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szdaily -> In depth
Expo shows China's big dreams for big data
    2017-May-30  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

TECHNOLOGY companies unveiled new uses for big data at an exhibition in Guiyang, Guizhou Province, last week, jockeying for position in a growth field that sits front and center in the government’s tech ambitions.

A who’s who of tech industry figures from China and beyond attended the opening ceremony of the China International Big Data Expo on Friday. The list included Alibaba Group Holding chairman Jack Ma Yun; Baidu CEO Robin Li Yanhong; Terry Gou, chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry; Derek Aberle, president of American chip company Qualcomm; and Ge Jun, head of Apple’s China strategy. More than 300 businesses were represented, including about 30 foreign companies.

The Chinese Government announced plans this year to triple the country’s big-data market to 1 trillion yuan (US$145 billion) by 2020. Guizhou Province, of which Guiyang is the capital, is expected to serve as the heart of the industry. Using the fledgling field to revitalize this province, which has China’s third-lowest per-capita gross domestic product, is a key part of President Xi Jinping’s anti-poverty drive.

Beijing was well represented at Friday’s event. Big data is becoming a new engine of economic growth, and Guizhou Province has been a pioneer in the field, Premier Li Keqiang wrote in a message read at the opening ceremony by Industry and Information Technology Minister Miao Wei. Vice Premier Ma Kai also attended, and Chen Min’er, the province’s Party chief, spoke at the ceremony.

Logistics, finance and beyond

Tech company leaders sought to show Beijing that they are seeking out opportunities in the field.

Hon Hai can significantly improve quality and safety at manufacturing sites with the help of high-resolution 8K imaging and high-speed 5G mobile networks, Gou said. The Taiwanese contract manufacturer, also known as Foxconn, put on a joint exhibit with Japanese subsidiary Sharp. Foxconn said it will install systems at Guizhou Province factories that use big data for more efficient transport of goods within and between plants.

The era of big data is creating opportunities for many people, and Alibaba has made such opportunities available, Ma said. He noted that Guizhou Province boasts the country’s fastest e-commerce growth.

Ma also argued that business activity will likely move online in the future. Alibaba’s exhibit featured a financial service using big data to manage money more effectively.

Tencent Holdings showed off city management tools, aimed at local governments, that gather and utilize such information as population movement and business trends by area. Qualcomm focused on autonomous-driving technology.

American research firm IDC expects the global big-data market to grow 12.4 percent to US$150.8 billion this year. The U.S. and Western Europe together account for three-quarters of this figure at US$78.8 billion and US$34.1 billion, respectively. Though China remains a minor player for now, it will probably catch up in the future, predicted a senior local official at a major U.S. chipmaker.

The recent global spate of cyberattacks prompted exhibitions on and discussion of security measures in the age of big data. Chinese security software developer Qihoo 360 Technology said it worked with the Ministry of Public Security to conduct mock cyberattacks on aviation, energy and other systems, finding that they are highly vulnerable. Security companies are partnering with the government to set up facilities to research how to improve big-data security.

(SD-Agencies)

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