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With the sale of mobile phones falling, Huawei bet on pig farming

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After the harsh sanctions imposed by the United States, the Chinese giant Huawei is now applying its technologies in other businesses that include pig and coal, seeking to diversify its sources of income.

The technology, it will be recalled, was prevented from accessing vital components and from doing business with several companies, including Google, after former US President Donald Trump’s government considered it a national threat.

The former White House leader suggested that Huawei could share customer data with the Chinese government, a claim the company has repeatedly denied. With sanctions, smartphone sales fell 42% not last quarter of 2020.

With the smart phone market falling, the company is now looking to diversify its sources of income, applying its technological tools to new businesses, including pig farming, says the British broadcaster BBC.

Huawei is helping Chinese producers to modernize their facilities with the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems to detect diseases and track pigs. Facial recognition technology can identify animals individually, while another technology controls their weight, diet and daily activity.

Other Chinese tech giants, including JD.com and Alibaba, are already working with pig farmers in China to include new technologies in the pig farming processes. The Asian country, it is recalled, has the largest pig industry in the world, housing half of the world’s live pigs.

“Pig farming is yet another example of how we try to revitalize some industries traditional with ICT technologies (Information and Communication Technology) to create more value for industries in the 5G era, ”said a Huawei spokesman.

But pig farming is not the only business that Huawei has an eye on to diversify its sources of income: in early February, the founder and chief executive of the technology giant, Ren Zhengfei, announced the creation of an innovation laboratory in coal mining in Shanxi province, northern China.

The objective is to develop technologies designed for coal mines which will consequently lead to “fewer workers, greater safety and greater efficiency”, allowing miners to “wear suits and ties at work”.

The same official added that the company is expanding its capacity in other consumer products, such as televisions, computers and tablets.

We can survive even without relying on mobile phone sales“He said, adding that it is very unlikely that the United States would remove Huawei from the black list that prevents US companies from working with the Chinese giant.

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