Looking beyond the business and technology, it is important to realise that communities in the region are to benefit most from the increased adoption and implementation of IoT.
Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Everything, Intelligence of Things, Intelligence of Everything – a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. We are in the age when humans and artificial intelligence converge to transform into an interconnected, thinking entity, facilitated by massive amount of data. From machine automation in manufacturing facilities to your home refrigerator texting you to replace your wilting spinach with fresh ones, IoT is something of the future that has dawned upon us.
Even in the emerging and developing region of ASEAN, IoT has come to bring glad tidings.
Over the years, enterprises and public sectors have adopted IoT to make business processes and operations more efficient, and public services more seamless. We have seen how a Vietnamese farm deploy a gateway to collect data from farm through a system of sensors, weather stations, and robots, so that farm operations can be managed via the cloud. We have seen the local government Jakarta leveraging IoT to manifest a smart city through a plethora of intelligent systems – smart surveillance, smart equipment trackers, and smart street lighting system, among others.
The growing intelligence in the different sectors across ASEAN reflect not only a promising economic region, but also a gradual improvement in the quality of life of communities here. However, despite robust technological development in many areas, most conversations are focused on identification of potential business benefits. Much less is known about the current and future impact of IoT on society – the interaction between communities with IoT systems and smart cities, and how the acceleration of IoT adoption can impact ASEAN societies.
It is therefore important for IoT solution providers to access ASEAN and introduce their solutions and products with a bigger end picture in mind. IoT solutions, as the names goes, need to solve prevalent and pervasive issues in a society. Apparently, problems are abundant. From urban blooding and traffic congestion to poor rural health systems, there is much for IoT to solve.
In our previous article, we wrote on how effective applications of IoT for flooding and other disaster prevention are anticipated. In a country like Vietnam, where flooding is a pervasive and longstanding issue, more substantial flood mitigation and flood monitoring projects are critical. With the implementation of a calculated and carefully crafted IoT flood monitoring project, the flooding issue in the country can be alleviated. Apart from saving billions of Vietnamese dongs, loss of lives can be prevented too.
IoT can also be a beacon of hope for the healthcare industry, especially in ASEAN where the majority live in rural areas. With inadequate healthcare facilities and structures, providing a sufficient level of healthcare to citizens can be a feat. While big data analytics, remote care, and flexible patient monitoring have been implemented in countries like the Philippines, there is still more that can and should be done on this front. From assisted living to connected health devices, IoT solution providers in the healthcare sector have much to work on in the region.
The point of it all is that there is likely to be more radical innovations in the future. The benefits should be used, ultimately, for society’s gain. There needs to be more research on real applications for real scenarios for real societies, in order to inform policy and practice in ASEAN. Over the next couple of months, we will start looking at real problems that are plaguing communities in ASEAN that can be solved with IoT. This would help inform solution providers of not only the opportunities in the region, but to inform them of their corporate responsibility to use technology to alleviate social and environmental issues that can greatly affect the lives of people in the region.
If you have IoT solutions that you are keen in introducing in ASEAN to solve a particular social or environmental issue i.e traffic congestion, flooding, famine, healthcare, please email me at email@example.com. You can find out more about our IoT programs in ASEAN here.
As we celebrate 59 years of nationhood, I am reminded of the latest achievement we had 2 weeks ago in KL, where commitment to target IoT as a new national economic source was reiterated by the Minister of Technology, Science and Innovation himself.
Malaysia is one of only nine countries in the world to have developed a working roadmap on IoT.
We’re currently in the midst of implementing the National IoT Strategic Roadmap, in which interoperability has been identified to spur IoT in the country, and the market potential is set to generate a GNI of RM9.5 billion by 2020 and achieve RM42.5 billion by 2025.
Within one year, several IoT-based projects have been piloted and launched in Malaysia, including the following areas:
- For Safety – IoT has been employed in Smart Lock-Up to monitor safety in the police lock-up (implemented by the Royal Malaysian Police.
