IBM launches smart cities R&D in Sichuan with OpenPower partner
IBM is set to launch an R&D facility based in Southwest China’s Sichuan province with its Chinese partner Sichuan Huaxun Zhongxing Technologies, which has also joined the IBM-led OpenPower Foundation. The facility will focus on developing the latest smart cities and Internet of Things technology, a major initiative of the Chinese government over the past few years.
According to reports from Chinese news site Xinhuanet the agreement between Chinese firm Sichuan Huaxun Zhongxing Technologies Co. Ltd and IBM will see the two firms collaborate on the development of global smart cities R&D Centre.
Investment into the centre and associated projects is said to top 30bn yuan (US $4.88bn).
The firms will look at the integration of Internet of Things sensors within rural settings, a major initiative for the Chinese government since 2011.
China sees the development of smart cities as an essential step towards helping towards cultivating safer cities that can be run more efficiently, and the government there has recently introduced a formal framework in conjunction with the European Commission’s DG Connect to facilitate more information and technology sharing around smart cities between the two regions.
As part of the announcement
o. Ltd has joined the IBM-led OpenPower Foundation, a consortium of large cloud vendors like Google, Canonical and Nvidia experimenting with computing platforms based on IBM’s Power architecture.
The company has committed to produce servers based on OpenPower architecture by the year’s end, marking another step forward for the open source hardware consortium.