The World IoT Expo will be held from October 30th to November 1st, 2016 in Wuxi city of Jiangsu province, a national demonstration zone for sensor network innovation. The expo is 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, it is 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 the World Internet of Things Exposition. Compared with previous years, this year’s event will boast a larger scale, higher-level participants and more advanced technologies. With numerous exhibits and upgraded technologies, the event will foster a new beginning for the Internet of Things Exposition.
With the theme of “Create IoT Era, Share Global Intelligence”, this expo consists of various activities including the IoT Wuxi Summit (which includes 1 main conference and 8 forums), 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 will invite 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 will also include 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 will also include 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 has the following features:
1. It is a prospective event with topics focusing on the latest IoT issues. The topics will mainly include smart manufacturing, smart environmental protection, smart health care, information security, sensors, big data and finance.
2. It is a professional event. The organizers and sponsors of the summit are 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.
3. It is 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 will attend the exhibition, including more than 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 will also include senior managers from State-owned companies such as China Railway, State Grid, Sinopec, PetroChina, Aviation Industry Corporation of China, China Aerospace Science and Technology, CRRC, China Minsheng Banking Co, Ping An Bank Co and China Everbright Bank. In addition, professors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Colorado, University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati, University of Washington, University of Geneva of Switzerland , Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, National Taipei University of Taiwan, Tsinghua University, National University of Defense Technology, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Renmin University of China will also be 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 will also take part in the event.
With its exhibition area expanded to 50,000 sq m from 32,000 sq m, the expo accommodates 489 exhibitors who will demonstrate technology applications and practical cases to visitors with interactive displays. Companies participating in the Expo include IBM, Siemens, OMRON, ARM, Impinj, Infineon Technologies, Mühlbauer, ALPS, YORK By Johnson Controls, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, China Tower, Chinese Electronics Corporation, XCMG, China North Industries Group Corporation, Aisino Corporation, Huawei, ZTE, Alibaba, Tencent, JD.com, AsiaInfo, Hikvision, Lenovo, Nanjing Sample Technology, Midea, Insigma, NARI Group, Yitu Technology, Focus Technology, Nanjing Sciyon Automation Group, China National Software and Integrated Circuit Promotion Center (CSIP) of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Taiwan Internet Of Things Alliance, Taiwan Robotics Alliance, GS1 China, Envision Energy and WSN Group.