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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


Forget bitcoin. It's blockchain that will change the world (The Straits Times)

One of the many buzzwords at this week's CES technology show is "blockchain" - the technology underpinning the bitcoin craze....

This article originally appeared on The Straits Times on 12th January 2018. You can view the original article here: http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/forget-bitcoin-its-blockchain-that-will-change-the-world.

By Hayley Tsukayama | January 19th, 2018


SIA focuses on digital transformation to reclaim world's No. 1 spot (The Business Times)

SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) will focus significantly on the digital realm this year, under its overall transformation programme aimed at getting back to being the world's best airline, chief executive Goh Choon Phong said in a New Year message to staff.

This article originally appeared on The Business Times on 19th January 2018. You can view the original article here: http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/transport/sia-focuses-on-digital-transformation-to-reclaim-worlds-no-1-spot

By Nisha Ramchandani | January 19th, 2018


Current State of IoT in Vietnam - Asia IoT Business Platform Vietnam

IoT projects such as smart city initiatives have been explored by city governors in Vietnam such as Da Nang, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City. However, from the panel discussion, the panelists, which include Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP), Viettel, and VNPT, all agree that a majority of the local population still don’t understand IoT and many enterprises still have a very limited understanding...

By Asia IoT Business Platform | December 8th, 2017


Data Analytics and Business Intelligence: Opportunities and Challenges in Southeast Asia

...the industries which will make the largest investment in big data and business analytics would be banking and finance industry, manufacturing and the public service sector. Banking, healthcare, insurance, securities and investment services and telecommunications are expected to record the fastest growth in terms of spending on BI tools and software, each with CAGR of 13%.

By Felix Fernando | November 28th, 2017


The Smart Nation Race: Singapore & China

For Singapore to make digital payments commonplace, the government is taking a step in the right direction – integrating systems. Regulatory oversight is crucial and the move towards a common QR code in Singapore prevents banks, payment networks and e-wallet providers with conflicting business interests to create close-loop systems that can only work with their own apps.

By Yue Yeng Fong | November 10th, 2017


The State of Enterprise Mobility in Southeast Asia - Where does Myanmar Stand?

According to the Myanmar Telecommunications Ministry, over 90% of Myanmar adults have access to mobile phones in 2016 with smartphone penetration approaching 80% of all mobile phones. As IMF's world's fastest growing economy in 2016, Myanmar has a latecomer advantage and can leapfrog quickly into the technology era. "The consumer market in Myanmar has essentially bypassed the development stages seen in other economies and moved straight to digital and mobile, creating huge potential for internet-enabled businesses', said Mika Artaut, Head of digital marketing at Wave Money.

By Yue Yeng Fong | November 3rd, 2017


The Smart City Ambition of Vietnamese Cities

Earlier this August, Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP) signed a deal with Trilliant to deploy Southeast Asia's first smart city project, five months after completion of AMI smart communications network at SHTP, a pilot project driven by electric utility company EVN...

By Sue Yuin Ho | November 3rd, 2017


Data Challenges and Opportunities in Southeast Asia's Expanding Economy

Digital initiatives and a country’s development has always been closely tied and the World Bank’s Digital Adoption Index introduced in 2016 aims to measure the extent of the spread of digital technologies within and across countries for all the key agents in an economy: people, business, and governments. Benefits of digital technologies include inclusive and sustainable growth, improved governance and increased economic opportunities. Information poverty on the other hand is likely to cause poor planning, inefficient markets, disempowerment, corruption and more...

By Yue Yeng Fong | October 6th, 2017


Vietnam and its smart city craze

Last year, when we conducted our first Asia IoT Business Platform in Vietnam in Hanoi, we saw great interest among participants, especially in the smart cities space. Back then, we featured local speakers and panelists that represented some cities which are emerging with their own smart city initiatives..

By Abdullah Zaidani | September 21st, 2017


Myanmar’s rapid urbanisation demands for more sustainable urban solutions

As a result of Myanmar’s economic isolation, which lasted until 2010, urbanisation in the country lagged that of its regional neighbours. According to the 2014 Myanmar census, the urban community shared only 30% of the total population in the country; a low figure in both the global and ASEAN index.

