Mass deployments of IoT solutions transforming China, says GSMA

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Chinese mobile operators are leading the world in the deployment of transformative Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, by connecting the country’s estimated 960 million devices via cellular networks, says GSMA.

According to GSMA Intelligence, China is the world’s largest IoT market with 64 per cent of the 1.5 billion global cellular connections, including the rapidly growing mobile IoT licensed LPWA technologies.

“Backed by proactive government support, China is now at the forefront in the development and mass deployment of innovative and transformative IoT based solutions based on Mobile IoT technology,” said Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer, GSMA. “These new technologies are being implemented across multiple different vertical sectors fundamentally altering the way we live and work, delivering real-time information and making our cities smarter and our lives easier and more productive.”

There are a wide variety of different examples of large scale deployments in China across a number of different sectors. For example, Sunsea AIoT with partner, China Telecom has installed over 500,000 NB-IoT sensors covering over 37km in the Jing’an District, says the GSMA. The devices monitor fire hydrant water pressure sensors as well as gas and smoke detectors and environmental monitors. Connected manhole covers also monitor gases and underground assets. An integrated platform centralizes, monitors and analyses the data to help with real-time improvements.

China Mobile has installed over 100,000 NB-IoT intelligent fire alarm systems including fire alarms, temperature sensors, smoke and gas detectors across China; China Unicom has installed over 25,000 gas and water meters utilizing an NB-IoT solution that combines the IoT with big data to make energy management more intelligent.

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