Singapore’s Changi Airport has been named the “World’s Best Airport” for a fifth consecutive year, by research firm SkyTrax.
The SkyTrax World Airport Survey describes itself as a quality benchmark for the world airport industry. It is independent of any airport control or input and undertakes a private survey assessing customer service and facilities across 550 airports.
The award is based on 13.82 million airport survey questionnaires conducted between July 2016 and February 2017. The firm said it evaluates a range of benchmarks from check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security and immigration through to departure at the gate.
According to International Air Transport Association (IATA), the number of passenger trips is likely to double over the next 20 years from 2014, driven largely in part by improving living standards and the decrease in travel costs. This a report carried out by Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation in 2016, also found that the prices for round trip economy class tickets have fallen between 4 – 7% globally between 2015 to 2016 and the trend is likely to persist with increasing airline capacity and competition.
Increasing passenger trips will put airports around the world to the test. Airports will need to innovate and do more with less, to keep service levels high without busting their budgets.
To stay ahead of the game, Changi Airport is set to transform its operations for the future, with a new S$50 million programme to drive innovation over the next five years. The Changi Airport Living Lab Programme was launched in January 2017, in partnership with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport said, “Building innovation today is critical to transforming our business and operations for the future.” The programme will see Changi Airport collaborating with innovation-driven companies and start ups, to develop and demonstrate new technology solutions, in a live airport environment.
IoT @ Changi Airport
Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that include sensors, robotics and data analytics will feature heavily in the Living Lab and Changi Airport has already started working with partners to test solutions in some of these areas to achieve a more seamless and positive experience for passengers and visitors to the airport. Targeting specific areas of improvement, the program will provide the platform to create the next generation of solutions for Airport management.
Optimizing manpower and infrastructure resources
Sensors combined with analytics provides opportunities to enable a more accurate and real time perspective of airport operations. As manpower resources are scarce, a combination of robotics and analytics can help better optimize operational processes and power smarter decision making. This will empower the airport workforce to operate at higher efficiency and productivity levels.
For example, Changi Airport has been running prototype trials for autonomous cleaning robots to clean the vast tracts of floors in the airport terminals. It is also exploring the use of automated guided vehicles to ferry passengers between terminals.
In addition, smart controls can help better manage infrastructure resources, such as energy and water . Data collected on the airport’s assets will also allow airports to analyse and understand how predictive maintenance can be carried out, such that impact of downtime is minimized on staff and travelers.
Strengthening Lifestyle Product Offerings
The airport is a treasure trove of data from travelers, adding analytics into the mix, the airport is looking to uncover deeper insights into travelers’ habits and preferences and is looking to utilize the insights to strengthen the airport’s lifestyle product offerings.
An example is taxi queue analytics, whereby sensors are used to determine the number of people in taxi queues and the estimated wait time. This would allow the airport to provide travelers with better advice on ground transport options during peak periods, as well as alert taxi drivers about impending demand for taxis at the airport.
Stronger safety and security standards are often inversely correlated with passenger experience. With the use of non-intrusive technologies, Changi Airport aims to greatly enhance the passenger experience and reduce the stress of undergoing security clearance.
Our team will be hosting the 2017 editions of Asia IoT Business Platform in Thailand (24-25 Jul), Malaysia (27-28 Jul), Philippines (1-2 Aug) and Indonesia (7-8 Aug) to discuss benefits and challenges of adopting Internet of Things locally.
As we launch first ever IoT-focused conference in Vietnam, here are some of the conversation snippets we had with the local telcos on the current IoT development:
What is the current state of IoT development in the Vietnam?
In Vietnam itself, IoT development is still at the initial stage: service providers are learning and importing solutions from abroad to apply in Vietnam.
“It’s like a 4-5 year old child and has ample opportunities for interested stakeholders to join now. If you join later, the child will grown up and you can not catch him,” said Alex Nguyen, Vice Director of Viettel IoT Center.
Which industries are leading the uptake of IoT locally?
From a bigger picture, public sector seems to be a huge focus for local telcos. Industries that have been allocated huge amount of budget from the government include vehicle tracking, smart electric grid, smart water and smart city.
“Wireless data fee is relatively cheap, and it gives opportunities for IoT applications such as connected car and taxi, railway or transportation services,” said Alex.
VNPT is working on Smart City Plans for cities which, including Smart Lighting, Smart Grid, Smart Parking, Smart Home, Smart Office, etc.
According to Vũ Ngọc Quý from the market research and product development team in VNPT VinaPhone, logistic companies within Vietnam can largely benefit from tracking devices such as VNPT Tracking.
“Recently, Smart-home become well populated in Vietnam. We’re seeing more companies with solutions like security, alarm system, camera, air monitoring, smart controllers, etc. Smart-home with plug and play function as well as preinstall flat brings a lot of potential to the property business,” said Quý.
Alex added that Vietnam has a lot of agriculture areas, and smart farming is an important industry with currently change in the environment change.
Where do the most opportunities for CSPs lie in Vietnam?
According to Quý, the most opportunities for CSPs lie within the public and business sectors.
“In which, the customer does not pay directly to us. However, they pay for extra services of their other providers. For example, customer buy insurance for their car, within the insurance contract the customer received the package including the VNPT Tracking which they can know the location of their cars or the health check via M2M installed in their car (by VNPT VinaPhone) reported to them.”
To Viettel, CSP is the central of all connections and they strongly encourage new connections to be developed in Vietnam. “We don’t have enough capability to expand IoT every single industry, so we are planning to develop IoT platform to support IoT developers with connectivity and software development,” said Alex.
Alex attended the 9th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform in Jakarta last month, and saw opportunities to develop new network with a cheaper price and lower energy for IoT such as SigFox and LoRa.
Advice for solution providers that are looking to venture into Vietnam?
Quý: It is the best to work together with operators like us since we have large customer based and also understand the market. The combined package of various services is easier to sell than single solution since customers want convenience.
Alex: Don’t be late, join us now and work together to make your solutions happen here in Vietnam.
Co-hosted with local governments and telecommunication companies, Asia IoT Business Platform is the largest ASEAN gathering to educate public sectors and end users across verticals on adoption of IoT and M2M technologies. The 11th edition will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam on 29-30 November 2016.
