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KPN press release on 30 June 2016

As from today the KPN LoRa network is available throughout the Netherlands. This makes the Netherlands the first country in the world to have a nationwide LoRa network for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Over the past eight months a lot of hard work has gone into the rollout of the network, so it is now available outdoors throughout the Netherlands. KPN’s LoRa went live at the beginning of November 2015 in Rotterdam and The Hague. Because of substantial customer interest the rollout of the network was speeded up at the beginning of the year.

The existence of the easily accessible LoRa network makes it simple to develop smart applications and to optimize processes and services. KPN has already contracted 1.5 million ‘devices’ that will be connected to the LoRa network. This number is expected to grow rapidly now that the network is available in the whole of the Netherlands. In the months ahead KPN will further optimize the LoRa network by condensing the network; the much-requested localization functionality will become available too.

“Last year we identified an increasing demand for low-power network technology for Internet of Things applications. We are responding to this by choosing LoRa, so millions of devices can be connected to the internet in a cost-effective manner,” says Joost Farwerck, Chief Operations Officer and member of the Board of Management of KPN. “In less than a year KPN has implemented a network that allows us to satisfy this market demand.”

The first Internet of Things applications are already connected to the network and numerous proofs of concept are being tested. For example, at Schiphol Airport LoRa is being tested in logistical processes such as baggage handling and for facility services. An experiment is being carried out at Utrecht Central station that allows LoRa to monitor rail switches, and depth sounders at the port of Rotterdam have been fitted with devices to connect them to the IoT network. KPN expects LoRa applications for consumers to become more widely available in the course of this year.

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Remco Hekker , Managing Director IoT Operations with KPN will be sharing KPN’s experience with LoRa during the 10th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform in Kuala Lumpur this 18-19 August which is endorsed by Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI).

In 2012 Remco was amongst the first in KPN to explore the possibilities of Lora for KPN and this led to the introduction of KPN’s Lora Network. Recently Remco became responsible for all KPN New Business IoT Operations including Smarthome, M2M and Lora.

Malaysia recently joined the LoRa alliance to promote national IoT adoption through the LoRa WAN connectivity protocol. This was in line with the government’s initiative towards promoting new industries including the IoT industry and making Malaysia a regional hub for IoT.

For more information on Asia IoT Business Platform, email zaf@industry-platform.com

By: Zaf

 

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

Using their smart phones, each driver and passenger is represented as “things” in a connected network and are able to interact  with each other in real time. These connections and interactions have enabled Uber to collect massive amounts of data and utilize it to build a business model based on the Big Data principle of crowd sourcing.

Utilizing the vast database of drivers in all of the cities it covers, Uber is able to instantly match passengers with the most suitable driver, when they ask for a ride.

Surge pricing

Uber has applied for a patent on its method of Big Data-informed pricing, “surge pricing”. Uber’s algorithms monitor traffic conditions and journey times in real-time (collected by drivers on the road), combine it with GPS data and makes adjustments to the time that the journey is likely to take.This is vital for Uber’s pricing as it is based on time taken for the journey. With the algorithms, fare calculations can be adjusted as demand for rides changes, and traffic conditions mean journeys are likely to take longer. This is the difference between Uber’s pricing and traditional taxi companies’, which is based on distance covered.

This is an implementation of “dynamic pricing” – similar to that used by hotel chains and airlines to adjust price to meet demand – although rather than simply increasing prices at weekends or during public holidays, it uses predictive modelling to estimate demand in real time.

Uberpool

Insight into Uber’s data(New York), revealed that a vast majority of Uber trips have a look a like trip – a trip that starts near, ends near, and is happening around the same time as another trip. Uber utilized the data and created the Uberpool service. The service allows users to find others near to them making similar journeys at similar times to share a ride, and is all about getting more butts into fewer cars. This translates into less congestion over time and cost savings for riders.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has claimed that the Uberpool service will cut the number of private, owner-operated automobiles on the roads of the world’s most congested cities. In a 2014 interview, he said that he thinks the car-pooling Uberpool service will cut the traffic on London’s streets by a third.

Since its launch in 2014, Uberpool has been rolled out across 40 cities, such as Los Angeles, London and Chengdu. Singapore is the third city in South-east Asia, after Jakarta and Manila, to land Uberpool.

Competition Uber has been hugely successful – since being launched to purely serve San Francisco in 2009, the service has been expanded to many major cities on every continent except for Antarctica.

However, this has also resulted in many competitors springing up to compete in various domestic markets. Lyft in the United States,  Didi Kuaidi in China, Grab in South East Asia and Ola in India, operate in similar business models.

In Indonesia, a local grown startup, Go-Jek, uses the same principle but connects Ojeks (Motorcycle Taxis) instead of cars to passengers, has been flourishing.

As the competition plays out, we can expect the winners to be those who make the best use of the data available to them, to improve the service they offer to their customers.

The most successful is likely to be the one which manages to best use the data available to it to improve the service it provides to customers.

References were made from  “The Amazing Ways Uber Is Using Big Data

Join Uber at the 10th Edition of Asia IoT Business Platform which is held on the 18-19th of August in Kuala Lumpur, as they share insights on using analytics to determine users’ traffic patterns to create a “carpool-on-demand” service.

By: Ernest

Last Friday, a group of hackers in China allegedly took down the announcement systems in major airports in Vietnam, including Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport and Ho Chi Minh’s Tan Son Nhat Airport – the two biggest in the country. The screens and speakers at the airports then started broadcasting messages insulting Vietnam and the Philippines, claiming China’s sovereignty over the so-called “nine-dash line”.

The incident sparked outrage among Vietnamese, whose relationship with China is already tense due to the South China/East Vietnam Sea conflicts. It also highlights the importance of enhancing cybersecurity in the increasingly connected world.

Airports are one of the most vulnerable sites for cyber attacks due to its visibility and the large impact of any disruption to the system. The recent hacks forced operators in Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat to switch off their networks and check in passengers manually, creating long lines and flight delays. Vietnam Airlines’ website was also hacked, resulting in the personal information of more than 400,000 Vietnam Airlines’ frequent flyers being leaked online.

Vietnam’s state of cybersecurity is low – it is the third most-attacked country in the world, according to Kaspersky’s cyberthreat real-time map (updated at the time of post). Many computer and Internet users, even in government organisations, use little to no protection service, and unlicensed softwares that are more vulnerable. 85 percent of computers have virus infected from USB drives, while 30 percent of banking websites have vulnerabilities – two-third of which are high-level vulnerabilities. In the wake of the hacking incidents, at least 2 commercial banks have temporarily disabled their online banking services, with the rest closely monitoring the system for any unusual transactions.

