Huawei and China Unicom Shanghai jointly released an NB-IoT-based smart parking solution at 2016 MWC Shanghai. An onsite demonstration at MWC, as well as application of the solution in the parking lot of the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone, shows that efforts have been made to explore commercial applications based on NB-IoT, an emerging IoT access technology.
On May 4, 2016, the Shanghai government and China Unicom signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement to promote “Internet +”. China Unicom will first deploy dedicated NB-IoT networks covering all of Shanghai to improve the operation management capabilities and efficiency of the city.
China Unicom Shanghai has worked with Huawei to deploy the world's first 4.5G NB-IoT-based network that provides large-scale continuous coverage at the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone, with more than 300 NB-IoT-based smart vehicle detectors at the P1 parking lot, providing an E2E smart parking solution that involves terminals, base stations, servers, and mobile phone apps.
This solution allows users to search for and book parking spaces to achieve navigation, mobile payment, and parking management using mobile phone apps. This resolves tourists' difficulties in finding parking spaces and relieves traffic pressure. With the operator's ubiquitous, safe, and reliable NB-IoT networks, vehicle detectors can be used upon installation, which slashes deployment costs. Also, these vehicle detectors can be used for many years. With future deployment of NB-IoT networks in cities, the smart parking solution will be deployed on streets to make the lives of urban residents more convenient.
Given the technological advantages of NB-IoT, besides smart parking, China Unicom Shanghai has worked with industry players to push the boundaries of NB-IoT applications to various fields such as smart metering and logistics asset tracking, to accumulate operation experience.
Dai Ling, vice president of China Unicom Shanghai, said, "Inspired by the national 'Internet +' strategy, China Unicom Shanghai will deploy NB-IoT networks to cover all of Shanghai and work closely with device vendors, service platform integrated vendors, and chip and terminal vendors to provide integrated E2E IoT solutions for various fields and industries, including municipal and convenience services, public management, health, finance, energy, industry, transportation, and education."
Yu Quan, CSO of Huawei Wireless Product Line, said, "IoT is the next blue ocean market. NB-IoT has its unique advantages in supporting IoT applications. Huawei will help operators implement NB-IoT-based applications for commercial use and mature E2E industry chains."