Attendees at Mobile Asia Expo 2013 are in for a special treat: a complete city street from an envisioned Connected City, constructed courtesy of the GSM Association. The "smart street" will include exhibitions from developers like China Mobile, who will showcase urban information service technology and Ford, whose Smart Mobility solutions aim to make your car a little more intelligent.
The GSMA will be putting on the lion's share of the exhibit, with demonstrations showing off everything from LTE innovations to a system called FIRE!, which is an acronym that stands for Firefighting Interactive Rescue Environment.
"The mobile industry continues to develop at an unprecedented pace and nowhere is this more evident than in Asia - a region that continues to experience tremendous growth and by 2020 will lead the connected devices and M2M market, both in terms of the number of devices and in terms of revenues," said Michael O'Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. "The Connected City in Shanghai will be a reflection of Asia's market-leading position, where attendees will experience how the next wave of mobile innovation will deliver new business opportunities, enable disruptive products and services and ultimately drive economic growth."
The Connected City at Mobile Asia Expo 2013 is not the first one erected by the GSMA. In February, the organization assembled one at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Some of the exhibits from that show included a Connected Home by AT&T, which demonstrated a product that AT&T calls "Digital Life" and is geared to helping people manage energy consumption as well as home security. The GSMA-sponsored exhibits included an Aston Martin One-77, which is a road bike with an innovative on-board computer, as well as the Cooltra Connected Electric Scooter, which is a mass transit solution that can let customers know in real time where a scooter might be available to rent.
The GSMA has said that the Connected City at Mobile Asia Expo 2013 will be somewhat similar to the one created in Barcelona, however it definitely looks like some new products will be making the rounds in Shanghai. You can check out more information about the GSMA Connected City at the Mobile Asia Expo 2013 website.