Chinese tech giant Huawei has had a mixed portion of fortunes within the past year. Ever since the Chinese company has been hit by the US trade restrictions, blacklisted by the former US President Donald Trump, its smartphone business has continued to plummet in sales. This even led to the sales of the Honor brand to shore up its investment and possibly ensure the Honor smartphone arm did not collapse under the weight of the sanctions.

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Now, Huawei is turning its attention to other business models and one of them is about providing its advanced tech expertise to assist pig farmers to personalize the monitoring and dieting process by using facial recognition technology. This is in addition to a number of non-core technological areas the company is gradually delving into like mining.

Along with Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology for pig farmers, Huawei is also working with the coal mining industry.

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Huawei is turning to pig farms and mines to make up for the revenue it is losing from its smartphone business

It is also looking for other sources of revenue— moving into cloud computing services, smart vehicles, and wearable devices. It even has plans for a smart car.

Huawei has stated that it is launching an artificial intelligence pig farming project in a bid to modernize pig farms, with the technology being introduced to detect diseases and track pigs. China is home to the world’s largest pig farming industry and is home to half the world’s live hogs.

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In pig farming, Facial recognition technology will enable farmers to identify individual pigs, while other technology will also help monitor their weight, diet, and exercise.

Huawei’s smartphone sales plunged 42% in the last quarter of 2020 as it struggled with a limited supply of microchips due to the sanctions.

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