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China: Why Internet of Things awareness should be on your corporate due diligence agenda

China: Why Internet of Things awareness should be on your corporate due diligence agenda | Web of Things | Scoop.it

One factor alone - China - should be making western political and business leaders wake up, sit up, take notice and put the “Internet of Things” firmly into all their political and corporate business planning cycles.


The outgoing Chinese Politburo certainly recognised the transformative impact of billions of cheap, small, very smart, intercommunicating sensor devices - the miniature building blocks of the Internet of Things.


This is about the capability of every object to have a unique identifier (URL) using chip, sensor and communications technology to intercommunicate with its environment, other objects and living things (including humans) - and also to make autonomous decisions. This'll be hugely disruptive to us all.


The technology embracing Chinese government is now three years into building its Internet of Things programme which last year it reckoned to grow annually at 30% to become a £48bn market within China by 2013..


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The Internet of Things: chipped, scanned and monitored | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

The Internet of Things: chipped, scanned and monitored | Radio Netherlands Worldwide | Web of Things | Scoop.it

China, Japan and the European Union all invest about €1 billion a year in the Internet of Things; it is not known how much the US spends but the country also tags, scans and monitors goods and services. "The question of whether this is a desirable development or not is no longer relevant, the technology is there and we're using it," says IT specialist Arjan Geurts of Twynstra Gudde Advice Bureau.

 

The technical problems have been solved; an RFID or Radio Frequency Identification tag costs just five cents and wireless internet is in the ascendancy. The amount of information being sent is relatively small, which means there is very little chance of overloading the internet connection. Geurts: "the advent of the smartphone is the motor driving technological developments."

 

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Asia is in the vanguard when it comes to the Internet of Things. Van 't Hof: "Chinese and Japanese users have integrated the technology very harmoniously. When China introduced electronic licence plates in order to monitor and regulate traffic, the authorities feared it would lead to riots as the technology could be used to restrict freedom of movement. However, there were no protests once the advantages of the system were explained and assurances about data accumulation were given. Transparency was the key."

 

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The privacy issues don't worry companies very much, but security is very much an issue. Jaap-Henk Hoepman, a computer security and privacy expert attached to Radboud University in Nijmegen, says, "If something goes wrong, the damage is enormous. A company could be stuck with an entire shipment of perishable goods if the tracking system goes down or could be hit by digital industrial espionage."

 

"But that's no reason not to go ahead. We have to be aware of the risks. About 90 percent of the applications for this technology haven't even been thought of yet. And there will certainly be ways to use the technology that will make us wonder how we ever survived without them."

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'Smart' cities aim to predict -- and manage -- traffic future

'Smart' cities aim to predict -- and manage -- traffic future | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"Look at what IBM is currently doing in the Chinese city of Zhenjiang. Using its Intelligent Operations Center for Smarter Cities, Big Blue aims to help the city of three million use analytics to not only enable real-time bus monitoring and management, but to simulate traffic flow patterns ahead of time. By anticipating traffic problems before they happen, IBM’s Intelligent Transportation technology is designed to improve the city’s public transit system and “increase traffic throughput” … in other words, make it possible for more traffic to flow through streets without the need to build more roads or otherwise radically change the existing infrastructure."

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Internet of Things traces fish

Internet of Things traces fish | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"We used a special syringe to inject a microchip into the fish's body, storing information about the fish. The chip is wirelessly connected to an information system to enable real-time monitoring," said a technician from Wuxi Fofia Technology Co Ltd, which developed the chip.


The technician said the technology could be used in livestock farming for quality control and management.


"No matter where an animal is, its origins can be checked immediately with the help of an electronic tag," said the technician.

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If the Internet of Things Will Be So Big, Why Is It Still a Mystery?

If the Internet of Things Will Be So Big, Why Is It Still a Mystery? | Web of Things | Scoop.it

A new market research study available from a British firm, Companies and Markets, predicts that by 2017 the global Internet of Things market will reach sales of $290 billion.


First, wow.


Second, I'm forced to ask again: If the "IoT" has such short-term promise (not to mention its long-term transformational impact on every aspect of our society and economy), why does the very term, let alone the examples that are already making it a reality, remain such a mystery in the U.S? I have yet to find an intelligent layman who's already familiar with the IoT before I explain it.

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China starts to build core network system of Internet of Things

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

 

via - People's Daily Online

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China eyes next-generation internet

China eyes next-generation internet | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"Chinese companies are also encouraged to develop new technologies on the new IPv6 network, such as cloud computing, Internet of Things - uniquely identifiable objects (things) and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure - and Three Network Convergence - an initiative that hopes to integrate telecommunications, TV and radio, and the Internet in the world's most populous country."

 

"The government will try out the system on a small scale by the end of 2013 before expanding it in 2014 and 2015."

 

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