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Huawei opens Intelligent Mining Innovation Lab in China

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On February 9, Huawei has inaugurated the new Intelligent Mining Innovation Lab in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province. This Lab is opened by the People’s Government of Shanxi Province, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Jinneng Holding Group, and Shanxi Cloud Era Technology Co. Ltd.

The purpose behind the setup of this lab is to help coal mines in Shanxi Province, reduce staffing for high-risk positions, increase efficiency, and improve intrinsic safety by exploring new uses of ICT technologies including wireless industrial control networks, industrial optical ring networks, and cloud computing.

The Intelligent Mining Innovation Lab is the result of a deep partnership between Huawei and the People’s Government of Shanxi Province, which is aimed at creating a digital ecosystem for all, by all, and for all. Shanxi is one of China’s largest energy-producing provinces and has extensive experience and diverse application scenarios in coal production.

This lab has a staff of 220 ICT and coal mining experts, seeking to make breakthroughs in areas such as information networks, automation enablement, intelligent sensing technologies, and big data generated by coal mines, as well as related ecosystem collaboration opportunities.

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Alongside this, Huawei also signed individual strategic partnership agreements with Jinneng Holding Group and Shanxi Cloud Era Technology Co., Ltd., to explore duplicable technology models, application modules, standards systems, and talent cultivation, among other areas.

In attendance at the lab’s opening ceremony were also representatives from the People’s Government of Shanxi Province, including from the provincial Science and Technology Department, Department of Industry and Information Technology, and Transformation and Comprehensive Reform Demonstration Zone, as well as representatives from Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Jinneng Holding Group, Shanxi Cloud Era Technology Co., Ltd., and Shanxi ZhiChuang City Technology Development Co., Ltd.

Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei said that Huawei hopes to combine ICT with coal mining technologies to support digital and intelligent transformation across the coal industry, realize a production model that features fewer workers, greater safety, and higher efficiency as well as enable coal mine workers to wear suits and ties at work.

Additionally, Ren stated that the lab will explore how intelligent development in the global mining industry will proceed: “In 2020, we illuminated one coal mine, one iron and steel plant, and one port. Over the next two to three years, we aim to illuminate hundreds of coal mines, iron and steel plants, and ports.”

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Since 2019, Huawei has explored intelligent transformation with multiple partners in Shanxi’s coal industry, resulting in many intelligent coal mining solutions that have delivered positive results in unmanned, intelligent, clean, and low-carbon operations.

These previous projects inspire confidence in the Intelligent Mining Innovation Lab’s future success in making breakthroughs in scientific research to resolve industry pain points, including high-risk production, poor work conditions, and difficult-to-manage mining equipment.

The coal industry’s main goal for digital transformation is to improve safety and efficiency. Work conditions in mining pits can be extreme and monitoring produces massive amounts of data that needs to reach the surface in real-time. This results in very high uplink traffic, but very low downlink traffic.

To address these factors, Huawei has worked with its industry partners to develop compact wireless base stations that are resistant to dampness, dust, and explosions, and support a 3:1 uplink/downlink bandwidth ratio. Through networking optimization and innovation, the precision of remote equipment controls in pits can be increased from 99.9% to 99.99%.

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Huawei plans to use the Intelligent Mining Innovation Lab as a place to continue innovating with partners and making breakthroughs in technologies that can be used in mining pits, including self-cleaning cameras, low-frequency wireless transmission, and risk prediction technologies. These will support robot utilization in key scenarios and unmanned operations in select areas. This lab ultimately aims to help Shanxi’s mines reduce staffing in fully mechanized and intelligent mining scenarios by 60% and the number of workers going down to mining pits each shift by 10% to 20%.

These goals are in line with a recent call from the Chinese government to put “people and life first”. The lab’s breakthroughs in scientific research will support “safety and prosperity enabled by scientific and technological means” and ensure “three no’s and one reduction” within mining pits (i.e., no accidents, no manned shifts, no manned patrols, and staffing reduction). In turn, this will allow the provincial government to use science and technology to manage coal mine production and safety.

