[This article is written by our Guest Editor Wenzhe Zhou, Co-founder of Brainpage which is a big-data processing & analysis startup with focus on cloud-based engine for time series data and sensors. Brainpage provides suppliers and developers dealing with time-series data access to an easy-to-use, scalable and flexible database and analysis system for time-series data.]

Internet of Things (IoT) has been one of the hottest keywords in China since Premier Wen Jaibao visited WuXi, Jiangsu in 2009. The city had quietly established itself as a center of Internet of Things (IoT) development in China and Wen’s visit and subsequent speeches elevated the nascent industry onto the national stage. Within months, IoT had risen to the government’s official work plan and quickly became a key strategic industry.

In China’s 12th, 5 year plan, IoT is one of the seven Strategic Emerging Industries with 5Billion RMB of government funding allocated during the next five years. Many local governments have also allocated significant funds to build “Smart Cities” as a means to jumpstart the market.

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