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China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Issues a New Industrial Internet Action Plan

After announcing plans to embrace a new growth momentum in the development of the industrial internet, China has issued a detailed plan that’s set to give it a huge head start in the industrial internet sector.

The country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued a joint plan with the Ministry of Emergency Management (MEMA) called the “Industrial Internet and the Safe Production Action Plan.” According to the official announcement, the plan was issued to all of the departments of industry and information technology, as well as the autonomous regions and municipality directly under the central government.

The goal of the plan is to enhance the “perception, monitoring, early warning, disposal, and evaluation capabilities of industrial safety production,” the ministries said. The plan estimates that by the end of 2023, a new pattern will be established that promotes a synergy between the industrial internet and other industries, increasing the intrinsic safety level of industrial enterprises. As of October this year, a number of key industry supervision platforms have been put into operation, enabling real-time monitoring and advance warning systems.

Platforms like these will be used to complete some of the key tasks laid out in the plan. These include building a new type of infrastructure for the realization of the plan and ensuring they continually operate at full capacity. To do this, both the private and the public sector will be hired to establish a solid data catalog, strengthen data research, and develop a standardized data exchange interface.

A big part of the plan was dedicated to describing all of the security measures that will need to be set in place for the industrial internet to reach its full development potential. China’s Industrial Internet Research Institute will be responsible for the construction and operation of the technology development and data support platform, while the Chinese Academy of Safety Production Science will be responsible for the industrial internet safety production supervision platform.

Spending the better half of the following year on establishing strong foundations for the industrial internet will be crucial. With solid foundations in place, local governments will be able to launch pilot applications that will test out its features and functionalities. According to the announcement from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, local governments and government branches will select a batch of benchmark applications that can be easily replicated and promoted in industrial parks and enterprises. These applications, as detailed in the plan, will mostly be based on blockchain and IoT, as the “new generation” technologies will enable the country to explore new ways to improve administrative efficiency.

This is the first time blockchain technology has been mentioned as a practical solution to the abstract development plans on the industrial internet brought on by the Chinese government.

“China’s industrial internet is ushering in new growth opportunities amid the industrial revolution globally. It has a potential that goes beyond the imagination, which not only promotes the upgrading of the manufacturing industry but also determines whether China can lead the next round of the technological and industrial revolution worldwide,” Wang Qingxian, the Qingdao party secretary, said last month during the 2020 World Industrial Internet Conference.

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