The Yunnan Engineering Research Center of Smart Tourism has been inaugurated, underlining research achievements such as block chain-based digital identity cards for tourism commodities.

Referred to simply as “the Center”, the unit was inaugurated simultaneously on August 6 at Yunnan Tengyun Information Co., Ltd. and Yunnan University. It aims to be a catalyst for the development of tourism, digital economy and new infrastructure in Yunnan Province and China as a whole.

Seen as an innovative measure to apply cutting-edge technology to local tourism, the Center is a platform for the integration of industry-university-research institute and a sustainable source of intellectual support to facilitate Yunnan’s “Smart Tourism” drive and the integrated development of local tourism.

According to Go-Yunnan, “The Center is committed to building a modern technology-guided think tank brand that supports the integrated development of cultural tourism.”

Based on the combination of front-line technologies and “smart” tourism scenarios, the Center will conduct innovative technology research and promotes the commercialization and application of research achievements by using pioneering technologies such as big data, Internet of Things and blockchain to help the development of “Digital Yunnan.”

Meanwhile, the Center will, says Go-Yunnan, shape itself into a “first-class think tank platform and a magnet of top scientists, and international exchange and cooperation”.

The Center consists of six internal institutions, including the Comprehensive Management and External Liaison Office, the Basic Research and Development Center, the Technology Transfer Center, the Industrial Research Center, the Industrial Service Center and the Brand Publicity Center, which will produce four major types of results in the realms of research, application, education and production. It’s said that Tengyun and the School of Information Science and Engineering of Yunnan University will also set up “industry-education-research” bases that operate under the Center.

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