Newsgd.com: What do you think of Guangdong’s efforts in developing smart cities? And what changes will Cisco bring to the province?
Hilton Romanski: Cisco is currently building a smart city project in Guangzhou’s Panyu District. During our interactions with the Guangdong Provincial Government and Guangzhou Municipal Government, we had a sense of how forward-looking the province is. As the project is pushing forward, We also feel first-hand Guangdong Speed.
To construct Panyu as a smart city, Cisco has brought in its ecosystem partners outside of China, including Singapore, Europe and the United States. We collaborate to expand upon innovative technologies, such as autonomous driving and clean energy, and to build new business models and change the entire industry.
The project eventually aims to improve the living environment of Panyu, and to provide intelligent, green and safe smart city amenities for its citizens.
Mr. Hilton Romanski, Senior VP and Chief Strategy Officer of Cisco Systems arrives at White Swan Hotel. [Photo\ ICCFED office]
Newsgd.com: What specific development plans does Cisco have in Guangdong?
Hilton Romanski: We signed a framework agreement with Guangdong in November 2016, and identified seven areas for cooperation, including smart manufacturing, smart cities, wireless network, cloud computing, tech company incubation, IT talent training and innovation leadership development.
Under this framework, Cisco China innovation headquarters in Panyu will focus on the IoE/IoT innovation opportunities. We will leverage our resource advantage in networking technologies and work together to create an R&D center for innovative applications and build an IoE cloud platform.
We will also team up with our local and global partners to accelerate transformation and innovation, create a high-standard system of smart industries, and build a world-class industrial park with an annual output value of over RMB100 billion--the Cisco (Guangzhou) Smart City Project.
(By Jasmine Editor Wing Simon)