The government of Shanghai’s Yangpu District is working with the Berlin-based non-profit organization, MXC Foundation, in smart city development.
In a corporate update on its website on March 11, 2019, MXC said the district will deploy its smart city internet of things (IoT) standard for machine to machine (M2M) communication between LPWAN devices, MXProtocol.
The agreement includes the collection and analysis of smart city data.
"The Shanghai District and MXC are cooperating in the construction of smart cities and the development of the IoT industry," confirmed Shen Xin, Director of Science and Technology Department of Shanghai Yangpu District in the same news update.
“With this partnership, we expect to increase efficiency and to improve our citizen's lives,” he was quoted as saying.
Yangpu is one of the 16 districts of Shanghai located in northeastern part of the downtown.
According to MXC, the district will be deploying its low power wide area network (LPWAN) protocol, which is capable of providing wireless services to IoT devices in the area. Data collected via the network will utilize its Interchain Data Market to assure data reliability and provide an actionable analysis of city-owned data, it added.
“Smart Cities are no longer a buzzword, but an actual solution based on IoT and blockchain,” said Aaron Wagener, co-founder at MXC.
In December 2018, MXC launched MXProtocol in New York City in cooperation with MatchX GmbH and Citiesense. It said the 2019 NYC Smart City Program will see hundreds of smart sensors and LPWAN gateways deployed across the business districts.
“These high tech sensors will manage local assets and collect data to optimize waste management by using detailed data to reduce operational cost and decrease traffic congestion,” it said.
In January 2018, MXC brought the protocol to South Korea in cooperation with Enlink. Under the agreement, the standard will be added to the environmental monitoring, power management, and earthquake detection hardware developed by Enlink.
Enlink said it will begin testing the MXProtocol in their insect traps, semiconductor line monitoring system, fine dust signal system, and earthquake detection system in 2019 with full deployment planned for 2020.