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Flooding is an issue that has been plaguing Vietnam for years, with the recent ones that inundated the provinces of Ha Tinh and Quang Binh in central Vietnam being severely devastating. Despite being a longstanding issue in the country with billions of Vietnamese dongs spent to ease flooding situations in the country’s provinces and cities, the problem persists. Clearly, more substantial flood mitigation projects should be put in place.
In view of the severity of Vietnamese floods, government agencies and city councils are establishing measures to alleviate the issue. Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) authorities recently set specific goals and decided to apply more serious measures in the action plan to reduce flooding in the 2016-2020 term. According to the HCMC Planning & Investment Department and the HCMC Operation Center against Flooding, the total capital to be mobilized in the next five years to tackle the issue is VND74.35 trillion USD 3 billion). Some projects that are being set out include the construction of waste water treatment plants and upgrading of water drainage system.
However, many past projects have not been able to fulfil their full potential, largely because the technology deployed have not been robust. This reflects the larger issue at hand where the IoT ecosystem in Vietnam—and in many other emerging markets—is fragmented.
Going back to the issue of flooding, effective applications of Internet of Things (IoT) for disaster prevention are greatly anticipated. In the context of flood disaster prevention, flash flood warning and flood impact analysis based on massive data collection are critical. Yet, it is also important to propose an IoT system that is based away from servers due to the probability of network overload and feedback delay. A disaster-tolerant access network is therefore important in such situations.
To achieve this and to effectively implement city-level IoT projects, there is a need for stronger cooperation and partnership between local and international IoT players. This flooding issue sheds light on the opportunities that international IoT solution providers can tap on in Vietnam.
In our recent visit to HCMC last week, we found that many local system integrators and IoT solution providers are realizing that IoT projects cannot exist in silo. This has led to greater interests in seeking partnerships with more experienced players in the IoT space to complement their solutions and technologies; be it in terms of platforms, hardware, or software. In a nutshell, to solve the issue of system fragmentation, integration is key. Viettel, a local telco, puts the IoT situation into perspective, “We don’t have enough capability to expand IoT, so we are planning to develop IoT platforms to support IoT developers with connectivity and software development.”
Case in point, effective IoT technologies and projects do not work in silo and partnership and collaboration between local and international IoT players are essential to ensure the success of IoT projects implementation in markets and to ensure a lasting effect for IoT in Vietnam.
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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.
The 9th and 10th editions of Asia IoT Business Platform were held on the third week of August 2016 in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.
Continuous discussions to boost the economic growth of both countries via IoT were seen; while new collaborative efforts were formed between relevant parties to drive IoT adoption among public sectors and enterprises.
What’s new on both markets?
With telecommunications as a big portion of the national ICT industry, the government is taking a step further to tackle issues deemed important, namely Availability, Connectivity, Reliability and Capacity.
Availability and Connectivity – Development of national infrastructure backbone to ensure that the whole of Indonesia can access the Internet. The government has set a target for all cities (514 provinces) to be connected with fibre optic infrastructure via the Palapa Ring Program.
Reliability and Capacity – Distribution channel to cities as the last mile to end users. This include encouraging ICT facilities, data centers, hardware/software platforms and applications that are closely related to human resource capacity.
At the 9th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform, the Ministry of Communications and Informatics emphasized on Indonesia ‘s commitment to be the Digital Energy of Asia. Various initiatives have taken place, including rolling out of the e-Commerce Roadmap to support the digital economy ecosystem.
“The success of the Asia IoT Business Platform today makes me proud – it’s a concrete manifestation of the effort to strengthen the interaction between innovative players in the Indonesian ICT field.” – Mariam F. Barata, Directorate General for ICT Applications, Ministry of Communication and Information
Since the launch of the IoT roadmap, several projects have been piloted including Smart Lock-Up implemented by the Royal Malaysian Police to monitor safety; I-Comm, a community social innovation platform was deployed to develop community applications such as flood monitoring.
Four focus market segments which align to the existing government initiatives have been identified as springboard for innovators use to leapfrog widespread adoption of IoT solutions:
MIMOS, as co-organiser of the 10th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform, graced the event opening by launching Mi-MIST, an Open Innovation Platform for rapid development of IoT applications to accelerate the IoT ecosystem.
“We encourage every party to join hands in seizing the IoT opportunities. To our guests from abroad, Malaysia will share our ideas and inspirations with our friends in the region, and I invite you to do the same. Let us have conversations on how collectively we can capture this enormous opportunity.” – YB Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau, Minister, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
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The team is grateful for the support we gained from all partners in the region. We will continue posting video interviews with participants on their insights and local initiativeshere.
As we continue to educate enterprises and drive IoT awareness in Southeast Asia, drop us a comment if you have some stories to share.
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It’s no surprise that Singapore is often in the limelight with regards to Smart Cities development in the Southeast Asia: with 100% urban population, strong ICT infrastructure and the highest smartphone penetration in the world, the government has successfully launched more than a dozen smart city projects as part of its Smart Nation Program.
However, if we look past trying to define smart cities and instead focus on measuring the desired outcome, smart city endeavours in ASEAN nations like Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Philippines could potentially bring about a larger positive impact to the local community.
Smart City Solutions for the Developing Economy
For many of these countries, infrastructure is lacking. Smart City technology can help better utilize the existing resources (schools, hospitals, roads, public transportation) and extend its reach to the rural areas.
Digitalization of government services can also help to provide greater transparency and accountability and reduce the opportunities for graft and corruption. Smart utility solutions can help better manage energy use. IoT can even be integrated into natural disaster and risk management solutions for countries like Philippines.
In addition, with more than half of Southeast Asia’s 600 million people under 30, the potential for rapid uptake of smart city technologies
Smart Cities in Indonesia
Indonesia has been slow in implementing Smart City initiatives over the last decade due to lack of collaboration between the city government and the federal government.
However with the success of Smart City projects that are funded by the local/ regional governments, the pace has picked up dramatically.
Pak Setiaji, Head of Jakarta Smart City, spoke to the media at the Asia IOT Business Platform Media Day (June 16, 2016) about their plans to improve the lives of its citizens.