The opening of this lab also marks another step Huawei has taken to delve deep into industrial production and decision-making systems and better understand the digital transformation needs of key industrial business scenarios. Part of this initiative includes Huawei’s internal “Coal Mine Corps”, established in January 2021, which will combine industry-specific basic research, product research, and market delivery to shorten related value chains and rapidly respond to market demands.

In addition to promoting the digital transformation of the global coal industry, Huawei has announced its intention to act as “a technology enabler”, working with partners to create healthy industry and business ecosystems and helping its customers in the coal industry deliver more social value.

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Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.

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Canada to ban Huawei from 5G: Report

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Huawei has been under a lot of difficulties for the last three years due to U.S. sanctions, which have led to bans on its network equipment in different markets. However, despite various processes, Canada has now also shown its direction on this matter to ban Huawei from 5G development in the country.

According to the report coming from Reuters, Canada is planning to ban Huawei from its 5G network gear installation program citing national security risks without showing any of them.

The country is following the path of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group including five countries including the U.S., U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

“We intend to exclude Huawei and ZTE from our 5G networks,” Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne told reporters in Ottawa. “Providers who already have this equipment installed will be required to cease its use and remove it under the plans we’re announcing today.”

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Aside from this, the Canadian government has also laid down a deadline for carriers and network companies to remove their network 5G equipment by the year 2024. On the other hand, companies that use 4G equipment from Huawei will be required to remove the gear until 2027.

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Past:

In 2018, Canada announce to review of the ongoing Huawei matter to adapt its network gear. Last, in 2018, Huawei’s Chief Financial Official is detailed Vancouver Airport.

Huawei’s stand:

regarding this matter, Alykhan Velshi, Vice President of corporate affairs for Huawei in Canada said with Canadian Broadcasting Corp that the company is still waiting to hear what sort of national security threats they think Huawei poses.

Adding to this, Velshi said, Huawei is completely operational in Canada and there are over 1500 employees in the country, most of them conduct research and development. Other than these, Huaewi continues to sell new products in the market.

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Throughout the entire discussion, Huawei has been targeted by the different governments over political means but no one has not shown any sort of evidence against the Chinese tech firm.

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Huawei registers ‘Huawei Soil’ trademark

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On May 18, 2022, Huawei registered the ‘Huawei Soil’ trademark in China. This trademark application has document version 47543398 and the trademark has not been published yet. According to the information, Trademark Office held that the goods designated for use by the opposed trademark were Class 1 “silicones”.

The ‘Huawei Soil’ trademark class belongs to the same category as “unprocessed plastics; plasticizers” that were approved for use in trademarks such as “Huawei Zhixuan” cited earlier by the opponent. or similar goods.

In further terms, the opposed trademark completely contains the distinctive identification part of the trademark cited by the opponent, “Huawei”, and does not form a new meaning with an obvious difference. If it is used concurrently, consumers will be misunderstood.

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Huawei AppGallery facing a severe issue: Report

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Huawei AppGallery is a new generation of an app distribution platform for Huawei devices and the Chinese tech maker is working on improving its productivity for smartphone owners. However, recently a severe issue has been reported on Huawei AppGallery that allows downloading paid apps for free of cost.

According to the input coming from 9to5Google, an Android developer has found an issue in Huawei AppGallery that doesn’t have any special protection feature for the paid applications. This could lead to easy exploitation and enables to obtain the download link for premium apps without even paying for them.

In simple words, it could cause a loss to the developer but the report also mentions that this issue has been reported to Huawei. However, there’s no clear guideline or response that has been received on this matter.

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Huawei AppGallery:

Huawei AppGallery is a smart solution that allows developers to create a new user experience for the consumers. The platform is supported by Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) Core, which enables various APIs in applications.

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Huawei AppGallery serves under the top three app marketplace globally and brings a whole range of global and local apps including navigation & transport, news, social media, and more.

AppGallery is available in more than 170 countries and regions with over 580 million monthly active users globally. Huawei partnered with 5.4 million developers across the globe, and in 2021 the total app distributions from AppGallery reached 432 billion times.

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