Actility teams with local firms to launch IoT network on China's Silk Road

James Pearce
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Actility's ThingPark China has partnered with Xi’an Beilin District Science and Technology Bureau, and Shaanxi Radio and Television Network Group to launch a 23km LPWA network in Xi'an

Internet of things (IoT) network provider Actility has struck an agreement with Xi’an Beilin District Science and Technology Bureau, and Shaanxi Radio and Television Network Group to launch a low power, wide area network (LPWAN) as part of China’s New Silk Road initiative.

The initiative, a key part of Chinese president Xi’s $100 billion Belt and Road programme, aims to drive commerce, connectivity and cooperation between countries in the region.

The test network, which will be provided by Actility’s ThingPark China, will span 23kms in the district of Xi’an, the historic starting point of the Silk Road. It will be deployed for environmental monitoring purposes initially.

ThingPark China, together with Shaanxi Radio and Television Network Group, will deploy the low-power IoT system covering the whole Beilin district. This industrial innovation platform with IoT at its core will also encourage investment in the region and provide a compelling case for high tech enterprises to open-up in the city, Actility claims.

“As the world's leading IoT technology vendor, ThingPark China has front-edge technologies, a mature operating platform, and an experienced R&D and marketing team, which contributes to its leadership in the industry. By partnering and working together with us, it will further promote its large-scale operation mode, and expand the IoT market in western China,” added, Yan Zhaoxiang, chairman of Shaanxi Broadcast & TV Network Intermediary.

ThingPark China provides IoT access platforms, network management and application development for IoT. It is a co-investment between Actility and Gonko Ventures.

“We’re excited to launch such a pivotal project, which is set to bring unprecedented socio-economic benefits to Xi’an, and fuel the advancement of the Belt and Road initiative,” said ThingPark China CEO, Bing Liu. 

“IoT will play an integral role in building the Silk Road into a modern day transport corridor, as digital transformation is a vital part of modern infrastructure projects, and the huge economic and social benefits brought about by the Internet of Things will soon be felt on both a regional and a global scale.”

Former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler recently joined the Actility board. A full Q&A with Wheeler can be found here