In addition to using Qlue as a platform to resolve public complaints, they are also using a monitoring system for over 6000 CCTVs to improve traffic and public safety in advance to welcome the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta
The Jakarta One Card was also launched earlier in June and it aims to combine the functions of an electronic ID card (e-KTP), a payment system for public transportation, shopping and electronic road pricing (ERP) tolls, and a Social Security Management Agency (BPJS) health insurance card. It is targeted that by 2019, all citizens in Jakarta will have the Jakarta One Card.
A Smart Street Lighting system is also in the works to replace 90,000 lamps this year and reduce the high electricity consumption. These lights can be controlled remotely and can provide notification when it should be replaced.
The Indonesian newspaper, Kompas, recognized 15 Smart Cities in Aug 2015 based on criteria such as smart economy, smart society and smart environment. Currently there are 24 (and counting) smart city implementations across the nation from Bandung to Manado.
With Indonesian mayors making technology a priority for planning the best use of limited resources, and with large investments from telcos to bridge the funding gap from the federal government, we foresee big strides forward for Indonesia Smart Cities.
Smart Cities in Vietnam
As mentioned in a recent article by Dinh, our assistant project director for the 11th Asia IoT Business Platform in Hanoi, IoT and smart city solutions hold great promises in solving everyday life issues and improving the citizens’ quality of life for a less economically developed country like Vietnam.
Phu Quoc, an island off of Kien Giang Province, is one of the cities aiming to become the first smart city of the country, in line with the nation’s vision to turn Phu Quoc into a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in 2020. Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) is working closely with the local government to materialise the VNPT Smart City model in Phu Quoc by building network infrastructure, data centre, and smart services. High-speed 4G network has already been trialed successfully on the island.
Mr. Mai Van Huynh, Vice President of Kien Giang People’s Committee, believes that the smart city project is necessary for Phu Quoc to become a well-connected, sustainable and important SEZ for the country and the region. However, “to have a smart city, there must be smart citizens, smart government officials”, Mr. Huynh.
This is just one of many efforts by the Vietnamese government in recent years to promote its municipalities towards becoming smart cities, in order to tackle various socioeconomic issues such as traffic jams, environmental pollution, and energy conservation.
What we can learn from Singapore
While many ASEAN nations may not have the financial willpower of the Singapore government to spend S$19bn for Smart Nation R&D initiatives, there are three takeaways that could accelerate smart city developments in Southeast Asia.
1) Having a centralised Smart City program. Data and technical know-how are shared among the cities to identify more actionable insights.
2) Commitment to education. From nurturing a highly educated workforce to providing skills upgrade and training for older workers, education initiatives need to be in place to manage the changing demands of the workforce.
3) Delayed Gratification. Often smart city initiatives takes time to bear fruit and smart city stakeholders need to take a long term view when deciding investments.
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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.
[:en]Throughout the 6 editions of Asia IoT Business Platform in emerging Southeast Asian countries, we observed differing levels of engagement from the governments and local stakeholders in pushing out smart nation and smart city initiatives.
In Part 1, we looked at how Thailand and the Philippines are investing heavily in smart city projects.
Governments (some call it city governments to be exact) are exploring new ways to deliver services and we see most of them forming teams mainly in the following 2 units:
teams using sensors, data and cameras to improve operations
teams using digital tools to create new services and apps for citizens
Lets take a closer look at the smart city teams in Indonesia and Malaysia – the countries that have generated most interest within the IoT community today.
We believe Indonesia boasts the most opportunities and success in general, seeing the huge growth of smart city units with new operations centres being launched seemingly every week.
The most recent smart city initiatives include planning of the following:
Jakarta Smart City Lounge – the headquarters for all smart city activities, with command centre that will become the coordinate hub for all emergency responses across the city. Instead of building its own apps. It is now working with startups to provide digital services. One of the startups, Qlue (maker of complaint apps) will be showcasing their solutions in the 9th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Indonesia.
Makassar Mayor’s War Room – brings together data from health, sanitation, transport and emergency services. The city’s Mayor was awarded the 2015 IoT Leader by Telkomsel and Jasper in the 5th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform to applaud Makassar’s initiative of using data to improve public services. (One of its first initiatives will be a new plan to get public transport data. The government will pilot smart minivans with GPS trackers that can report location back to the command centre. The Mayor wants to reduce traffic congestion by persuading more people to use public transport.)
Banda Aceh Smart City Centre and Bandung Command Centre – formed to respond to citizens’ complaints on public services by having them report their feedback directly to the unit via an app. The command centre will monitor data from across agencies, including transport, health, education and social welfare.
These cities are on the lookout for smart and data solutions to help in these projects, with government and telcos such as Telkomsel, Indosat, XL Axiata, etc. actively exploring partnerships with vendors from within and out of Indonesia.
Malaysia had emerged strong as a leading digital economy among developing countries, ranking 4th for the Online Service Index in the United Nations E-Government Survey 2015.
Under the 11th Malaysia Plan, Malaysia aimed to move to the top 15 in the Online Service sub-index of the United Nations’ e-Government Development Index and top 10 in the Government Efficiency sub-index of the World Competitiveness Yearbook.
As part of the initiatives in driving the Smart Nation vision, the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) was established to improve digital services across the government. One of the current key projects is to build a single government portal that will give access to information and services from across local and federal agencies. There are also plans for a new digital unit to work on this portal.
To achieve these targets and transform public service productivity, the government would introduce several transformative changes focusing on 5 major areas: enhancing service delivery with citizens at the centre; rationalising public sector institutions for greater productivity and performance; strengthening talent management for the public service of the future; enhancing project management for better and faster outcome; and, capitalising on local authorities for quality services at the local level.
In the IoT leaders panel of the previous Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Malaysia, communication service providers such as Telkom Malaysia, Digi and Maxis were being urged to grow their presence in the IoT sector to catalyse Malaysia’s vision of being a Smart Digital Nation. We are expecting to see new level of engagement among telcos this year.
Moving forward: the “Smart Southeast Asia”
Over the past couple of years in the region, the word “partnership” have always popped up when it comes to developing and making smart cities happen.
The reality is that governments and telcos can’t do it all themselves: While governments devise the overarching roadmap, telcos provide the backbone of connectivity and data transport technology that underpin Smart City developments, external partnership with solution providers from all areas is almost a must in developing Smart Cities.
