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China driving development of Internet of Things

Staff writer |
China is in the forefront of the development of Internet of Things, leading the way with the number of machine-to-machine connections and opening a new market for operators, a study showed.

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

China has led the way and accounts for 40 percent 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.

The Chinese government plans to invest more than $600 billion (440 billion euros) in the sector through 2020,

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