The inter-connectivity of devices and reliance over technologies for everyday operations expose their users to various threats. A recent study shows that 70 percent of current IoT devices contain serious vulnerabilities. Even your wireless keyboards may not only be sending data to your computer, but also to a hacker tapping on the unencrypted data transmission.

As the ICT sector continues to develop in Vietnam, with ‘smart’ projects sprouting up in various areas and verticals like smart cities, traffic management and smart agriculture, this cyber attack serves as a reminder to prioritise security at the top of any implementation of connected technology – over convenience and novelty – so the damages of cyber attacks can be reduced and/or mitigated.

How do you keep your organisation secured against potential cyber threats? Leave your suggestions/experience down in the comments section below.

Cybersecurity will be discussed at the upcoming 11th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform, taking place in Hanoi, Vietnam at the end of November 2016. For more information, drop me an email at dinh@industry-platform.com.

 

By: Dinh

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Personal Fitness and the Internet of Things

With advances in technologies, the costs of sensors have plummeted, making it possible for manufacturers to embed them into smart watches and fitness trackers. These wearable devices measure data such as the number of steps walked, heart rate, quality of sleep, steps climbed, and a number of other personal health metrics.

Pairing a wearable with a smart phone and an app will enable the collected data to be stored in the cloud. The user will also have the ability to log other attributes such as food intake, activities, and weight and set daily and weekly goals for themselves for steps, calories burned and consumed, and distance walked, which can be track over time. With this, a person’s fitness is “connected” to the internet, allowing personal fitness to be “gamified” as users are now able to compete against friends and colleagues in a race to achieve personal fitness goals.

A 2013 wearable pilot involving 600 subjects, conducted by insurer, Cigna, indicated that 80% of the participants were “more motivated to manage their health at the end of the study than at the beginning.” Seeing the potential for fitness trackers to put a break to corporate healthcare costs, fitness trackers are also starting to get included as part of corporate wellness programs.

In a recent interview with Fortune, James Park, the CEO of Fitbit, one of the leading makers of fitness trackers, said “I would like people to think of Fitbit as ‘the’ company that’s had the most profound impact on their health outside of a hospital.”

Health Insurance Leverages on IoT

With improved connectivity and fitness trackers being widely available, Insurance companies have started to offer insurance that integrate features that can make use of this data.

In July 2016, Thailand became the latest country in Southeast Asia, where insurer AIA Group, is teaming up with Vitality, a the global leader in integrating wellness benefits with life insurance products, to launch a science-backed wellness program designed to help customers manage and improve their health more effectively. To date, AIA Vitality has been launched in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Philippines and Malaysia.

AIA Vitality members are eligible for discounts on a range of fitness programs and products including fitness trackers. Points are accumulated for various fitness activities which can be exchanged for lifestyle rewards. Members can also get discounts on annual premiums, which can range from 5-20% of premiums for the first year and up to 25% in renewal years, depending on the member’s AIA Vitality status.

While the benefits of fitness tracking might be obvious, policy holders might find it a hassle to make the purchase and integrate it into daily life. To mitigate this problem, insurer John Hancock (also partnering with Vitality), launched its program in 2015, offering free Fitbits to new members in the U.S. This is inline with a 2014 survey by PwC, which found that 67% of the survey correspondents would use a smart watch or fitness band if provided by their employer or insurer.

Challenges in the age of IoT

While the data from the trackers and smart devices enable insurers to come up with new product features, insurers can find themselves overwhelmed with the exponential increase in real time data being collected. This gives rise to technical challenges, ranging from storing and archiving the data, handling massive volumes of data, efficiently analyzing streaming data, and most important of all securing the privacy of the data.

Technological advancement in healthcare is occurring at breakneck pace. Apple hypothesized that by proactively monitoring the health of your heart beat patterns, they will be able to recognize anomalies and inform you and your doctor to prevent a heart attack.  It is also predicted that, “ingestibles”, “smart” pills that use wireless technology to help monitor internal reactions to medications, will revolutionize healthcare.

Would new “Insurtech” firms or one of the tech’s big boys, like google or apple define the future landscape of health insurance? Or will traditional insurers team up with specialist technology firms to gain insight and know-how to exploit the opportunities arising from new technologies.

Join us at the 9th and 10th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform held on the week of 15th August in Jakarta, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as industry experts weight in and discuss opportunities and challenges in the age of IoT.

By: Ernest

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The adoption of the Internet of Things has seen increasingly rapid growth in recent years, with the number of connected devices expected to exceed 20.8 billion by 2020, a rise from the expected 6.4 billion in 2016. As a result of this, the army of devices that make up the Internet of Things will generate an exponential increase in data volumes. The IDC Digital Universe Study anticipates that the accumulated digital universe of data will increase from an estimated 4.4 trillion gigabytes today to 44 trillion gigabytes by the year 2020.

In Asia Pacific, government initiatives are driving IoT technology adoption, with the number of connected devices expected to increase from 3.1 billion to 8.6 billion by 2020 in APAC alone (excluding Japan). For instance, Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) along with the National R&D centre in ICT (MIMOS) launched the National IoT Strategic Roadmap to transform the country’s digital economy. Singapore has a Smart Nation initiative while Jakarta has Smart City programs in place. Smarter Philippines was also launched by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in 2013 to enhance economic growth through technology. Additionally, India has declared its 100 Smart Cities vision while the Thai government is working with Japanese companies and researchers to implement smart city technology to the country’s cities, primarily to combat traffic congestion.

With this massive influx of data, comes the need to store, process and analyse it. Proper utilization of big data can give rise to data-driven business models, which bring increased revenues, better efficiency, lower costs and customer satisfaction. This is where cloud-based services have and will continue to be increasingly prevalent with the increase in amounts of connected devices. The cloud makes it possible for companies to collate data resources in its entirety and provides ease of access, in real-time.

However, while the cloud has its positive attributes that go hand-in-hand with the adoption of the IoT, business leaders express concerns with regards to the threat of data breaches. Given the vast amounts of available data in the case of a security breach, the cloud may also be the most vulnerable link. Security risks continue to be the biggest hindrance to IoT adoption, which is why enterprises are hesitant to exploit the full benefits of IoT. These concerns hold true in the Asia Pacific region. According to FireEye’s report, Asia Pacific is 35% more likely to be targeted by advanced cyber-attacks as compared to the rest of the world.

