Re­port: Lack of in­dus­try stan­dards stalling de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­net of things

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By WANG HONGYI in Wuxi, Jiangsu wanghongyi@chi­nadaily.com.cn Wang Wei con­trib­uted to this story.

De­vel­op­ment of the in­ter­net of things in China faces a ma­jor chal­lenge from a lack of in­dus­try stan­dards, ac­cord­ing to a white pa­per re­leased on Sun­day.

The cen­tral gov­ern­ment has put much ef­fort into build­ing the IoT, a net­work of de­vices or ob­jects fit­ted with soft­ware that al­low data ex­changes, the doc­u­ment said, cit­ing a fa­vor­able pol­icy en­vi­ron­ment and pi­lot projects in sec­tors such as agri­cul­ture, trans­porta­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and health­care.

“A co­or­di­nated mul­ti­level work­ing mech­a­nism on IoT stan­dard­iza­tion has been cre­ated,” the white pa­per said.

“How­ever, the re­search and for­mu­la­tion of IoT stan­dards still needs fur­ther im­prove­ment to meet the de­mand.”

“IoT in­volves many in­dus­tries, and each of the mis at dif­fer­ent de­vel­op­ment lev­els. The de­vel­op­ment of in­dus­try ap­pli­ca­tion stan­dards is lag­ging be­hind.”

The doc­u­ment was com­piled by the China Elec­tron­ics Stan­dard­iza­tion In­sti­tute and the Na­tional Work­ing Group on In­ter­net of Things Ba­sic Stan­dards and re­leased at the 2016 World In­ter­net of Things Expo in­Wuxi, Jiangsu prov­ince.

Shen Jie, vice-pres­i­dent of the Wuxi IoT In­dus­try Re­search In­sti­tute, said cre­at­ing the stan­dards will re­quire the com­bined ef­forts and wis­dom of var­i­ous de­part­ments.

“De­vel­op­ing stan­dards not only in­cludes tech­nol­ogy, but also in­dus­try knowl­edge,” said Shen, who is also head of the gen­eral group of the na­tional IoT work­ing group.

He added that the stan­dards should be “prac­ti­cal” and “ex­e­cutable”.

“In gen­eral, in­dus­try ap­pli­ca­tion stan­dards and prac­tices should work to­gether and pro­mote mu­tual de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

IoT ap­pli­ca­tion stan­dards have al­ready been in­tro­duced in some sec­tors, in­clud­ing pub­lic se­cu­rity and agri­cul­ture, and in­dus­try in­sid­ers have said break­throughs are on the hori­zon.

In ad­di­tion to de­vel­op­ing more IoT stan­dards and form­ing a com­plete sys­tem, the white pa­per sug­gested China play an ac­tive role in de­vel­op­ing in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

The na­tion has a se­ries of ac­tion plans re­gard­ing IoT de­vel­op­ment and has com­mit­ted about 2 bil­lion yuan ($295 mil­lion) to the sec­tor over the past four years.

Wuxi has be­come key to the de­vel­op­ment of the IoT in­dus­try. The city gov­ern­ment has un­veiled plans to build more IoT tech­nol­ogy and busi­ness in­cu­ba­tors by 2020 as well as fur­ther de­velop in­dus­trial chains.

The World In­ter­net of Things Expo, held Sun­day to Tues­day, serves as a plat­form to show­case new IoT tech­nolo­gies and pro­mote com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als. The event at­tracted nearly 500 com­pa­nies and 80,000 visi­tors, in­clud­ing busi­ness lead­ers, ex­perts and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

In­dus­try ap­pli­ca­tion stan­dards and prac­tices should work to­gether and pro­mote mu­tual de­vel­op­ment.” Shen Jie, vice-pres­i­dent of the Wuxi IoT In­dus­try Re­search In­sti­tute

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