Zigbee in China: The Opening of the 2015 IoT & Smart Home Global Summit

The Opening of the 2015 IoT & Smart Home Global Summit

By Lan Zhou from Wulian Co,Ltd  

From an ancient Chinese capital to a smart city, Nanjing has developed over thousands of years.

With the latest trends in the information industry and applications of IoT technology, Nanjing, once an ancient capital of China, has grown into a smart city. On October 23, the IoT & Smart Home Global Summit, jointly organized by the Zigbee Alliance and Nanjing IoT Sensor Technology Co., Ltd., was held in Nanjing. Ms. Yan Hu, Inspector of Electronics Division, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, and Sumin Cao, General Director of Jiangsu Science and Technology Department, made wonderful opening speeches. Next, a variety of guests delivered keynote speeches, including Mr. Tobin Richardson, president and CEO of The Zigbee Alliance, Mr. Jungang Zhu, Founder and President of Nanjing IoT Sensor Technology Co., Ltd., Dr. Hui Zhang, Deputy Director of IoT Research Center of China Electronics Standardization Institute and Secretary-General of National IoT Basic Standards Working Group, Dr. Shuyi Chen from Wu Xi IoT Industry Research Institute, Dr. Reza Kazerounian, Senior Vice President of Atmel, Mr. Henk Veldhuis, Director of Philips Lighting Standards and Interconnection, Mr. Haopeng Zhu, Core Network Chief Architect of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Mr. Xu Dong, Internet and Business General Manager of Aliyun Computing Co., Ltd., Mr. Hahe Fang, Executive Vice President of iSoftStone Information Technology Co., Ltd., Mr. Han Qin, R&D Director of V-Mark, as well as Ms Luting Peng, International Certification Director of Element Material Technology Group.

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Building “World Economic Forum” of IoT Industry

The forum aimed to create an authoritative and impactful global platform for the IoT industry. With the trends like “Internet +” and “Internet of Everything”, it was also dedicated to exploring opportunities and challenges in the industry, as well as discussing relative issues, including standards, big data, cloud platform, trends in smart home and solutions to energy-saving buildings.

Wulian has hopes to to grow the IoT and the Smart Home Global Summit into a “World Economic Forum”, and to invite hundreds of the world’s leading entrepreneurs, scholars and media practitioners each year. It was reported that this event attracted about 400 enterprisers, experts and media representatives specializing in the IoT and other similar industries, from companies including Huawei, ZTE, Ali Cloud, Microsoft, Philips, Schneider, Honeywell, Texas Instruments, Suning , Gome, Haier, TCL, Samsung Research Institute, China Unicom Research Institute, Nanjing TV, Sohu and Sina.

The forum was attended by the Ministry of Industry and Information of the People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China, Jiangsu Science and Technology Department, and Nanjing Municipal Government. Moreover, a list of organizations provided great support, such as China Electronics Standardization Institute, IoT Research and Development Center of Chinese Academy of Science, China Smart Home Industry Alliance, IGRS Alliance, China Communications Industry Association, National Base for International Cultural Trade, China IoT Association, China Smart City Construction Investment, China Electronic Information Industry Development Institute, and Jiangsu IoT Research and Development Center.

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Driving the growth of IoT

In recent years, China has listed the IoT as a national strategic, emerging industry. In particular, according to China’s Twelfth Five-year Development Plan, “The IoT has become one of the strategic trends in the new world’s economic and technological development, and this industry can significantly promote our economic growth and social progress”. On this occasion, IoT experts, industry leaders and executives of the Global Top 500 Enterprises from home and abroad gathered in Nanjing, discussing the key technologies of IoT, as well as the solutions to build smart cities and drive the industry.

Sumin Cao, Director General of Jiangsu Science and Technology Department, made an opening speech and praised the forum. Mr. Cao said Jiang Su had achieved its initial milestone in developing a smart city. The forum, which was hosted in the heard of Nanjing, focused on IoT standards and new technologies, explored global IoT opportunities and challenges, and shared case studies of smart cities at home and abroad. Thus, it provided a platform to exchange ideas while working toward pushing the scientific development of the IoT. It was also an excellent opportunity to build cooperation, to improve sensor network standards and intellectual property, and to create core technologies for sensor networks. Moreover, the forum hoped to contribute toward a more complete system of sensor network technology, as well as the sound and sustainable development of IoT industry.

