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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 zaidani@industry-platform.com. You can find out more about our IoT programs in ASEAN here.

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.


If you would like to know more about the opportunities in Vietnam, visit Asia IoT Business Platform 2016 Hanoi, Vietnam.

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by Abdullah Zaidani


We are excited to welcome the Department of Information and Communications from Ha Noi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Duong and Hai Phong to our upcoming Asia IoT Business Platform, taking place on the 29-30 November in Hanoi, Vietnam. As they will be sharing their experience and future direction with regards to the respective smart city projects at the panel, here is a quick update to catch you up on the latest happenings in the soon-to-be smart cities in Vietnam.

Đà Nẵng

As the first city in Vietnam to officially embark on the “smart city” project (before the term was cool), Danang collaborated with IBM in their “IBM Smarter Cities” programme to address social issues such as traffic jams and environmental pollution. Viettel recently signed a memorandum to help Danang further develop infrastructure for smart city solutions in areas such as: air control, water management, garbage collection and meteorology, energy, earthquake and tsunami warning, floods, erosion, sewage, lakes, dams and bridge management systems. Honeywell is another partner who has committed to Danang’s vision of an environmentally green and sustainable smart city. Danang aims to be the first smart city of Vietnam by 2025.

Hồ Chí Minh City

The economic capital of Vietnam, HCMC, is on track to (also) become the first smart city of Vietnam. The city recently signed a deal with Altai Technologies and ETN Singapore to provide free WiFi for District 1 – the city’s central business district. A smart city advisory board has been created, consisting of experts including Microsoft Vietnam, hoping to create a comprehensive strategy for the city to address issues such as flooding, traffic jam, education and healthcare.

Hà Nội

The actual capital of Vietnam, Hanoi planned to invest USD 3 billion (in 2012) to develop the city into an “intelligent” city, focusing on transportation, healthcare, education, environment and urban development. 73% of public schools have been equipped with Internet connection to assist online learning, while trials for Intelligent Transport System have been in place. With the Metro line expected to be operational by 2020 and continuous urban transformations taking place, Hanoi is expected to continue its strategy to become Vietnam’s intelligent capital city.

Hải Dương

A small province 60 km to the west of Hanoi, Hai Duong is at the beginning stage of research for smart city solutions. Faced with similar problems as other cities such as traffic, environmental pollution, digitising government… Hai Duong’s Department of Information and Communications is seeking consultancy and solutions from vendors and cities with more experience in the subject to formulate an applicable strategy for the city and its countryside.

Hải Phòng

Known for being a port city, Hai Phong is emerging as the new destination for foreign investment, attracting USD 2.66 billion in the first 8 months in 2016, 5 times higher than the same period last year. Key verticals of the city include mechanical manufacturing, shipbuilding, the support industry, seafood processing and the production of equipment, electronics, cement, steel, fertiliser and high-quality consumer goods. It has a long-term partnership with the International Cleantech Venture Finland, that helps the city with green energy, and the city continues to explore opportunities and case studies to come up with a more comprehensive smart city plan in the upcoming phase of development.

Get the opportunity to connect with officials from these cities and more in Hanoi at the end of November. Drop me a note at dinh@industry-platform.com for more details.

UPDATE: we are looking for moderator for our Smart Cities panel, which features panellists from the abovementioned cities. Let me know if you are interested to lead this exciting discussion.


We recently concluded our 11th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform two weeks ago in Hanoi, Vietnam. While it was also our last programme for 2016, it was our first programme in Vietnam to explore the country’s IoT market. Over two days, we saw different IoT stakeholders ranging from government bodies, telecommunications companies, IoT solutions providers, and enterprises convening and engaging in vibrant and interesting discussions on all things IoT.


It was amazing to witness the excitement and enthusiasm of our participants toward the prospect of emerging sophisticated technologies that can potentially transform business processes, operations, and systems. Considering that Vietnam is still in the nascent stage of developing their IoT infrastructure and capabilities, the level of interest in the market is impeccable.

