Down­town In­ter­net

Jiangsu prov­ince’s Wuxi will build an ‘in­ter­net of things’ town

China Daily (USA) - - 1 - ByWANG WEI in­Wuxi, Jiangsu wang­wei2012@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

The city of Wuxi in Jiangsu prov­ince will build an “in­ter­net of things town”, the first of its kind in China.

Ac­cord­ing to a plan re­leased on Tues­day at theWorld In­ter­net of Things Ex­po­si­tion, an en­tire IoT in­dus­trial chain will be de­vel­oped in Hong­shan, a town­ship of about 60,000 peo­ple, in­clud­ing IoT re­search and de­vel­op­ment, pro­duc­tion and in­no­va­tive ap­pli­ca­tions.

Mean­while, Hong­shan will de­velop tourist at­trac­tions, and ur­ban and busi­ness ar­eas, tak­ing IoT de­vel­op­ment into con­sid­er­a­tion.

Feng Xiaochun, gover­nor of Wuxi’ s Xin wu district, said that the govern­ment will de­velop in­tel­li­gent sys­tems for in­dus­tries such as tourism, med­i­cal care and trans­porta­tion.

Hong­shan will be­come China’s first town built en­tirely with a net­work ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing mo­bile broad­band data at up to 1,000 megabits per sec­ond, Feng said, adding that a data cen­ter will also be cre­ated in the town to op­ti­mize al­lo­ca­tion of re­sources.

An in­tel­li­gent tourism sys­tem will be built atHong­shan’s main tourist at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing Lianghong Wet­land Park, China Rock View Park and Hong­shan Site Mu­seum, and the town­ship will uti­lize car net­work­ing, self-driv­ing and eye-track­ing tech­nolo­gies to de­velop new­types of in­tel­li­gent trans­porta­tion sys­tems, Feng added.

The new sys­tem will be ca­pa­ble of in­ter­ac­tions be­tween vis­i­tors and scenic spots uti­liz­ing tech­nolo­gies such as vir­tual re­al­ity, sen­sors and ra­dio fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion de­vices, Feng said. Such tech­nolo­gies can be used to man­age in­for­ma­tion about tourist at­trac­tions and ho­tels, as well as pro­vide elec­tronic maps.

Feng said that Hong­shan was cho­sen be­cause of its con­ve­nient trans­porta­tion routes, long his­tory, beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral scenery and the strong foun­da­tions of its IoT in­dus­try.

There are more than 50 IoT com­pa­nies in Hong­shan, in­clud­ing Amway (China) Plant Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter, Wuxi Hodge Co and Wuxi Shen­nan Cir­cuits Co.

The num­ber of IoT firms based in Xinwu district grew to more than 1,000 last year from only 160 in 2010. Their busi­nesses are from al­most ev­ery sec­tor of the IoT, rang­ing from in­tel­li­gent sen­sors to cloud com­put­ing and big data.

Wang Jian, chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer of China’s e-com­merce gi­ant Alibaba, said that Wuxi could play a key role in the de­vel­op­ment of the IoT in­dus­try, due to the num­ber of peo­ple in the city ded­i­cated to it.

Wang Quan, mayor of Wuxi, said that the IoT in­dus­try is a driv­ing force be­hind a new round of in­no­va­tion, and building an IoT town in Hong­shan is a strate­gic choice for the city.

“I be­lieve more IoT busi­nesses and pro­fes­sion­als will be at­tracted to Hong­shan and Wuxi to pro­mote IoT de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

The World In­ter­net of Things Ex­po­si­tion was held from Oct 30 to Nov 1 in Wuxi, the largest scale na­tional-level ex­po­si­tion in the sec­tor.

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A CG im­age of the Hong­shan in­ter­net of things town.

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