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CTBF Leverages Culture-Focused IoT for Smart City

By Ken Briodagh December 27, 2017

CTBF Technology Media, a Chinese company, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in China recently held the Sustainable Development Goals and Resilient City Construction Seminar at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which was organized by UNDP and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and co-organized by CTBF with the support of the governments of Qingdao, in Shandong province, Dingnan County (a county in the municipal region of Ganzhou, in Jiangxi province) and Chongqing Municipality.

Zhang Zhiyi, director of the Science and Arts Center at the CAS Institute of Automation, explained that visual interaction technology, a combination of spectacle imaging, artificial intelligence (AI) and knowledge services, is creating a new driver for the development of regional cultures and economies, as well as helping to facilitate the application of advanced cultural and technological achievements.

High-precision monitoring technology and equipment, a science-based emergency response system and platform as well as advanced emergency rescue technology and equipment all play a key role in monitoring, early warning and emergency response for Smart Cities. The technology can be expected to be widely applied in urban sustainable development programs, including disaster prevention and mitigation.

“With urbanization well under way all over the world, sustainable development and the building of resilient cities is increasingly becoming a key theoretical proposition that government officials responsible for urban planning and social governance need to entertain,” said Guo Jiangang, director and general manager, CTBF. “In addition, as a systematic practice, the concept will not only require ongoing improvement in the top-level design, but also the engagement and innovative support of communities. With this seminar, I hope the concept can attract more attention.”

Currently, CTBF is combining its practices relating to culture-based IoT with the application of advanced cultural and technological achievements at the grassroots level with the expectation of an important impact on mass culture, the company said. Its aim is to gain deeper insights into how cities can promote the culture and technology for disaster prevention and mitigation as well as sustainable and resilient development.

The culture-related IoT, developed by CTBF, is a medium for the application of advanced cultural and technological achievements as well as an outlet for content. It includes the development of a unique cultural industry-centric town for the tech and cultural tourism sectors and a culture experience center based on spectacle imaging, as well as the transformation of the city from simply being the home of traditional industries to a focal point for the creation and outward expansion of both the digital and creative industries. The town will also be a locale where innovative practices are created, designed and implemented.

“CTBF is collaborating with UNDP on creating a specific medium for the dissemination of culture-based IoT and a communication platform for urban resilience and sustainable development, with the aim of contributing to the building of resilient cities across China with powerful cultural and technological achievements,” added Guo.

During the event, Guo Xiaodong, professor at the Institute of Earthquake Resistance and Disaster Reduction, Beijing University of Technology and Wen Jiahong, professor at the Department of Geography, Shanghai Normal University talked about their plans, research findings and hands-on experience in the building of resilient cities, and disaster prevention and mitigation. UNDP officials Zhang Sujuan and Zhou Shuwen shared details of their work in the localized commitment to the SDGs and their experience in the construction of smart cities. Their work has provided local governments with valuable guidance and knowledge for the construction of resilient cities.


Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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