(AGI) Shanghai, April 21 – Architecture and materials for sustainable cities are the focus of two projects presented at the Shanghai Technology Fair by Italy's Emilia Romagna and Sicily regions. The goal of the project "Rigers: city regeneration, smart buildings and grids" is to develop an integrated system for the regeneration of buildings and energy networks. It was developed by Istituto Cooperativo per l'Innovazione, Cpl Concordia, S.a.t.a. Bologna University, ITC-CNR, CMC Sacmi and Cooperativa Meccanica Imola – a sustainable architecture project covering function, energy, the environment and seismic aspects for the needs of smart cities. It also monitors the working and consumption of buildings and networks, cooperating with other systems already in use in the cities. The "Smart Concrete" project – developed by Progetto Sicilia Micro, Nano Sistemi, Effegi Elettronica Snc, the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Polytechnic of Turin, SPEA, ST Microelettronica and the University of Catania – aims to develop high-performance low-cost technologies, and systems that monitor building safety by applying smart structures used in aeronautics and mechanics. These structures make it possible to monitor continuously the state of a building's efficiency and reliability. (AGI) .
(AGI) Beijing, April 21 – Cloud computing technology and the smart administration of large urban centres are the focus of two projects aimed at the Chinese authorities to innovate and facilitate decision-making following smart city guidelines. The first project, "Open City Platform", proposes new cloud-based models for the setting-up of sustainable services to citizens, businesses and other administrative offices. The proposed solutions focus on interoperability, transparency and inclusion. The project was developed by E-linking Online Systems, University of Camerino, Sistemi territoriali, Seda Spa, the National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Filippetti, Apra Progetti, Lascaux, Almaviva, Italsoft, Phoops, Jef, Logix, Sined, Agenzia espressi, 3D Informatica, Pluservice, Halley Informatica, Esalab, Maggioli, TD Group and Santer Reply. The second, "Decision Theater", envisages platform to process complex data, enabling the Public Administration to follow smart city guidelines in its decision-making. The innovative models include plans for the development of cities, for making investments and for assessing impacts at economic and social level. The project was developed by Telecom Italia, University of Genoa, Italtel, Selex, Assioma.net, Politecnico di Torino, ICampus, Bicocca University Milan, Sas Institute, Nextage, Servizi Speciali, Seac02, Tra, Network Integration & Solutions. (AGI) .
(AGI) Shanghai, April 21 – Italy is more than art and culture, it is also a "scientific and technological power" and the country's presence as a guest of honour at the International Technology Fair in Shanghai is evidence of that fact, said Italian Education Minister Stefania Giannini. At the opening of the Italian pavilion at the fair, the minister told AGI that a "new Silk Road is under development, and, more in general, an internationalisation process that sees us as protagonists in these areas in the world, a view that we deserve." Mrs Giannini continued: "The fair in Shanghai is one of the best occasions to show that our country, supported by universities, research institutions and companies developing high technology products, brings about innovations together with various institutions – in this case the Ministry of Universities and Research, the Ministry of the Environment, the Foreign Ministry, the Shanghai consulate and the embassy in Beijing. The minister also stressed the importance of human capital, of focusing on young people, of cultural exchange and of experiences which graduate students, innovators and startuppers can share – a "development of relations that intersect, where there is no distinction between universities and the business sector". Relations between Italian and Chinese universities are increasingly close, the minister added, and she hopes they will work together to meet Europe's call for proposals in 2020 on "Smart Cities and Communities", the area on which the Italian companies and research institutions at the fair concentrated. Mrs Giannini also mentioned the 'Human Technopole' project, which aims to transform the part of Milan that has hosted the Expo into a global research centre. After a key meeting she announced: "I have invited the mayor of Shanghai to the opening." (AGI) . .
