Smart city project trans­forms res­i­dents’ lives

China Daily (USA) - - IOT@ WUXI -

have been ap­plied in a wide range of fields, such as in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion, city man­age­ment, safety op­er­a­tions, trans­porta­tion, en­ergy con­ser­va­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, health­care, hous­ing, cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion.

Wuxi has used IoT tech­nolo­gies to make sev­eral tech­no­log­i­cal achieve­ments in smart com­mu­ni­ties, tourism, se­cu­rity pro­tec­tion and trans­porta­tion. Some of them have been copied in other prov­inces and cities.

Bao­long City Plaza in Wuxi has used a smart park­ing sys­tem which in­te­grates a high-pre­ci­sion sen­sor, large wire­less sen­sor net­works and cloud-com­put­ing tech­nolo­gies.

It con­ducts real-time mon­i­tor­ing at the park­ing area, and has re­al­ized au­to­matic charg­ing and park­ing guid­ance based on a mon­i­tor­ing sen­sor.

Af­ter us­ing the cen­tral charg­ing sys­tem, traf­fic speed has in­creased about 70 per­cent, said a prop­erty man­ager sur­named Xia. “Drivers don’t have to wait at the en­trance. Even in peak hours, the wait­ing time is less than five min­utes.”

IoT tech­nolo­gies have pen­e­trated lo­cal res­i­dents’ lives, such as elec­tric car anti-theft locks and a two-way sen­sor taxi-call­ing sys­tem.

“The goal of build­ing a smart city is to en­able our city to be­come smarter, the so­ci­ety more har­mo­nious, city man­age­ment more ef­fec­tive, life more pleas­ant and res­i­dents hap­pier,” said Zhang Keping, head of the Wuxi In­for­ma­tion and Ra­dio Ad­min­is­tra­tion Bureau.

Based on IoT tech­nolo­gies, Wuxi has been reg­u­larly in­te­grat­ing emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies such as wire­less in­ter­net, 4G and cloud com­put­ing into city mar­ket­ing and gov­er­nance.

Since 2009, the city has de­vel­oped more than 160 IoT projects, cov­er­ing var­i­ous eco­nomic and so­ci­etal fields, Zhang said.

Ac­cord­ing to the IEEE, an ex­pert team from the or­ga­ni­za­tion will help Wuxi to fur­ther re­duce pol­lu­tion and ease traf­fic jams, in a bid to en­able res­i­dents to en­joy a more com­fort­able life­style.

vice-pres­i­dent of Wuxi No 3 Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal

Li Jian­ping, med­i­cal staff badges and drug la­bels.

BayNexus, head­quar­tered in Vir­ginia, the United States, has pi­o­neered the in­te­gra­tion of in­dus­trial-grade RFID read­ers and bar­code scan­ners into the in­dus­try’s small­est form-fac­tor to help var­i­ous en­ter­prises to meet in­creas­ing de­mand for real-time up­dates, mo­bil­ity, ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

In the health­care in­dus­try, these RFID so­lu­tions help to re­duce clin­i­cal er­rors, im­prove as­set man­age­ment and im­ple­ment re­al­time ser­vices that en­sure pa­tients re­ceive bet­ter care, the com­pany said.

The coun­try has been ac­cel­er­at­ing its pace in mod­ern­iz­ing in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment, which takes place mainly in hos­pi­tals’ fi­nance and ma­te­rial man­age­ment di­vi­sions.

In con­trast, doc­tors mainly use the clin­i­cal in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment plat­form to keep med­i­cal records, for qual­ity con­trol and for crit­i­cal value re­minders.

A smart in­tel­li­gence ap­pli­ca­tion that fo­cuses on im­prov­ing med­i­cal care with pre­cise ser­vices is rel­a­tively rare.

“In­pa­tient care is the most im­por­tant and dif­fi­cult task for hos­pi­tal care,” said Li Jian­ping, vice-pres­i­dent of Wuxi No 3 Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal.

“Hos­pi­tal care work is usu­ally in­tense and it can be easy to make mis­takes,” Li said.

Man­age­ment in this en­vi­ron­ment is mainly man­ual, which makes mis­in­for­ma­tion a com­mon prob­lem. The use of in­for­ma­tion in­tel­li­gence tools can help to im­prove nurs­ing care.

The com­pany’s RFID hos­pi­tal smart care sys­tems have also been used in more than 30 hos­pi­tals in China and five hos­pi­tals in other coun­tries. More than 60 hos­pi­tals have been ne­go­ti­at­ing with the com­pany to in­tro­duce the sys­tem to their in­sti­tu­tions.


Above: Wuxi Na­tional Sen­sor Net­work In­no­va­tion Demon­stra­tion Zone helps to ad­vance the de­vel­op­ment of a smart city. Right: Visi­tors learn about a sys­tem that is used for a smart com­mu­nity in Wuxi.

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