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Local cutting-edge technologies adopted at Shanghai Expo

China suppliers use the months-long exhibition as an opportunity to break ground, putting into use their latest electric cars, TD-LTE networks and RFID tickets.

Walking along the vast exhibition halls of the Shanghai World Expo, one cannot help but be amazed at the pavilions, and the emerging technologies and applications on display. But even those not part of the showcase can give one reason for pause.

Local cutting-edge technologies adopted at Shanghai Expo
The TD-LTE network makes it possible for the Swedish pavilion to display its schedule of performances.

At first glance, there is nothing special about the police cars that patrol the expo area. But a closer look reveals an environment-friendly fully electric motor underneath the hood. Manufactured by Lifan Industry (Group) Co. Ltd, the electric cars were ordered by the Shanghai Public Security Bureau in April because they are in line with the green and low-carbon focus of the expo. Lifan supplied 30 units, each of which was patterned after the company's 620 electric car. The vehicles accelerate from 0 to 50kph in 9 seconds, have a top speed of 100kph and can run up to 240km on a single charge. The battery can be recharged from a 220V outlet. Six to seven hours are needed for a full charge, but the battery can gain 70 to 80 percent of capacity on a 10 to 30-minute quick charge.

The buzz generated by the electric police cars helped Lifan secure orders for 2,000 units from clients in other countries.

Local technologies are also helping visitors plan their day at the expo. The ferry plying the Huangpu river has a screen showing the number of visitors at major entry points to the expo and key pavilions, which can help in mapping out one's itinerary. Likewise, the Swedish pavilion has a large screen listing the schedule of performances. All these are made possible by the TD-LTE network, which covers the entire 5.28sqkm of the World Expo park.

Built by China Mobile, the TD-LTE network offers wide coverage and is said to maintain 100Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink speeds even when traffic is high. The speed is supposedly 10 times faster than a 3G network. In addition to high-speed mobile Internet access, TD-LTE allows for HD mobile monitoring, conferencing and VoD.

To facilitate data transmission, Huawei provided the outdoor base station, while several major telecom equipment companies supplied the indoor boxes. Motorola, for instance, provided indoor stations for the China, US and seven other pavilions. Ericsson and Nokia Siemens outfitted the Sweden and Finland pavilions with their indoor stations, while Alcatel-Lucent equipped the Africa pavilion.

Successful implementation of the TD-LTE network at the Shanghai Expo has encouraged telecom suppliers in other countries to adopt the technology. Far EasTone will be constructing Taiwan's first TD-LTE trial network together with China Mobile. Qualcomm is also planning to deploy TD-LTE in India, after having won four BWA licenses there. Softbank is considering setting up a TD-LTE network in Japan as well.

Easing visitor flow, enhancing safety

The six-month long Shanghai World Expo is expected to attract approximately 70 million visitors, with average daily guests pegged at 400,000. The high volume of traffic necessitates beefed up safety, flow-monitoring and guiding measures, which local security products and solutions companies are addressing efficiently.

Domestic RFID chip and system suppliers, for instance, have made it possible for visitors to enter the expo halls faster. Tickets, whether in paper or electronic form, have intelligent bar codes that can be recognized 10cm away from a door's RFID reader. With this system in place, it takes guests only two seconds to enter a hall.

Food sold in the expo park uses RFID technology as well to track where the ingredients came from and meals prepared to ensure safety.

An intelligent video recognition system from NewLAN Intl Co. Ltd, meanwhile, helps monitor security around the expo park. Cameras that can differentiate people and vehicles from other objects have been installed on major roads, the public square and the expo entrance. Each unit can monitor 30 different subjects, and can detect unusual behavior such as vandalism, accidents and vehicles parked illegally.


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