UNIDO announces AI alliance with Huawei, global partners

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Fényeslitke, Hungary: The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) said that it would establish the Global Alliance on Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Industry and Manufacturing (AIM -Global) with Huawei and international partners in July this year. UNIDO made this announcement during the Intelligent Rail & Logistics Forum 2023 last week.

This alliance’s commitment is to build a platform for collaboration and knowledge sharing to promote innovation and application of AI technologies in industry and manufacturing and boost the digital economy.

“We are witnessing how mobile connectivity and industrial innovation come together. 5G combined with AI and cloud computing bring many benefits to the transport and logistics sectors,” said UNIDO Deputy to the Director General and Managing Director, Ciyong Zou, during his address.

As the benefits of AI solutions become increasingly visible across industries, it is important to help businesses go digital. “The objective of the Alliance is to serve as a platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and showcase best practices,” added Zou.

According to János Tálosi, CEO of East-West Intermodal Logistics Plc., the East-West Gate (EWG) intermodal terminal began operations in October 2022. At the terminal, 1 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) can be quickly loaded and unloaded between wide–gauge and standard-gauge railways each year, meaning high requirements for both efficiency and safety.

“As 5G enables the interconnection of all internal communications and technical equipments, the terminal’s highly automated cranes can be controlled remotely and are capable of subtle movements. This greatly improves productivity while providing a more comfortable working environment for operators.” added Talosi.

Radoslaw Kedzia, VP of Huawei’s CEE & Nordic Region said, “East-West Gate Intermodal Terminal is a story of creating social value with excellent collaboration of different partners and dedicated investors. The facility’s digitalised, high-tech solution attracts many young locals to stay in the area.”

“There is high safety, there is a healthy and clean environment for workers, and no harsh conditions anymore. The solution proves 5G has been truly applied in Europe’s smart railway sector, using next-generation digital technologies and they solve common problems and promote digital transformation,” added Kedzia.

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