While designing the conference agenda for the benefit of local public sectors and end users, we are always on the look out for solutions that could be brought in and implemented, and case studies to educate enterprises on how IoT has impacted various sectors and will drive improvement and growth.
We are excited and looking forward to being part of the movement towards a more collaborative ecosystem to drive smart nations in the region.
Drop us a quick note if you have an IoT/Smart City story to share.
To address urban challenges such as pollution, energy efficiency, security, healthcare, traffic, transportation, etc., smart city initiatives worldwide are increasingly (well – they have to be) focused on the IoT.
By providing real time and remote monitoring for different aspects of data management in areas such as transportation, communication, video surveillance, and sensors on devices and sensors distributed throughout the city, a community will have the ability to create intelligent environments with IoT.
Hence it does not come as a surprise when we see local governments competing (some collaborating) to build innovative and sustainable cities by utilising advanced technologies in data gathering and communications interconnectivity via the internet. IDC forecasted that over 25 percent of all local government external spending will go to deploy, manage, and realise the business value of the IoT by 2018.
So what are the solid efforts that have been initiated (or even better – have already taken place) by local stakeholders in Southeast Asia to catalyse the visions of Smart Cities?
Lets dive into specific countries for detailed analysis.
Smarter Philippineswas launched by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in 2013 with the aim of improving economic growth via technology.
As part of the programme, DOST Secretary Mario Montejo announced Cauayanto be the first of 144 cities in the Philippines to become a “smarter city”.
“A smart city should have ICT infrastructure to connect systems, and share and analyse data, resulting in faster, real-time responses to present situations”, said Montejo.
Cauayan’s initiatives include an e-government system, a computerised police clearance process and a city ID system. It also plans to use technology to improve its agriculture, businesses, jobs, healthcare and adapt to climate change.
We saw the Philippines working on the first step by providing municipal Wi-Fi to nearly 1000 cities in the country. In November 2015, the PHP 1.408 billion (US$31.6 million) project was tendered to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in 997 cities.
While the DOST’s ICT Office will lead the project, a steering committee with 15 other agencies will coordinate the project. These include the Departments of Tourism, Trade and Industry, Health, Budget and Management, Education, and the Metro Manila Development Authority.
As the supporter of Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Philippines, DOST’s ICT Office has shared with us on further plans and explore strategic solutions to help local enterprises. We believe that the move towards technology advancement will be pushed along by corporations like Globe Telecom, Microsoft, PLDT and more.
On the move to become ASEAN’s digital infrastructure hub by 2020, the Thai government has demonstrated great determination through a solid digital economy master plan by the ICT ministry with main domain missions such as hard infrastructure, soft infrastructure, service infrastructure, digital economy promotion and a digital society; and pilot projects centered on e-commerce, e-education, e-industry and e-government.
According to Jeerawan Boonperm, chairwoman of the Software Industry Promotion Agency (SiPA), 100 million baht has been allocated to develop the digital infrastructure and a data centre in Phuket. The plan is to turn Phuket into an innovation-driven smart city by 2016. This is a pilot project to promote digital-related investment and further development of the tourism industry.
“Phuket will be Thailand’s first smart city, with Chiang Mai tipped to be next in 2017,” said Ms Jeerawan said.
The e-government agency was playing a big role in the planned roll-out of the e-government pilot project.With 2,000 ICT centres nationwide, the e-industry pilot project focused on encouraging SMEs to benefit from using technology.
On the Part 2 of this article, we will explore similar smart city initiatives in the following countries: Indonesia and Malaysia.
Have a tip off on the latest local developments? Drop me a note.
[:en]World Population Review clocked Jakarta at 10.2 million residents at the end of last year. If the surrounding metro area is also included, the population exceeds 28 million. Each day, Jakarta residents cope with a variety of infrastructure challenges, including sluggish traffic, shaky power grids, slow internet speeds, and floods brought on by inadequate drainage systems.
Indonesian Smart Cities
Indonesian government launched the Smart City vision Indonesia 2015 -2045, with ICT at the heart by enabling the 3 stages of the cities of the future: Decent Cities (comfortable, liveable and safe), Greener Cities (resilient to climate change and disasters), and Smarter Cities that are competitive and technology based.
Various stakeholders are working together towards developing smart cities, as seen by the smart city index that was initiated to answer challenges around how to wisely manage a city and increase residents’ welfare and quality of life. Depok, Tangerang, Pontianak, Surakarta, Madiun and Bontang are among the 15 winners announced for the 2015 Indonesian smart cities awards based on surveys conducted by Kompas daily newspaper and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) with the support of state-owned gas firm PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN). The awards were given to the cities to highlight their achievements as well as to encourage others to follow their leads and applied smart city concepts.
Major local operators working towards growing Internet of Things (IoT) network
Beyond providing connectivity, telcos in Indonesia are actively exploring ways to grow the IoT ecosystem. This can be seen through the heated discussions in the Indonesia IoT Leaders Panel in the 5th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Indonesia. The panel was formed by Telkomsel, Indosat, XL Axiata and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, with Oracle as moderator.
Based on our interviews* with Indosat, partnership is important to drive the development in various verticals.
Actions were taken; earlier this October Indosat signed an agreement with Google to test Project Loon in Indonesia, supporting the Indonesian government’s efforts to provide last mile digital connectivity in remote and rural areas across the country. Indosat plans to continue to actively participate in the government’s Smart City programs by supplying end-to-end products and solutions specifically designed to fit the need. M2M services embedded within Smart City services include E-Tax, Smart Street Lighting and surveillance.
IoT Indonesia: Automotive sector is booming
At the 5th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Indonesia this August, a new breakthrough in automotive sector was showcased by Telkomsel: T-drive, which is designed to monitor driving behaviour performance for safety. This new technology is on top of the current car tracking and fleet managemnet solutions they had developed, and Alan Manullang mentioned that they are working at the 2016 roadmap for connected car (Watch Telkomsel to push M2M Indonesia – Asia IoT Business Platform 5th edition).
IoT Indonesia is advancing rapidly. There are hopes to transform the chaotic mega-city of Jakarta into a “smart city,” in near future, one which uses ICT solutions to address mobile, transport, energy sustainability, infrastructure, governance, and security issues.
