Wuxi IoT Week (2/2): My China journey continues
Welcome back. This post continues the first part of my trip to Wuxi, China.
Sino-EU IoT Symposium, Sensing China Center, Wuxi, China
Rob van Kranenburg (IoT Council) and Sammy Shen (Sensing China Center) prepared a small and private exchange “From Smart to Wise Life” about IoT on October 26, 2012. At least the European team with Rob van Kranenburg, Alex Bassi (Technical Coordinator of IoT-A), Sebastian Lange (Coordinator IoT-A), Jianguo Wang (Bosch Software Innovations China) and I thought so. When we arrived at the Sensing China Center, we already saw a big sign “Sino-EU IoT Symposium”. As we entered the room we were introduced to Karl Ma, Vice Director Secretary of Sensing China Center and also associate of the well established IoT Wuxi company wsb. With him, there was a room full of participants from the IoT industry in Wuxi. Rob started his presentation about “IoT and neighborhoods” with several beautiful new pictures. I gave an outline about Bosch’s strategy in IoT and shared some examples. Particularly, the telemedicine example has drawn a lot of interest from the audience. The Chinese presentations included George Guan, the CEO of the Wuxi smart home company Jillion, and a further presentation about open data in government and cities. The lunch discussion afterwards focused on the need of business model development for IoT companies. Overall, I was able to capture the Chinese thinking of IoT in this meeting, which will give an important input to our strategy in China.
Sensing China Center Exhibition Hall, Wuxi, China
The conference and exhibition hall is the communication center of IoT activities in Wuxi. It is an impressive show, which I attended on October 27. All IoT conference participants were invited for a guided tour that features several IoT demonstrations on huge screens – some with real life and real time data such as a complete security scenario (see picture) and the online Wuxi public bus tracking.
The 3rd China International IoT Exposition
On October 25, the 2012 3rd China International IoT Exposition was opened with the slogan “IOT Application, from Concept to Reality” covering application domains such as industry, agriculture, transportation, electric power and security. There were 322 exhibition units on 30,000 square meters and 35 demonstrators. My colleague Jianguo Wang and I visited the event and we were surprised to see so many students attending this expo. Senior businessmen were more like an exception. We identified some possible partners and valued this opportunity to get an easy and fast market overview in just half a day.
Reception with Secretary of the Wuxi Municipal Party Committee
Huang Lixin welcomes VIP guests and representatives from the Academic IoT2012 conference together with additional Wuxi municipal leaders. In her ceremony opening speech, she emphasized the importance of IoT for Wuxi with a total investment of 100 billion RMB and the success of more than 300 companies in this space. Zheng Lirong, Chairperson of the Conference and President of the School of Information of Fudan University, said that as a “central city of China’s development of Internet of Things, Wuxi had achieved a lot in the technology research and development, market promotion, product application and other aspects of Internet of Things, which have been widely acknowledged by the whole world.” In my short response I pointed to Bosch’s commitment for China with more than 30,200 Bosch associates and our commitment for IoT. With our new Bosch Software Innovations office in China, represented by Jianguo Wang, who also attended the reception, Bosch is looking forward to many business opportunities in IoT. Overall I was impressed by the atmosphere, symmetry of the seating and the whole event feng shui. Secretary Huang Lixin gave her 15 minute Chinese speech full of numbers and convincing arguments without any written note in a flow, that was only interrupted by the translator. A camera team and a photographer documented the whole event. I just did an unprofessional picture with my smart phone: Huang Lixin on the right, next to her on the left is Zheng Lirong.
Visit to Zhu Jia Jiao
After so much technology and IoT in our brains, my colleague Jianguo Wang drove Steffi Kowallick, Michael Altendorf, and me to the ancient and beautiful town Zhu Jia Jiao. We relaxed at the channels watching the boats floating by like they did hundred years ago. Just imagine IoT get’s that old!