By Abdullah Zaidani | September 15th, 2017


Cyber Security crucial in development of Myanmar’s ICT industry

Although Myanmar saw a rapid growth in internet usage and smartphones, knowledge of cyber security did not progress at the same rate. As companies transform digitally and turn to cloud technology, data protection and security have never become more important. Microsoft’s 2017 report, Security Intelligence Report Volume 22, has revealed that Myanmar is now the 4th most exposed country in Asia Pacific to malicious programmes, among Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam (Read the article on cyber security in Vietnam.)

By Su Htwe | September 7th, 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


Saensuk kicks off smart city for the elderly

The Saensuk municipality has joined hands with Dell Corporation and Intel Microelectronic (Thailand) to kick off Thailand's first smart city for elderly people in Chon Buri. 

By Bangkok Post | July 7th, 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


Tackling Jakarta’s urbanization nightmare with Big Data

I don’t even know where to start when it comes to Jakarta’s roads. Is it bad? Horrible? A nightmare? They are probably the kind of roads that you can find in the deepest bowels of hell.

By Abdullah Zaidani | June 8th, 2017


Exploring the importance of partnership to IoT success in Southeast Asia

A Forbes article last week asserts that partnerships are key to IoT success. In the article, the author highlighted a study from Cisco that showed an alarmingly high rate of failure for IoT projects -75%. Even the remainder of the projects that were delivered were also seldom regarded as success.

By Fong Yue Yeng | June 7th, 2017


The Power of Satellite Communication in IoT World

A study by Gartner predicted 25 billion interconnected devices will exist by 2020 - it is no surprise that IoT (Internet of Things) is no longer a mere buzzword but our future. IoT enable devices to collect data to derive useful information for better decision making.

By Valencia Elvina Wijaya | May 30th, 2017


Thailand 4.0 - Thailand’s IoT Ventures

Thailand’s move to become the region’s digital infrastructure hub has been strengthened by several Internet of Things (IoT) projects and initiatives. From the deployment of long-range IoT network...

By Abdullah Zaidani | May 25th, 2017


When transportation meets the Internet of Things

thailand iot transportation

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.

By Admin | May 15th, 2017

Asia Pacific

Uber : Internet of Things, Big Data and Analytics

Uber, a smartphone-app based ride sharing service, which connects users who need to get somewhere with drivers willing to give them a ride.

By Ernest Ho | May 15th, 2017

Indonesia | Vietnam

The missing piece of smart cities

Smart cities continue to be a hot topic at this year’s Asia IoT Business Platform 2016 Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. Graced by the presence of Ministry officials and city mayors, presentations and discussions on IoT technologies related to smart cities raise much interest in the conference participants. Interestingly, while technologies were extensively discussed, so was another aspect sometimes overlooked - engaging and educating smart citizens.

By Dinh Viet Anh Nguyen | May 2nd, 2017

Asia Pacific

The "Wait & See" approach and its implications

A recent study by analyst firm IDC showed that Malaysian organisations are lagging behind their ASEAN counterparts in the digital transformation stakes. 

By Yue Yeng Fong | May 2nd, 2017


Smart City Phuket : Leveraging the IoT for Tourism

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.

By Ernest Ho | May 1st, 2017

Asia Pacific

Weather IoT: How does the Weather Impact your Business?

Weather affects our personal lives, influencing the choices that we make about what clothes to wear, how to travel, and the activities in which we participate in. How has IoT got to do with weather?

By Ernest Ho | May 1st, 2017

Managing Water Costs with IoT

marina barrage and water resource

Water is the vital source of life.

71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in Water, however only 2.5% of water on Earth is fresh water and 98.8% of this is found in ice and ground water. This makes fresh water an extremely scarce resource.

By Admin | May 1st, 2017


The Society in IoT – The Impact of IoT on ASEAN

vietnam-floating market

Looking beyond the business and technology, it is important to realise that communities in the region are to benefit most from the increased adoption and implementation of IoT.

By Abdullah Zaidani | 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

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

Just Drones: marrying technologies, entertainment, and the future of UAVs

Lady Gaga recently performed a 15-minute death-defying SuperBowl halftime show that skyrocketed her music sales by 1000%. To most people, that's impressive. But to some (like me), what's equally impressive is the flock of "stars" which are drones with LED lights attached forming an impressive backdrop of moving stars and an American flag, as Gaga sings the patriotic opening tune "God Bless America".

By Dinh Viet Anh Nguyen | May 1st, 2017