Rongwen and Silver Spring Networks Connect Smart Lighting in China’s Third Largest City

Rongwen and Silver Spring Networks Connect Smart Lighting in China’s Third Largest City

Rongwen and Silver Spring Networks Connect Smart Lighting in China’s Third Largest City

Delivers One of China’s Major Smart City Projects Using Standards-Based RF Mesh and IPv6 Technology in Guangzhou to Help Reduce Energy Consumption.

Today, Guangdong Rongwen Energy Technology Group (Rongwen) and Silver Spring Networks, Inc. announced their selection to connect smart LED street lights in Guangzhou, China.

Through its go-to-market partnership with Rongwen, one of the largest smart LED street light providers and operators in China, Silver Spring is planning to network more than 30,000 LED street lights in Guangzhou.

According to Rongwen, its efficient and patented LED street lights and outdoor lighting controls, combined with Silver Spring’s StreetLight.Vision (SLV) Central Management System (CMS), will increase the city’s energy savings by more than 70%. The project is China’s first smart city project using Silver Spring’s secure, reliable, IPv6 platform and Wi-SUN® standards-based mesh technology, built on the IEEE 802.15.4g specification.

Guangzhou, which is China’s third largest economic hub and a major foreign trade port, has committed to reducing its carbon emissions up to 45% by the end of the decade.

Zhixiong Lee, General Manager of Rongwen, said:

“Rongwen is using Silver Spring’s pioneering smart city platform to provide seamless IoT connectivity to more efficiently operate existing city-wide resources to achieve immediate cost savings and speed time to value for smart city initiatives.”

“As one of the early movers in smart street lighting system integration, Rongwen is the first company in China that adapts and deploys internationally recognized smart city technologies. We believe that the scalability and sustainability of this system will allow cities such as Guangzhou to grow their network to millions of devices in the future.”

“Guangzhou is an example of a major hub deploying an IoT network to drive sustainability, create resource efficiency and build a more livable city, which in turn draws in new investments. We are thrilled to connect smart city devices in our first project in China, as Rongwen deploys our standards-based platform to connect street lights and establish a foundation for additional smart city services for the Guangzhou Development Zone,” said Jeff Ross, VP of Channels, Silver Spring Networks.

“By working with our partners, we continue to evolve our standards-based platform’s capabilities, in an effort to address our cities’ biggest challenges, such as traffic congestion, pollution and public safety.”

Accelerating Delivery of Proven Smart City Technology with Rongwen D-ONE

To further accelerate the delivery of Silver Spring’s IPv6 platform and solution to the growing smart city industry, today Rongwen and Silver Spring also announced the availability of the Rongwen D-ONE Wireless Outdoor Lighting Controller. The D-ONE integrates Silver Spring’s network interface cards (NICs) into Rongwen’s outdoor lighting controller to help monitor and control the brightness of the lights based on pedestrian and vehicular traffic, time of day and weather. The D-ONE utilizes a standardized 7-Pin NEMA Socket and collects a variety of energy usage information including voltage, current, lamp burning hours, and temperature. The D-ONE also integrates with SLV for seamless configuration, monitoring and real-time control.

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Why China’s own ‘Bay Area’ matters now for your company

Shenzhen, China

Over the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of spending significant time on the ground in China for ReadWrite and ReadWrite Labs. While here in China, I’m continuously discovering new opportunities that exist and even more reasons for foreign startups and corporations to consider getting started in China.

However entering a new any new market can be overwhelming without the right information or guiding trip. So here’s a quick start guide for anyone currently thinking about expanding into China.

1. Largest consumer market globally ($ 1.3bn+)

It’s no secret that China has the largest consumer market in the world with almost 1.4 billion people and rising. What some may not be aware of is that China will present what will be the greatest middle-class growth bump of any country since the United States beginning in the early 1950s. In fact, by 2022 over 76 percent of China’s urban population will be considered middle class according to a McKinsey & Company study. That’s roughly (in today’s numbers) over 550 million people who are ready to be your customers.

As that population continues to grow so will the country’s internet users, specifically mobile. Today China alone has over 700 million (with 30% growth in 2016) active mobile internet users. Which equates to the largest sandbox for applications, gaming, the Internet of Things (IoT) and more.