Having said that, there are some case studies and presentations that caught our attention; mainly because some enterprises and verticals are already deep into the IoT game! Here are our three interesting takeaways from our programme in Hanoi:

  1. Cau Dat Farm and their IoT aspiration



Tung Pham, Director at Cau Dat Farm presenting on the application of IoT in agriculture and the difficulties and challenges of deployment

Cau Dat Farm—initially a tea factory built by the French in 1927—is one of the first movers to leverage IoT to tackle their supply side. Cau Dat Farm’s current IoT solutions deploy a gateway to collect data from farm through a system of sensors, weather stations and robots, so farm operations can be managed via the cloud. The farm is now looking to build a substantial database for agriculture to solve the questions of forecasting crops, diseases, and productivity. However, they do not have the capabilities to achieve that and they are looking for partners and solutions providers to take their IoT project to the next level.

  1. The Smart Cities Race in Vietnam



Smart Cities Panel comprising leaders from Da Nang (Tran Ngoc Thach), Ha Noi (Nguyen Xuan Quang), Ho Chi Minh City (Vo Minh Thanh), and Virtual Access – N’osairis (Patrick Conway). The panel was moderated by Dr. Mai Liem Truc, Former Deputy Minister, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications

One of the panels at our programme in Hanoi was dedicated to the discussion on Smart Cities. Through the panel, we realised that cities in Vietnam are making great progress in their respective Smart City initiatives. Da Nang, for instance, have already rolled out their e-Government platform which is able to connect everyone—from public servants and leaders to citizens—on a single application. The city is now looking to develop and catalyse the progress on their IT infrastructure, manpower, communications, and other applications. To achieve this, investments and partners are critical.


                                                                            Questions from the audience

  1. Vinamilk’s Mega (Smart) Factory



Nguyen Quoc Khanh, Executive Director R&D at Vinamilk, presenting a case study on Vinamilk’s Mega (Smart) Factory

Vinamilk is the largest dairy company in Vietnam and it is also one of the enterprises in the country to have deployed IoT to streamline its manufacturing operations and improve efficiency. Vinamilk has a factory with the highest technology automation, connecting all processes within the factory via system from input to output. Its smart warehouse is operated by automatic transport and management system, complemented by an extensive Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. This underscores the efficacy of certain enterprises in adopting and deploying IoT, which poses much opportunity for solutions providers to seize.

There were many other presentations and case studies shared in Hanoi which are interesting and valuable for IoT stakeholders. From the instances above and from the other case studies shared in Hanoi, we are confident that Vietnam will continue to grow and develop and provide many opportunities for solutions providers targeting enterprise adoption of IoT. While IoT stakeholders also believe that the potential of IoT in Vietnam is undoubtable, it is critical to have more supportive policies from the government. We hope that our programme in Vietnam managed to communicate the importance of seizing the IoT opportunities in an emerging market and that when we return to Vietnam next November, more developments are in place and IT companies will realise the value in these emerging markets.

If you’re interested in exploring the ASEAN enterprise IoT market, we will be holding an exclusive programme in Singapore in February 2017. It will feature the most relevant IoT case studies and panel discussions across the different markets in the region. The programme is the launch event for our 2017 series in Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam. Feel free to contact me at zaidani@industry-platform.com for more information.

by Abdullah Zaidani


You thought that Singapore is the only country that is capable of harnessing technology to create a sophisticated and smart city? In my previous article, we have seen some great initiatives in Malaysia (Cyberjaya) and Indonesia (Jakarta Smart City Lounge). ASEAN remains to be ambitious in realizing its smart cities. Here, we look at the smart city initiatives in Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.


Manila City

With the influx of Filipinos migrating into the cities due to the rapid changes in economic opportunities that many major cities in the Philippines offer, the obsolete infrastructure in these cities have been struggling to keep up with this growth in urban population, resulting in urban decay, severe pollution and overpopulation within the cities. For instance, 37% of over 12 million registered residents in Manila live in slums throughout the city.

A collaboration between Davao City, the biggest city in the Philippines, and IBM Philippines is the first smart city development that relies on technology to address issues of public safety. In 2013, Davao City implemented IBM’s Intelligent Operations Centre (IOC) solution as an additional support for its existing Public Safety and Security Command Centre (PSSCC), utilizing IBM technology, such as video analytics software, multi-channel unified communication, and GPS location tracking. Today, the IOC allows various government agencies, including the police, fire, anti-terrorism task force, and the K9 urban search and rescue services, to monitor operations in the city in real time and respond more quickly and efficiently to emergencies.