- For Community – A community social innovation platform called I-Comm has been deployed to develop applications like flood monitoring. Its scope will be expanded to cover tourism application as well.
- For Agriculture – IoT plays a key role to assist the export of premium durian to China and other premium product.
- For Transportation – Taxi booking applications have been enabled, e.g. iTeksi, GrabCar.
At the 10th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform two weeks ago, YB Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation mentioned that following the maturing of IoT technologies in the country, they hope to expand local services to ASEAN markets and ultimately introduce top 5 Malaysian companies to the international stage.
In developing the industry ecosystem, we need all players to work together and demonstrate the value of these solutions in order to convince the end users and investors to adopt IoT technologies.
Over the two days conference, conversations with speakers, public sectors, companies from both solution providers and local end users, etc. led me to the 4 focus markets that have been identified for Malaysia:
- Transportation – to improve efficiency and service level of transport operations. Companies like Prasarana Malaysia will gladly welcome solutions that can help improve public transportation and passenger info.
- Manufacturing – to enhance supply chain efficiency and reduce the gap between SMEs and MNCs. With manufacturing taking up 30% of the whole IoT market potential in Malaysia, we’re seeing increasing number of services from ERPs, supply chain integration, Digital/Connected Factories to Industrial Automation and IIoT, etc.
- Healthcare – to improve healthcare service delivery. Strongly encouraged by the government, solutions like predictive health analytics for hospitals and doctors to deliver better patient care; modernising healthcare with Artificial Intelligence, etc. are currently driven by local startups like AIME, Vital Synapse.
- Agriculture – to boost income of the B40 community by enhancing sectorial productivity while preserving national food security. This is particularly seen to be a strategic segment.
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With collaboration efforts between vendors and across industries being supervised by the government, it is without a doubt that IoT would play a big part in achieving our next stage of nation’s growth.
I am happy to facilitate further IoT initiatives and relationships in and across countries, and support MOSTI’s goal to help Malaysian companies expand into the whole of ASEAN region.
Feel free to drop me a note if you’re interested in the ASEAN IoT markets.
SOUTHEAST ASIA E-COMMERCE MARKET
Southeast Asia’s market has a huge potential because of its size and growth trajectory. With its large population of over 600 million, 60% of whom are below 35 years old, and fast-growing internet and smartphone usage, its e-commerce market is expected to worth USD 21.8 billion, thus presents many business opportunities.
Despite the rise of e-commerce, physical stores are still preferred over online shopping. The main reasons are the shipping fees, the customers’ preference to have the items immediately, and that they cannot try the items on before buying online.
HOW CAN BODY SCANNING TECH HELP RETAILERS?
Usually, up to half of the items would be returned to the sellers because of the size being an annoyance to both customers and retailers. Returning items can cost the retailers millions of dollars in extra shipping and warehouse fees.
One solution to this problem is 3D body scanning, which can take precise body measurements such as waist, hips and thighs circumferences, weight, height, and create a visual avatar for the customer to match the size and even try on clothes virtually. He/she can then use the avatar to find a perfect fit and shop on any of the online retail sites that partner with the 3D scanning company.
This innovation can thus help customers know how the clothes would look on them, whether they are in the physical stores or at home, shop more efficiently without having to queue, and to get the right sizes when ordering online.
This solution is offered by several companies like Styku, which creates 3D avatars using the sensors developed by Microsoft for its Kinect platform. Since there are more than 20 million Kinects sold today, it is a great way for people to do their own 3D scanning at home. Virtusize, another company, affirms that they would reduce fit-related returns byup to 50% using its virtual fitting solution.
This technology is already used by several retailers, such as Adidas with its “Next Generation Fashion Store” concept, for which they won the CeBIT Innovation Award 2013. Nick Robertson, the co-founder of ASOS (which partnered with Virtusize)affirmed that a 1% drop in returns can translate into $16 million added to the company’s bottom line.