Nonetheless, with IoT growth, comes greater security risks, and therein lies greater opportunities for security providers. The IoT security market will thus see rapid developments, with worldwide spending anticipated to reach $348 million in 2016, a 23.7 percent increase from 2015 (according to Gartner, Inc.).

Greater emphasis needs to be placed on dealing with issues in cyber-security in relation to IoT. More has to be done to educate enterprises on IoT in order to exploit the vast APAC market potential.

The underlying question that therefore remains is “how do we ensure security in the age of the cloud?” The onus is on the solution providers to provide security solutions for the respective technology, and also on the enterprises to ensure movement of data is controlled and accounted for across the entire data movement chain.

 

Join us at Asia IoT Business Platform should you have ideas or solutions to share in relation to the Internet of Things.

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IoT productivity

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.

Michael Porter, an economist from Harvard, believes that the Internet of Things is the answer to a lag in enterprise innovation. But how will it translate into the daily lives of employees around the globe? Here, I have listed a few ways IoT will make us more productive by helping to save time on more activities than ever.

But first, what exactly is the IoT?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is basically a network of smart, connected objects. Still, many people find the idea hard to understand – and that’s perhaps because the name itself conveys very little meaning. The internet stands for the mechanism for communication – in this context, we’re talking about objects transmitting information.

Things are nothing else than objects which can connect to the web. They’re able to generate and send lots of valuable data to help companies assess anything from customer preferences to servicing requirements of objects. In the Internet of Things, it will be things, not people, to generate a constant stream of data, which will be then sent to a server and analyzed by appropriate tools with specific goals in mind.

1.More data than ever

If every object that surrounds us will be able to generate data, you can only imagine how much data will be floating in the air every second. It’s clear that enterprises will need to develop new strategies to deal with this surge of information. That’s why it’s likely that they’ll enforce new industry standards to help managers and employees to adjust to new forms of data intelligence. The daily reality of data analysts and architects will change radically.

Regular employees will possess much wider knowledge about data analysis tools – with so much data, every level of an enterprise will require new devices to help them make sense of the information, be it for the purpose of analyzing consumer relations or workforce trends.

This also means that supervisors will be able to monitor and analyze web habits of their teams. Seeing the way in which employees use technologies and smart objects will help managers to understand and modify work environments to be even more efficient and help employees improve their productivity.

With constant access to heaps of data, companies will be able to tailor their products to perfectly match consumer needs and trends, as well as the internal life-cycle of the product.

2.Daily commute revolutionized

With remote work on the rise, many employers realize that commuting involves a great loss of resources. On the employee level, commuting seriously hurts productivity – morning traffic jams or being squeezed like a sardine on the train does get on our nerves.

IoT is predicted to help us in daily commute through an intricate system of mobile devices, cars and road systems which will all be connected to each other and help professionals reduce travel time. Every single element of the street will be integrated into a whole. Sensors in stoplights will analyze traffic patterns and adjust their operation to minimize traffic jams. This will mean that getting to work will be faster and running errands more efficient than ever.

Car companies are already deploying such solutions, and you’ll see them grow to popularity within the next few years. AT&T joined manufacturers like GM and BMW in revolutionizing the connectivity of cars. Driving to work, the employee of the near future will have access to information ranging from real-time diagnostics to traffic information.

3. Improved time management

IoT will also help us to get the most from our time by educating our mobile devices and offering us the possibility of controlling various things in our lives in remote. Devices will learn what works for employees and help them save time – for instance, dedicated geo-location systems which will help us in daily commute or reaching a place we’ve never been to.

Our smartphones will constantly interact with the surroundings. And those, enriched with invisible sensors, will provide our mobile devices with heaps of valuable information and automize processes to avoid losing time on manual access.

Imagine the following situation. You’re rushing in the morning and you still need your daily dose of caffeine. You walk past the door of the cafe and the barista is instantly alerted about your order history and most common orders. All you’ll need to do is confirm the order and quickly pay for it with your smartphone. As you can imagine, this will limit the hustle of the morning rush, helping you to be more focused once you reach your desk.

4.Remote mobile device management (MDM)

This is an IoT powered technology expected to bring lots of benefits to IT departments. In the near future, IT managers will not only be able to remotely control desktop and mobile devices, but also other connected objects. Remote-access technologies will help executives to gain control over smartphones and tablets, and manage them in remote – including devices like Android cameras and set-top boxes.

If they need to pass key information to other team members, managers won’t need to wait until the device users read the message and respond to it. But remote MDM will also help employees – especially in collaboration, where their devices will communicate automatically, helping workers to establish stronger collaboration practices. Platforms for remote control of IoT devices will revolutionize every aspect of a digital workplace.

5.Geo-location data at our fingertips

Since the IoT is practically based on location functionalities, you can only imagine in what ways it will make office life much more productive. To put it simply, location tracking will be a piece of cake with IoT technologies – smart objects and devices will all be geo-tagged, saving employees lots of time on locating them. Enterprises will, on the other hand, save lots of money by reducing the loss rate.

With IoT geo-location functionalities, enterprises will be able to track their inventory, locate and deploy field service staff and realize orders in record time. Every single vehicle, tool or manufacturing center will be connected to one information system, reporting on their location and making the lives of employees much easier.

What does the future hold for IoT?

A significant factor in slowing down the commercialization of IoT technologies is the problem of security. Not only is the risk higher, but protection is relatively lower – devices which could be attacked have little processing power and no anti-virus software to protect themselves from hackers. It’s one thing to hack into an intelligent fridge, but quite another when it comes to a self-driving car.

Some companies have already adopted to the new ways, others are on their way. DHL launched its Asia Pacific Innovation Center (APIC) in Singapore last September to “offer a visionary view of the logistics world, and develop innovative solutions to meet evolving supply chain needs.” Ms. Pang, VP & Head of Innovation, Asia Pacific DHL will be sharing her insights on how DHL is using technology to differentiate themselves at our 7th IoT edition in Philippines.

 

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These days, we see communication service providers (CSPs) getting increasingly actively involved in the IoT space. Being at the core of IoT value chain, telecommunications and IT service providers can bring together the large ecosystem of partners and speed up the time to market for IoT.

We interviewed some of our partners in Southeast Asia and summed up the main initiatives and efforts of telcos in the IoT sector.

What are the current focuses of CSPs in Southeast Asia?

According to JD Montelibano, the Head of Business Applications from the Globe Telecom IT Enabled Services Group, CSPs are in a good position to provide end-to-end and seamless IoT solutions for the Philippine market.

