We are counting down to the world’s
largest human migration. ‘Chun Yun’ is a term to describe the world’s largest annual
human travel season during the Lunar New Year, which begins Feb 5, according to
the 2019 Lunar calendar, and is celebrated for 15 days. More people, working or
studying in first-tier cities like Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, travel home
before or during the holiday for the annual family reunion. For others, they
will use the time off to travel within China or to other popular destinations across Asia and in the US or Italy.
CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope's Jordan Zhu explains how smart technology and connectivity has transformed Chun Yun.
China’s population stands at 1.4 billion, and accounts for nearly 19 percent of
the total world population, according
to WorldoMeter. You can imagine why Chun Yun is such a big deal.
A long-held tradition transformed by technology
term "Chun Yun" was first used in the 1980s. According
to Xinhua, an estimated 100 million trips were made during the
Chun Yun in the 1980s, and the figure has surged to about 2.98 billion trips
securing a ticket to moving through the crowd to the journey itself, travelling
during Chun Yun is an arduous mission. Before the internet had fully developed,
people would queue overnight or even a few nights before ticketing opened to
secure train tickets home. Many were left disappointed since rail was the only
option back then. Situations in rail stations were often messy. In the past, it
was extremely crowded as processing of tickets were manual and trains were slow
due to a lack of robust infrastructure. Unsurprisingly, some managed to sneak
in without a ticket due to the overwhelming chaos.
technology has transformed Chun Yun. As China increases connectivity, commuters
can monitor for ticket availability and book their train tickets on their mobile
devices in advance. There are more
travel options due to the improved transport infrastructure,
including smart monitoring of weather and traffic conditions across China. Railway
stations are more organized and efficient with the help of technology.
Four smart technologies help ease the travel rush
is more digitally connected than ever before with approximately 1.56
billion mobile phone subscriptions as of late 2018. With a more
connected society, China is demonstrating momentum in technologies to make
commuting smarter and safer.
technology is used in various
railway stations to speed up security at checkpoints. For example, it takes
less than two seconds to pass through the checkpoints at Wuhan Railway station.
Smart robots will be deployed at some railway stations, drawing on
big data technology to answer passengers' questions related to train schedules
or ticket information. Passengers will use voice enabled technology to ask for
directions which frees up service counters to focus on other services.
Reality (VR) technology is also gaining ground in the railway stations. For
example, commuters can virtually experience entering the station, going through
security checks and waiting for the train in advance using VR via their smart
phones. China reputably has one of the world’s most vast transportation systems,
boasting 13,670 miles of high-speed rail lines—greater than all other countries
country is in the process of laying down 9,321 more miles by 2025, according to
qz.com. Although in
its infancy, the use of an artificial
intelligence (AI) system will help to detect power failures and provide early
warning to station operators. Efficient scheduling of trains could also be
achieved with the help of big data, as well as providing smarter services using
AI in train stations. For instance, commuters might experience faster check in
thanks to facial recognition and electronic tickets.
Connectivity enables smart technologies
is at the heart of smart technologies, enabling everything in the railway
stations from digital payment, to minimizing human congestion to providing
wireless throughout the journey. CommScope is in the connectivity business. We
help solve complicated coverage and capacity challenges for customers and meet the
needs of a smart communications for today’s modern transportation network.
Every Lunar New Year starts with a new zodiac sign and 2019 is the Year of
the Pig, the twelfth of all zodiac animals. Their chubby
faces and big ears are signs of good fortune. As we welcome the Lunar New Year,
I wish all our readers good fortune and good health.