Rapid advances in the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and cloud computing will change people's lives and boost innovation and consumption, industry leaders said at the Shanghai Digital Information Festival, which opened yesterday.
It is the city's biggest annual IT event.
Developments include facial and object recognition, which will help the fight against crime by identifying suspect people and vehicles, as well as multifunctional street lights and smart parking.
The facial and object recognition applications developed by Hong Kong-based SenseTime will help security agencies improve their accuracy rate, and can analyze the license number, brand, model and color of a vehicle simultaneously.
Intelligent street lights will have features from environmental monitoring to Wi-Fi, data publishing, emergency calls and capturing real-time traffic information.
They will also be able to charge vehicles. On display at the booth of Shanghai-based Sansi, they are already in use in Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenzen, with more cities in the pipeline.
China Telecom also displayed its latest narrowband-IOT applications used in Jiading, Yangpu and Songjiang districts of Shanghai, covering parking lot management and remote controlled street lighting.
The Internet of Things refers to devices and even buildings that are networked with the Internet to increase their capabilities and usefulness.
Advanced parking systems, with sensors and cameras, can automatically calculate vacancies and predict vehicle traffic, improving the efficient use of parking lots.
China Mobile is working with SAIC and Huawei to test driverless systems with cameras and high-speed network access, which can deliver real-time video on the Shanghai international racing circuit.
The information festival runs through next Tuesday.