Strong Dutch presence at IoT China 2012

The Netherlands has a strong international position in development and application of IoT (Internet of Things). This was, once more, underlined at the two days conference IoT China 2012. A total of four Dutch experts presented their in-depth views on various topics related to IoT.

IoT China 2012 took place on 28 and 29 June in Shanghai. This year the conference touched upon four different topics: 1. Frontier IoT technology, 2. Traceability, 3. Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS), 4. Telematics.

Mr. Peter Potman, Consul General of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Shanghai gave an opening speech at the start of the ITS session. Mr. Potman emphasized the good collaboration between China and the Netherlands and encouraged more collaboration in the future.

During the ITS session Mr. Eric-Mark Huitema; Smarter Transportation Leader Europe at IBM showed successful examples of transport management in cities that lead to increased public safety and optimal use of the city’s infrastructure. Mr. Maurice Geraets; Senior Director ITS & Mobility at NXP Semiconductors gave a presentation about the world leading key-technology of NXP where cars start to function as sensor for traffic management and active influencing of driver behavior.

Other Dutch speakers at the IoT China 2012 were Prof. Paul Havinga; University of Twente and Rob van Kranenburg; Founder and Director of the Thinktank for the Internet of Things. Mr. Rob van Kranenburg will also give a lecture on IoT on Saturday 30 June in Shanghai. For those interested to join this lecture, please see: XinDanWei

Chinese submersible reaches staggering depth of 7062m

The Chinese submersible JiaoLong have set an new national record yesterday by diving 7,062 meters below sea level.

The same submersible reached 5,188 metres in a Pacific dive in July last year. And in a series of three previous dives since June 15, the submersible has gone deeper each time. Jiaolong is diving in the deepest part of the oceans: the Mariana trench. JiaoLong took samples of the sediments, water and from organism living on the seafloor.

picture taken by the submersible the day it dived to 7062 m

The submersible has the greatest depth range of any manned research vehicle in the world, the only manned expeditions to have gone deeper were the dives of the Trieste bathyscaphe in 1960 and the dive of the Deepsea Challenger in 2012, both diving to Challenger Deep. However, those vessels could not navigate horizontally along the bottom of the sea bed, severely limiting their scientific exploration capability.
(source: china daily)

Progress in Sino-Dutch cooperation on Low Carbon City project in Shenzhen

Last week, a second Sino-Dutch expert meeting took place regarding the development of a low carbon city in Shenzhen. The concrete result is to start up Sino-Dutch cooperation on two different issue areas before September 1, 2012. The Dutch delegation consisted of a mix of research institutes, companies and local and national government.
In total a number of 50 experts from both Chinese and Dutch side gathered at the Vanke Center – one of the most sustainable buildings in China – in Shenzhen to discuss the master plan and pilot projects presented by the Shenzhen municipal government and research institutes. On the first day of plenary presentations Shenzhen elaborated on their plans, while the Dutch presented their comprehensive approach of spatial planning. In-depth discussions on topics such as renovation, energy systems and mobility took place on the following day. A ceremony during which the conclusions of the meeting were signed, closed the successful meeting.

Further steps that have been identified include a Sino-Dutch workshop to review the master plan in greater detail and to start with joint pilot projects before September 1 of this year. The vice-mayor of Shenzhen, Dr. Tang Jie was very positive about the progress made during the meeting. This observation is shared by the Dutch delegation. The results of the meeting are a definite step towards further cooperation.

Setbacks for Chinese jet(s)?

This article from Reuters examines some of the problems that have been plaguing China’s civil aircraft program, and are causing delays t0 its plans for entry into service of the COMAC ARJ21 and C919 passenger jets.

The report sheds an (unofficial) light on the issues that have been affecting the ARJ21, the most prominent of which is the wing crack problem that was discovered during stress tests in 2010. However, later examinations also uncovered problems with wiring as well as malfunctioning avionics a “system integration problem.”, said suppliers.

The biggest question is whether and to which extent these issues will impact the development of the C919, the 160-seat jet that is positioned as a competitor to the A320/B737. In May COMAC’s CFO Tian Min stated the C919 was still on track for a 2014 maiden flight and airworthiness approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in 2016, as scheduled. This is in stark contrast with a US-based aerospace consulting group’s estimate of a 3 year potential delay due to the fact that resources required for the design of the C919 are allocated to fixing the ARJ21′s problems instead. Such a delay would severely impact the C919′s ability to compete with re-engined versions of the B737 and A320. We will be closely watching COMAC’s progress.

Chinese-developed 3G technology is having a breakthrough

China Mobile Ltd said on June 6 it achieved a breakthrough figure of mobile phones launched for TD-SCDMA, one of China’s homegrown 3G technologies.

Li Huidi, vice-president of China Mobile Communications Corp, said that about 47 mobile phone models have been launched since the beginning of the year for TD-SCDMA. Thirty-two of those handsets were smartphones.

TD-SCDMA is the Chinese-developed 3G technology that China Mobile adopts. TD-SCDMA (time division synchronous code division multiple access) is a mobile telephone standard for wireless network operators who want to move from a second generation (2G) wireless network to a third-generation (3G) one. Supporting data transmission at speeds up to 2 Mbps, TD-SCDMA combines support for both circuit-switched data, such as speech or video, and also packet-switched data from the Internet. TD-SCDMA was developed by the China Academy of Telecommunications Technology (CATT) in collaboration with Datang and Siemens.courtesy: blog.chiaaet.comMarket observers have said that TD-SCDMA is falling behind the other two 3G technologies – the WCDMA used by China Unicom and the CDMA2000 of China Telecom – in terms of the number of terminals and the availability of chipsets.

However, Li said that eight chipset makers are now able to provide TD chipsets, and that Qualcomm Inc, the world’s top smartphone chipset supplier, is about to launch a series of TD chipsets this year.

“China Mobile would consider prioritizing partnerships with mobile phone makers that launch TD versions of cell phones first,” Li said at a Beijing news conference.
(source: China Daily)