BEYOND THE APPAREL INDUSTRY
Besides being used for size-fitting or made-to-measure, body scanning technology can be used by airlines and automobiles to develop optimized seats, by health clubs to leverage body measurements, calculate body fat percentage to suggest suitable health and fitness solutions. Most importantly, it can be used in medical weight loss to tackle obesity, which is associated with increased risks of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, etc. Surgeons and weight-loss professionals will be able to use this solution to track progress using precise and accurate measurements.
3D body scanning technology lowers costs, increases efficiency, and has much potential to help improve the future growth of not only the clothing industry, but also the healthcare industry, among future yet-to-be-discovered applications.
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 Indonesia (15 – 16 Aug 2016) & Malaysia (18 – 19 Aug 2016). Visit www.iotbusiness-platform.com for more information.
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
Malaysia is in the midst of implementing a National Internet of Things Strategic Roadmap, in which the market potential has been determined to generate a GNI of RM9.5 billion by 2020 and achieve RM42.5 billion by 2025.
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
For event highlights, please refer to our photo albums here.
For questions or post show reports, please leave a comment with your email address and we’ll send it over.
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.
Data and predictive analytics have transformed finance, manufacturing and many consumer industries. Healthcare is slow to the game, but no exception
At 8th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform; Dr Yau Teng Yan, Chief Medical Officer at Holmusk, spoke about how Big Data can be used to fight Chronic diseases. In his presentation, he mentioned doctors, are experts at practicing ‘trial-and-error’ medicine. A patient presents with symptoms and doctors make the best diagnosis they can come up with based on their personal knowledge and experience and prescribe drugs based on standard dosages. Doctors then hope for the best and after some time, if the drugs doesn’t work, the dosage or the medication is changed, or a different diagnosis is considered, until something works.
‘Evidence-based medicine’ – a core tenet where doctors base their clinical decisions on well-conducted research – is often inefficient because the results in research are summarized and averaged out and it is assumed that each patient is an ‘average patient’. However, the availability of new kinds of data and new tools for data analysis is providing a new approach to medicine and how it is improving patient outcomes.
Giving an example on breast cancer, Dr. Yau, explained that it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women today, with survival rates for advanced breast cancer at less than 30% living beyond 5 years. A drug, Tamoxifen, used for the treatment of breast cancer has been thought for a long time to be 80% effective, based on clinical studies. However with the availability of new kinds of data and data analytic tools, it is now known to be 100% effective in 70 – 80% of patients, and ineffective in the rest of them. Biochemical markers are the key in predicting which patients will respond and which won’t. This is important as the drug should not be prescribed to someone, which it will be useless for, because it has side effects, like risks of blood clots and uterine cancer.
What Can Big Data and Health Care Analytics do?
Big data refers to large, complex sets of data that are difficult to access or manage traditionally. Big data in healthcare consists of electronic health records, doctors’ notes, pharmacy prescriptions, insurance claims, sensor data (such as blood pressure, glucose level), genetic information, and more. These sources of data that weren’t available a decade ago, but now have huge potential to help us better understand our bodies.
Healthcare is transitioning into a data rich environment today. In 2011, 150 exabytes of data (that’s 150 billion gigabytes) was generated in US healthcare organizations alone.
Data by itself is not very useful. The key enabler for this revolution is the availability of cheap computing power to analyse these large datasets to generate new insights into disease.
Unlocking the hidden value in this information has the potential to improve care and attain cost effectiveness. Data analytics allows health care practitioners to synthesize and discover patterns and correlations within the data that would not have been revealed otherwise.
Doctors will be able to make better and more accurate diagnoses, and provide the patient with more personalized treatment plans based on their profiles, improving patient care.
Join Telstra Health at the 9th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform which will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 15-16 of August as they discuss insights into Health Analytics and how patient care can be enhanced.
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:
- Know the market, know the regulations
- Partner with a local company or establish local office
- 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.
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.
[: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.
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.
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.
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.
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.[:]
The Internet of Things (IoT), a concept that describes a state where every day physical objects will be connected to the internet and be able to identify themselves to other devices has become increasingly prominent in every industry. According to Gartner 6.4 billion connected “Things” will be in use in 2016, which is an increase of 30% to 2015.
