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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

Singapore

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

Singapore

Singapore to focus on themes of resilience, innovation as ASEAN chairman (Channel NewsAsia)


(Photo: Gaya Chandramohan, Channel NewsAsia)

Singapore will focus on strengthening the collective resilience of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as promoting innovation among member economies, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said......

This article originally appeared on the Channel NewsAsia on 12th January 2018. You can view the original article here: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-to-focus-on-themes-of-resilience-innovation-as-asean-9856548.


By | January 19th, 2018

ASEAN

2017 in Review: What's Next in Maximising the Full Potential of IoT?

Anthony Bourne, VP Global Industry Solutions at IFS, said that the three pillars to a successful digital transformation is technology, investment and people. For us, we will like to add one more critical factor: engagement with your customer. It does not matter if you are a B2B, B2C, or B2B2C organization, at the end of the day, all technology should drive greater customer value – and that is the motto of what we seek to do.


By Yue Yeng Fong | January 19th, 2018

Philippines

Transforming the Philippines with Internet of Things applications

In spite of some political instabilities, Philippines currently boasts one of the highest growth rates in Asia, with an annualized growth rate at 6.9% in the third quarter, just behind Vietnam but slightly ahead of China. However, FDI inflows reduced by 5% to $5.1 billion in the first 8 months, compared to $5.4 billion last year. This is partly due to the fact that companies are skeptical about President Duterte’s policies as well as the administration’s actions. When it comes to the ICT scene and infrastructures, the Philippines enjoys a relatively high Internet penetration average of 58%, way above the global average of 50%. Moreover, the Philippines also has the longest average personal Internet usage time of almost 9 hours a day. This has even become a common joke in the country that people spend more time on the Internet as it is slow...


By Kiet Pham | December 29th, 2017

Malaysia

Malaysia, the next Regional Internet-of-Things (IoT) Development Hub?

Malaysia is in South East Asia, and it is the third largest economy in the region. Previously, the country relied greatly on agriculture and mining to boost its economy. However, there was a sharp shift in focus to manufacturing in the 70s, as the government realized the potential of manufacturing and industrialization through the accomplishments of the 4 Asian Tiger economies...


By Kiet Pham | December 28th, 2017

Vietnam

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

Myanmar

Bullish Sentiment on Myanmar's ICT Development - Day 1 at Asia IoT Business Platform, Myanmar


Myanmar has progressed rapidly since her liberalization a few years ago. A major factor in this progress would be the information and communication technology (ICT) sector as stated by U So Thein, Director General, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Myanmar, "Investments in telecommunications infrastructure has been a major contributing factor to Myanmar's GDP growth over the last two years," in his welcome address today...


By Felix Fernando | November 24th, 2017

Singapore

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

Vietnam

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

Thailand

Best of Both Worlds (Bangkok Post)

Don't fear the rise of robots, say technology visionaries who believe truly smart manufacturing should involve humans and machines doing what each does best....

This article originally appeared on the Bangkok Post on 31st October 2017. You can view the original article here: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/1351031/best-of-both-worlds.


By ERICH PARPART (Bangkok Post) | October 31st, 2017

Myanmar

Mobile Money: Will Myanmar Succeed the Way Kenya/Tanzania did?

... f ew will remember that the first mobile money service was launched in 2001 in the Philippines. And over the past few years, we've seen vast adoption of mobile money services in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and now Myanmar and Vietnam...


By Irza Fauzan Suprapto | October 12th, 2017

Future of Education in Myanmar

The future is the cloud. These fast-changing times are making traditional learning obsolete. In Myanmar, even if the kids manage to finish school, there is a high probability that they are not ready for the workplace.


By Su Htwe | August 17th, 2017

Myanmar

Battling Crime with Technology

During March this year, the parliament announced the budget allocation of USD 15.3 Billion for fiscal year, 2017-2018. Ministry of Planning and Finance received the largest amount at 22%, Ministry of Electricity and Energy was allocated 20%, and Ministry of Defence has the third highest at 13%.


By Su Htwe | July 14th, 2017

ASEAN

Securely Stepping Into IIOT

For the past months, the issue of cyberattack has been a hotly discussed topic due to the global “ransomware” attack that disrupted factories, hospitals and even schools. Purchase of cybersecurity products increased significantly which then resulted in the rise of shares of some cybersecurity firms.


By Valencia Elvina Wijaya | July 14th, 2017

ASEAN

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

ASEAN

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

Myanmar

The beginning of smart mobility in Myanmar?

Smart mobility might have been a concept lost in Myanmar previously, but starting from this year, the country has been making massive changes to its public transport system. Yangon is the commercial and probably the most developed city in the country.


By Su Htwe | June 15th, 2017

Myanmar

Tech-gather, we can find innovative solutions to improve Myanmar’s healthcare quality

WHO recommends a minimum threshold of 2.3 health workers (doctors, nurses, midwives) for 1,000 people to achieve health-related Millennium Development Goals: reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. 


By Su Htwe | May 31st, 2017

Thailand

Of AI and Robots – Thailand’s F&B Giants Investing in Automation to drive Thailand 4.0

The next time you chug down the ever-popular Chang beer in Thailand, you will be consuming the fruit of robots’ labour. Thai Beverage Group (ThaiBev) and Charoen Pokphand (C.P.), two of Thailand’s—and Southeast Asia’s—biggest F&B conglomerates, are planning to develop robots to respond to the Thailand 4.0 scheme.


By Abdullah Zaidani | May 31st, 2017

Myanmar

Trash can be collected the smart way: Internet of Bins

In the survey carried out by the Yangon City Development Committee’s Pollution Control and Cleansing Department (YCDC), it was found that by 2015 each person disposed 0.41 kg of garbage on average daily, and the garbage production had been rising continually, from 0.34 kg in 2012. More than 70% of the rubbish was classified as kitchen waste, and the rest as plastic, glass, tin and other materials.


By Su Htwe | May 21st, 2017

Thailand

When transportation meets the Internet of Things

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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 | 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

ASEAN

Earth Day Special: Alleviating Environmental Woes in ASEAN with IoT

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.


By Abdullah Zaidani | May 1st, 2017

Myanmar

Cyclone Maarutha Struck Myanmar: Technology Made People Prepared

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.


By Su Htwe | May 1st, 2017

Singapore

Smart Mobility 2030: Focus on Autonomous Vehicles

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.


By Ernest Ho | May 1st, 2017

Thailand

The IoT Opportunity in Thailand’s Manufacturing Sector

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.


By Abdullah Zaidani | May 1st, 2017

ASEAN

How the Internet of Things is improving Tax Services in ASEAN

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


By Ernest Ho | May 1st, 2017

Asia Pacific

Taiwanese IoT players eyeing ASEAN markets

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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.


By Sue Yuin Ho | May 1st, 2017

Asia Pacific | Singapore

Changi Airport; Staying ahead of the game with IoT

Singapore's Changi Airport has been named the "World's Best Airport" for a fifth consecutive year, by research firm SkyTrax.


By Ernest Ho | May 1st, 2017