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MAS chief Ravi Menon hopes cryptocurrency tech will survive 'crash' (Channel NewsAsia)

Singapore's central bank head said on Monday (Jan 15) he hoped the technologies underpinning cryptocurrencies such as blockchain would not be undermined by an eventual crash in the virtual currency.

This article originally appeared on the Channel NewsAsia on 15th January 2018. You can view the original article here: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/mas-chief-ravi-menon-hopes-cryptocurrency-tech-will-survive-9861844.

By John Geddie, Masayuki Kitano, Richard Borsuk | January 19th, 2018


Investing in ICT and IoT in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Part 1: Saigon Hi-Tech Park

We had the opportunity to visit Ho Chi Minh City last week to meet up with some of the key stakeholders in the country’s IoT ecosystem - one of which we have the honour to be working with for this year’s 19th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform: Saigon Hi-Tech Park.

By Nguyen Dinh Viet Anh | September 4th, 2017


50 Years of ASEAN: Ushering a New Digital Era

A region with 630 million people and a combined GDP of US$2.5 trillion; ASEAN has accelerated in economic growth and social progress since its founding in 1967.

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore founded the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 50 years ago with the goal of facilitating economic and political collaboration among its members. The initiative, which includes a free trade agreement that enabled great intra-regional trade, has propelled ASEAN to be the world’s sixth-largest economy in the world.

By Abdullah Zaidani | August 31st, 2017


Countries with a share in Myanmar’s digital market

With the help of the international telcos, telecommunications infrastructure has been strengthened, with ever-increasing demand. This led to one of the neighbouring countries to come in and build the fourth telco of the country: that was Vietnam.

By Su Htwe | August 23rd, 2017


The Key to Digital Transformation and driving IoT Adoption in ASEAN

“You need to have bold vision and having a vision on how things are going. When we speak IoT, there's always a excuse i.e technology is not there, i.e but there's no optimum point for IoT. We need to be bold in pushing things forward, move away from discussions to pushing things out.” - Gio Abaquin, Category Head, M2M & IoT, SMART Communications.

By Abdullah Zaidani | August 11th, 2017


The Evolving Role of Information Technology (IT) Divisions within Enterprises in Indonesia - Thoughts from Day 1 of AIBP Indonesia

A common theme arose from the discussions held during Day 1 of the Asia IoT Business Platform being held in Jakarta, Indonesia:- IT divisions are no longer seen as mere supporting units of the enterprise, but rather as a driver of their overall strategy. As such, IT division heads have to be more cognizant of business outcomes instead of just being able to manage costs. 

By Irza Suprapto | August 11th, 2017


Day 1 at Asia IoT Business Platform Philippines: Collaboration is critical

Compared to other Southeast Asian countries, Philippines seems to be quite ahead in terms of IoT adoption and digital transformation, especially in the industrial and logistics sectors. Throughout our panel discussions among leaders in telecommunications, industrial & manufacturing, transport & logistics, issues not dissimilar to discussions in other countries arise: manpower, education, connectivity, yet the industry leaders seem to be optimistic about The Philippines’ potentials in digital transformation. Is that the case?

By Nguyen Dinh Viet Anh | August 4th, 2017


Day 1 at Asia IoT Business Platform 2017 Malaysia: Talent is key in growing IoT

One of the technology leaders in the region, Malaysia is set on growing the IoT ecosystem and clear about the role and potentials of IoT in improving the economy and public sector.

By Nguyen Dinh Viet Anh | August 4th, 2017


IoT and digital transformation in Thailand: start small, back to basics, and go

We had the honour and privilege to host 10 distinguished local enterprise leaders on day 1 of Asia IoT Business Platform - the 13th edition in Bangkok, Thailand - who were discussing IoT and digital transformation in the country. From telecommunications, industrial and manufacturing, to transport and logistics, we heard particularly interesting topics with regard to the opportunities as well as challenges regarding IoT adoption.

By Nguyen Dinh Viet Anh | August 4th, 2017


What are ASEAN CIOs spending on this year?

In an annual survey conducted by Computer Weekly/Techtarget among CIOs in ASEAN, it was found that IT decision-makers across the region are expecting another positive year for their IT budgets. 25% of CIOs in the region are expecting an increase of more than 10%, compared to 2016. A further 26% of CIOs predict a small increase, but a rise nevertheless.

By Abdullah Zaidani | July 5th, 2017


Translating IoT solutions into REAL business value - HOW?

It's halfway through 2017 and IoT remains a buzzword in the tech industry. Almost every day we'd come across a new article on latest technology trends, disruptive models, new partnership announcements...but may I repeat - when was the last time you spoke to a user?

By Sue Yuin Ho | July 3rd, 2017


Is Myanmar ready for IoT?

When Myanmar opened up to the world after 49 years of military rule, many corporations turned their eye to glance at the local market. As time goes by, it has been realized that the country poses enough challenges to profit corporations in a few years’ time, and not for the present.

By Su Htwe | July 3rd, 2017


Delivering the Promise: the difference between exploring IoT and successfully implementing IoT

Earlier this week, we took a first look into our ongoing annual enterprise survey and found that while more than 70% of enterprises in Southeast Asia have implemented IoT or are exploring IoT projects currently, only 7% have reported successes.

By Fong Yue Yeng | June 21st, 2017


Understanding the IoT needs of enterprises and organizations in Southeast Asia

It was a hectic past week for us at Asia IoT Business Platform as we hosted press briefing sessions in both Bangkok and Jakarta. At the same time, we also concluded our annual IoT survey which looks at the perspectives of local enterprises and organizations in Southeast Asia pertaining to IoT deployment and implementation.

