According to a report released by the Ministry of Industry and Computerization of China, there was a 73% increase in revenue of the country’s technology sector in 2018 compared to the previous year. The country’s three largest telecom service operators – China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom – posted a 400 million increase in Internet users of Things, bringing the total to 671 million users.
GSMA Intelligence, data consulting and mobile operator analysis, has assembled a report based on interviews with mobile operators describing how convergence between the speed of Internet connections, data analysis, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things is transforming all sectors in the country. This report predicts that there will be 13.8 billion IoT connections worldwide by 2025, with China accounting for approximately 4.1 billion of these connections. In other words: the most connected country in the world.
Alex Sinclair, GSMA Director of Technology, says:
“Connectivity is driving major industries such as logistics, manufacturing, and energy in terms of efficiency increase, also creating a new consumer market in areas such as connected vehicles, home appliances, and laptops, putting China at the forefront of IoT deployment. “
Technologies integrated with Big Data
With the combination of the Internet of Things, cloud computing, Big Data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, cities gain momentum. The universe of IoT devices includes electronic systems such as video cameras, smartphones, smart clocks and industrial control systems used in electrical networks.
Billions of electronic devices are manufactured in China every year, ranging from biomedical devices to patient monitoring, to stand-alone cars. They generate a monstrous amount of data, of which specialized scientists take insights to optimize any and all processes. On the deployment of IoT in China, Alex says:
“The highest ranks of the Chinese regime consider the development and deployment of IoT as critical issues of China’s economic competitiveness and national security.”
Internet of Things in the Automotive Sector
The global forecast for devices in the auto sector is that the number of connected cars will increase to 67.8 billion in 2020 and 130 billion in 2024, making China the world’s largest connected car market after Russia.
The “connected car” transforms the vehicle into a hub of connections for an entire ecosystem of related services that offer consumers a number of benefits including increased protection, security, and richer user experience.
Internet of Things in the Manufacturing Industry
IoT fosters increased productivity in industries by combining artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and advanced analytics to automate manufacturing processes through connectivity. This will allow plants to monitor and interpret complex production line and machine data in real time to anticipate failures, manage infrastructure, and reduce risk.
Captured data will optimize productivity and reduce costs in many important manufacturing sectors, such as energy and telecommunications. China is also advancing in the area of AI, which with automatic learning will help factories and companies manage complex processes and drive innovation processes.
Case Real: Unicorn Terminus and the role of Startups
In an elegant office building in eastern Beijing, the Chinese startup Unicorn Terminus occupies a whole floor with modern design and architecture. Visitors to the company’s headquarters say they were transported to a different dimension, somewhat futuristic.
What the company does is also futuristic. They combine artificial intelligence with the Internet of Things (IoT) to make buildings, communities, and cities smarter. For example, Terminus has helped protect a residential complex in Shanghai with access terminals and intelligent systems that allow building management to see the movements of residents, visitors, and vehicles in real time, leading to a significant decrease in crimes such as robberies and thefts.
Considering an AIoT company, a variation of the term Internet of Things, substituting “Internet” for “Artificial Intelligence (AI)”, Terminus helps local governments improve public safety using AI-based solutions.