“We have been driving awareness on benefits of IoT primarily to businesses. Focus today is to drill into deeper and more specific use cases per industry that will solve specific pain points and problems,” said JD.

Meanwhile in Thailand, there are initiatives such as the collaboration between CAT Telecom, NIA, and TESA to promote IoT and smart city development by supporting tech companies and startups that have IoT/smart city innovation.

Yuttasart Nitipaichit, PhD, Assistant Vice President of CAT Telecom Data Center Department pointed out that CAT aims to provide IoT and smart city solutions as one of their main businesses.

“CAT’s main focus is to provide support on Telecom and IT infrastructure that would be the building block for developing smart city applications. We aim to provide support on mobile and Internet connectivity, IT infrastructure including Cloud platform and data center, and IT security solutions,” he added.

With a mobile penetration rate of 120% in Indonesia, Mirela Juravle, the head of M2M Projects in Indosat Ooredoo, believes that CSPs are trusted partners to help IoT adoption. Being in the driver seat, they want to lead the IoT development through an extensive portfolio of solutions and services ranging from connectivity, infrastructure, cloud services, data analytics to end-to-end IoT solutions and services; promoting innovation simple and open environments for local developers to build innovative IoT services; and Big Data.

One of Indosat success stories in 2015 is the launch of vehicle telematics solution which had greatly increased productivity for operational car fleets and logistic companies.

“We have done a lot of market educations in the last 2 years and this year we will continue to accelerate growth in banking, transportation and security, plus develop new markets in eHealth, user based insurance, business applications, industrial IoT, oil gas, Smart Cities,” said Mirela.

On the contrary, Malaysian CSPs have falled behind in taking the leap with IoT. Telcos in Malaysia have been criticized for being too conservative; and they are making big plans to grow their presence in the IoT sector and catalyze Malaysia’s Smart Digital Nation vision.

Digi has identified some key industry players that are at more matured stage such as the public services and logistic area leveraging on IoT adoption to drive customer experience and enhance business growth.
Lee Shin Mei, the Head of Enterprise Business in Digi, shared with us that Digi is exploring and always open for IoT as this is one of their main drivers moving forward.

“The current focus is really about creating the customer awareness, looking out for opportunities to collaborate and getting the right partners in place to support the initiative. Once we build the business value and can show to our customers the benefits of IoT, this would eventually build a sensible commercial value for all parties. In terms of segment or industry, there is really no hard rule about this part,” she added.

What are the advice for solution providers targeting Southeast Asia?

What do you have to identify and prepare beforehand? How to access the market and justify the right local contacts?

Southeast Asia countries are generally quite similar in the focus area and highlighted verticals for IoT, but slight different approach or key points have to be taken care of for each country.

Let’s have a look at the views of local CSPs from specific countries in the region.

JD Montelibano, Globe, Philippines:

IoT has huge opportunities and unlimited use case that are relevant to the Philippine market. What solution providers must do is to understand pain points and problems in a local micro level. They also need to have platforms that are inter-operable with other systems to drive seamless integration through readily available APIs.

Yuttasart Nitipaichit, CAT, Thailand:

Solution providers should study and truly understand problems of cities in Thailand in order to provide real solutions that could really solve the problems. In addition, they should consider partnering with infrastructure providers and end user device manufacturers as well to provide complete solutions. They should make sure that the value of their proposed solutions is higher and worth the proposed cost of investment.

Mirela Juravle, Indosat Ooredoo, Indonesia:

Indonesia market offers huge opportunities, and this is the top 3 advice I can give for solutions providers to be successful:

  1. Know the market, know the regulations
  2. Partner with a local company or establish local office
  3. Be flexible

Lee Shin Mei, Digi, Malaysia

Have creative ideas or products but also remember to be practical so as the end goal is to simplify and enhance customer experiences. Solution providers can also leverage on partnerships with telcos to create a more viable solution that offers end-to-end approach.

Receiving international IoT stakeholders with open arms

Over the comments and feedback I have received for my previous posts, there is one question that popped up frequently: Is partnership essential?

Southeast Asia is a dynamic market, with vibrant culture and varying work approach. Much work has to be done to be familiar with the ways businesses work in each country.

While telecommunication operators and governments are positively encouraging IoT solution providers from both local and abroad to help tackle local problems via technology, I believe having a contact point who has been around and understands the local market would be the most direct, fastest and safest way to access the pool of demand.

What do you think?

Asia IoT Business Platform partners with major telcos in Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to educate enterprise on IoT adoption and raise awareness of the key business model transformation opportunities that can be tapped on.

Our telco partners include Smart, Globe, AIS, dtac, CAT, True,Telkomsel, Indosat, XL Axiata, Telkom Malaysia, Digi, Maxis, Celcom, etc.

If you are  looking to connect to the local telcos in Southeast Asia, feel free to get in touch. Comments and feedback are greatly appreciated.

Sue Yuin
sueyuin@industry-platform.com[:]

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Last Tuesday, two coordinated explosions in Brussels left at least 34 people dead and over 200 injured. The fact that the attackers were able to hit high-profile targets in the country’s capital – which happens to also host the European Union’s top institutions – serves as a reminder that keeping cities safe is critical.

Cities and urban centers are hothouses for economic growth, innovation and cultural development. In Asia itself, most cities are developing rapidly, and safety plays a major part in attracting and securing investments, businesses, and skilled labor necessary for economic growth and development.

Unfortunately, their very success attracts wrongdoers, from petty crime to lethal terrorist attacks. As cities continue to grow in number, size, and complexity, their infrastructure and services come under increasing stress. Civic resources are under pressure and crime is harder than ever to police.

As it stands, most video surveillance technology is inefficient. Police investigations are often hampered by blind spots in video networks and low-quality imagery. Issues with data storage and retrieval mean incident data can be slow to reach command staff, and data loss can derail investigations altogether.

Recently we saw many ICT solution providers focusing on ‘smart city’ solutions, which make use of a web of inter-connected devices, software and cloud storage systems – namely IoT – to enable public and private services to work together more efficiently.

Are smart cities safe cities as well?  In concept, I believe this same network of connected devices are also new tools for governments to improve public services such as crime-fighting. It can help law enforcement monitor public areas, analyze patterns, and track incidents and suspects, enabling quicker response. By combining information from video surveillance cameras, social media, citizen reports, and other sensors, the solution provides a richer view of urban safety.

Through my interviews with public sectors attending the Asia IoT Business Platform, governments are taking public safety very seriously.

