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2015 target for basic ‘Internet of Things’ structure

f04da2db1122128d08320eChina aims to build a basic industrial structure for the Internet by 2015 to promote technicalupgrading and public service levels, according to a government document.

The structure will center on the “Internet of Things”, regarded as the third round of theinformation technology revolution after the emergence of mobile phones and the Internet. Itrefers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-likestructure.

The country will “launch fiscal and tax policies in favor of investment and financing (in thesector), so as to promote an orderly and healthy development of the Internet of Things”,according to a guidelines document on the central government website on Sunday.

Equipping objects with identifying devices could transform daily life. For instance, businessesmay no longer run out of stock or generate waste products, as involved parties would knowwhich products are required and consumed.

The State Council, China’s cabinet, said the country will achieve “applications of the Internet ofThings in key areas by 2015, as well as breakthroughs in core technologies”.

China will “develop a number of backbone enterprises, cultivate a group of innovative smallbusinesses, and form a number of distinctive industrial clusters,” the guidelines stated.

According to a development plan for Internet of Things industries compiled by the Ministry ofIndustry and Information Technology, China’s IOT market was close to 200 billion yuan ($32billion) in 2010.

Analysts expect the market expanded to 365 billion yuan by the end of 2012, and will grow tomore than 1 trillion yuan over the next four years.

Stocks related to the IOT concept rallied on Monday, led by BDStar Navigation and InvengoInformation Technology Co, both of which rose around 5 percent. The entire slate was up 1.66percent at the close.

Hu Yujie, an industrial analyst with Cinda Securities Co, said cities such as Wuxi, Shanghai,Beijing, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Ningbo and Suzhou have all launched their “smart city”programs, which will be included in the IOT development program.

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Intel, Beijing Municipal Government and Chinese Academy Of Sciences Establish ‘Internet of Things’ Joint Research

Intel Corporation announced today a joint agreement with the Beijing Municipal Government and Institute of Automation of Chinese Academy of Sciences to establish “China Intel Internet of Things” (IoT) Joint Labs to collaborate on IoT-related core technology research, development and business model innovation. The three organizations will invest 200 million RMB (US$31.7 million) over the next 5 years.

IoT is a global technology evolution through which data from billions of devices are seamlessly connected, intelligently managed and securely interacting over a network. This enables people, devices and systems to turn data into useful information and valued services.

The foundation of the joint research will address the core technologies associated with IoT including sensing, networking and processing, among others that will help address computing, storage and communication challenges of massive-scale systems derived from the large amounts of data gathered.

Tan Tieniu, director of National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition Institute of Automation of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Jesse Fang, vice president of Intel Labs and managing director of Intel Labs China, were named co-presidents of the China Intel IoT Joint Labs.

“The China Intel IoT joint labs is the largest of its kind that Intel has participated in research collaboration in China, and it is unique in that Intel not only contributed funding but also employees as dedicated senior research leaders,” said Fang. “New applications from personalized energy management to smart traffic control to smart cities will be made possible by the research conducted at these labs.”

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China starts to build core network system of Internet of Things

The special food and medicine safety data operation and management platform of thecore network of China’s “Internet of Things” started construction in Bozhou, eastChina’s Anhui Province on March 29.

It indicates that the construction of the core network system of China’s “Internet ofThings” has started.

The construction will provide various data terminals regarding the food and medicine safety with network access service and authentication codes.

Using the “Internet of Things” technologies to strengthen the food and medicine safetymanagement, China will be able to guarantee that planting, production, transportationand consumption of the food and medicine are all under the safety supervision, andcustomers will ultimately be able to consume safe food and medicines.

In addition to the food and medicine safety data platform, other first-class specialplatforms of the core network of the “Internet of Things” include platforms of theenvironmental protection, water conservancy, electric power, shipping, logistics,education, production safety monitoring, civil administration of the community,intelligent city, vehicle network, industrial equipment operation monitoring, digitaltelevision and smart household appliances.

Every platform will offer network access service and authentication codes to theterminals of the digital equipment of the area.