As a country suffering from the damage of numerous natural disasters from typhoons to volcano eruptions, Philippines have also adopted Smart City technology to improve disaster management and minimize damages from such natural disasters. Project NOAH was launched in 2012 as the Philippines’ key disaster risk reduction and management system, and has won an IDC award for the top smart city initiative in public safety at IDC’s Smart City Asia Pacific awards (SCAPA). Information, such as real-time weather data and high-resolution flood, landslide, and storm surge hazard maps, are collected on online platforms to help the relevant bodies to identify the occurrence and severity of the disaster and respond more rapidly.



With aims to transform Thailand into a digital economy and digital hub of ASEAN, the Thai Information and Communication Technology Ministry is looking to develop Phuket and Chiang Mai into smart cities as pilot projects due to their technology readiness, location and international ties. According to Thailand’s Software Industry Development Agency (SIPA) which is also managing the Phuket project, the Phuket smart city pilot project will focus on digital infrastructure development, the construction of a data centre and the enhancement of the city’s tourism industry through the use of sensors and analytics.

In addition to the two pilot projects, the ministry has identified the formulation of a solid digital economy master plan as their first task, which will consist of 5 main domain missions – hard infrastructure, soft infrastructure, service infrastructure, digital economy promotion, and a digital society. The second task will involve other ministries in developing and delivering pilot projects across areas like e-commerce, e-education, e-industry, and e-government. For instance, the ministry would work with the Commerce ministry to create an e-commerce platform to help businesses, especially small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and those in agriculture, to go online.

To address the aging population in Thailand, Saensuk Smart City project was recently launched in 2016 in the Saensuk Municipality in Thailand, where 15% of the residents are aging citizens and most of them live at home alone during the day with minimal supervision or in nursing facilities. Collaborating with technology partners Dell, Intel and the IoT City Innovation Center (ICIC), a small Bluetooth-enabled smart device is distributed to all elderly patients to monitor the health condition of the patients, with the data collected and analysed by intelligent Intel-based gateway systems to provide insights to the municipal nursing headquarters cloud system. Healthcare practitioners and family members are also notified in instances of emergency or unusual activity or when the panic button is activated, allowing for a more efficient use of the limited human resource while providing more efficient and swift responses during emergencies.



The Vietnamese government has been extremely supportive and encouraging with its numerous efforts to promote its municipalities towards becoming smart cities in recent years, in order to address various socioeconomic issues such as traffic congestion, environmental pollution, and energy conservation. This has led to a smart cities race in Vietnam with several smart cities projects and initiatives being developed simultaneously to become Vietnam’s first smart cities.

Da Nang aims to be the first smart city of Vietnam by 2025, and has collaborated with IBM in their “IBM Smarter Cities” program to develop smart city infrastructure to address issues such as air control, water management, waste management, energy, and disaster warning.

As one of the latest cities to join on the bandwagon, Vietnam’s commercial capital Ho Chi Minh have developed plans for a new smart city program with these main components: smart services such as education, healthcare and traffic; enhanced citizen participation in city life; and a common database plan. This is in addition to an earlier collaboration between ETN Singapore and the Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee to provide free public WiFi for the city with Altai’s Super WiFi Solution.

In line with the nation’s vision to turn Phu Quoc into a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in 2010, the local government has also been working closely with Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) to strengthen the network infrastructure by building a data centre and smart services, with the high-speed 4G network already successfully trialed on the island. 

In Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, an investment of USD 3 billion was planned for smart city developments in 2012 with a focus on transportation, healthcare, education, environment and urban development. Efforts to transform the city into a smart city have continued with public schools being equipped with Internet connection and trials for an Intelligent Transport System taking place.

Smart cities are not just a fancy word that governments and other stakeholders can be proud of. Smart cities mean much more to the people than just automatic public feedback and lesser road congestion. Smart cities make public services smarter for the benefit of the larger local population so that they can experience a better standard of living in the city. As these cities continue to experience an influx of migrants from the rural areas, more needs to be done to support not only the growing population, but the pressure placed on public infrastructure too. 

ASEAN Smart City Projects will be discussed in Singapore on 14 February 2017, with speakers from Land Authority Singapore, Da Nang Department of Infocomm, Iskandar Regional Development Authority, Metro Cebu Development & Coordinating Board. If you’re interested to know more about the agenda, get in touch at zaidani@industry-platform.com.


Da Nang — The central city of Da Nang should develop as a unique smart city and a competitive global center of tourism and services, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at a meeting to mark the 20th anniversary of Da Nang’s autonomous status directly under the central government.

