Not exactly the warmest of welcomes back to Taipei. I don’t think I can ever remember it being so cold and miserable here! And while I’ve experienced heavier earthquakes than the 5.8 one that hit the island last night, the tremors were more than enough to set my heart pounding and blood pumping a little too quickly for comfort.
Dockless bike sharing services have become such a fixture of the streets of China’s cities that municipal governments are finally taking steps to rein in the most egregious aspects of anti-social behavior by inconsiderate users who simply leave their contraption anywhere when they have reached their destination. Judging by some of the sights I came across during my recent trip to Shanghai and Beijing, they are starting to make some progress – but they still have some way to go before they take back the streets. Continue reading Dockless bike sharing services: a light-touch approach
With the world’s largest smart phone user base and its dense urban population centers, China is extremely well positioned to develop and implement IoT systems and applications on a scale that will be impossible in other global markets. Continue reading Streetside IoT
Industry 4.0 is a hot topic in China, not least because of the extensive government policies aimed at promoting increased innovation that have been launched as part of the latest five-year plan. The aim of these is to boost the productivity of the country’s huge manufacturing industry and increase its global competitiveness by helping it to move up the value chain through the development of higher-quality and more innovative products. Continue reading Industry 4.0 and the “craftsman’s spirit”
By accident rather than design, I took a Japan Taxi cab equipped with a first-generation Smart IoT Mobility System the day before the launch of the second-generation one in order to go to the Meguro Fudoson Ryusen-ji Temple. Continue reading From a consumer tablet to a dedicated Smart IoT Mobility System
Every time I go to the VIA Beijing office I always find something new to look at and think about. Last week, it was this newly-installed bank of electric car charging points just behind the building. Continue reading China electric vehicle market rising
I didn’t manage to find the time to sample Blue Bottle coffee before leaving for the airport, but I did get my first ever taste of beer brewed with “real” (is there any other kind?) peach and apricot last night. Continue reading Real peach and apricot beer