TECH4ALL: Technology that leaves no one behind: Huawei's digital inclusion strategy taps on healthcare, education, social development, and environment

Published September 19, 2019, 12:23 AM

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Huawei’s Deputy Chairman Ken Hu at TECH4ALL Summit in Shanghai, China.

Extending the value of technology beyond business, Huawei discussed in details the transformative aspect of its innovations in the TECH4ALL summit at Huawei Connect 2019. Huawei emphasized the aspects of its digital inclusion strategy and reiterated its vision of making sure that nobody is left behind amid today’s fast-paced technological advancements. 

Huawei’s digital inclusion strategy is anchored on the vision of bringing digitalization to every person, home, and organization in order to achieve a fully-connected intelligent world. Huawei clearly understands that technology is for people, thus every person should be able to benefit from it. Huawei envisions to make the next 500 million people to take advantage of technology in the next five years.

“TECH4ALL aims to enable more people, homes, and organizations to enjoy the beauty of the digital world. We want to protect vulnerable groups and make ordinary people extraordinary. This is the unique value of technology,” said Huawei’s Deputy Chairman Ken Hu. “Digital inclusion will need the joint efforts of businesses, governments, and society at large. Currently, we have just made the first small step. We welcome more people and organizations to join us.”

The strategy also values the balance between business and society. Looking at rural areas across the globe, Huawei is the value of helping 100 million people who are yet to get access to mobile service for the first time in their lives. For example, in a village 500 kilometers away from Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, Huawei installed a rural base station that helped people make a phone call outside that region. 

Huawei’s technological priorities focus on making them affordable and accessible. In order to realize this objective, Huawei is working with developers around the world by providing them with platforms and skills through programs such as the ICT Academy and Seeds for the Future. Huawei’s focus also targets areas such as healthcare, education, social development, and environment. 

One example in the area of healthcare, Huawei’s TrackAI, an application that can follow the pattern of eye movements, allows physicians at IIS Aragon and DIVE Medical in Spain to evaluate eye conditions among children. A study reveals that 70% of 19 million visually-impaired children have conditions that are actually preventable and curable, but were not addressed at earlier stages due to traditional testing methods. With TrackAI installed on a Huawei P30 smartphone, physicians can perform the evaluation more accurately and faster than before. 

Huawei is also working with hospitals in reducing fatalities caused by brain aneurysm. Using its technologies, The diagnostic process which involves CTA, MRA, and DSA multimodal check can be completed in a span of 30 to 60 seconds.

In Kenya, Huawei is working with organizations like UNESCO and Close the Gap, a NPO in Belgium, to convert cargo containers into mobile digital classrooms that provide digital skills training to teachers, women, and young entrepreneurs in remote rural areas in Africa.

Yingtan, one of the oldest cities in China, is transformed into a smart city with the help of Huawei. More than 30 smart city applications have been implemented in Yingtan, covering functions such as water metering, street parking, street lighting, smoke detection, water purification, manhole covering, waste management, bike sharing, and luggage tracking.

The last but not the least, in the area of environmental protection, startup Rainforest Connection (RFCx) is using Huawei’s AI innovations in its Guardian devices that can monitor rainforest activities through sound signals. Equipped with a solar-powered Huawei phone, one Guardian is capable of covering up to three square kilometers of a rainforest and can pick up sound emanating from chainsaws or vehicles, suggesting a possible illegal logging activity. Today, Rainforest Connection’s Guardian devices, powered by Huawei AI, are already present in ten countries on five continents, protecting 400 million trees and 6000 square kilometers of forests.