The completion of the core network system of China’s “Internet of Things” will createunprecedented market spaces for various links of the industrial chain of the “Internet ofThings,” said Jiang Guoping, the board chairman of the Zhong Ji Guo Xin IndustrialData Service Company.

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Can China crack the Internet of Things?

It’s heralded as TNBT (the next big thing), high on any self respecting futurist’s to do list for 2012. Yet industry insidersremain sceptical that the Internet of Things (IoT) will reach fruition, this year, at least. They cite costs, technical prowess, planning and government support as some of the hurdles which need to be negotiated before we can get on the road to technological nirvana (or anti privacy hell, as some would have it) and our environment, buildings, vehicles, clothing and devices are all  sensing, communicating, networking and producing masses of beautiful data.

However, in China, costs, technical prowess, planning and government support would not appear to be a problem. The country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology implied last month, in its 12th Five-year Development Plan of the Internet of Things, that it will actually be bringing forwards development goals and roadmaps for IoT, together with further measures to support and promote the development of the industry.

This month Beijing invested in a laser writing scheme for pork products. The capital city consumes 30,000 pigs a day over the New Year period and it’s the national favourite meat. However, eating pork can be dangerous: 4 million pounds of it had to be recalled by the government last year after pigs from central provinces were found to have been injected with a fat-reducing drug. Even if the meat is safe, many Chinese complain of water being injected into the meat to increase its weight.

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China pilots wildfire detection sensor network

China has developed a sensor work that will shorten the fire detection lead time to less than five minutes. A test run of the system was successfully conducted recently in the forest area in Qingyuan prefecture, Guangdong province.
While forests play an important role in global climate and environment, wildfire is common occurrence in China, especially in dry winter, challenges the environmental balance and causes losses in lives and property. According to data release by China’s State Forestry Administration, around 2 per cent of the country’s forest area, or 28 times the landmass of Hong Kong, is destroyed by wildfire every year.

As compete prevention of wildfire is not possible, the best way to protect forests from such fire is early detection and response. Currently the country relies on manned lookout towers and reports from forest visitors to detect fire. Satellite imagery system was also deployed but they are only able to detect large scale fire, rather than occurrences in their early stages; in addition, analysing infrared images is a difficult task, sometimes taking the operators more than one hour to locate the exact fire scene.

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China plans big investment in Internet of Things

The Chines government has planned total investment of CNY3,860 billion (US$603 billion) to develop the country’s Internet of Things industry until 2020, China-based 21st Century Business Herald cited China R&D Center for Internet of Things (CIT-China) as indicating.

The value of Internet of Things applications in the China market is projected to grow from CNY250 billion in 2011 to CNY500 billion in 2015, the report said. While Internet of Things technology is currently applied mainly to security, electricity distribution and transportation, there are huge potentials from the logistics, medicare and handset-based electronic payment sectors.

However, CIT-China said the main problems in developing Internet of Things in China are a lack of proprietary core technologies and industry standards, difficulty in cross-industry collaboration and the need to seek profitable operating models.

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China has allocated a special fund to support the development of the Internet of Things (IOT) industry.

Hao Yan (chinadaily.com.cn), China “has allocated a special fund to support the development of the Internet of Things (IOT) industry. The total fund of 5 billion yuan is expected to support the industry for the coming five years, China Securities Journal reported Tuesday. The fund has been set to support IOT in technology research and development, industrialization, application model, standard design, and public service. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has approved funding for approximately 100 of the 600 companies that applied in May, the newspaper reported. The IOT development plan for the 12th Five-Year period predicted that the industrial scale would reach 200 billion yuan ($31 billion). Systems, tests and examinations would account for 70 billion yuan; 60 billion yuan from chips, middleware, integrated modules and equipments; 60 billion yuan from project implements, service developing systems and maintenance; and 10 billion yuan would come from sensor production, according to experts.

The IOT development plan for the 12th Five-Year period is currently being reviewed by an expert panel and may be released as early as September after a minister conference, said sources at the technology bureau of MIIT.”

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