To protect cities against crime, terrorism, and civil unrest, they are on the lookout for new technology that involves:

  • Location monitoring – View live feeds of any surveillance camera to assess conditions; collect data on crime type and location; and monitor social media for possible threats.
  • Incident detection and management – Use video feeds and analytics to verify and detect threats and incidents; alert operators to potential incidents; create incident records; and collect all data regarding the incident lifecycles.
  • Administration and communications network – Easily configure and manage sensors, video infrastructure, and policy; deploy sensors in designated areas, set up regional and central intelligent command and control centers.
  • Analytics – Report distribution of crime by frequency, location, etc., to aid in planning and to help predict crime patterns; identify areas with recurring issues.

We hope to urgently drive the message that public safety should not be taken for granted.  Collaboration between all stakeholders are required to ensure that prevention measures are taken strictly to minimise further attacks on innocent cities. Please drop me a note if you think you have the right solution to enable safer cities – lets make the world a better place with the use of right technology.

My heart goes out to the victims of this terrible tragedy.

Sue Yuin
sueyuin@industry-platform.com[:]

[:en]The Internet of Things (IoT) has been hailed as the innovation that will change the way companies work, altering our behaviour and offering potential for new business models.

The IoT market potential in Malaysia is predicted to register $2.2 billion by 2020. According to Prof. Dr. Sharin bin Sahib, the Vice Chancellor of the Universiti Teknikal, who spoke at the 6th Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Malaysia, this development is expected to grow exponentially beyond 2020 to reach $10.5 billion in 2025.

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Prof. Dr. Sharin bin Sahib states that Malaysia has an encouraging environment and a strong starting point to foster and spur on IoT within its market.

  • Mobile penetration in Malaysia reached 143.7% in 1Q2014
  • 65.8% of Malaysians use the internet
  • Social networking penetration of 45%
  • Government support through National Strategic Roadmap for the Internet of Things

The main challenge for materialising the greater benefits of IoT is according to him the human capital challenge. A talent pipeline which contains potential candidates that can be continuously nurtured and approached when vacancies arise, needs to be implemented. With this in place the time to hire will be reduced, business disruption minimised, success in interviews increased, cost per hire reduced and the best talent made available.

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One sector where IoT already has a noticeable effect is healthcare. The Billionaire investor Vinod Khosla stated that “In the next 10 years, data science and software will do more for medicine than all of biological sciences together” Bearing this in mind, the Forbes magazine estimated the market value of the Internet of Things in Healthcare at $117 Billion globally by 2020.

This was consistently brought up at the 6th Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Malaysia, by regional healthcare experts such as  Dr. Yau Teng Yan, Chief Medical Officer at Holmusk, Dr. Phua Kok Soon, Senior Research Engineer at A*STAR and Dr. Dhesi BR form the Singularity University NASA AMES Research Center Silicon Valley.

These experts also shared the belief that benefits of IoT in healthcare, e.g. remote monitoring, remote diagnosis, use of big data analytics and integrated healthcare solutions could combat the rising challenges of our healthcare systems – such as an ageing population with increased healthcare needs, increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and increasing incidence rates of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. Dr Yau Teng Yan stated, that IoT & Big Data offers the chance to part with traditional ”Trial and Error medicine”, making it possible to make decisions based on real-time data as well as a holistic view of the patients environment and history.

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Dr. Dhesi appealed for a transformational use of IoT & Big Data in the healthcare sector, where patient care changes from “curative towards preventive medicine”. He adds that this transformation would need to be driven by new and disruptive IoT business models in order to be sustainable.

In Malaysia the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and its applied research agency MIMOS, who was our key partner at the 6th Asia IoT Business Platform, has taken the initiative to foster new businesses in the IoT sector, by unveiling the National Strategic Roadmap for the Internet of Things. This roadmap offers a clear idea of how the government is planning to nurture the local ecosystem towards becoming the preferred regional hub for IoT implementation.

At our 6th Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Malaysia, we interviewed Helmi Halim, the Senior Director of (Corporate Strategy) MIMOS. To view the interview click here

The 10th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Malaysia will return to Kuala Lumpur on 18 -19 August 2016 to gather the government, telcos and rest of the ICT industry for discussions on M2M/IoT sector developments, educate enterprises on IoT implementations and foster strategic business partnerships. Request for a brochure here.[:]

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Through conversations with IT executives from enterprises in the region since 2014, we saw great interest in cloud, data and the corresponding data analytics that can unlock most potential in businesses.

There have been huge advances in the amount of data we routinely generate and collect in pretty much everything we do, as well as our ability to use technology to analyze and understand it. The intersection of these trends, namely Big Data, is helping businesses in every industry to become more efficient and productive.

According to our interview with Dato Ng Wan Peng, COO of MDeC, Malaysia has rolled out the country’s Big Data framework. “We foresee a bright future ahead in this area. Among benefits we intend to realise for the country include talent development using public open data to produce useful applications, technology development; and creating awareness within the private and private sectors.”

Businesses that have benefited hugely from Cloud and Data include banking, insurance, smart cities, transportation and manufacturing sectors.

We are still seeing a growing number of dedicated teams led by senior management in exploring IoT and data services for their businesses.

Some examples include:

  • Proton, Engineering Solution & IoT 
  • Petronas, Digital Innovation, Strategy & Architecture 
  • CEVA Logistics, GM Operations
  • Provinsi DKI Jakarta, Head of Jakarta Smart City
  • Bank Simpanan Nasional, Transformation Management Department

These companies were part of the 2015 Asia IoT Business Platform series in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

 

Healthcare is an increaseingly interesting sector that we foresee to benefit largely from cloud and data.

This could be seen through the heated discussions in the 6th Asia IoT Business Platform in KL. Dr. Dhesi, founder of AIME said, “There’re so many patients that it’s impossible to diagnose and analyse without data and IoT. By 2030, we’ll be using cloud brains to communicate, store and think – like an external hard disk. Smart and sustainable healthcare needs to be driven by new and disruptive IoT business models.”

As the momentum of IoT moves forward, data will be a key enabler of digital business transformation, driving tremendous value. IoT will mature from being a platform that improves enterprise efficiency and revenue streams into an entire ecosystem that changes the business model to be more digital and service centric through data analytics and algorithms.

 

However, security remains a challenge in business transformation.

Despite the apparent importance of IoT, widespread adoption of the technology is still slow. Our discussions with industry leaders and enterprises led us to attribute this phenomenon to security concerns: more or less everyone agrees that if data is not handled properly, the consequences could be devastating. 