2. The Greater Bay Area

China's Greater Bay AreaFor those unfamiliar with the term, it is not an extension of the San Francisco Bay Area, in fact, it’s more than three times larger. The Greater Bay Area is part of China’s initiatives to drive innovation throughout the country. To put it in perspective here’s just a few stats about this newly defined region,

  • 11 cities make up the region (Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou (third largest city in China), Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen, and Zhaoqing)
  • 67+ million people now within less than a one hour drive
  • 16 and growing Fortune 500 companies have a headquarters within the region – more following
  • $ 1.36 trillion dollars in combined GDP for the area in 2016 (compared to the San Francisco’s Bay Area of $ 431.7 billion GDP in 2015)
  • Each city will have a dedicated focus on an industry (Manufacturing, Finance, Travel, Artificial Intelligence, etc.) with local benefits provided for those doing business locally

3. Innovation at scale

WeChatThe days of copycats are fading away throughout China in favor of innovative ideas that push industries forward rather than oversaturate. These changes are gaining momentum at astounding rates thanks to ambitious entrepreneurs and corporations, along with enormous governmental support. All three are hungry to lead with entrepreneurs craving advice and education on Silicon Valley success.

Local businesses are opening their doors welcoming global partners and providing support or insights on the local markets. Governments throughout all cities within China are offering are making it easier for foreign companies to soft-landing and establish while providing necessary benefits for those that decide to expand to China.

Don’t believe that innovation is growing at scale in China? Here are some stats that might help,

  • China is now the No. 1 interactive game market globally beating the US
  • China accounts for 67% of ALL global on demand transportation
  • Bike sharing users now make up more than 20 million people with 100%+ monthly growth rate
  • China mobile payment volume in 2016 reached over $ 5 trillion dollars (2x compared to last year)
  • E-commerce in China is now taking place 71% on mobile devices
  • China online advertising revenue is now a $ 40 billion dollar market
  • Tencent, the largest gaming company in the world now has over 1.5 billion active users worldwide
  • Huawei is the No.1 telecommunication equipment company in the world
  • Huawei is also leading the development of our future 5G wireless infrastructure
  • DJI currently represents almost 90% of global Drone market

The takeaway for this article is that there’s no better time to get started in China than now. While also understanding that China isn’t shying away from its goal to be the leader in innovation, nor to become the global business hub. In their efforts, they are welcoming all those interested to join the ride.

But if you’re still not convinced why you need to be in China or if it’s right for you, join me on a trip around the country. We’ll spend 5-days in China meeting with the local government and community leaders, as well as corporations that can serve as strategic partners, and to talk with the founders and executives of the largest and most successful companies in China.

To learn more and get started, click here.

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Ecommerce giant Alibaba opens ‘China’s smartest warehouse’

Ecommerce giant Alibaba launches china's smartest warehouse

Cainiao, the logistics arm of Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba, has announced the official launch of operations at its new smart warehouse in Huiyang, Guongdong province.

According to Alibaba, it’s home to the largest population of mobile robots in China. There are over 100 AGVs (automated guided vehicles) in the warehouse, which occupies approximately 3,000 square metres.

Equipped with WiFi and self-charging, these robots are responsible for moving goods around. Looking not unlike a larger version of the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, the AGVs can travel at speeds of up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) per second and carry up to 600 kilos at one time.

Cainiao currently offers same-day and next-day delivery services to more than 1,000 regions in China. When a shopper places an order on Alibaba’s Tmall shopping site, an AGV is activated in the Huiyang warehouse. It locates an ordered item in the warehouse and transports it to a human warehouse clerk, who assembles and ships orders to customers.

Read more: Tennplasco recruits collaborative robot to fill human labor gap

New efficiencies

Since the warehouse began operations in July, the company claims that efficiency among its human workers has improved three-fold.

In a traditional warehouse, Cainiao reckons, a worker might be expected to sort through 1,500 products during a 7.5-hour shift and fetching each item might require them to walk 27,924 steps during that time. “Now, thanks to the mobile robots, the clerk could sift through 3,000 products in the same shift, while only taking a significantly fewer 2,563 steps a day,” said the Alibaba Group company in a statement. 

Each mobile robot is equipped with sensors, to avoid collisions, but managing an AGV fleet of this size still comes with challenges, according to Hu Haoyuan, a senior algorithm specialist at Cainiao.

“The computational difficulty of commanding 100 warehouse robots is much more complicated than instructing ten robots,” he said, explaining that collisions aside, there is also a need to optimize efficiency and minimize traffic congestion.

When fully charged, each AGV can work for eight hours straight. When its battery gets low, it automatically finds its way to a socket and recharges itself.

Read more: Consultants set to cash in on march of the robots

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