The World IoT Expo was jointly hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government. Jointly supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Global Standard 1 (GS1) and Auto-ID Labs, and it is currently the largest and highest scale national-level exposition of the Internet of Things sector in China.
The China International IoT Expo has been held annually since 2010, and has become widely known over the past six years. This October, approved by the CPC Central Committee and State Council, it was renamed as tthe World Internet of Things Exposition. Compared with previous years, this year’s event boasted a larger scale, higher-level participants and more advanced technologies. With numerous exhibits and upgraded technologies, the event fostered a new beginning for the Internet of Things Exposition.
With the theme of “Create IoT Era, Share Global Intelligence”, this expo consisted of various activities including the IoT Wuxi Summit, the main exhibition of IoT applications and products, the China National College Innovation Competition of IoT Applications and the 4th Meeting of the Governing Group of Wuxi National Sensor Network Innovation Demonstration Zone. The IoT Wuxi Summit invited guests from home and abroad, such as the president of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Zhang Xiaogang and deputy secretary-general of ITU Malcolm Johnson, to deliver keynote speeches. The speakers also included Khalil Najafi, professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division at the University of Michigan; Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, founder and head of the MIRALab Research Laboratory at the University of Geneva; Alain Crozier, head and chief executive of Microsoft Greater China Region; Wu Hequan, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering; Wang Jian, chief technology officer at Alibaba; Zhang Shunmao, the president of Huawei Marketing and Solutions and Liu Haitao, chairman of World Sensing Net Group (WSN Group). In addition to an IoT competition for college students and a job fair, the event also included a press conference for releasing the construction plan for a world-class “Internet of Things town” to promote the development of Wuxi’s IoT industry.
The IoT Wuxi Summit had the following features:
- It was a prospective event with topics focusing on the latest IoT issues. The topics mainly included smart manufacturing, smart environmental protection, smart healthcare, information security, sensors, big data and finance.
- It was a professional event. The organizers and sponsors of the summit were composed of authoritative government departments and prestigious research institutions at the national level, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Engineering, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Statistical Information Center of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, China Information Technology Security Evaluation Center, Software and Integrated Circuit Promotion Center (CSIP) of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China Electronics Standardization Institute, National Institute of Metrology and Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence.
- It was an international event attracting industrial leaders from all over the world. Most of the speakers in attendance are heads of international organizations, famous entrepreneurs, and directors of national think tanks.
More than 3,000 guests from 23 countries and regions attended the exhibition, including 10 ministerial leaders, and 24 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, directors of international associations, the inventor of the COMS integrated circuit and the founder of MEMS Research Center in Singapore. Participants also included senior managers from State-owned companies such as China Railway, State Grid, Sinopec, PetroChina, Aviation Industry Corporation of China. In addition, professors from MIT, University of Colorado, University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati, University of Washington, University of Geneva of Switzerland, Tsinghua University were also in attendance. Managers in charge of technology at overseas companies including IBM, Siemens, Microsoft, Bosch, GE, Nokia, NTT, SK Telecom, ARM, Kaspersky, Honeywell and Tesla Motors, as well as domestic ones, including China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Huawei, Lenovo, Inspur, Haier, Midea, Foxconn, Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent, JD.com, Qihoo 360 and Neusoft also took part of the event.
With its exhibition area expanded to 50,000 m2 from 32,000 m2, the expo accommodated 489 exhibitors that demonstrated technology applications and practical cases to visitors with interactive displays. Companies participating in the Expo included names like IBM, Siemens, OMRON, ARM, Infineon Technologies, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, XCMG, China North Industries Group Corporation, Aisino Corporation, Huawei, ZTE, Alibaba, Tencent, JD.com, AsiaInfo, Hikvision and Lenovo.