Connected devices are highly susceptible to penetration and infiltration by hackers. Its connected nature severely amplifies any malicious attacks on devices, and data associated with IoT devices can easily be stolen. As a result, businesses, government bodies, and consumers are wary of installing IoT devices in their cities and businesses.

According to BI Intelligence report, top security flaws of IoT devices include insecure software/firmware, insufficient authentication, lack of transport authentication, user identity, and un-encrypted network services.

 

Taking a leap of faith – there’s still a bright side to data and security.

While the IoT is taking flight in the Southeast Asian region, security problems should not be taken lightly, but have to be addressed and faced head-on.

Security needs to be built in as the foundation of IoT systems, with rigorous validity checks, authentication, data verification, and all the data needs to be encrypted. At the application level, software development organizations need to be better at writing code that is stable, resilient and trustworthy, with better code development standards, training, threat analysis and testing.

While local governments are starting to establish security developments e.g Indonesia’s National Cyber Agency (NCA) and Indonesia Security Incident Response Team on Internet Infrastructure (ID-RTII), the notion of addressing security vulnerabilities of the IoT creates opportunity for security solutions to be implemented.

We came across many corporations and enterprises offering security solutions that undoubtedly boost the confidence of enterprises taking a step in IoT adoption. As the educational platform for government and businesses in the region, we are exploring for more and better solutions with case studies that will benefit our end users.

 

Drop us a message if you have relevant projects and solutions regarding cloud, data and security to share.

 

Sue Yuin
sueyuin@industry-platform.com

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If you haven’t heard by now, IoT is a growing web of connected sensors and “things” that will may dramatically improve our lives with the magnitude of data captured. From our discussions with industry end users these 2 years, the value of IoT is in this data and the corresponding data analytics that can unlock the most business potential.

As EMC and IDC pointed out in their 2014 Digital Universe report, organisations need to hone in on high-value, ‘target-rich’ data that is (1) easy to access; (2) available in real time; (3) has a large footprint (affecting major parts of the organisation or its customer base); and/or (4) can effect meaningful change, given the appropriate analysis and follow-up action.

The term “garbage in, garbage out” was first coined in the early 1960s, and in the age of Big Data, the GIGO problem may be exacerbated with the speed and volume of data being collected. 

From Data Collection to Delivering Business Value – 5 Key Challenges

1. Accuracy and Usefulness of Data

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Veracity is one of the 4 Vs of Big Data and for me, the most important one. (The other 3 Vs are Volume, Velocity and Variety.) In Solon Barocas and Andrew Selbst’s article: “Big Data’s Disparate Impact” on social discrimination, they note that an algorithm is only as good as the data it works with. Bad data not only produces inaccurate information, it also can lead to catastrophic results. 

Above the accuracy of data, it is finding out the most useful data. Mckinsey recently found that only 1% of the data from an oil rig’s 30,000 sensors are examined for detecting and controlling anomalies. The other 99% are not being analysed for performance optimization or predictive maintenance. The best data is actionable and it is always useful to start with the specific problems you would like your data to solve.

“We’ll collect the data now and figure out what to do with it later” should not be relied upon as a strategy. Having too much (useless) data is not only expensive to store but also creates a legal liability. Case in point: the Ashley Madison saga.

2. The BIG data

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The vast amounts of data that will be generated by IoT devices will put enormous pressure on network and data centre infrastructure.

As Gartner’s Research Director Fabrizio Biscotti points out, “Processing large quantities of IoT data in real time will increase the workloads of data centers, leaving providers facing new security, capacity and analytics challenges.”

“Data center managers will need to deploy more forward-looking capacity management platforms that can include a data center infrastructure management (DCIM) system approach of aligning IT and operational technology (OT) standards and communications protocols to be able to proacively provide the production facility to process the IoT data points based on the priorities and the business needs.”

3. Security and Privacy Who should know What at When

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A constant topic at all our conferences in the region, the topic of security and privacy is a tricky issue as different stakeholders in the IoT ecosystems have different needs. To compound the issue, the huge diversity of device types, their different capabilities and the range of deployment scenarios makes security a unique challenge.

However, the IoT can only reach its full potential if we have strong security and privacy safeguards in place, especially in industries like healthcare, finance and critical infrastructure. Security protocols should be inbuilt into the entire data chain from sensors to datacenters to applications.

With data as the new currency, it will become important to know who has ownership over what types of data. Open data sources would be important for rapid IoT development, but what sorts of information should be made available?

How should one sort the varying levels of data access at different periods of time? Does the subject of data collection have a say over what they share?

4. When diversity may not be a good thing

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Gartner analyst Doug Laney in his original paper in 2001 on data management wrote that “the variety of incompatible data formats, non-aligned data structures, and inconsistent data semantics” was the principal barrier to effective data management.

The challenge of having to deal with multiple data sources with different levels of accuracy and across formats/ standards is especially prevalent for large enterprises with legacy systems and abundance of collected data serving different purposes.

These enterprises find that there is a need to harness the variety of these data from different departments and sources to maximize return from their analytics and also apply insights to as many areas of the enterprise as they can.

The diverse data also presents a security and scalability challenge that the industry is trying to solve with IoT standards. With more industry leaders trying to set their own unique standards, the final goal is still a distance away.

5. Competing for the talent

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Every big new technology advancement brings the inevitable talent shortage. In IoT that key hire is often the data scientist or data architect.

“The data scientist has become the unicorn of the big data world,” said Rob Patterson, VP of corporate strategy at ColdLight, a PTC business. “It has been extremely difficult finding those people with programming skills, mathematical expertise, and business acumen.” 

There just aren’t enough people with the required skills to analyze and transforming data into actionable insights and Gartner found that more than half of the business leaders they interviewed felt that their big data efforts were constrained by the ability to find the right talent.

More companies are now teaming up with universities to address this issue. In our recent 6th Asia IoT Business Platform event in KL, Prof. Dr. Sharin bin Sahib from UTeM felt that it is important to have a talent pipeline where potential candidates can be continuously nurtured and approached when vacancies arise. Towards this need, they have opened an IoT academy with Samsung.

In the meantime, take a page out of Walmart’s book. They launched an analytics competition on Kaggle, asking “armchair data scientists” to solve real world problems from given data sets, and hiring designers of the best solutions. The approach led to interesting appointments, who may not have been considered for interviews based on past experiences.

For more on market trends and outlook of IoT, join us for our series of Asia IoT Business Platform events in 2016.

 

This post was contributed by Yue Yeng Fong, Vice President Business Development at Industry Platform and was first published here.