One market that offers great possibilities but has not been exploited to its potential is the ASEAN market. Often companies are discouraged by perceived insufficient infrastructure within those countries, but in the relatively uncontested market of Thailand this is changing. The arrival of 4G wireless broadband networks as well as the proliferation and affordability of devices that are connected to internet will fuel the IoT technology adaption in Thailand. In an interview at the 2015 edition of Asia IoT Business Platform Sigvart Von Eriksen, CMO of DTAC stated that he is convinced that the IoT market in Thailand will explode in near future, featuring more than 400 million connected devices in Thailand alone in about 4 years’ time.
Numbers and sectors of IoT interest
According to a Frost & Sullivan report, Thailand’s IoT spending in 2014 amounted to US$ 57.7 M. This is forecasted to increase by over 1600% to US$ 973.3 M in 2020. The majority of this spending takes place in manufacturing and logistics. Thailand currently is the 17th largest global manufacturer and number 14 in auto production, according to Industryweek. A 2014 McKinsey report states that “Thailand has built a thriving ecosystem of manufacturers and assemblers, including BMW, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Toyota. Its long history of automotive manufacturing coupled with strong government support has created a relatively low-cost but skilled workforce in the sector.” As the government plans to position itself as the center of the ASEAN Economic Community, the prominence of manufacturing is forecasted to increase, which will also increase its potential for IoT. The value of IoT in logistics is also expected to rise, as a new law by the Department of Land Transport (DLT) has taken effect this January, which will require public buses, trailers and trucks with over 10 wheels to install GPS navigation systems, that provide real-time information to DLT service centers on the vehicles coordinates, travel speed and driving time. Due to these developments both manufacturing and logistics are expected to increase to a total value of around US$ 445M by 2020, according to Frost & Sullivan.
Future potential according to the same report and judging from developments in our event in Thailand can be observed also in the smart city and healthcare sector.
Smart city and government IoT initiatives
Thailand is on the move to become ASEAN’s digital infrastructure hub by 2020, states Ms. Jeerawan, chairwoman of the Software Industry Promotion Agency. The government’s determination to drive digital growth finds its expression in multiple ICT and IoT initiatives. These initiatives include smart city plans in cities like Phuket, Chiang Mai and Bangkok as well as greater campaigns e.g. smart Thailand. The ICT Ministries vision for Phuket and Chiang Mai is that of a tech start-up community, that further supports the intention to turn Thailand into the digital hub of ASEAN, explains The Nation.
To further boost the country’s competitiveness ranking in the world Thailand is pushing its Smart Thailand project, which according to Anudith Nakornthap, the ICT minister, will further empower local stakeholders such as the education and business sector and will cut the costs of using ICT, herby improving the quality of life within the country. If realizing this plan broadband will increase its reach from 33% to 80% of the population in the next three years, reaching 95% in 2020, according to Nation Multimedia.
For its ambitious project, the ICT ministry has develop a digital economy master plan, which according to The Nation entails two phases:
- Main domain missions: hard infrastructure, soft infrastructure, service infrastructure, digital economy promotion and a digital society.
- Pilot projects centered on e-commerce, e-education, e-industry and e-government.
To manifest these projects the country is actively searching for partners to collaborate with, which represents a great potential for IoT and ICT solution providers. According to the Bangkok Post the ICT ministries of three ASEAN members plus South Korea have expressed interest in participating in the development of Thailand’s digital infrastructure as well.
Although the healthcare infrastructure might on a nationwide scale have some shortcomings, especially in rural areas, Thailand still can boast with highly technical and advanced hospitals as well as educated doctors in urban areas. Compared to other countries like the US or Australia treatment in Thailand comes at a more reasonable price. This is the reason for Thailand’s prominence as one of the main medical tourism destinations in Asia. According to a CNN documentary 1.1 million foreign medical tourists visited the country in 2013. As hospitals have to compete for part of their clientele globally, they tend to be very active in looking for new services and devices to increase competitiveness as well as becoming more efficient internally. Recently the interest therefore has shifted to IoT applications.
