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Stadium opens M2M research centre in Shanghai

Steve Rogerson
April 23, 2015
 
Hartlepool, UK, company Stadium Group has opened an R&D centre in Shanghai’s Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park for developing wireless M2M products. The Shanghai Regional Design Centre (RDC) will initially focus on research and development in wireless M2M connectivity for global OEM products in automotive, medical, security and other growing vertical markets.
 
“The Shanghai RDC is an exciting move for Stadium that both strengthens our wireless capabilities and gives us access into new markets,” said Tony McFadden, managing director of Stadium United Wireless. “We have recruited a highly experienced team including design engineers and field application engineers, specialised in wireless, RF and M2M technology. The RDC features a working laboratory with the necessary equipment and processes in place to deliver high quality design and test.”
 
China is one of the fastest growing markets for IoT applications and is forecast to be the largest growth market for M2M over the next five years. The Chinese Ministry of Information & Technology estimates China’s IoT market will hit 500 billion yuan by 2015, then double to 1 trillion yuan by 2020.
 
“Stadium’s presence in China, delivered by the new RDC and the existing established manufacturing facility in Dongguan, positions the company to capitalise on a growing market opportunity and expand further into the Asia Pacific market,” said McFadden.
 
Shanghai is the largest city by population in China and in the world covering an area of 6340km2 with a population over 24 million. Shanghai has the country’s highest average wage and disposable income while maintaining the lowest urban to rural income gap. For these reasons, the city has historically been able to attract investment, entrepreneurship and talent, which are key to the success of the RDC. Shanghai also has a track record of being an early adopter of new ideas and technology as demonstrated by the technology and research parks around the city.
 
Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park covers an area of 120km² on the Pudong side of the city. It is host to a large number of industries including integrated circuits, software, biopharmaceuticals, bankcards, information security, semiconductor illumination, cultural originality and modern agriculture. Many multinationals also have their research and development centres on this park, including Infineon, GE, Honeywell, Dupont, Lenovo and HP. The talent pool in Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park for electronics engineering and related skills is claimed to be the best in Asia with a vast pool of experienced skilled doctorates and graduates.
 
A 210m² site has been chosen in the Sandhill Plaza complex in close proximity to an MTR station, modern amenities and an ecosystem of other high-tech companies in related electronics space.