 

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

With the creation of the AEC corridor, it has become more important that organizations revamp their business processes and re-look at how they can remain competitive as digitally savvy customers demand more.

In the report, the driving forces for digital transformation projects are the increasing need to find new revenue streams, reduce expenses and using technologies to “deliver superior customer service and create competitive advantage through product differentiation.”

However, without the internal IT skills and lack of clear understanding in building business cases and measuring ROI, Malaysia enterprises are still very much at the early stage of digital transformation.

While the report predicts  that spending of digital transformation technologies which consists of Cloud, Mobility, IoT, Big Data and Analytics will grow an average of 13% through 2020 in Malaysia, regional countries like Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia are actively stepping up their game and challenging the status quo.

Through our last two events in Philippines and Thailand last week, we saw great interest from end user participants in exploring the benefits of IoT technologies in their businesses: from CP Food and their IT team looking at ways to monitor their high value agricultural products and streamlining their supply chain operations, to Manila Water exploring ways to manage leakage and wastage.

As we move our focus to Indonesia and Malaysia this August, what we know for sure is that in this rapidly changing technology landscape, a “wait and see approach is reckless. 

First movers like Maynilad Water Services CIO Francisco Castillo, one of the keynote contributors for our last two events in Philippines, enjoy the efficiency that IoT brings to their water networks, driving growth and creating value in their company. (Winning many outstanding awards for the company and for Dr. Castillo like the Most Outstanding CIO in ASEAN 2013).

While each country has their own advocates (Jakarta Governor Ah-Hok and Jakarta Smart City Head Pak Setiaji for Smart City development in Indonesia), we hope to see more from Malaysia as we move closer to the objective of achieving a Smart Digital Nation by 2020.

As identified by IDC, perhaps one of the ways to drive industry specific digital transformation solutions is for service providers to take the lead. Through consulting and integration services, service providers can create awareness, build use cases and deliver value to these enterprise, said Sreenath Kandarpah, IT Services research manager, IDC Asia Pacific.

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In our work across Southeast Asia, we often engage in conversations with industry stakeholders to find out how they are implementing IoT solutions in their country. As our conferences focuses on how end users may benefit and apply IoT technologies to their business, it is often refreshing to find new local case studies: for Malaysia, their innovation in using IoT for the Agro-food Sector is one such development we look forward to.

Since we heard about MiTrace and how it have helped durian plantations reach ready buyers in China (Durian and the Internet of Things article here), we’ve been keeping our ears peeled for relevant examples. With Intelligent Plantation a confirmed track in our upcoming 10th Asia IoT Business Platform in KL on 18 & 19 Aug, we were happy to see that Malaysia’s National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) for the agro-food sector in 2015 has recorded US 2.36 billion in committed gross national income (GNI), 28,645 additional jobs and close to US 2M billion in committed investment.

In the National Transformation Programme (NTP) Annual Report, they have identified the use of IoT within the industry as one of the ways to enhance productivity and rise up the value chain. Agriculture is among the four key sectors chosen to pilot the use of sensors under the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020).

With a potential output of US 319M by 2020 through integrating IoT in the agriculture sector, MIMOS has developed a framework to link agricultural producers, traders and suppliers.

Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (MOA) has initiated Entry Point Projects (EPP) for segments like high value herbal products, rice paddy farming and the production of premium fruits and vegetables (durians!).

They hope that with these initiatives in place, very soon Malaysia will be be exporting more than IoT tracked durians, putting the agricultural sector in a more strategic position to contribute to the diversification of Malaysian economy and ensure stability of the Ringgit.

– Original article on NKEA For Agro-Food Sector Recorded RM9.224 Billion In Committed GNI

 

Written by: YY Fong

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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’.

For the uninitiated, this is a fruit which you either love or hate, ones’ relationship with the durian would sit on either side of the spectrum and rarely in between.

From South East Asia to China

Durians are grown commercially for export in South East Asia. In Thailand, durians account for 41% of the Thai fruit exports to China and the value of exports have increased 285% from 2007 to 2014 levels of 361 Million USD. In comparison, Malaysia only received approval to export durians to China in 2011. By 2014, frozen durian exports to China stood at 5 Million USD. Philippines is a relatively smaller producer of its durians exporting approximately 1.2 Million USD of Durians in 2015.

To put things into perspective, the cost of Malaysia’s “Musang King”, one of the tastiest variants of durian costs 7USD/KG in Malaysia, however its frozen pulp retails for a whopping 77USD/KG in China, almost 11 times the price.

China’s Food Safety Concerns

China has been dogged by multiple food scandals in recent years and its citizens have concerns relating to all stages of food production, from processing back to the growing of vegetables and breeding of livestock. One of the most shocking and high profile cases was in 2008, when melamine-tainted milk powder led to the deaths of six infants and hundreds more being admitted to hospital. This has led the middle class to turn to organics and are willing to pay a premium for good quality safe food.

On October 1 2015, China’s new food security law took effect, emphasizing the importance of detection, traceability and anti-counterfeiting technologies and pushing to establish a food quality traceability system. This has created opportunities for companies who can built a system to trace the entire process of food and agricultural products going from field to table.

Durian and the Internet of Things

At the 6th Edition of Asia IoT Business Platform in Malaysia,  I found out that there was an ongoing pilot project to put sensors beneath durian trees. The reason for doing so, was so that the farmers would know in real time, that freshly ripe fruit have fallen off the tree. It is said that durians that ripen and fall off the tree naturally have the best taste as compared to durians who are harvested. The fruits are then sent for flash freezing, to retain its flavor before being prepared for export for China.

In preparation for export, the durian’s are tagged on MiTrace. The MiTrace system would enable Chinese consumers to trace the origin of the durian, which they regard as a premium product.

Every safety label on the exported frozen durian boxes consist of a unique code, consumers can check the purity and the originality of the product by using a QR code. This gives assurance to the Chinese consumer.

On the other hand, data is also collected from the Chinese consumer and analysed. The analysis provides an insight into the durian demand patterns of the Chinese consumers which will improve decision making in the export of durians.

Conclusion

IoT has enabled enterprises to gain access to more real-time data from “things” they never had access to. Armed with the data, enterprises would be in a better position to manage risks and create new revenue generating opportunities.

Imagine your business having access to data that you never had before, what would be the opportunities?

Join us in the discussion on IoT developments in Manila and Bangkok this May and hear what the local IoT stakeholders have to say about market trends and outlook in Southeast Asia.

