At the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2014), ZTE has showcased its latest smart city solution iCity which is now being used in over 40 countries and in 108 cities in China.
ZTE iCity strengthens city operations, enables the development of innovative new applications on its open platform, and assists governments in better operating and managing cities.
ZTE says the solution consists of a cloud platform, two portals, and four components. It can be integrated into existing IT systems, streamline governments’ procedures, and provide smart services for the public.
The cloud platform works with a remote data centre to minimize hardware costs. The four major components of the system are a data sharing and exchange component, a database, a capability engine, and a service bus. These provide an information platform which can integrate with governments’ internal application systems and provide information services for third parties.
The two portals include a public information portal for interaction with citizens and a city operation portal for internal urban management. The UOC builds a basic framework for application interworking and platform sharing in a smart city. In addition, it provides basic data processing capabilities for applications.
In the Chinese city of Ningbo, ZTE has built a unified transportation information service platform for citizens and enterprises. This platform is convenient for public transportation and provides support for independent application development.
In Venezuela, ZTE has deployed a nationwide pharmaceutical logistics management solution for the Ministry of Health. This solution helps the Ministry avoid losses caused by expired drugs.
ZTE is also participating in developing information platform standards for the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China.