(AGI) – Shanghai, 21 apr. – Città intelligenti e sempre più in linea con i bisogni dei cittadini. Il tema delle smart cities e dei futuri possibili delle città italiane e cinesi è stato al centro della tavola rotonda sulla cooperazione scientifica e tecnologica bilaterale tra Italia e Cina, che si è tenuta all’inaugurazione della Fiera della Tecnologia di Shanghai, di cui Agi è media partner. A introdurre i lavori, è intervenuta Barbara Degani, sottosegretario all’Ambiente, che ha sottolineato come la partecipazione dell’Italia alla Fiera, in qualità di Paese ospite d’onore, “rappresenta un punto di partenza per le collaborazioni future” sui temi scientifici e tecnologici. “Il tema dell’urbanizzazione sostenibile e delle smart cities – ha commentato – fa parte della collaborazione tra Italia e Cina e riscontra l’interesse reciproco” dei due Paesi.
“Il tema delle smart cities unisce Italia e Cina nella ricerca di un equilibrio tra uomo e territorio e nelle sfide per il futuro e affonda le radici nel passato”, ha spiegato il direttore generale per la Promozione del Sistema Paese, Vincenzo De Luca, prendendo a esempio le città italiane di epoca rinascimentale e quelle cinesi dei secoli delle dinastie Ming e Qing, contemporanee del nostro Rinascimento. In maniera diversa, ha poi continuato De Luca, il tema delle smart cities è stato affrontato dalle ultime due edizioni dell’Esposizione Universale, a Shanghai nel 2010 – dal tema “Better city, better life” – e a Milano lo scorso anno. La declinazione del concetto di sostenibilità, in Italia, ha poi aggiunto, attraversa i campi più svariati: dall’edilizia, con lo sviluppo di materiali sostenibili, e fino alla sanità e al welfare, dove il concetto di sostenibilità è presente. “Italia e Cina possono aprire un nuovo capitolo delle relazioni bilaterali nel campo della sostenibilità”, ha poi concluso De Luca, a patto di trovare “politiche che affrontino obiettivi chiari di sostenibilità”.
Andrea Matta, presidente dell’Associazione Professori Italiani in Cina Orientale e docente di Ingegneria Industriale presso la Jiao Tong University di Shanghai, ha poi presentato alcune caratteristiche delle smart cities, che devono avere tra i punti in comune, l’automatizzazione di quei processi necessari alla vita dei cittadini ma che sottraggono tempo ed energie, per lasciare maggiore spazio alla sfera personale. “Per riuscirci, però, occorrono tecnologie e ricerca” e l’interconnessione delle tecnologie nelle città smart richiede “che si verifichino diverse congiunzioni perché tutto funzioni”.
Luigi Ambrosio, direttore del Dipartimento di Progettazione Molecolare del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, si è poi soffermato sulle implicazioni di una corretta applicazione del concetto di smart cities, che permetta di “sviluppare sistemi in cui sia le aziende che gli enti di ricerca o le università rientrino in un sistema in cui i processi di ricerca si possono applicare più velocemente, in tutti i campi, dall’automazione alla salute”. Nelle declinazioni già presenti di tecnologie funzionali al concetto di smart cities, rientrano poi quelle mediche, come l’imaging diagnostico, presentato da Fulvio Uggeri, di Bracco. “Diagnosi precoce vuole dire vita”, ha concluso Uggeri, Head of Operations, Supply Chain & Technologies Global Business Unit Imaging del gruppo farmaceutico italiano. (AGI)
“Forum with exclusive themes and diversified thematic meetings”
1. Forum, opening ceremonies, professional Forums and thematic meetings
2. Theme Days events
3. Other seminars and workshops on technology’s exchange organized outside the Fair’s context
CSITF’s distinguishing feature is the combination of an exhibition itinerary with dedicated Forums
With the theme of “Gathering global Innovation, Technology and Trade”, the Forum will see the presence of managers, founders of national and international emerging realities, businessman in the field of technological innovations and the best investors, in order to deliver speeches, debates and round tables on themes linked to the development of the role of technology in the economics’ transformation, to the improvement of technological know-how transfer and to trade’s mechanisms.
As a tradition, CSITF’s Theme Days will be a must to deepen the key concepts of the current Fair’s edition. Thanks to the collaboration with United Nations’ organizations and the Departments for Intellectual Property, several Theme Days, such as “UNIDO Day” and “Intellectual Property Day”, will be organized during the whole period of the Fair.