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DHL was founded in 1969 to deliver documents between Honolulu and San Francisco and by the late 1970s, the company had expanded its services world wide. Today DHL, is one of the leading logistic companies in the world and a thought leader who continues to structurally invest in trend research and solution development through the DHL innovation center.

The DHL innovation center provides a central platform where the company can collaborate and engage  customers, research and academic institutions, industry partners, and logistics experts within the business divisions. Located in Germany and Singapore, the innovation center develops a variety of technologies such as self-driving vehicles, robotics,internet of things and augmented reality.

Big Data in Logistics is a topic that the innovation team worked on and they have gone beyond the buzz words, looked into real-world use cases, and revealed what’s happening now with Big Data, and provided insights into what’s likely to happen in the future. The team’s opinion is that sophisticated data analytics presents an exciting and important role to consolidate the traditionally fragmented logistics industry and successful logistics providers are likely to seize pole position as “search engines in the physical world”.

The team proposes and explores three different categories of information exploitation:

  • Operational efficiency: real-time route optimization, crowd-based pickup and delivery, strategic network planning, and operational capacity planning
  • Customer experience: customer loyalty management, continuous service improvement and product innovation, and risk evaluation and resilience planning
  • New business models: market intelligence for small and medium-sized enterprises, financial demand and supply chain analytics, address verification, and environmental intelligence

How will Big Data Impact the Logistics Industries? What are some of the Insights from DHL’s Innovation team? How will this impact you and your business?

Join Mei Yee Pang, Vice President, Head of Innovation, Solution Delivery and Service Management- Asia Pacific, DHL as she discusses insights into Big Data in Logistics during the 7th edition of the Asia IoT Business Platform which will take place this 23-24 May in Manila.

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Happy New Year!

We’re excited: with Internet of Things (IoT) advancements and education being one of the most heavily invested and focused areas in most Southeast Asian countries, we foresee more developments and adoptions of IoT taking off in 2016.

Also read: Observations: Adoption of IoT in Southeast Asia, 2015

We are working with key advisors from governments and public sectors, local telcos, industry associations to formulate the most relevant topics for 2016. At the initial stage of discussions, we have identified the sectors that will benefit most from IoT and incorporated it in Asia IoT 2016 series which will take place in Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Further references:

Lets have a look at the latest updates on the conference agenda.

IIOT and manufacturing

Manufacturing & Industrial Automation will see many opportunities in 2016, with macroeconomic conditions in emerging countries attracting international companies to set up manufacturing facilities.

As the Platinum Sponsor of the 7th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Philippines, Globe Telecom will be speaking on transforming business process management in manufacturing from warehousing to shipping to installation.

Case studies on advanced manufacturing and smart factory applications in Korea by Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology and Germany’s experience with Smart Factory
 by Fraunhofer IAO will also be shared at the 8th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Thailand.

Transport & Logistics

In countries like Indonesia & Philippines, the Distribution, Transportation, Logistics & Freight segment have employed M2M technology for years.

Also watch: Telkomsel to push M2M Indonesia 

We are happy to have Pang Mei Yee, VP, Head of Innovation, Solutions Delivery and Service Management – Asia Pacific of DHL to share on how to leverage Big Data in logistics at our conference in May.

Also watch: Scania case study on a connected Indonesia 

Smart City

It is no longer news that governments in Southeast Asia are upping their push to Smart Nation status, going all out to integrate smart technology into everyday devices for both the benefit of society and the economy.

At the coming Asia IoT Business Platform in Bangkok, introduction to Thailand’s first smart grid electricity project to improve the country’s energy management and performance in areas of 0900 power generation, transmission and distribution by Pongsakorn Yuthagovit, Deputy Director System Planning of Provincial Electricity Authority will be an interesting presentation for companies looking to tap into the Thai market.

We are also bringing in Turkcell’s case study on theft prevention of transformers using GPRS based security system for reference.

Also read: Asia IoT – Empowering Smart Cities
Also watch: Valencia Smart City Strategy 

 

Big Data, Cloud, Security

As IoT growth takes place, there will be a need for infrastructure and applications that can leverage cloud architectures and service delivery models. Increased demand for IoT applications will boost demand for cloud computing in Asia, as the use of on-premise systems will be unlikely to provide the same efficiencies that the cloud offers.

With support from partners including Software Park Thailand, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), the Association of Thai Software Industry (ATSI), the Association of Thai ICT Industry (ACTI), InfoComm Technology Association of the Philippines (iTAP), Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation (SEIPI), Asia IoT Business Platform is looking to bring in relevant solution providers in this area for the benefits of IT divisions among end users invited.

Healthcare

IoT healthcare was the buzzword in 2015 with increasing attention for data protection and treatment efficiency.

Due to overwhelming response at the 6th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Malaysia last November, Dr. Dhesi Baha Raja, Exponential Medicine Physician from Singularity University NASA Ames Research Center, GSP15, Phua Kok Soon, Senior Research Engineer, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Yau Teng Yan, Chief Medical Officer of Holmusk will be back to speak on artificial intelligence in medicine, importance of tele-health and big data to fight chronic diseases.

 Also watch: Healthcare to benefit from IoT by Dr. Dhesi 

Banking & Finance

 Mobile payments and e-commerce are huge opportunities for Asean countries. Based on our conversations with various IoT statekholders at our 2015 events, mobile payments are expected to offer major opportunities for traditional point of sale players to move into upcoming mobile payment platforms in APAC. 

Speakers confirmed for 2016 include Kerem Abuc, Mobile Financial Services Supervisor from Garanti Bank and Lesley-Ann Vaughan, Project Manager of M-PESA. They will be bringing in discussions on “Driving through mobility: Employing more IT and gadgets to attract and retain customers” and “African case study: Creating a reliable mobile banking platform for developing markets”

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Moving forward: Asia IoT 2016

Asia IoT Business Platform strives to be the leading educational platform to raise IoT adoption in the region.

With the potential and ability to streamline and provide larger time and cost savings to a broad spectrum of enterprise tasks, opportunities for IoT adoption in Southeast Asia are proliferating. It is encouraging to see governments, telcos, industry-leading manufacturers, service providers, software and systems developers getting actively involved in making the Asia IoT investments pay off.

What’s your take and predictions for 2016? Any suggestions on where we could potentially focus on?

Feel free to get in touch should you have any comment or feedback on Asia IoT Business Platform 2016 series in Philippines (23-24 May), Thailand (26-27 May), Indonesia (15-16 Aug) and Malaysia (18-19 Aug).

(Request for full agenda here)

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