Trail-blaz­ing businessman in IoT in­spires in­dus­try with new stan­dards

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - IOT@WUXI - By WANG JING wangjing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

There are not many peo­ple who can claim that their ac­tions have had an im­pact on the lives of mil­lions, but Liu Haitao prob­a­bly can.

“I have worked to make in­ter­net of things tech­nolo­gies a re­al­ity for nearly 20 years, and there’s no rea­son I can’t carry on for an­other 20,” said Liu, founder of World Sens­ing Net Group, a ma­jor player in the field of IoT, based in Wuxi, Jiangsu prov­ince.

Be­fore be­com­ing the suc­cess­ful businessman that he is to­day, Liu worked as a sci­en­tist at the Shang­hai In­sti­tute of Mi­crosys­tem and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy at the Chi­nese Academy of Sci­ences, where he helped de­velop China’s first moon­let — a small ar­ti­fi­cial satel­lite.

In 1999, Liu had a lifechang­ing idea — he de­cided to con­nect a group of in­di­vid­ual sen­sors to a sin­gle sys­tem, mark­ing the start of his IoT ca­reer.

He cre­ated a mi­crosys­tem in­for­ma­tion net­work and be­gan work­ing on China’s first IoT re­search pro­ject.

Even­tu­ally, Liu made the move from Shang­hai In­sti­tute, and set up his com­pany in 2012, though it wasn’t easy, even for some­one who had worked his way up the ranks to be­come deputy di­rec­tor of the CAS in­sti­tute in Shang­hai.

The firm has been re­spon­si­ble for some of China’s most im­pres­sive IoT achieve­ments since its launch, in­clud­ing an IoT fi­nan­cial plat­form in 2016, which uti­lizes IoT tech­nol­ogy to track mov­able as­sets that bor­row­ers can use as col­lat­eral for loans.

Be­sides work­ing on ap­pli­ca­tions for IoT tech­nolo­gies, WSN has also car­ried out re­search into IoT the­o­ries and stan­dards. The In­ter­na­tional IoT Ref­er­ence Ar­chi­tec­ture — a stan­dard with the fil­ing name of ISO/IEC 30141 — estab­lished by Liu’s team, was re­leased at the end of Au­gust this year, demon­strat­ing that China had mas­tered the high­est “dis­course power” of the IoT’s top-level ar­chi­tec­ture stan­dards, ac­cord­ing to Liu.

He has been likened to Alibaba founder, Jack Ma — a com­par­i­son no­tably made by Li Qiang, the then Party chief of Jiangsu prov­ince in 2016. Li urged him to be­come the­lead­ing vi­sion­ary of the IoT in­dus­try.

“If we have any­thing in com­mon, it is that we are both pas­sion­ate and had to face many skep­tics when we started our busi­nesses,” Liu said.

With the sup­port of Wuxi’s pref­er­en­tial poli­cies, the in­dus­try that Liu helped pi­o­neer has de­vel­oped rapidly in re­cent years. The city cur­rently has more than 2,000 IoT com­pa­nies, and by the end of 2016 the to­tal out­put value of the in­dus­try was 200 bil­lion yuan ($29.24 bil­lion).

Liu Haitao, founder of World Sen­sor Net Group

The in­tel­li­gent wind tur­bine pro­duced in Wuxi is a re­sult of the use of IoT tech­nolo­gies.

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