Re­search in­sti­tute in­te­grates IoT and blockchain sec­tors

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - IOT@WUXI - By ZHANG DANDAN zhag­n­dan­dan@chi­nadaily.

Mak­ing full use of Wuxi’s achieve­ments in the In­ter­net of Things in­dus­try, CanadaChina IoT and Blockchain Re­search In­sti­tute’s Wuxi branch has made sub­stan­tial ef­forts in boost­ing the in­te­gra­tion of the blockchain and IoT in­dus­tries.

Canada-China IoT and Blockchain Re­search In­sti­tute is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, which was ini­ti­ated by aca­demi­cians and big names spe­cial­iz­ing in IoT, blockchain and fi­nance in Toronto, Canada.

De­voted to pro­mot­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion of blockchain tech­nol­ogy in IoT, the re­search in­sti­tute set up its first branch in Wuxi in East China’s Jiangsu prov­ince in Au­gust.

“The tal­ent pool, the rel­a­tively ma­ture IoT in­dus­try and sound blockchain ap­pli­ca­tion en­vi­ron­ment are the de­ci­sive rea­sons why the Canada-China in­sti­tute lo­cated its branch in Wuxi,” said Chen Qing, gen­eral manager of the in­sti­tute’s Wuxi branch.

Among the fac­tors that hin­der the de­vel­op­ment of blockchain tech­nol­ogy is the shortage of pro­fes­sion­als. For­tu­nately, Wuxi has clus­tered a group of blockchain pro­fes­sion­als and some IoT pro­fes­sion­als who can be easily trained in blockchain ex­perts, ac­cord­ing to Chen.

Not only tech­nol­ogy pro­fes­sion­als, but also gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have ac­cu­mu­lated abun­dant knowl­edge on the IoT in­dus­try and are ca­pa­ble enough to dis­cern promis­ing projects, Chen added.

“Ap­ply­ing to IoT in­dus­try is the main de­vel­op­ment ori­en­ta­tion of blockchain. Wuxi, with its fa­vor­able in­dus­trial base, of­fers a test field for blockchain tech­nol­ogy,” Chen said.

The IoT is widely used in sev­eral key fields in Wuxi — in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing, smart city, in­tel­li­gent agri­cul­ture and health­care.

Chen added that the Canada-China in­sti­tute’s Wuxi branch is co­op­er­at­ing with Wuxi’s in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies.

“Mean­while, Wuxi has been in the lead of smart city con­struc­tion, which also pro­vides a valu­able op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply blockchain tech­nol­ogy,” Chen said.

The blockchain in­dus­try calls for steady ef­forts. We pre­fer to take time to walk slowly, but firmly.”

Chen Qing,

“The con­crete col­lab­o­ra­tion has been un­der dis­cus­sion,” Chen said, adding that “We will launch our first blockchain tech­ni­cal prod­uct on Sept 17, the third day of the on­go­ing the 2018 World IoT Expo. And this prod­uct is re­searched and de­vel­oped in­de­pen­dently.”

Fea­tur­ing data se­cu­rity and op­er­a­tional flex­i­bil­ity, the blockchain prod­uct meets users’ cus­tom­ized de­mands and pro­tects their in­for­ma­tion safety, ac­cord­ing to Chen.

When it comes to fu­ture prod­uct plan­ning, the gen­eral manager said the Wuxi branch will con­tinue to de­velop cus­tom­ized blockchain prod­ucts, which will be suit­able for dif­fer­ent ap­pli­ca­tions.

“The blockchain in­dus­try calls for steady ef­forts. We pre­fer to take time to walk slowly, but firmly,” said Chen, an­swer­ing a ques­tion on his vi­sion for the in­dus­try.

As an ef­fort to fos­ter sound and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the blockchain in­dus­try, Canada-China IoT and Blockchain Re­search In­sti­tute’s Wuxi branch is shoul­der­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity to de­velop all the cour­ses for a blockchain train­ing pro­gram, which is the only one au­tho­rized by the Chi­nese Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

Ac­cord­ing to Chen, the Wuxi branch will use its ap­pli­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence as a ref­er­ence, aim­ing to de­velop prac­ti­cal and sys­tem­atic cour­ses.

The blockchain train­ing pro­gram has re­cruited 30 to 50 stu­dents since late Septem­ber. The train­ing pe­riod ranges from eight days for en­ter­prise em­ploy­ees to 30 days for in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als.

Re­searchers at a local sen­sor net­work re­search and de­vel­op­ment cen­ter test a new sys­tem re­cently.

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