Forums gather high-level Government Officials for the formulation of national policies, national and international research and technological development centers, multinational corporations, legal institutions, financial institutions and other professionals on themes ranging from the introduction to governmental policies to the use of technology in different sectors, until the intellectual property protection and the financing for the science and technology sector. The main objective is to start debates over Government’s policies, the current situation of technology development in several sectors and on the perspectives of the use of potential markets, as well as specialized trade’s services. All the topics will be analyzed from different perspectives giving the possibility of experiences’ exchange, interaction and sharing, as a demonstration of CSITF’s objectives represented by the slogan “new technologies, new markets and new networks”.
The organizing committee of CSITF encourages all exhibitors during the whole period of the Fair to organize thematic meetings, innovations’ demonstrations, B2B and others activities in order to fully display each exhibitor’s expectations and requests towards their projects and products, promoting high-tech technological exchange, cooperation and transfer licensing. Moreover, exhibitors that will take part actively to the Fair will have the full support of the organizing committee in promotional activities and in dealing with requests from the sector’s professionalism as well as a priority in the participation to the exhibition area and to scheduled events.
Shanghai – Non solo arte e cultura, l'Italia e' anche una "potenza scientifica e tecnologica" e la presenza del Paese come ospite d'onore alla Fiera internazionale della tecnologia di Shanghai ne e' la dimostrazione. In un'intervista all'Agi, a margine dell'inaugurazione del padiglione italiano, il ministro dell'Istruzione, dell'Universita' e della Ricerca, Stefania Giannini, ha sottolineato come si stia tracciando una "nuova via della Seta, ma piu' in generale un processo di internazionalizzazione che ci vede, come meritiamo, protagonisti in questi settori nel mondo". La fiera di Shanghai e' "una delle occasioni migliori per dimostrare come il nostro sistema Paese, formato dai tre pilastri – le universita', gli enti di ricerca e le aziende che sviluppano prodotti ad altissima tecnologia – generi innovazione assieme alle istituzioni, in questo caso il ministero dell'Universita' e della ricerca, dell'Ambiente, degli Esteri, gli sportelli diplomatici del consolato di Shanghai e dell'ambasciata di Pechino", ha sottolineato il ministro, intervenuta all'apertura della fiera, assieme al collega cinese della Ricerca e al sindaco di Shanghai.
Giannini ha sottolineato l'importanza del capitale umano, di puntare sui giovani e sugli scambi culturali, di esperienze, cui possano partecipare dottorandi, innovatori, startupper. Uno "sviluppo di relazioni che si intersecano, in cui non c'e' piu' distinzione tra settore universitario e imprenditoriale", ha spiegato, sottolineando come i rapporti tra universita' italiane e cinesi siano sempre piu' stretti e auspicando che possa esserci l'opportunita' di concorrere insieme per i bandi europei 2020, con progetti sulle "Smart Cities and Communities", settore su cui si sono concentrate le aziende italiane e gli enti di ricerca presenti alla fiera. Infine, Giannini ha ricordato il progetto di Human Technopole per trasformare la zona di Milano che ha ospitato l'Expo in un centro di ricerca mondiale: "All'inaugurazione ho invitato il sindaco di Shanghai", ha annunciato il ministro che ha avuto un faccia a faccia con il primo cittadino della metropoli cinese, tra i membri piu' influenti dell'establishment. (AGI)
(AGI) Shanghai, April 20 – ProgettoCmr, an Italian business leader in integrated planning, is taking part in the Fourth China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair. The company's remit covers urban design, architecture and interior and industrial design, dovetailing with the smart cities theme of the fair, echoing that of the 2010 Shanghai Expo. ProgettoCmr partner and Managing Director Massimo Bagnasco told AGI: "Technology will be important, but we are increasingly predicating that technology must go hand in hand with the creation of cities on a human scale, friendly, livable and not only smart." The company has had an office in China since 2002, where it operates largely in the sectors of human-centred planning and shopping centre design. "We are hoping this showcase will help the Chinese understand that while cities began as simple agglomerations of people needing to increase their percentage of urban residents, reaching 50 or 60 per cent of the population, like the targets of the next few years, cities are no longer simply a matter of numbers but of quality, quality of life and space. So technology and facilities are important, but the livability of spaces and the creation of spaces on a human scale are crucial factors." ProgettoCmr is presenting several projects at the fair, falling within the ambit of the urbanisation drive that began in 2014, said Mr Bagnasco. He predicts not just massive urbanisation but also the rehabilitation of the most badly degraded city areas. Shanghai represents a fundamental crossroads in Chinese urbanisation. "Shanghai issued its 2025 urban development plan in late 2015, which contained extremely clear, forward-looking directives, making it the most avant-garde city in China, a veritable laboratory in which important decisions are implemented. It is extremely important for us to be there, to make our own contribution and bring our knowledge of urban planning and related skills, approach and methodology to bear," he said. Among the projects presented by the company at the fair, he cited the creation of a four square kilometre hi-tech area in Shenzhen and the construction of an agricultural innovation demonstration park in Eastern China's Jiangsu province. (AGI).
