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China driving development of 'Internet of Things': report

Published on Jun 9, 2014 7:06 PM

PARIS (AFP) - China is in the forefront of the development of an "Internet of Things", leading the way with the number of machine-to-machine connections and opening a new market for operators, a study showed Monday.

In the past four years the number of machine-to-machine connections via mobile networks has grown by 35 per cent annually and now accounts for more than 3 percent of total mobile connections, according to the GSMA association of mobile operators.

China has lead the way and accounts for 40 per cent of the total mobile machine-to-machine connections, ahead of the United States and Japan combined.

Hooking up machines via mobile networks has already allowed for deployment of systems which allow for real-time monitoring of the location of buses, systems which direct drivers to free parking spots, and energy meters which report consumption automatically.

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