Groningen city and the neighbouring area.
Vice Mayor of Groningen, Joost van Keulen, sees the collaboration with Huawei as a confirmation of Groningen as a knowledge and innovation city: "Again there is a large foreign ICT company that recognizes the many opportunities that our city could provide."
Professor Folkert Kuipers of the UMCG thinks co-operation with Huawei offers great advantages: "Groningen is already leading in some areas. This leading position can be further expanded with this global player."
Huawei said it has developed multiple technologies for the Smart City concept, such as Smart Government, Safe City, Smart Emergency Command, Smart Hospital, Smart Education, Smart Grid and Smart Tourism. It added that all of these will be explored with the City of Groningen and regional organisations.