By Abdullah Zaidani | June 21st, 2017

Indonesia | Malaysia

Moving forward: IoT focus in Indonesia and Malaysia (Snapshot of IoT Business Platform 2016 August series)

August had been a very busy month for us, but we're happy to witness the growth of Indonesian and Malaysian enterprise IoT markets since we launched Asia IoT Business Platform 3 years back.

By Sue Yuin Ho | May 2nd, 2017


Mobile Money: the way to bring back glitter to the Golden Land Myanmar?

mobile money myanmar

There are two sectors that are most progressing in Myanmar; they are telecommunications and financial services. The two combined, creates an exciting venture: mobile financial services.

By Su Htwe | May 1st, 2017

Asia Pacific

ASEAN IoT: On Telcos, Public Services and Enterprises

Exactly two weeks back we had the pleasure of hosting partners from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Brunei in a closed door gathering - mainly to share and exchange insights on the current and upcoming IoT developments across Southeast Asia.

By Admin | May 1st, 2017


Two upcoming sectors in Indonesia in need of IoT

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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.

By Valencia Elvina Wijaya | May 1st, 2017

Asia Pacific

An ASEAN Enterprise view on the IoT

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.

By Admin | May 1st, 2017

Asia Pacific

On the edge: pushing the enterprise IoT conversations further

We all know that IoT has immense potential in improving productivity and transforming traditional businesses into the new age of digital innovation and maximising customer satisfaction. We have all seen the case studies, the challenges, the promise of IoT for a better future.

By Dinh Viet Anh Nguyen | May 1st, 2017

Asia Pacific

The 3 Cs of IoT Deployment in Southeast Asia

We are honoured and privileged to have hosted the region’s key IoT stakeholders in Singapore on 14 Feb - yes, V-day - who convened to discuss their love for IoT and IoT developments in the region. Among the conversations between the region’s telcos, thought-provoking presentations, and conversations during our networking sessions, three common themes arise:

By Admin | May 1st, 2017

Asia Pacific

IoT in Southeast Asia: Crossing The Chasm

A recent survey by Computer Weekly with over 1000 APAC IT professionals found that 2017 will be another good year for CIOs in the ASEAN region. 26% anticipate an increase of more than 10% for their IT budgets and a further 27% predicted a small increase.

By Yue Yeng Fong | May 1st, 2017

Asia Pacific | Singapore

ASEAN Internet of Things (IoT): 2016 Year in Review

As 2016 comes to a close, we are humbled to witness the remarkable progress of ASEAN nations in the past year through our work across the region in driving enterprise adoption of IoT technologies. With a population of over 600 million, a nominal GDP of $2.31 trillion, and a clear evolution from a low-cost manufacturing base to a sturdy pillar of Asia’s GDP growth, there is little doubt that ASEAN is in the frontline of global growth.

By Abdullah Zaidani | May 1st, 2017


Yangon: reflecting on ICT/IoT developments and potentials in Myanmar

Myanmar Pagoda Shwedagon

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.

By Dinh Viet Anh Nguyen | May 1st, 2017


Vietnam’s IoT market: 3 takeaways from Hanoi


We recently concluded our 11th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform two weeks ago in Hanoi, Vietnam. While it was also our last programme for 2016, it was our first programme in Vietnam to explore the country's IoT market. Over two days, we saw different IoT stakeholders ranging from government bodies, telecommunications companies, IoT solutions providers, and enterprises convening and engaging in vibrant and interesting discussions on all things IoT.

By Abdullah Zaidani | May 1st, 2017


'Pho' a connected future: Internet of Things heats up in Vietnam

One of the fastest-growing economies in the world, Vietnam has been rapidly growing its IT sector to pursue the aim of becoming an industrial country by 2020. The recent Vietnam ICT Comm 2016 in Hanoi witnessed strong interest particularly in the IoT sector, with thousands of people trying out IoT products and attending a presentation about IoT by Mr. Hoang Viet Tien.

By Dinh Viet Anh Nguyen | May 1st, 2017


Future-proofing the nation: Malaysian government crucial in building the IoT roadmap

iot malaysia roadmap

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)

By Sue Yuin Ho | May 1st, 2017


The Smart Cities Race in Vietnam

ETN Singapore just announced its collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee to provide free public WiFi for the city with Altai’s Super WiFi Solution. The project aims to blanket HCMC’s District 1 with free WiFi in a few weeks’ time. HCMC hopes that this will boost tourism, local economy, and bring the city one step closer to becoming a “smart city”.

By Dinh Viet Anh Nguyen | May 1st, 2017


Making W.A.V.E.S with Mega Cebu


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.

By Admin | May 1st, 2017

Asia Pacific

Durian and the Internet of Things

Durians are native to South East Asia and widely known as the "King of Fruits". Alfred Russel Wallace, a 19th century British naturalist described durian flesh as ‘a rich custard highly flavored with almonds’.

By Ernest Ho | May 1st, 2017


IoT will impact your productivity for the better

Even if the Internet of Things is still a rather remote possibility, in the next couple of years it's predicted to invade our daily lives like no other technology before. The IoT is expected to change every single aspect of business, ranging from consumer relations to employee productivity. It will impact the economy at large by granting us access to new solutions, such as precise geo-location or remote mobile device management.

By Talha Fazal | May 1st, 2017