China would be a perfect market to launch this project, since the country is home to the world's largest pig farming industry and half of the live pigs in the world. world.
Pig farming - Credit: Christopher Carson / Unsplash
Huawei is reportedly working on facial recognition technology that could help pig farmers identify pigs individually. The company's technology could also help track their vital signs, including their weight.s and their food .
This technology is increasingly sought after because of the challenges that the industry has been facing in recent years . Indeed, African swine fever erupted in China in August 2018 and has since spread to all regions of the country, reducing the pig population by more than 200 million individuals , or the equivalent of the European population. As a result, the price of Chinese meat has soared and weighs on local purchasing power.
Huawei: smartphone sales collapse
A breakthrough in this market could be a boon to Huawei, whose smartphone segment has suffered greatly under the weight of US sanctions. Chinese manufacturer was banned in 2019 from the United Statesby Donald Trump because of suspicion of espionage that could harm national security .
In the last quarter of 2020, sales of smartphones fell by 42% , so much so that the Chinese giant is no longer even part of the TOP 5 smartphone manufacturers in the world. During the year 2020, Huawei would have shipped 22% less smartphones than 2019 .
Despite the change of administration in the United States following the election of Joe Biden, the sanctions against the Chinese manufacturer should not be lifted. Indeed, the candidate of the president amAmerican Joe Biden as Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said that there is currently "no reason" to remove Huawei and other Chinese companies from the Entity List. We must therefore expect a further drop in sales of smartphones for Huawei in 2021.