He applauded the achievements of the past 20 years in terms of international integration and reform, the attraction of a high quality labour force, and the city’s development as a draw for business start-ups and as a driving force of economic growth in the central region.

“Da Nang will serve as magnet for foreign direct investment, information technology and skilled labour force. It should be a front-runner in business reform, education and business start-ups,” he said, adding that the city should develop 45,000 enterprises by 2020.

The PM also said Da Nang, situated in central Vietnam, has to build links with other locales in the region and serve as a core of the central region’s socio-economic development. He suggested the city focus on the quality of its business environment in order to be competitive with other urban centers in the world.

Phuc noted that 2017 will present the city of one million people with a great opportunity, as well as a challenge, when it hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit later this year and other APEC events.

The city’s party secretary, Nguyen Xuan Anh, said Da Nang had turned from a third-class urban locale into a first-class city under the central government between 1997 and 2017. He said the city earned total revenues of VND 54 trillion (US$2.4 billion), contributing VND19 trillion ($840 million) to the State budget in 2016.

“The city has seen a rapid development in tourism and services, from 61 hotels with more than 2,000 rooms in 1997 to 585 hotels with 21,000 rooms after 20 years,” Anh said. “Da Nang is now four times larger than in 1997, with a total area of 21,300ha.”

Anh, who is also chairman of the city’s People’s Council, said the city had been ranked on top of the Provincial Competitiveness Index (CPI) every year since 2010, and was a leader in administrative reform and information technology.

He said the city’s downtown, which was in the past connected with its beach destinations on Son Tra peninsula by two downgraded bridges, is now accessible through nine modern, attractively designed bridges.

In 2012, it was selected for a Low-Carbon Model Town Project at the 44th APEC energy meeting in Washington DC. The city had been developing low-carbon model projects, including battery powered bicycles, technologies to curb greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy sources, a metro system and Rapid Bus Transit (BRT).

The city had already cut 12,000 tonnes of carbon emissions during a pilot project between 2008-11.

The city hosted 5.6 million tourists, 1.65 million of them foreigners. — From Vietnam News. Read more here.

Da Nang will be sharing on their goal of becoming the first smart city in Vietnam at Asia IoT Business Platform Singapore, 14 February 2017. Early bird delegate rates are available until this Friday, 13 Jan.

Deon Newman article header

With ASEAN touted to be at the frontline of the Internet of Things (IoT) soon, we at Asia IoT Business Platform continue to seek more learning points about IoT and how the region can leverage it to boost their economic competitiveness. It remains at the top of our minds that ASEAN is a market that is still developing; it is therefore important to look beyond the region for pointers that can be translated into actions. It is, after all, our mission to drive the adoption of IoT technologies in ASEAN.

We had the pleasure of meeting Deon Newman, CMO and VP Marketing at IBM Watson Internet of Things, at the IBM office in Singapore. While it was a short session, his insights on the IoT landscape and the technology itself brought a new and fresh perspective on what we have already known for quite some time. Bringing it back to basics and speaking on the purpose of IoT, Deon shared his excitement on the things that IoT technologies have already delivered to businesses and consumers alike, as well as the promising future of a connected world.

Deon began by recognising that companies are rapidly moving towards adopting IoT technologies and that many are already on the path of digital transformation. This is largely driven by plans for growth and expansion, as well as the need to return to the their bottom-line.

“Essentially, it is about running things more efficiently, delivering higher levels of service, and driving better brand and customer experience,” he said.

What excites Deon the most though, are the conveniences that IoT technologies are bringing and how inanimate devices and objects are being ‘enchanted’. In many ways, IoT has not only connected remote devices and automated various processes, but these devices and items are also being given a life of their own. He brought up an example of a minibus, 3D printed by a small company in Arizona. Olli is an autonomous-driving minibus which can hit the road without requiring any driver. However, people are cautious of that very fact.

“People don’t like being in a vehicle that has no steering wheels or brakes. It is pretty unnerving,” Deon said.

For that reason, IBM Watson Speech to Text capability was integrated into the bus to give it a voice. Beyond automation, the bus can now communicate with passengers and actively seek to fulfil their needs in almost a human-level response. “It is really bringing a whole new level of brand expression and brand life, and I love that!” he said.

