BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Wuxi City in eastern China's Jiangsu Province was undoubtedly the most extraordinary player in the area of the Internet of Things in 2009. Following Wuxi's suit, cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Fuzhou, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Kunshan, Chengdu, and Hangzhou have also joined the first contingent for the development of the Internet of Things. Thus a new wave of competition among Chinese cities has emerged after a recession of enthusiasm in the development of the information industry represented by PC and the Internet.
Unlike the Pearl River Delta cities in Southern China which emerged as China's first information industry base due to their advantages in geographic location, cost and government policies, Wuxi is leading the new wave of the Internet of Things with both strong capabilities and aspirations.
Wuxi has made significant achievements through years of endeavor in the development of the information industry. The city is now a leader in IC design, packaging and manufacturing in the upstream of information industry chain, with the largest number of IC enterprises and the highest production value in China, which provides a solid technology and industry foundation for the development of Internet of Things. In addition, as one of China's top 10 cities in terms of GDP, Wuxi's financial strength has supported city's launch of its Internet of Things industry. More importantly, with tremendous local government supports, the city has managed to settle development schemes, introduce key research institutions and attract investments in the area of Internet of Things in an effective and efficient manner. Since August 2009, the city has seen the establishment of various institutions and associations including Wuxi Research Institute of Internet of Things Industry, State Sensor Information Center, China Research and Development Center for Internet of Things, China Pilot Zone for Innovations and R&D in Sensor Network Industry, China R&D Center for Innovations in Sensor Network, and China Alliance of Internet of Things Technology and Industry. In addition, an airport intrusion prevention system based on Internet of Things applications has also been put into operation.
As the Internet of Things industry in Wuxi still faces great challenges in R&D, business model, industry standards and industry chain development, it is expected to require additional investments in future, which will in turn help elevate the profile of the city.
Apart from Wuxi, cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, and Fuzhou are actively engaged in the deployment of Internet of Things in line with their respective local industry developments and needs. Unlike Wuxi's focusing on the overall industry chain, Beijing is leveraging its local research strengths to focus on cutting-edge technology R&D and the formulation of industry standards. Zhongguancun Alliance of Internet of Things Industry was established in November 2009. It was jointly created by academic and research institutions and enterprises including Tsinghua University, Peking University, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, ISCAS and China Mobile. Meanwhile, cities including Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chongqing are oriented in their local Internet of Things application markets to improve their sensor industry, sensor transportation, sensor logistics, and sensor healthcare sectors. In Shanghai, RFID admission ticket and RFID food supply chain management systems adopted by the World Expo Shanghai have been a touchstone for the development of Internet of Things; in Fuzhou, RFID-related system integration has been given priority in the development of the Internet of Things, and a scheme for the industry will be unveiled in near future. The high importance attached to the development of the Internet of Things in these cities is a demonstration of their keen insight into the economic benefits of emerging hi-tech industries as well as their devotion to invigorating the cities by means of science and technology.
A new round of competition in the Internet of Things industry is unfolding among Chinese cities, with Wuxi taking the lead for the time being and late comers possibly catching up. It is believed that through this round of Internet of Things industry development, various Chinese cities will gain more experience in structuring and developing high-tech industry and improve their comprehensive strengths.
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