The 9th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Indonesiawill return to Jakarta on 15-16 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.
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
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.
[:en]We spent a large part of the year in the cities of Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta & Kuala Lumpur speaking to local enterprises about this (too) broad & (too) overused term: the Internet of Things (IoT). We discovered very quickly that while IoT seems to be very much over/wrongly-used in the English speaking world, there really isn’t a direct local translation in these 4 countries. For local enterprises in these countries, they see IoT as an extension of Enterprise IT, without having a definition/term for it.
In our mid year review (Bringing IoT to a Population of 600 million), we summarized how IoT applications can be applied to these 4 countries, with some projects already being put in motion, while others remain quite far from realization. As we near the end of 2015 (with every Starbucks in the region starting to play Christmas carols and serve Peppermint mocha lattes, ha!), lets look back at the industries in the region where the conversations involving IoT projects are more pertinent.
This industrial segment was not something we focused on in 2015 but as we worked with local telcos & government agencies to invite enterprises to attend our events, we found the interest from the local manufacturing firms to be overwhelming. We should have known. In this part of the world, countries such as Thailand, Vietnam & Indonesia are increasingly important global players in the space. While granted, these countries are chosen because of low labour costs, locally run vendors & OEMs are very proactive when it comes to technology implementation within their factories (technology implementation is a lot more attractive when you’re experiencing double digit growths vs no/low growth environments). Plus, legacy IT systems/culture are a smaller problem in young, growing firms.
Among others, we had the opportunity to speak to several representatives from one of the world’s largest cigarette manufacturer. The local entity is owned by an international parent but because they produce a slightly different product (close to 90% of locals in Indonesia smoke kretek), they couldn’t implement manufacturing processes wholesale from their parent company. Another cliche with much truism:- Think Global, Act Local.
Manufacturing & Industrial Automation will be a big theme in 2016, especially in Thailand and Indonesia. Macroeconomic conditions (weaker local currencies, young workforces etc.) have also made these locales more attractive to international companies looking to set up manufacturing facilities – and technology, when used properly, can overcome (some) productivity inefficiencies usually associated with emerging countries.
In the more developed countries, the ageing demographics make Healthcare a natural topic of discussion. Remote monitoring/diagnostics is important not only in elderly care, but for archipelagos like Indonesia & Philippines. We found that in this part of the world, implementation of such systems are being driven largely by the government agencies and young startups.
Some notable implementation in the region: In Singapore, applications like Healthcare ATMs have been rolled out and in Philippines, local startup Medifi implemented a pilot earlier this year, with plans of expansion to other Southeast Asian markets soon.There’s always a buzz during the Healthcare segments of Asia IoT Business Platform, simply because it’s something which all of us relate to.
Distribution, Transportation, Logistics & Freight
I am reminded of a conversation I had with the owner of a logistics company in Manila who was a native English speaker but wasn’t familiar with the term “IoT”. But talk about telemetry, control software, sensors which track everything from his vehicle locations to petrol levels – and he’s in his element. His company was growing very quickly and he was in the process of modernizing its systems to:
1. Create efficiencies
2. Gain better control/insights
3. Account for future growth
(If #1 and #2 do not make up the classic definition of IoT, I don’t know what is!)
In countries like Indonesia & Philippines, the Distribution, Transportation, Logistics & Freight segment have employed M2M technology for years. On the other hand, because of the low cost of labour, many companies still use manual methods to achieve the same goals:- instead of sensors, some Indonesian freight companies send “spies” to follow the drivers of their trucks to ensure that they do not siphon off petrol in their vehicles to be resold!
Which types of companies do well in the Enterprise IoT space in Southeast Asia?
It’s a given that IoT will change business landscapes globally over the next 5 years, but it’s interesting to note that because of the uniquely local problems that enterprises face in this part of the world, the companies that are best positioned to take advantage are those with a big local presence.
Telcos:With the need to connect millions of devices, IoT provides a new revenue stream for the local telecommunications companies. This is reflected in the setting up of IoT/M2M teams in most local telcos in the four countries. These firms now run their own revenue targets (aggressive ones!) and we can only see this portion of their business growing over the next few years.
Large Multinational Vendors: This goes without saying. These companies have been deeply entrenched in the local infrastructure – the Microsofts, Intels & Schneiders of the world. They have established relationships with local enterprises and the advent of IoT technology will make them natural partners to enterprises looking to upgrade their systems to fully realise the benefits of IoT.
Local Startups:We have had the pleasure of working with many new companies who understand local problems intimately and are flexible enough to work around the lack of standardization within IoT. They are providing innovative & cost effective solutions to small medium enterprises in these countries. There were a lot of enterprises interested in presentations given by companies like N’osairis, Versafleet & Medifi in 2015 – and the best part is, we are seeing projects being implemented.
International Vendors with a presence in Southeast Asia:Over the years, we’ve seen this group of companies increasing as they realise the potential of the market here. In 2015, we’ve had more interest from international firms than we’ve ever had. But we’ve noticed that those who have invested heavily in the region (companies like Thingworx, Axiros, Sigfox etc.) by being present locally and building a dedicated team have reaped the largest rewards. There will be an inflexion point in this market and it remains to be seen if the first movers stand to benefit more than latecomers. I believe they will.
There are other developments within the B2B2C space (of course – Southeast Asia has over 600 million consumers!) but that warrants a discussion of its own.
If you’re interested in IoT/M2M developments in Southeast Asia, do drop us a note with your thoughts. We are currently in the planning stages of our 2016 events to be held in Philippines (23 – 24 May 2016), Thailand(26 – 27 May 2016), Indonesia (15 – 16 Aug 2016) & Malaysia (18 – 19 Aug 2016). See you in the region if you do decide to drop by. [:]
The Malaysian government is pushing for a large-scale implementation of Internet of Things (IoT), expecting IoT to contribute RM9.5b (US$2.5b) to the country’s Gross National Income (GNI) by 2020, and create 14,270 high-skilled job opportunities. (Read: Malaysia Releases IoT Roadmap: S$11B Income Boost Expected)
To achieve this goal, the government is actively pursuing the National Strategic IoT Roadmap, with 3 main goals:
1.Creating a conducive IoT industry ecosystem
2.Strengthening technopreneur capabilities; and
3.Positioning Malaysia as the Regional Development Hub for IoT.