Ms. Yan Hu, Inspector of Electronic Division, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, mentioned in her speech that the forum, co-organized by The Zigbee Alliance and Nanjing IoT Sensor Technology Co. Ltd., was very rich in content, coving the latest global progress in the IoT, the smart home, relative needs in retailing and other areas, case studies of companies’ IoT industrialization and applications, cloud computing and integration of Internet+. According to Ms. Yan Hu, with focus on the IoT and the smart home, the Roundtable Conference of the forum fit well with China’s current desire to develop the IoT.

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Following the Trends of the Smart Home

With goals like greater analysis and control, the IoT can connect the whole physical world and provide unprecedented data support, as such it is recognized as the third wave in the global information industry following the computer and the Internet. The smart home is the IoT in practice, pointing to the interconnected world under the influence of the Internet. Because of this, the IoT industry has grown rapidly. According to 2012-2020 China’s Smart Home Market Development Trends & Investment Opportunities Analysis, the smart home market in China has grown by 20% annually from 2006 to 2011; during 2012-2020, the annual growth rate is likely to reach 25%, with a sheer market value of USD 60 billion (RMB 357.6 billion).

The smart home involves a wide range of devices, including Internet-based smart appliances and ones related to home security, energy-efficient lighting, family health, entertainment, and so forth. As a new field, the smart home is at its critical initial and growing stage, thus it has not yet been adopted fully by the general public. However, with the growth of the smart home market and consumers’ acceptance of this idea, now is the time to prepare for the realization of the IoT.

To address this, Mr. Jungang Zhu, founder and CEO of Nanjing IoT Sensor Technology Co. Ltd., made a speech titled The Developing Trend of the Smart Home. He started with the current landscape of the smart home, and then introduced several of its development models. He believes the smart home will ultimately change people’s interaction with their home, gradually leading to wireless, family-oriented, cloud-based, non-mobile phone, wearable and extensively connected devices.

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Focusing on IoT Standards and Applications

The IoT is by no means a new concept. It has been nearly 20 years since this idea was first proposed by MIT professor Kevin Ashton back in 1991. In recent years, with the continuous development of information technology, IoT becomes a technical buzzword. Although gradually known to the public, it still faces two major issues, namely a wide range of adopted standards and the lack of applications. Currently, these two problems have blocked the further development of IoT.

The forum then covered the popularity of IoT, corresponding the two pressing issues, standardization and applications. The guests engaged in a panel discussion on pressing issues and proposed possible solutions.


For the issue of standardization, panelists agreed the standards were created by market competition, only via successful multilateral cooperation could we promote the development of IoT standards. In terms of the applications, guests shared their views on the prospects of the IoT. Specifically, it could make our world smaller, greatly improve our life quality and create a great deal of opportunities. It was noted that China shows potential for quickly adopting the use of smart devices among the wider population.

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Mandarin Version




伴随信息化产业发展的第三次浪潮,借助物联网技术的落地应用,“古都”南京正被逐步打造成一座“智慧之都”。10月23日,由国际Zigbee联盟、南京物联传感技术有限公司联合举办的“物联世界,智惠万家——2015物联网暨智能家居全球高峰论坛”在南京举行。中国工业和信息化部电子司胡燕女士、江苏省科学技术厅曹苏民厅长分别致辞,Zigbee联盟总裁兼首席执行官Tobin Richardson先生,南京物联传感技术有限公司创始人兼总裁朱俊岗先生,中国电子技术标准化研究院物联网研究中心副主任、国家物联网基础标准工作组秘书长张晖博士,无锡物联网产业研究院陈书义博士,Atmel公司高级副总裁Reza Kazerounian博士,飞利浦公司照明标准及互联总监Henk Veldhuis先生,华为技术有限公司核心网产品线首席架构师朱浩鹏先生,阿里云计算有限公司互联网+事业部总经理徐栋先生,软通动力信息技术(集团)有限公司执行副总裁方发和先生,V-Mark公司研发总监秦瀚先生及Element Material Technology集团国际认证事业部总监彭璐婷女士出席并演讲。














物联网不是一个新概念,最早由美国麻省理工学院的Kevin Ashton教授在1991年提出,距近已二十多年。近年来,随着信息技术的不断发展,物联网才真正成为科技流行词。尽管物联网逐渐被大众所知,但仍然存在物联网标准不统一和缺乏真正实践应用两大问题。目前,这两大问题已经成为物联网进一步向前推进的掣肘,渐渐阻止了物联网应用的落地。