Another challenge the Thai healthcare system has to tackle in the near future is an aging population. The median age has risen from 19 to 38 within the las 50 years and will continue to rise to 51 by 2050, according to Worldometer. In order to deal with the subsequent consequences, the Thai government, hospitals and consumers are looking for solutions within the healthcare sector, which presents an unprecedented chance for IoT companies.
Another indicator for the rising demand and prominence of IoT in Thailand is, that its largest private company Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) recently created an IoT subsidiary, to help with applications in the field of farming, agriculture and logistics.
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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.
[: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
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. [:]
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.
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.
- IoT as the solution to grow Healthcare and Manufacturing in Philippines
- “Smart City” pilot projects to be rolled out in Thailand
- Smart City vision Indonesia 2015 -2045; breakthrough in Automotive
- Malaysian IoT market to register $10.5 billion by 2025; IoT & Big Data to transform Healthcare
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
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.
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.
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”
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).
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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 of IoT 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).[:]
Francis Puno, Chairman of Southeast Asia Continua Health Alliance summarised the challenges of global healthcare as follows:
- Missing healthcare Access
- Population growth
- Rural health
- Lack of doctors
- Ebola crisis
Especially in Southeast Asian countries, such as Philippines which has close to 100 million inhabitants yet many rural areas and inadequate healthcare structures, it is difficult to provide a sufficient level of healthcare to all their citizens.
According to Gio Abaquin, Product Manager at SMART Enterprise, the solution to these challenges could be the Internet of things.
Puno and Abaquin both spoke at the 3rd edition of Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Philippines on 10-11 February 2015, promoting the use of big data analytics, remote care, flexible patient monitoring and integrated healthcare solutions. IoT was regarded as the solution to lower the costs of healthcare dramatically while improving efficiency of treatment.
The implementation of these technologies can unlock new business opportunities for startups as well as existing solution providers who are extending their services in healthcare. Unfortunately, many governments tend to shy away from such implementations as they require considerable investments. Not Philippines though, where most funds are being channeled to the healthcare sector, nearly doubling its budget within the last 2 years. This provides a strong foundation, where investments into new healthcare practices are made possible.
Manufacturing sector also looking to increase efficiency at lower costs
Beyond healthcare, JD Montelibano, Head of Product Management for Business Applications, Globe Telecom Inc. pointed out that the potential of IoT in manufacturing is substantial. He mentioned that the number of things connected to the internet surpassed the number of people on earth in 2008. “By 2020, there will be about 50 to 75 billion connected devices around the world.”
So how is the situation of manufacturing in Asia?
Also at the 3rd edition of Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Philippines in Manila, Montelibano cited the IDC Asia Pacific manufacturing insights 2014 survey, which stated that “manufacturing in Asia is at a tipping point where traditional enterprise IT applications…have attained basic levels of maturity in isolation”. It further suggested that “it is time for a seamless integration between them”. Montelibano sees IoT solutions joined by the network capability of the telco providers as the possibility for this seamless integration, which could improve the performance of manufacturing in Asian markets immensely.
We are seeing a growing number of dedicated teams led by senior management in exploring IoT for their businesses in Asia. Maynilad Water Services, Singapore Power Telecommunications, Continua Health Alliance SEA WG have shared their local success stories at Asia IoT Business Platform events this year.
By focusing on senior decision makers from end users to our conference, we aim to increase the number of CIOs leading IoT adoption in Southeast Asia.
Gavin Barfield, SVP & Chief Technology Advisor to Manila Electric Company and Dr. Francisco Castillo, SVP & CIO of Maynilad Water Services are part of the Advisory Board for the 7th Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Phillipines in Manila, 23 & 24 May 2016. The Board is responsible for advising on the content, themes, objectives and speakers for the conference to ensure what is presented is highly relevant and educational.
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