As part of the Asia IoT Business Platform 2017 activities in Singapore, I was fortunate to be able to attend a closed door discussion among senior technology and innovation executives from Enterprises around the ASEAN region.
We were honoured to witness the efforts of the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA)’s efforts in promoting several IoT related industry and talent development programs in Taiwan, including the official launch of Microsoft IoT Innovation Center in October last year.
In one of our previous insights (What does Automation Mean for Manufacturing in Vietnam?), we discussed Vietnam’s position as a manufacturing powerhouse and how the country is emerging as a low-cost hub for manufacturers around the world. In this article, we look further into the booming domestic sector and the opportunities to be tapped by solution providers of disruptive technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data.
Da Nang — The central city of Da Nang should develop as a unique smart city and a competitive global center of tourism and services, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at a meeting to mark the 20th anniversary of Da Nang’s autonomous status directly under the central government.
As we celebrate 59 years of nationhood, I am reminded of the latest achievement we had 2 weeks ago in KL, where commitment to target IoT as a new national economic source was reiterated by the Minister of Technology, Science and Innovation himself.
The Malaysian government is pushing for a large-scale implementation of Internet of Things (IoT), expecting IoT to contribute RM9.5b (US$2.5b) to the country’s Gross National Income (GNI) by 2020, and create 14,270 high-skilled job opportunities. (Read: Malaysia Releases IoT Roadmap: S$11B Income Boost Expected)
As forecasted by Myanmar Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, Cyclone Maarutha swept the coast of West Myanmar, Thandwe township at 8.30 pm on 16th April. Maarutha, however, was short-lived and weakened steadily because of the rugged terrain of the region according to NASA. A few houses would need to redo their roofs and one lamp post has to be replaced, but there has been no report of a large-scale destruction in the area where the cyclone made the entry.
The growth in industrialization as well as economic development as a whole has led to an increasing need for more electricity. Although Myanmar is rich with natural resources such as hydropower, gas and coal that can be used to generate electricity, it has the lowest electrification rate in Southeast Asia. The country also foresees a 15% increase in electricity demand every year.
Being my first time in the country, I didn't know what to expect when I touched down at Yangon International Airport (except I knew that I had to change Burmese kyats at the airport since it was not available at Changi International Airport - tip for those who are making their way to Myanmar.) I wanted to find out more about the interesting, relatively new but robust ICT market in Myanmar, by attending CommuniCast and speaking to some key stakeholders in the telecommunications market about the potential of the enterprise IoT market.
Earth Day will be commemorated this Saturday, 22 April. It marks the anniversary of the contemporary environmental movement that started in the 1970s. On this day, environmental issues are thrown into the spotlight, to be pondered and reflected upon, and hopefully be solved. On this day, we celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about the many woes that our planet is facing, largely due to our own actions – and inactions.
In the face of growing vehicle population and limited land for road expansion, Singapore is taking a multi prong approach to Urban Mobility with the launch of Smart Mobility Plan 2030, where Intelligent Transport Systems would play an important role in enhancing transportation services to maintain delightful travel experiences. The Internet of Things (IoT) will feature heavily with the implementation of Smart sensors & Devices in Land Transport allowing real time insights to be gleaned through big data.
What good is a market if there is no prospect? Lucky for Industrial IoT solution providers that are looking to access the Thai enterprise IoT market, the manufacturing and industrial sector in Thailand appears to be in a pretty good shape. It is no surprise that Thailand has always been a manufacturing giant, not only in Southeast Asia, but in the world. The Thai economy, which has traditionally been based on agricultural exports, has transformed within the past few decades. Presently, the industrial sector constitutes a substantial share of Thailand’s economy.
Tax revenues are vital to support infrastructure that citizens rely on. These revenues help fund nation building and is used to support projects including ICT, improving education, food security and housing services. Without the support of tax payers, many of these programs cannot exist. Tax agencies around the world are increasingly leveraging technology to increase productivity and plugging the leakages of tax collection. Countries in South East Asia are no different
Fintech is all the rage now, major technology companies from the west (Google, Apple and Facebook) and the east (Line and QQ) are rolling out new services to transform our smart phones into a digital wallet.
The 7000 over islands of the Philippines are geographically split into 3 regions, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The capital of the Philippines, Manila, is located on the Luzon island, and surrounding the capital is Metro Manila, a metropolitan area that is the most populous metropolitan area in South East Asia.
The Philippines is situated in the western Pacific Ocean, consisting over 7000 islands. There are 3 main geographical regions that are categorized broadly under from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part ofMetro Manila on Luzon island.
You thought that Singapore is the only country that is capable of harnessing technology to create a sophisticated and smart city? In my previous article, we have seen some great initiatives in Malaysia (Cyberjaya) and Indonesia (Jakarta Smart City Lounge). ASEAN remains to be ambitious in realizing its smart cities. Here, we look at the smart city initiatives in Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Presently located in IBM’s Watson Centre at the Marina Bay Financial Centre, IBM Studios Singapore was opened in Singapore less than a year ago, as a regional design centre that aims to help customers to create individualized business solutions and models using IBM’s research technology, cognitive capabilities and experience design, and to better align their businesses with the digital disruption in Asia.
Cities around the world are beginning to understand the huge potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). Thailand is no different, with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society looking to leverage on the Internet of Things to turn Phuket into a smart city by 2020.
I was in Phuket for the past few days. Being a complete stranger to the island with a language barrier, what helped me get around Phuket was this application called Grab. Grab uses an IoT revolutionised fleet to operate their on-demand services. This has made it possible for people to simply tap their smart phone and have a cab arrive at their location in the minimum possible time.
In 2016, SMEs industry in Thailand has grown up to 5.3% to account for 41.1% of Thailand’s GDP. SME accounted for more than 80% of employment as well. This highlights the importance of SME in Thailand’s economy.
With the vision of creating the Thailand 4.0, Thai government has introduced the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DE) in place of previous Ministry of Information Communications Technology (ICT). DE Ministry takes over all responsibilities of the ICT Ministry, National Statistics Office, Software Industry Promotion Agency, Electronic Transactions Development Agency, Thai National Meteorological Department and Thailand Post, as well as oversight of state-owned telcos TOT and CAT Telecom. The National Disaster Warning Centre, previously under the supervision of the ICT Ministry, is the only agency that was transferred to the Interior Ministry.
Without any surprise, Indonesia is considered to be one of the most prospective markets in Southeast Asia for enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) adoption. Gartner predicted that by 2018, Indonesia, together with other Southeast Asia countries, will have spent a total of $62 billion for technology.
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