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"In the face of fierce international competition, we should be quickly establishing a sensing information center for China or a 'Sensing China' center” said Premier Wen Jiabao in August 2009. At that time, 3G was the fashionable word. This was just four years after Germany proposed the concept of “4.0” and a year and a half after the arrival of the landmark Iphone 4 in China. It would have been hard to imagine how interconnected and digitalized the world was to become.
Figure 1: The current mainstream communication technology, the Internet of Things, was non-existent in 2009
Today you can find the Internet of Things being used in smart cities in almost every province in China. In southeast Fujian, pairing indoor smoke detectors with NB internet provides protection for small areas that are hard to monitor but pose fire risks. In northwest Gansu, the smart water meter system can take automatic meter readings for residential compounds. In mid-western Guizhou, the atmospheric monitoring system collects real-time transmission data via a wireless network, and in the mid-eastern Nanjing, the Internet of Things is being used to manage and water quality and implement a water regimen for its rivers and lakes. Both NB-IoT and eMTC are flourishing in Yingtan in Jiangxi province. Smart street lamps, smart parking areas and intelligent waste bins contribute to the city’s smart community. According to General Secretary Xi, the Shanghai municipality uses sensor monitoring data to achieve an elaborate management system for a super-city of its size.
Figure 2: Example of Internet of Things projects throughout being applied throughout China
SIMCom is committed to achieving “market orientation, talent as the foundation, innovation as the power and quality as the basis”. Adhering to these principles, SIMCom has continually produced cost-effective wireless modules and communication terminal products during the transition from the "Sensing China" concept to the implementation of the "smart city".
Figure 3: SIMCom NB-IoT and eMTC modules
For example, there may be a SIM7020 chip in the terrestrial magnetism device at your smart parking lot reporting parking information for you. There could be an intelligent manhole cover in the streets of your neighborhood using SIMCom’s NB modules. There may even be a SIM7000-mounted eMTC intelligent electric meter recording the power used to read this article and charge your phone right now.
Smart cities are developing rapidly. Sensors are being used to collect information and communication networks act as the nervous system, transmitting information to the decision-maker and relaying instructions. SIMCom’s carefully crafted communication modules and terminals will continue to power cities during this time of technological and scientific development.