EU-China Cooperation in IoT 2015

Thematic modules on EU-China cooperation took place back to back with the SIdO professional event dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), in Lyon (France) on 7 and 8 April, 2015.

Europe and China have been very early adopters of the Internet of Things (IoT), although knowing that a complex endeavour like the IoT will probably take a decade for a wide scale adoption and market penetration. Besides valorising the economic potential of the IoT, the conviction for IoT stems also from the interest to address societal challenges, such as aging societies, environmental pollution and questions of sustainable resource management. In light of recent evolutions the focus has also been adopted to consider topics like Smart Cities and 5G.

Since February 2011, under the coordination of DG CONNECT and MIIT-CAICT IoT experts from both regions met biannually for political and technical conversations, and improved coordination. The recent meetings have seen acceleration in implementing actions, resulting in detailed exchange of information in research programmes but also in the publication of two common white papers on Architecture Reference Models and Identifiers. In addition, additional common position papers e.g. on standardisation are now in preparation.

See the EU-China IoT cooperation flyer here