IN­TER­NET OF THINGS SEES EX­TEN­SIVE AP­PLI­CA­TIONS

A three-year ac­tion plan iden­ti­fies key ar­eas for city’s in­tel­li­gent de­vel­op­ment

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - IOT@WUXI -

In­ter­net of things tech­nol­ogy and con­nected ser­vices are be­ing ex­ten­sively used in the city of Wuxi in East China’s Jiangsu prov­ince, to re­in­force its po­si­tion as one of the coun­try’s smartest cities.

“We have just launched a three-year ac­tion plan to es­tab­lish a smart city and will soon im­ple­ment a group of projects in key ar­eas such as trans­porta­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and health­care to make the city a bet­ter place to live in,” said Li Xiaomin, Party chief of Wuxi.

“We will con­tinue to boost the IoT in­dus­try with new ideas and new mea­sures, to make Wuxi a smarter city,” Li said.

The city ranked 17th among the world’s top 20 smart cities this year and was the high­es­tranked city in China, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased in March by Ju­niper Re­search, a dig­i­tal mar­ket re­search, fore­cast­ing and con­sul­tancy or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The rank­ing fo­cused on four ar­eas — mo­bil­ity, health, safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity in or­der to find out how tech­nolo­gies such as con­nected sen­sors and me­ter­ing de­vices are able to im­prove pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices, and im­prove the lives of local res­i­dents.

The gov­ern­ment of Wuxi first led the coun­try in de­vel­op­ing its IoT in­dus­try in 2010 and has since cre­ated China’s first in­dus­trial clus­ter with in­tel­li­gent sen­sors, which fo­cuses on re­search into sens­ing chips and the de­sign of in­te­grated cir­cuits.

Backed by its strong de­vel­op­ment ca­pa­bil­ity, Wuxi has ac­cu­mu­la­tively rolled out more than 300 pi­lot projects, in­clud­ing 21 State-level key pro­grams, to pro­vide in­tel­li­gent so­lu­tions and modes of op­er­a­tion to bet­ter serve the city, Li noted.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial fig­ures, the city’s IoT in­dus­try pro­duced sales rev­enue of more than 243 bil­lion yuan ($35.5 bil­lion) in 2017, ac­count­ing for nearly half the in­dus­try’s to­tal in the prov­ince and one-quar­ter of the coun­try’s to­tal in the sec­tor.

Wang Jin­jian, vice-mayor of Wuxi and Party chief of the city’s Xinwu dis­trict, said 10,000 sen­sors have been in­stalled across the me­trop­o­lis to col­lect and an­a­lyze data to im­prove ur­ban man­age­ment, es­pe­cially in the sec­tors of wa­ter con­ser­va­tion, trans­porta­tion, en­vi­ron­ment and ed­u­ca­tion.

For ex­am­ple, the ap­pli­ca­tion of such sen­sors in trans­porta­tion can pro­vide au­to­mated con­trol of the traf­fic light net­work based on real-time traf­fic in­for­ma­tion, as well as be­ing used to de­tect air and wa­ter qual­ity and give out warn­ings when pol­lu­tion oc­curs, Wang said.

Xinwu dis­trict, which is home to the city’s high-tech zone, con­trib­uted nearly 60 per­cent of Wuxi’s to­tal IoT in­dus­try rev­enue, Wang said.

Ac­cord­ing to the city’s three-year ac­tion plan for smart city con­struc­tion, which was re­leased in Au­gust, Wuxi will main­tain its lead­ing po­si­tion in the coun­try and will reach an in­ter­na­tion­ally ad­vanced level by the end of 2020.

The local gov­ern­ment will im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of its big data ap­pli­ca­tions and build a big data cen­ter that will com­prise five data­bases on pop­u­la­tion, cor­po­ra­tions, nat­u­ral re­sources and ge­o­graph­i­cal in­for­ma­tion, e-licenses and cer­tifi­cates as well as pub­lic credit in­for­ma­tion.

The rev­enue from the IoT in­dus­try in Wuxi is pro­jected to achieve an an­nual growth rate of 18 per­cent and the in­come from soft­ware and in­for­ma­tion ser­vices will grow by at least 15 per­cent year-on-year, the plan in­di­cates.

The World IoT Ex­po­si­tion, a ma­jor an­nual event of the IoT in­dus­try that was first held in Wuxi in 2016, will run from Sept 15 to 18 this year.

PHO­TOS PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

The sen­sor net­work park in Wuxi of­fers a base for the city’s high-tech de­vel­op­ment.

In­ter­net of things has played a cru­cial role in mak­ing Wuxi an in­tel­li­gent city with ef­fi­cient ur­ban ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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