As one of the leading economies in Southeast Asia, the Malaysian IoT market has a large potential, and the government plays an important role in pushing for IoT to be more widely understood and adopted in organisations, enterprises and businesses in the country.
Initiatives by the government agencies
To ease the adoption of IoT, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and MIMOS (the National R&D Centre in ICT under MOSTI) have embarked on various projects to boost innovation competitiveness, nurture and grow IoT talent, and groom IoT services in the country. The country’s first IoT cloud data centre and research lab was established in 2015, where the government collaborated with companies such as Cisco, Dell, IBM, Intel and Kontron to provide opportunities to design, develop and commercialise innovative, market-driven IoT products and solutions.
Adopting IoT successfully requires entrepreneurs and enterprises to understand IoT’s potential and capabilities. To accelerate this process, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) – a government-sponsored initiative to create a hi-tech business corridor in Malaysia – holds several programmes to help local companies grow their businesses and go global. For example, MDEC’s Immersion Programmes have exposed the companies to other successful efforts within the ASEAN region, China and Japan. According to Norhizam bin Abdul Kadir, Vice President of MDEC Infotech Industry Development, MDEC accepted the task from the National IoT Strategic Roadmap to spearhead industry development in proliferating IoT adoption and growth, by connecting industry players within the IoT value chain and facilitate collaborations among impactful projects within and across verticals.
IoT Malaysia: the market trend
IoT is set to overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected device in Malaysia by 2018, according to Todd Ashton, head of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka. “IoT is coming to life within many industries and we already see that in Malaysia with the Connected Mangroves project,” said Ashton. “In Malaysia, smartphone subscription surpassed basic phone subscriptions in 2015. By 2021, smartphone subscriptions for Malaysia will almost double, from almost 25 million in 2015 to more than 40 million.” – meaning more than one subscription per person on average. This implies greater connectivity and accessibility to infrastructure that enable IoT technologies to proliferate and benefit the economy.
Collaboration on smart and connected cities
Smart and connected cities is one of the verticals that are being heavily focused – by engaging partners locally and internationally. An MOU was signed by the Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) through its subsidiary company PlatCom Ventures Sdn Bhd, to ensure the delivery of SME development in Clean Technology via the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP). As mentioned by Datuk Dr Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman, President and Chief Executive Officer of MIGHT, it is important for MIGHT to continue facilitating and preparing stakeholders along with other agencies to embrace the technology disruption issues. “It is important that we are ready and the ecosystem is supporting it,” said Datuk Dr Yusoff.
The national vision following the IoT roadmap
Government regulations are crucial in the decision to adopt IoT, especially in the public sector. With the Malaysian government, particularly MOSTI and MIMOS aggressively pursuing IoT developments, Malaysia is poised to be a forerunner in the Southeast Asian and Asia-Pacific region in adopting IoT in to the public and private sectors. Continued enthusiasm, supportive policies and maintaining standards will allow more investors, companies and entrepreneurs to embrace the multi-faceted potentials of IoT, and putting Malaysia one step closer to achieving its Vision of becoming the Regional Development Hub for IoT.
As part of the national MyIoT week, Asia IoT Business Platform will be working together with MOSTI, MIMOS, MiGHT and MDEC to facilitate collaborations and create opportunities for IoT to reach more organisations and enterprises in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.
To be a part of this initiative, get in touch and drop us a note.
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.
The 7000 over islands of the Philippines are geographically split into 3 regions, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The capital of the Philippines, Manila, is located on the Luzon island, and surrounding the capital is Metro Manila, a metropolitan area that is the most populous metropolitan area in South East Asia.
Outside of Metro Manila, Metro Cebu is the 2nd largest metropolitan area. Historically, Metro Cebu has been a regional trading hub and recognized for its world-class marine resorts. It is considered the economic center of Central Visayas and as such that it has been experiencing high levels of private business investments and industrial expansion in recent years.
Along with this rapid urbanization and population growth, Metro Cebu’s current population is expected to triple in size by 2050, and various interrelated urban issues have emerged across the sectors of transport, traffic, drainage, water, and waste management. To address these issues, it was decided that a comprehensive and sustainable development approach is required.
To address challenges arising from rapid urbanization, the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB), a coordinating body for metro-wide planning and development led by the Cebu Provincial Government (Governor), with the LGU (Mayor) and the private sector/civil society as co-chairs, and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) serving as MCDCB secretariat embarked on the Mega Cebu Program.
The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), through the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center (EADSC), facilitates the Mega Cebu program. It anchors the Research, Program and Organizational Development (RPOD) of the MCDCB, and serves as coordinating and operations unit and process facilitator of the various functions, structures, plans, programs, and efforts of the MCDCB.
The Mega Cebu program is considered and anchored at a provincial level (Visayas) and seeks to promote long-term and collaborative planning and action towards a more sustainable, smart, and inclusive city-region. The vision for Mega Cebu is a Wholesome, Advanced, Vibrant, Equitable, Sustainable (W.A.V.E.S.) development by 2050. At present, there are 13 Local Government Units involved in the program and due to the number of interested parties, the level of complexity in the program is higher a project like Clark Green City which is administered by a single authority, the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA).
To mitigate risk and the challenges posed by elections / changes in administration in Mega Cebu, a move has been made towards institutionalizing it through the Mega Cebu Development Authority (MCDA). This will thus provide permanency, continuity and provide assurance to private partners that the projects will have longevity. The bill creating MCDA has already been filed in Congress and was approved by the Committee on Government Enterprises. It is has now been referred to the Committee on Appropriations, however with the elections looming, there is limited time for Congress to tackle the bill and it would have to be refiled in the next Congress. Although the creation of MCDA can contribute to the continuity of the Mega Cebu Project, a key ingredient for success will have to be the active participation and leadership of the private sector and civil society.
Mega Cebu has been seeking out partnerships at multiple levels. At the bilateral level and City level, the MCDCB, with the assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and leveraging on theYokohama’s Smart City experience finalized the Roadmap Study for Sustainable Urban Development and is now pursuing flagship projects that have been identified under the 7 sub Road Maps. Mega Cebu has also signed a strategic partnership agreement with Yokohama, working together at the corporate level with Japanese firms on projects including waste management, septage management and water supply / treatment.
