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.

Sensing China Center Exhibition Hall

Sensing China Center Exhibition Hall: The conference and exhibition hall is the communication center of IoT activities in Wuxi.

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.

3rd China International IoT Exposition

3rd China International IoT Exposition covering applications such as industry, agriculture, transportation, electric power and security.

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.

Reception with Secretary of the Wuxi Municipal Party Committee

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!

Visit to Zhu Jia Jiao

Zhu Jia Jiao is a water town on the outskirts of Shanghai, and was established about 1,700 years ago.

 

About the author

Stefan Ferber

Stefan Ferber

I am Vice President for Engineering at Bosch Software Innovations GmbH in Germany – the Bosch Group’s software and systems house with responsibility for the Bosch IoT Suite – Bosch’s open IoT platform. In this role I represent Bosch in the board of the Eclipse Foundation, represented Bosch in the German “Industrie 4.0 Plattform”, and I am also a member of the European “Internet of Things Council“. Here I leverage more than twenty years experience in software development, software processes, software product lines and software architectures for embedded systems, computer vision, and IT domains. Before I was Product Manager for the Bosch eMobility Solution and therefore engaged internationally in the eMobility market, business models, standardization, and technology topics in Europe, Asia, and Australia. I also acted as Director of Bosch Corporate Systems Engineering Process Group and a technical expert for software engineering and software architectures mostly for automotive embedded software. I hold a Ph.D. and a diploma degree in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany and a MSc. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA.