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.

China Daily (USA) - - IOT@ WUXI - Con­tact the writer at wanghongyi@chi­

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.

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