What are some of the processes and platforms used to engage the public and private sector in smart urban development and planning in Mega Cebu? What are some challenges faced in the Mega Cebu Program and how were they overcomed? What are some of the project opportunities in Mega Cebu?
Meet and network with Executives from the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), who facilitate the Research, Program and Organizational Development of the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB) to learn more about the Mega Cebu Program during the 7th edition of the Asia IoT Business Platform which will take place this 23-24 May in Manila. Also presenting at the conference is Kimihiro Kuromizu, Deputy Executive Director, Climate Change Policy Headquarters, City of Yokohama, who will share experiences from the Yokohama Smart City Project.[:]
The Philippines is situated in the western Pacific Ocean, consisting over 7000 islands. There are 3 main geographical regions that are categorized broadly under from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part ofMetro Manila on Luzon island.
Metro Manila is the 10th most populous metropolitan area in Asia and the 1st in South East Asia, ahead of Jakarta, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh. According to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), it is estimated that Metro Manila’s traffic jams alone are costing the economy USD 51 million a day in potential income, a figure that JICA warns could balloon to USD 128 million a day by 2030.
JICA highlighted that the government had to be more mindful of environmental impact and disaster management in large cities as the population increases and suggested that economic activity should be spread to other potential growth areas in the country.
To mitigate further migration into Metro Manila, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) came up with a brilliant plan to build a new city, Clark Green City, in central Luzon, right in Clarkfield area, under its subsidiary Clark Development Corp.
The BCDA is a government instrumentality vested with corporate powers signed into law by former President Corazon C. Aquino in 1992. BCDA is mandated to transform former US military bases into force in creating economic opportunities in the country into alternative productive civilian use. BCDA engages in public-private partnerships to push forward vital public infrastructure such as tollways, airports, seaports, and also major real estate developments. It has successfully developed economic centers such as the Bonifacio Global City and the Newport City and Since its creation in 1992 until March 2015, the BCDA has generated Php65.348 billion from the disposition of former Metro Manila camps.
Clark Green City, a 9,450-hectare area located inside the Clark Special Economic Zone in Tarlac, is located 75 kilometers from the West Valley Fault Line, where Metro Manila sits on, is an ideal site for long-term development. Its favorable geological conditions includes neighboring mountain ranges the Zambales Mountain Range and the Sierra Madre Mountain Range which serves as natural barriers against super typhoons. Flooding will be remote due to its high elevation. Clark is connected to all major cities in Central Luzon through the country’s expressways and it will have a direct link to the Clark International Airport and is just a breeze away from the Subic Freeport Zone.
At full development, Clark Green City will be home to companies, retail outlets, offices, residential parks, accommodating 1.12 million residents and 800,000 workers and contribute a gross output of approximately P1.57 trillion per year to the national economy or roughly 4 % in the county’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Similar to the strategy under taken at the development of Bonifacio Global City, BCDA is looking to attract educational institutions to kick start economic activity and this can be seen through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Technological University of the Philippines and the Philippine Science High School to establish a center to specialize in industrial and technology skills development and large-scale fabrication laboratories. In addition to local institutions, a 3 million euro donation from the German government, will enable Clark Green City to host a regional climate change knowledge and training center, serving the 20 most climate-vulnerable (mostly island) nations called the South-South Center of Excellence for Climate Information and Services.
To supplement its strategy with educational institutions, Clark leverages on its ideal geographic conditions and offers free land for government agencies to occupy within the city as part of the government’s disaster recovery mechanism should a big earthquake or a super typhoon hit Metro Manila.
Opportunities for Cooperation in Smart City Development
Clark Green City will be characterized by a cutting-edge ICT infrastructure that will integrate city-wide services for infrastructure, transport, utilities, security and public safety. An advanced communications and digital infrastructure will serve as the backbone of the entire metropolis to facilitate data processing and transfer through high-speed Internet connectivity.
Clark Green City will follow green standards such as green building codes, low carbon footprint and renewable energy will take center stage in powering the city. Last December, a lease agreement with Sunray Power, Inc. (SPI) for the lease of a 260-hectare area in Clark Green City to build a 100-megawatt solar power facility.
BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova has emphasized that this new development should be well-planned to make it sustainable, disaster resilient, environment-friendly, and to answer for the need of a modern metropolis. To support the planning and development of the city, a 100-man BCDA delegation funded by Singapore-based Temasek Foundation, an organization which supports training and capability-training programs in public administration and disaster-response, health care, and education across communities in Asia, attended an executive training program in Singapore to ensure a world-class output for the project.
In addition to building internal capabilities, BCDA has been actively looking for partners and foreign investors to realize its vision to build a Smart, Green City. A cooperation agreement with the government of Japan through the Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport and Urban Development (JOIN) was forged. The agreement included the blueprint for a rail system from Bulacan to Tarlac and is expected to lead to multiple joint venture partnerships that will serve as a vehicle for the formation of Japanese consortium and investments in the field of power, transportation, tollways, industrial zones and economic centers.
In addition to the Japanese, the European community has also expressed keen interest in Clark Green City. BCDA signed separate Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) with France and Sweden to foster technical cooperation and identify future collaborative opportunities in the development of Clark Green City.
Perhaps one of the possible reasons for active foreign participation could be due to Clark Green City being insulated from politics . BCDA chief mentioned that, with BCDA sitting directly under the Office of the President, no president would want his office to fail in anything, especially on a project this important. However as Philippines is weeks away from choosing its next president, he also said that the signing of new agreements might take a while.
What are some of the experiences and challenges that BCDA and Clark Development Corp face in the Clark Green City Project?
Meet and network with members of BCDA and Clark Development Corporation at the 7th edition of the Asia IoT Business Platform which will take place this 23-24 May in Manila.[:]
Jakarta Smart City portal was introduced in 2015 by the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government as a platform for citizens to complain about problems that occur in the surrounding area, such as traffic violations, the damage done to public facilities, rubbish, beggars, street vendors wild, floods, etc.
This portal integrates all data and information from related SKPD using algorithms and visualization mapping. All reports and issues brought up by citizens will be able to reach to the right government departments quickly (if not immediately) for actions to be taken.
