How Alibaba Cloud is Disrupting the IoT Industry through Innovations

Wearables, AR/VR headsets, smart homes, drones, autonomous vehicles, and smart cities have already begun to affect the real world profoundly.

Fixing the Fragmented IoT Ecosystem

Alibaba Cloud has chosen one of the most comprehensive, but also the most difficult road to transform this ecosystem. Alibaba Cloud officially launched the Link IoT platform at the 2017 Cloud Habitat meeting with the announcement of the tri-part strategy “platform + market + standard.” At this time Alibaba also put forth their plan to reach the goal of connecting 10 billion devices over the next five years.

Taking this rocky road, Alibaba Cloud aims to empower the Internet of Things industry, starting from an underlying development platform with unified standards, moving through to the upper application scale distribution.

Alibaba Cloud Link has launched dozens of cloud-based businesses and products for this purpose and has jointly established hundreds of industry chain partners to set up the ICA Global Standards Alliance. In the process, it has established the Internet of Things market in Ali’s already well-established e-commerce system. With no barrier to entry, solution providers are free to use their preferred hardware and software products, including cloud-based products.

Together “platform + market + standard” form the core elements of the IoT Ecology. When matured, the Internet of Things will be irresistible throughout consumer, business, and industrial spaces. But what gives Alibaba Cloud the confidence to invest on this scale and go through such a rigorous process?

Exploring Some Real-World Applications of IoT

Enhancing Eleme’s Food-Delivery Business

Alibaba Cloud Used IoT to Streamline Operations

In the next phase, Alibaba Cloud plans to equip every delivery vehicle with an IoT button. In this way, delivery drivers can not only securely indicate that they are taking an order, but Eleme also gets the entire distribution process’s data. Moreover, Eleme gets to know where the slowdowns are and use that data to achieve process optimization.

In all fairness, even though this IoT application will enhance the experience of at least several million people, it is not complicated. Alibaba Cloud IoT makes full use of IoT connectivity; it lets the objects issue their instructions and build a data-based dynamic provisioning system, using data to reduce human disorder. Once the platform standards are mature, similar applications will begin to emerge everywhere.

For businesses, the Internet of Things is already a necessity for new product placement and cost reduction. According to a projection, by the year 2020, the Internet of Things project will account for 43% of IT budgets.

Expanding C-Chip’s Product Portfolio

New products, obviously, have very different attractiveness and competitiveness; C-Chip is the first company to release a product with Alibaba Cloud’s IoT Market Solutions.

These two simple use cases show that the Internet of Things is already profoundly changing our lives, businesses, and industries. All kinds of new situations and needs are cropping up constantly. No giant, including Alibaba, has time to pause, even for a second.

Alibaba Cloud’s comprehensive ecosystem development for the Internet of Things will significantly reduce the cost of development. Partners can replicate the mature solutions and collaborate to develop new ones by leveraging Alibaba
Cloud’s IoT ecosystem.

Improving Urban Management

In Wuxi City’s Hongshan, Alibaba Cloud Link connects each of the town’s street lamps, every watercourse, and every gas pipeline to cloud sensors. Alibaba Cloud Link has set up a cloud-based platform for integration, so that a city is no longer just a group of buildings in the physical world, but also has a presence in the world of data.

Hongshan’s administrators can monitor the energy consumption of street lights, rising and falling water levels, or check if gas pipelines are facing any obstruction, all in real-time. The system enhances the data intelligence and allows city administrators to improve public services. At the same time, in an Internet of Things market rich with applications, Alibaba Cloud’s cooperation with the government jointly supports ISVs to develop applications and services. To ensure that the entire city operates under a standard system rather than fragmented groups, Alibaba Cloud and hundreds of partners unveiled their first IoT whitepaper at the ISV Consortium.

Hongshan Town is essentially a microcosm of the Internet of Things industry, and Alibaba Cloud Link provides the complete platform + market + standards configuration. In this configuration, the idea is to not only develop the three areas but also focus on how to connect these three to each other. This means connecting hardware + software + cloud technology + front-end customers + backstage developers to form an interconnected ecosystem of all things, providing one-stop service to partners.

Hongshan’s administrators not only can easily achieve intelligent urban governance — greatly improving the happiness index of residents — but also can borrow ecological energy to attract and support the high-end industries of the Internet of Things and feed the urban economy.

It is Time to Embrace IoT Disruptions


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