Huawei - Security Risk or Global Technology Leader?

29/05/2017 20:33

Globalisation has diminished opposing barriers between multinational corporations, as well as nation states. The nature of international technology is a God send to any IT professional struggling to decode a routing protocol error code, or configure a firewall. Whether it be in Boston, Brussels, or Bogota, somebody somewhere has the product ,service, or information that an IT establishment might require to run more smoothly or securely. However, the process that’s gaining immense popularity isn’t to everyone’s taste.

And, in 2016, the two biggest Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturers (Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd and ZTE Corp) got into an even more intense dispute. The U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence then demonised the two corporations for giving ‘incomplete, contradictory and evasive responses to the Committee's core concerns’. This was throughout its year-long case into the risk they present to U.S. interests. It named the two corporations a risk to U.S. national security and recommended they be effectively ostracised from the U.S. telecommunications market and investigated for unjust trade practises. Though, the committee didn’t reveal any solid confirmation as to whether there was any malpractice. 

Due to cases like these, statements made by the media (some true, some false) and other influences, there is a mixture of fear and mistrust towards Chinese IT. However, Huawei may just be the company to change this impression as they prepare to digitise Qatar’s Hamad airport- set to improve security, customer experience, and general efficiency.

"The objective is to accelerate digital transformation at Hamad International Airport and to share the solutions with the community for wider benefit of the air transport industry," Huawei said.

If all goes to plan, Hamad will be transformed into a ‘smart airport’ and will place ‘digital transformation at the heart of its commercial strategy’ Stated Xilin Yuan, Huawei Enterprise Business Group president of Transportation.

This isn’t the first time Huawei have help digitise an airport. Over the years Huawei have produced IT products, solution and services for 15 airports and more than 25 airlines and air traffic control authorities throughout the globe, from wired/wireless communications solutions, to big data analytics platforms and storage devices. Unsurprisingly, Huawei reported a full-year net profit of 37.1 billion yuan on revenue of 521.6 billion yuan for 2016.  

Following in Huawei’s footsteps, airports from around the globe have started to introduce more intelligent, digitised systems, with RedHat previously this month declaring that it will be making a multi-cloud platform for Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

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