Jakarta smart city portal combines efforts of new technology applications including:
Qlue – a social media application that allows citizens to contribute and participate actively for a safer and more enjoyable neighbourhood.
CROP – an application only for Jakarta Provincial Government officials and police officers to accommodate the content of Qlue.
With the explanation of Pak Setiaji St., Head of Jakarta Smart City Management Unit, we saw examples of citizens submiting real time reports in forms of complaint notes and photos via the smart city portal. Reports from the public are then digitally mapped and integrated with the dashboard smartcity.jakarta.go.id.Last week we had the pleasure of visiting the Jakarta Smart City Lounge (thanks for the invite, Qlue!)
(If you look at the left panel closely) The whole process from information being received on the spot (there’ll a red box appearing when a complaint is filed), monitored and managed (yellow means problem is on the process of being dealt with) and then completion (green for problem solved!) can be monitored at at the control panel of Smart City Lounge.
According to Pak Setiaji, there are around 200-300 reports/complaints each day for each departments. With Jakarta Smart City Portal , central government is able to track the efficiency of responsible officials in dealing with city problems.
This portal also helps citizens track the locations of relatives and friends. With the help of 900 CCTVs installed in the whole of Jakarta, users can check the traffic and avoid paths that are filled with vehicles. Social information such as hawkers, food truck locations, and other businesses can also be shared. This provides great convenience to the Indonesian as the app enables them to check commodities price online and order services/food delivery from the usual traditional market.
Pak Setiaji also shared with us more government initiatives such as the plan to replace 90,ooo street lights by December 2016. Jakarta one payment card will be doing a soft launch this June as well.
We are excited to have Pak Setiaji as part of the advisory board of IoT Indonesia, sharing more government initiatives at the conference and hosting a delegation visit to Jakarta Smart City lounge for demonstration after our event.
If you’re interested to join us at the offsite visit to Jakarta Smart City lounge, drop us a note. (Rest assured, it’ll be fun!)
After a promising conference in KL last year, Asia IoT Business Platform made its return to Kuala Lumpur for the 6th edition after having explored the markets in Philippines, Thailand , and Jakarta)in 2015.
The 6th edition Asia IoT Business Platform was held in Pullman KLCC, Malaysia on 3-4 November 2015, with the support of MIMOS (Malaysia’s national R&D centre in ICT). The two-day event saw264 industry stakeholders and 76 companies from government, telcos, multinational solution providers to end users gathering to exchange knowledge, share and learn from a comprehensive conference, with sessions covering market trends, smart city, healthcare, banking and finance, transport and logistics.
The distinguished speaker faculty consisted of 20 local, regional, and international experts in the IoT and M2M industry; with discussions primarily dedicated to plans of government, telecommunication companies and other IoT stakeholders. Case studies were brought up as IT divisions from end users were invited to share their experience in implementing IoT strategies.
Our favourite quotes from the conference sessions:
Keynote and IoT leaders panel:
“In the world of ICT, collaboration is the key. With an estimate market worth of $2.4bil by 2020, IoT in Malaysia has an encouraging prospect. SMEs are urged to take up the challenge and exploit the opportunities.” – Toh Swee Hoe, Advisor, MCMC Academy
“It’s not only about addressing the supply of IoT, we also want to raise the current awareness among end users and create demand to drive digital adoption and economy growth. We aim to turn Malaysia into a matured digital economy by 2020 – to connect and empower government, business, people.” – Dato Ng Wan Peng, COO, MDeC
“The mission of the recently released national IoT agenda is to create a national ecosystem to enable use ofIoT as a new source of economic growth. Supporting industry ecosystem must be established for Malaysia to be global class player in IoT.”
– Helmi Halim, Senior Director (Corporate Strategy), MIMOS
“Telcos in Malaysia generally still seem to be holding back; they must grow their presence in the IoT sector to catalyze Malaysia’s vision of being a Smart Digital Nation.” – Anuj Pandey, DGM-Business Development (Strategic Deals Group), Bharti Airtel
Market Trends & Outlook:
“There is big potential in healthcare, automotive and retail; sinking costs is a driver of IoTin future; in order to have enough trained workforce we need new curriculums at training institutions.” – Prof. Dr. Shahrin, Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia
“What we can achieve in telehealth: remote monitoring, remote diagnosis, healthcare provider support. Global telehealth is expected to grow at compound annual rate of 18.5% through to 2018. To begin your venture, my advice is to work with a partner and go through a trial.” – Phua Kok Soon, Senior Research Engineer, A*STAR
“There’re so many patients that it’s impossible to diagnose and analyse without data andIoT. 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.” – Dr. Dhesi, Epidemiologist & Exponential Medicine Physician, Singularity University, NASA Ames & Ministry of Health, Malaysia
Banking & Finance:
“Banks need to take further advantage of IoT to prevent shortening of business models, which can be lost to operators. The reality is that IoT will not change the way you do things, you will have to change it yourself.” Mikael Lindholm, VP M2M Growth, Telenor
“Success for banking in the IoT field comes not from technology or security, but user experience that makes lives easier.” – Kerem Abuc, Mobile Financial Services Supervisor, Garanti Bank
Transport & Logistics:
“Key factors for Indosat’s success include: (1) good business opportunities, (2) right product, (3) right go-to-market.” – Mirela Juravle, Head of M2M Project,Indosat
Exhibition area and technology showcase during breaks saw conversations carried on from the conference that aroused much interest within key IT executives who are exploring effective IoT implementation strategies with the solution providers present. Diversity of participants in terms of verticals, complimented by the relevance of invited delegates provided a remarkable networking opportunities to all decision makers in the IoT sector seeking for partnership and new insight.
IoT Malaysia: A Summary of Asia IoT Business Platform 6th edition
We would like to thank all sponsors, advisors, partners, speakers, and delegates for making the 6th edition of the Asia IoT Business Platform a resounding success. It would not have been possible without the support we received.
We look forward to welcoming you again for the Asia IoT Business Platform 2016 series, which will be held in Manila (23-24 May), Bangkok (26-27 May), Jakarta (15-16 May) and Kuala Lumpur (18-19 Aug).[:]