Duisburg Germany has signed a Memo of Understanding(MoU) with Huawei to work together on the smart city development.

The MoU was signed by Duisburg Mayor, Sören Link and Wang Yonggang, CFO of Huawei‘s Enterprise Business Group.

With this declaration of intent, both partners will begin work to make Duisburg an innovative and digitalized Western European model city.

The MoU provides a framework for further discussion in which the two partners will commit to the implementation of specific projects from agreed topics.

Huawei also announced plans to build a Joint Innovation Center in Duisburg.

The city will benefit directly from innovations developed at the center.

Plans already include expansion of the city’s WLAN network to include the city zoo and public transport.

In education, the focus will be on the “intelligent classroom” with Wi-Fi and broadband connections for Duisburg schools.

Other plans under discussion range from intelligent street lamps, supply networks and traffic management, to cloud based eGovernment solutions that simplify public access for citizens.

In addition, Huawei will offer its experience and solutions in 5G LTE technology and wireless broadband networks, which are required for autonomous driving, smart logistics and Industry 4.0.

The goal is to develop innovative ideas and solutions that use new technologies to enhance the quality of life in Duisburg and make the city more attractive to residents, business and investors.

This would be done with an ecosystem that includes local and international partners, municipal invested companies and exchanges among local research institutions and universities.

To exploit the potential in the areas of supply, infrastructure and traffic, in particular, Duisburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH (DVV) and DU-IT GmbH as municipal subsidiaries are responsible for the coordination and management of a number of planned projects.