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China-lead IoT Network to Launch New Silk Road

By Ken Briodagh July 31, 2017

ThingPark China, Xi'an Beilin District Science and Technology Bureau, and Shaanxi Radio and Television Network Group, have jointly announces a new agreement to launch an IoT network on the so-called ‘New Silk Road’ as part of Chinese President Xi’s $100 billion “Belt and Road” program, which aims to create a modern day version of the ancient Silk Road by driving commerce, connectivity and cooperation between nations.

The first stage will be the launch of a test network spanning 23 square kilometers in the Xi’an District, the historic starting point of the Silk Road. The network will initially be used for environmental monitoring, unlocking the potential for huge social and economic benefits for the region.

First announced in 2013, the Belt and Road scheme is intended to increase trade and stimulate growth across Asia and beyond by building land and sea commerce infrastructure connecting China to countries around the world. IoT connectivity is set to play an integral part of the initiative, and is expected to supercharge the region’s economies.

ThingPark China and Shaanxi Radio and Television Network Group will deploy a low-power IoT system covering the whole Beilin district. The test network will be tailored to the Beilin District’s business needs, and will include an environmental monitoring data platform.

“We’re excited to launch such a pivotal project, which is set to bring unprecedented socio-economic benefits to Xi’an, and fuel the advancement of the Belt and Road initiative,” said Bing Liu, CEO, ThingPark China. “IoT will play an integral role in building the Silk Road into a modern day transport corridor, as digital transformation is a vital part of modern infrastructure projects, and the huge economic and social benefits brought about by the Internet of Things will soon be felt on both a regional and a global scale.”




Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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