(AGI) Shanghai, Apr 20 – Mechatronics and industrial solutions are presented by the Bonfiglioli Group at Shaghai's 4th International Technology Fair, which opens on Thursday, April 21. Paolo Bazzoni, member of Bonfiglioli's board and legal representative in China, said this will be a major opportunity for the entire Italian industrial system and for individual firms. Bonfiglioli, an Italian firm founded 60 years ago, produces innovative solutions for the control and transmission of power in factories, automatic machinery and renewable energy. Bonfiglioli has been operating in China since 2004, and last year opened a new plant in the Qing Pu area, near Shanghai. "We started a localisation process in 2013 in China, and are growing with a strategy to enter the Chinese market with a portfolio of localised products. This gives us an advantage in terms of competitiveness, costs and services to the client," said Mr Bazzoni. In China, Bonfiglioli has two business units.
"Mobile & wind" produces gearboxes for heavy equipment, for clients such as Zoomlion and Caterpillar, and wind turbines for yawl and pitch solutions. The other is "industrial", working in the field of mechatronics and power generation for different industrial settings. "We have been glad to take part in this fair. We usually participate in theme fairs relevant to our production, but this event is extremely important to provide visibility to Italy and its technological excellence. There are many excellent firms and we are one of them. This is the spirit which has led us to accept." The fair will also be an opportunity to show Chinese clients and partners the solutions of Italian technology in the Shanghai area. "We will definitely pursue interesting contacts, especially in the Shanghai area with some municipal agencies which are investing in complex projects in the industrial and energy sectors. We operate in the traditional industrial sector as well as in energy and renewables." (AGI).
(AGI) Shanghai, April 20 – Italy's food & beverage industry featured at Shanghai International Technology Fair, as its products begin to appear more and more on the table of the new Chinese middle class. Food and imports of typical foods, apparently far from technology and smart cities, is part and parcel of the Italian quality system which appears in its projects as well as its food safety policies. Guido Forni, CEO of Italmenu, Coop's Chinese partner, told AGI: "We aim to network in the food & beverage sector to access the Chinese market which means several issues regarding high volume products need to be tackled as a whole and not individually by each producer, with agreements with the institutions and not only with individual firms." The Chinese middle class not only wants more viable cities, but also a better quality of life in terms of food, he said. Forni said that Italy can now play a major role and reach an increasing number of consumers. "Imported food undergoes strict control procedures. Every single batch imported into China is checked and tested, no matter where it comes from. These imported foods are safe, while Chinese products are usually not. Italy's regulations are much stricter than those of other European countries, especially on preservatives and chemical additives." Italy's agrifood challenge is to extend the number of consumers, in accordance with the Chinese government's short and middle term development plans. "Italy is certainly ready to meet the product quality demands, and that is one of the goals. This is today's approach and it has become visible in product quality and control procedures. There is first of all an increasing demand by the Chinese population, and it is mostly the middle class that demands such products." (AGI)