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A cleaner wipes the glass door of a Huawei office in Wuhan, Hubei province October 9, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Jeddah-In the past years, the world has been witnessing a huge transformation with regards to adopting innovative and creative technology solutions. By developing strategies, governments are working on enhancing citizens’ lives, moving to smart cities and investing in communication and information technology and digital transformation towards applying cloud services.

Users need to be wirelessly connected to a high-speed internet that makes the process of sending data to internet, processing it via cloud and browsing results on the user’s device look like an instant process.

Movement of communities to smart services requires a development of technical infrastructure that covers all services such as healthcare, education, transport, energy and financial sector. For this purpose, advanced programs should be developed to serve the mass quantity of data processed via cloud.

With the development of Application Programming Interface, any person can benefit from the enormous computing capabilities provided by network servers.

Wireless networks will connect everything together and cloud networks will be the source of techniques in the near future. Cloud services must focus on development of individuals’ experiences more than enterprises; the infrastructure should be open for all developers to ensure its spread.

During the Huawei Connect Conference 2016, holding the name “Shape the Cloud”, Huawei’s Rotating CEO Ken Hu expected the coming ten years to witness the launch of the cloud computing second generation. Hu sees that by 2025, enterprises technology solutions will be all based on the cloud computing technology as well as more than 85% of business applications.

Huawei also formed a coalition that includes the world biggest technology companies for the purpose of insuring an integration between technology and cloud computing. The coalition includes Accenture, Linux Foundation, Intel, TianZi Biodiversity & Development Center, Siemens, General Electric, Honeywell, Hexagon and Infosys.

Near future applications will probably transform devices into a gate to pass data to the cloud via using programming interfaces that are made available for everyone. This indicates that data processing will not occur in the user’s device but on specialized devices of high performance.

Yet, the bulk role of smart cities is to protect people through identifying criminals “cloudily”. This happens when analyzing the data coming from cameras set up in important and critical locations, given that the systems are able to analyze the way suspicious people behave.

This technique can also brief one-hour videos in one minute to be examined by the specialized security forces.