China's first "5G+AIOT" smart community-Zhiqiang Beiyuan Community in Haidian district-- opened its gate to the media on Wednesday. The digital upgrading of this old community began last October as a pilot of the district's master plan to transform 40 such communities with cutting edge technologies. The district says these smart communities would provide residents with better security, health care services for the elderly, and ways to watch over the children.
Powered by 5G, monitoring cameras show much greater range and image quality. License plates on cars can be read as far as 100 meters from a camera, up from 20 meters previously. According to a person in charge of the community upgrade, the cameras also employ face recognition technology, which can identify a person by merely capturing his or her eyes.
The newest 5G mobile network is also facilitating the application of multiple "artificial intelligence of things" (AIOT) solutions in the community. For example, two cameras are installed opposite to each other at the gate of the community kindergarten, which would automatically raise an alarm if a suspicious person lingers at the gate; the elderly could wear smart bracelets and other wearable monitoring devices for tracking their real-time health status, and data from the devices will help community elderly care workers to provide targeted services; if no outdoor activity data is captured for 24 hours from elderly people of over 70 years old, the system would alert the caregivers.
The smart community could also address a number of other security monitoring and response scenarios. Its sound recognition system will alert security personnel if someone cries out loudly for help in remote places in the community. In additional to that, the technologies are also powering a smarter way of daily life. Once the garbage bins overflow or the manhole covers are displaced, automatic alert will be activated. Two robots are working in the community service center to provide consultation services regarding government public services.
"After half a year of trial operation, our community has seen better environment and more public services in terms of elderly care and education, etc.," said Liu Qinghong, secretary and director of Zhiqiang Beiyuan Community. "5G+AIOT provides an efficient tool for community management, and residents' sense of well-being and happiness are enhanced."