iFLYTEK Open Platform Fosters AI Innovation Across China

iFLYTEK Open Platform Fosters AI Innovation Across China

Across China, innovators are using the iFLYTEK Open Platform to design and implement artificial intelligence solutions to solve big problems. The open sources platform has enabled environmentally friendly sugarcane and cow farming practices in rural China, smart garbage sorting in Shanghai, greening efforts on the Tibetan Plateau, and more.

iFLYTEK Open Platform Fosters AI Innovation Across China

SOWREAP promotes eco-friendly sugarcane and cow farming 

SOWREAP, an outstanding player in the 2021 iFLYTEK Developers Competition and a registered member on the iFLYTEK Open Platform, has applied cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), and remote satellite sensing to promote digital development of agriculture and rural areas. SOWREAP founder Wei Pengji, a Tsinghua University postgraduate, has been researching agricultural needs and in cooperation with experts from top agricultural research institutions including the China Agricultural University, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and Nanjing University, Wei led a team of researchers who found a way to recycle cow manure into livestock bedding. This innovation reduces pollutions levels and costs from cow farming. The program won the 2021 Tsinghua University Entrepreneurship Competition.

Wei has also used the iFLYTEK open platform for SOWREAP’s efforts to reduce the environmental impact of sugarcane farming in Jiangxi Province. SOWREAP has established digitally-enabled facilities with a range of tools including monitoring stations, soil moisture meters, insect monitors, insecticidal lamps, and digitally-enabled water and fertilizer sprinklers, for more than 26 hectares of sugarcane is outside of Yingtan City. After implementing the systems in October 2020, devices supported by technologies including IoT sensing, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing helped increase local brown sugar output from 6,000-6,750kg to 9,000kg per hectare and increased the overall income by 4.48 million yuan in 2021.

Smart farming is a critical industry need to further energy conservation and environmental protection while reducing farmer workload and increasing incomes.

SOWREAP digital agricultural program

SOWREAP digital agricultural program

Wei believes that to fully realize the benefits of using artificial intelligence in environmental protection and smart agriculture, big data and IoT sensors must be further developed. “We need extensive and long-term data collection,” he said. China is at an early stage of smart farming, and technology application to agriculture is impacted by unique complications, which Wei says have created a bottleneck in China’s digital agricultural development.

Nevertheless, researchers like Wei are making continued efforts to innovate in their respective fields.

XIAOJI Technology facilitates smart garbage sorting in Shanghai

As Shanghai continues to combat a COVID-19 resurgence, Xue Qiang, founder and CEO of XIAOJI Technology, has worked as a volunteer out of the same sense of social responsibility that first motivated his company to develop smart garbage sorting capabilities.

XIAOJI Technology researched the entire garbage sorting process from waste sorting to delivery to recycling, and has created a closed-loop smart waste sorting system for energy conservation and emission reduction.

While developing and promoting the smart waste sorting system, XIAOJI Technology benefitted from assistance from the iFLYTEK AI Service Market, a comprehensive whole-industrial-chain AI service platform that assists in reducing carbon emission and building green cities.

The smart waste sorting system developed by XIAOJI Technology can accurately classify garbage and then accordingly turn recycle it to composted organic fertilizers, produce electricity, or create raw industrial materials.

Since the initial pilot programs in Shanghai’s Xuhui District, the system has been applied around the country to create and maintain a healthy and sustainable environment.

Applications of XIAOJI smart waste sorting system

Applications of XIAOJI smart waste sorting system

Sun Lei, deputy general manager of XIAOJI Technology, believes that waste sorting is an inevitable trend that will aid in the efficient use of resources. Through the use of data, smart sensing, and deep learning technology, Sun’s team aims to help build clean environments and foster sustainable development.

INSENTEK’s Tian Qi smart weather station helps green Tibetan Plateau

In the high-altitude Tibetan city of Naqu, previously known as the “only city without trees in China”, the Tian Qi smart weather station developed by INSENTEK has helped establish a sustainable tree population by ensuring they can survive the region’s dry, cold weather and infertile soil.

The AI-supported station was adopted in November 2016 as part of a major program to increase the survival rate of trees in Naqu. The device measures and collects weather-pattern data that can be analyzed to understand how well the trees adapt to the natural conditions. Adjustments can then be made accordingly to facilitate forestation efforts.

As a registered member on the iFLYTEK Open Platform and a winner at the 2021 AI Developers Competition, INSENTEK has utilized artificial intelligence, smart sensing, and precision manufacturing technologies to develop devices for environmental protection, agricultural development, and disaster monitoring.

The Tian Qi smart weather station’s ability to utilize weather monitoring, real-time data transfer, and intelligent data analysis capacities has not only effectively improved the survival rate of trees on the plateau, but also broadened the prospects of artificial intelligence application in fields like environmental protection and disaster warning.

“The Tian Qi smart weather station is able to monitor and warn of forest fires, freezing weather, high temperatures, heavy rains, pollution, drought, strong winds, and other severe weather,” said INSENTEK’s CEO Zhang Hao.

Tian Qi smart weather station

Tian Qi smart weather station

In another research program on geological hazard monitoring equipment, INSENTEK worked to develop a smart device that monitors environmental conditions including water flow and soil conditions in real time. It has been widely used in cities like Sichuan, Hubei, Gansu, and Guangdong.

During a wave of rainstorms across China in 2021, INSENTEK’s geological hazard monitoring equipment was applied to disaster relief efforts. The system provided continuous monitoring of the situation and facilitated scientific decision-making in the flood relief process.

When asked about the company’s future development in the fields of environmental protection and weather monitoring, Zhang said, “It’s necessary to spot and solve problems with data.” He noted that China’s vast size, diverse landscape, and frequent meteorological disasters create challenges that require access to reliable data to help verify research, promote environmental protection, enable green development, and improve peoples’ livelihoods.

These developers are only a few of the more than 4 million members on the iFLYTEK Open Platform that have been working to apply artificial intelligence to the most critical issues that China, and the world, face.

Since the launch of the iFLYTEK Open Platform 2.0 in 2021, its 18 sub-areas of artificial intelligence application have attracted even more developers to engage themselves in campaigns like smart environmental protection, digital agriculture, and rural revitalization.

With a mission to use AI to protect the ecology on the earth, the iFLYTEK Open Platform 2.0 will embrace more AI developers and startups to jointly promote a sustainable, low-carbon economy.

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