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Huawei has formed a strategic alliance with I-City that, it says, aims to accelerate the development of the next generation of IoT intelligent homes where appliances, HVAC, lights and other home safety and security devices can be monitored, tracked and managed.

According to Huawei the collaboration 'brings together two thought leaders in their respective and complimentary fields '” Huawei within the communications and IT sector and I-Berhad as a property development expert.'

Huawei says that, together, they will, in early 2017, target the heart of Kuala Lumpur in the Comverse@I-City project. 'The synergy this creates will deliver innovative business models and set a new benchmark in Asia for the way intelligent homes will be implemented; from setting and creating building codes, to the delivery of intelligent energy,' Huawei says.

'A home ecosystem will be created in which everything is always connected through a safe and monitored environment. At its heart, this alliance will allow I-City to deliver strategic development by expanding their property development empire through the utilization of innovative technologies supplied by Huawei, a strong global communications and IT leader.'

Lim Chee Siong, Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei Southern Pacific Region, said: ""For the past 15 years, Huawei has been focusing on improving the ICT infrastructure and development of smart cities in Malaysia. Huawei wants to ensure that the Malaysian intelligent home experience is a place where families truly feel safe, entertained, and economically protected.

'So it is befitting that as we are celebrating 15 years of continuous innovation in Malaysia to ensure the betterment of the nation, we undertake the next step in Consumer transformation.""

Huawei says there are many steps on the road to deploying an intelligent home, a major one being the creation of a ubiquitous, robust and reliable communications network layer incorporating a cloud based IoT platform.

Huawei calls this layer the Foundation and says that, as the intelligent home market develops, this foundation will allow for the addition of other smart city solutions such as smart street lighting, traffic management and smart parking to develop Malaysian cities into smarter, more livable and enjoyable environments for all.