Inventions add efficiency to daily life
From anti-theft devices to environmental warning systems, citizens are experiencing how life becomes simpler and easier thanks to innovative internet technology, Wang Hongyi reports.
Wuxi in Jiangsu province has seen great achievements in the development of the internet of things, with technology applications significantly improving over recent years.
The city has remained in a leading national position as a developing smart city for the past four years. To date, it has implemented more than 200 IoT application demonstration projects, covering various social and economic areas, according to the local government.
City authorities said IoT enterprises in Wuxi have undertaken 17 important projects commissioned by various ministries and other government departments, including the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Commerce.
The Wuxi environment monitoring IoT application demonstration project, supported by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, is helping to develop the country’s first ecological environment early warning system through carrying out real-time monitoring, analysis and evaluation of the city’s environmental quality and pollutant emissions.
It is a scientific monitoring method that has the management of ecological environment quality at its core, the inventors said.
After the pilot project in Wuxi for an electric bicycle anti-theft IoT application, local electric bicycle thefts have decreased significantly, with the detection rate reaching 100 percent.
The project received the support of the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and has already been applied to nearly 1 million electric bicycles in 16 provinces and cities across the country.
A national telecommunications company from Vietnam made a special trip to learn about the project and considered importing it, according to local officials.
Under the support of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, Wuxi established a healthcare IoT research institute and started a demonstration project for residents’ health information management and application. It is an open platform that can meet the service needs of a population of 1 million.
The pilot projects in Wuxi have also been promoted in other regions.
An increasing number of application demonstration projects are operated under the market mechanism, rather than being led by local government, local officials said.
As the promotion and application of IoT technologies continues to increase in Wuxi, a batch of key technologies and industry standards have emerged, which provide good examples for more IoT businesses across the country, said Gao Yaguang, director of Wuxi Economy and Information Technology.
With IoT technologies used in a wide range of industries, such as transportation, environment protection, security, residential communities and agriculture, a group of local enterprises have already promoted their technologies and products abroad.
They have undertaken or participated in IoT application projects in more than 200 cities in 17 countries and regions.
Among them, Wuxi Xijing substation constructed a substation IoT system, which combines the functions of intelligent monitoring, auxiliary control, intelligent judgment, management and verification. It is China’s first 220,000 kilovolts intelligent substation, and related technological data have been included into national network standards.
The project experience has also been applied to renovations of more than 150 domestic smart substations.
Also, Envision Energy developed a smart wind farm management system and has thus become the first Chinese company to provide wind farm management services in the US.
An emergency inventory system developed by Wuxi WuxunTech won the best prize at a US IoT conference, and has been used in the Qinshan nuclear power plant.
Clockwise from top: The China leg of an international IoT startup contest for university students is held in Wuxi; A
cloud-computing center in operation; A bridge in the city with a monitoring system in use to ensure its safety; A delegate scans her pass at the entrance of the conference chamber; A mobile payment using IoT technologies is made; Radio frequency identification technologies are used to locate newborns.