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Jing’an continues push for sci-tech innovation center

It has been five years since Shanghai first launched the campaign to build a sci-tech innovation center, and Jing’an District, now a combination of Jing’an and the erstwhile Zhabei District, has been going all out to cultivate a benign ecosystem for technology innovation as well as for enterprises to grow.

It is the district’s goal to become more professional while boosting innovation and entrepreneurship with vitality.

Currently, there are altogether 276 high-tech enterprises in Jing’an, among which 94 boast the honor of “Shanghai Sci-tech Little Giant.”

A national big data industrial base has been founded, the only one in Shanghai, housing about 300 companies in the industry; meanwhile the district has been earmarked to be a core area for developing big data, according to the city’s industry map.

Efforts are being made to carry out the plan.

A special group has been set up to instruct and supervise the work while policies have been unveiled to boost the progress.

A total of 20 policies have been released, including those for improving enterprises’ innovation ability, funding sci-tech projects, building an innovation environment, promoting intellectual property rights and supporting development of relevant units.

The policies highlight the ability to innovate, efficiently connect with the nation’s and the city’s latest measures on science and innovation and clearly specify the objects and terms to be granted with the benefits.

Big data talent, enterprises and projects will be subsidized while outstanding projects will be given extra support.

The terms have been applied for a year with obvious positive outcomes. Shibei Hi-tech Park is now home to an increasing number of big data companies.

Overall the campaign dovetails with the city’s work to build the “Shanghai Manufacturing” brand. A three-year plan (2018-2020) was released, stressing strategic emerging industries like cloud computing and AI besides big data.

Construction of big data platforms has continued. In 2017, led by Shanghai Data Exchange Corp and jointly built by Fudan University, the China Internet Network Information Center and INSPUR Co Ltd, the National Engineering Lab for Big Data Distribution and Exchange Technology was unveiled.

Now, the Shanghai Big Data Application Demonstration Center is taking shape, showcasing the utilization of tools in comprehensive city and environment management, traffic management, smart commercial area and others.

To create a good environment for industry development, the district signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Fudan University and started holding annual big data forums since 2016.

The National Development and Reform Commission listed the district’s project, “Shanghai Big Data and Urban Management Engineering,” for major support to facilitate industrial upgrade.

Taking advantage of high-end industrial strengths like big data, cloud computing and AI, which is in line with the city’s campaign to build “Shanghai Manufacturing,” is the general path of sci-tech development in the next stage for the district.

With an eye on “Shanghai Manufacturing,” Jing’an will continue to attract relevant enterprises with independent intellectual property rights and ability to innovate on technology.

Industry divisions will be extended by small and medium-sized enterprises while the industry chain, including segments of smart sensors, the Internet of Things chips and others, will be integrated.

Pilot zones for smart city management and social treatment will be unveiled so that successful experiences can be duplicated and spread.

Colleges, enterprises and other social resources will be pooled to spark vitality for the sci-tech innovation campaign.


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