The idea of a world where even everyday objects, such as books and air-conditioners, are plugged into an Internet network seems like a scenario from a science-fiction movie. China is tapping into such a world:
In Wuxi, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, an intelligent transportation system is under construction, which by using so-called Internet of Things technology, will enable traffic lights to change automatically according to road flow. The system would also help drivers avoid congestion by sending messages about road conditions and suggesting alternative routes, said Zhang Xin, deputy manager of Wuxi’s public bus company. Through a combination of geographic information system, global positioning system and electronic controls, people could learn nearly everything about a bus, including its location, speed and road conditions, he said.
The Internet of Things, or sensor web, is a network of real-world objects linked by the Net and interacting through Web services.
In the Chinese government work report delivered to the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, Premier Wen Jiabao set forth an ambitious plan for China to embrace the commanding height of science and technological innovation, such as in the field of the Internet of Things and vehicles powered by new energy.