Zhenjiang government, Nokia Siemens Networks to create hi-tech city

Machine-to-Machine communications platform to enable socio-economic development

(PresseBox) (Espoo, ) Zhenjiang city, China, plans to transform itself with wireless communications that support remote healthcare, intelligent transport and e-energy solutions. The city government has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to provide its Machine-to-Machine (M2M)* platform to enable the transformation. The aims to foster an innovative 'Internet of Things' (IoT)** ecosystem, creating a hi-tech city.

"This is a strategic partnership aimed at creating a hi-tech cities as well as developing our local Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) industry," said Gui Qiliang, deputy secretary general of People's Government of Zhenjiang and vice director of Zhenjiang New Area Administrative Committee. "It will lay the foundation to a healthy ecosystem where local software companies will benefit from Nokia Siemens Networks' M2M platform, and develop diversified services and applications that bring socio-economic benefits."

One innovative application will be remote medical monitoring services that alert patients if there are changes to their vital signs and locate them in emergencies to provide timely medical assistance. Another example is the Global Positioning System (GPS) taxi monitoring application for an Intelligent Transportation System. The monitoring system can remotely manage, track and monitor taxis on the road to provide real-time information on vehicles' operational status and traffic congestion.

"The Internet of Things or Machine-to-Machine communications are strategic focus areas within Nokia Siemens Networks," said Mark Atkinson, head of business development for Nokia Siemens Networks in China. "We are committed to supporting the Chinese government in this transformation and will work together to develop an innovation based co-operation model."

The advantage of Nokia Siemens Networks' Machine-to-Machine (M2M) platform is that it runs the network, manages the devices and provides the different services. The managed connectivity service focuses on subscription and device management or charging and billing. Service enablement means the platform is able to configure common functionality, monitor connected machines (known as smart objects) and collect and pre-process "load data". Examples of load data would be blood pressure or heart beat rate measured by a healthcare monitoring device, a patient's or taxis current position or speed.

"We are convinced that a framework that simplifies the service delivery and management of connected smart objects will further open up the potential for smart services to small and medium enterprises. These companies have not used this kind of services till now due to previously high cost and complexity," added Peter Zimmermann, head of Smart Object / M2M Solution Portfolio Management, Nokia Siemens Networks.

About the Zhenjiang City Government

Zhenjiang lays at the intersection of the Yangtze River and Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, connects Shanghai to the east and Nanjing to the west. Being one of the 13 cities directly under the jurisdiction of Jiangsu Province, covering an area of 3,847km², it has a population of 3.019 million, it is a famous historical & cultural city, top tourist city, national hygienic city as well as a state model city on environmental protection. It also enjoys superior development conditions. Relying on its location advantages, i.e. close to the sea and along the rivers, Zhenjiang has been focusing on nurturing the open economy and has one state-class export processing zone and 7 provincial class economic development zones.

Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland. www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

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