Olli is just one of the examples; Deon also gave instances on how video and audio recognition have also altered processes and operations across different industries such as fleet management, to prevent breakages, leakages, and other costly incidents.

Moving away from the wonders of IoT, we spoke with him about the IoT landscape in emerging regions such as ASEAN and the opportunities that lie in its different markets such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Philippines. Having worked to drive IoT adoption in the region in the past three years, not only have we found many opportunities, but we found market-specific challenges as well. Deon, however, is optimistic about the future of ASEAN in terms of the opportunities for IoT. Acknowledging the state of the markets being in the developing stages, he also highlighted that such emerging markets naturally have strong and dominant industries that can benefit from IoT.

“There is a heavier orientation towards industries and sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing because certainly, they are more dominant in these markets,” he said.

IoT devices can collect fundamental information about the climate, the ground, and other data to realise more accurate systems of management. The deployment of IoT technologies basically enables greater efficiency and productivity across verticals.

Apart from using IoT and data for monitoring, Deon also highlighted smart buildings and smart cities as areas that have great opportunities for IoT in markets across Southeast Asia.

In many ways, smart devices can increase safety and security and improve the comfort of a building’s occupants. Pragmatically, IoT technology can determine the extent of damage that buildings suffer after unforeseen events and help prevent structural failures. More importantly, however, Deon underscored how smart devices can help reduce energy consumption to drive energy efficiency and meet sustainability goals. This is especially critical after the signing of the Paris Agreement by nations all over the world. “Statistically, 43% of energy consumed in the world is by buildings and this is an area in which IoT technologies can be leveraged to make things run more efficiently to ensure sustainability in the long term,” he added.

Smart city is by far the most promising for IoT technologies, especially in ASEAN. Due to high population density in many cities in the emerging markets, urban issues such as traffic gridlock, pollution, and flooding are rampant. However, these problems can be alleviated by deploying IoT technologies to tackle different elements within a city.

Several cities in ASEAN are already exploring the use of IoT technologies to solve urban issues, and one of them is the Vietnamese seaport City of Da Nang. The city launched smarter water and transportation initiatives to improve the quality of life for citizens. Applying advanced smart technologies, the Da Nang government is able to address the significant water and transportation issues that are impacting city life. The solutions deployed by city government provide a summary of events and incidents through maps, dashboards, and alerts, allowing city personnel to track trends, forecast demands and better manage the city’s infrastructure and assets. For instance, Da Nang’s Smarter Water initiative saw the Da Nang Water Company (DAWACO) implementing a program of expansion and modernization at its treatment facility for real-time analysis and monitoring of the city’s water supply.

Da Nang is also investing in its public transit network and expanding its new Bus Rapid Transit system to combat traffic congestion, on top of using advanced monitoring technologies to oversee traffic and to control the city’s traffic light system through a dashboard.

City leaders across ASEAN are taking a strategic approach to building their own smart cities by starting with practical and focused areas such as water and transportation issues, as in the case of Da Nang. The city now has a long-term plan to become an environmentally and economically sustainable city and its leaders are planning to apply technology to transform other areas such as public safety, flood management, and food safety.

Despite the apparent opportunities and the great potential in different sectors across the region, it is a known fact that IoT is a complex system; industry analysts cited complexity or ‘difficulty of integration’ as one of the top challenges of IoT, together with security (or the lack thereof). This has also manifested in our work across ASEAN where many end-user enterprises are worried about the difficulty of integrating IoT technology into their current systems and operations.

It is therefore, of paramount importance for IoT solutions providers to create end-to-end solutions to minimize the difficulty of deploying IoT technology. In providing a one-stop solution, solutions providers should also not neglect the criticality of consultation and ongoing support for enterprises looking adopt IoT.

Simplifying the process of integrating IoT technologies for end-users does not only highlight the delivery of better service and customer experience that Deon spoke about earlier; the aim of this is also to establish a good foundation that can catalyze the general rate of adoption and deployment of IoT technologies especially in emerging markets in ASEAN.

Beyond the service front, Deon emphasizes the importance of a network infrastructure as a critical foundation in supporting any IoT implementation in the region. Bringing it back to the very basics once again, he concluded with an opinion on how to drive IoT growth and developments in Southeast Asia.

“It is really a question of infrastructure maturity and policies,” he said. “It is a necessary stamp for the future of a connected world.”


IoT Malaysia

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.

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When cities consider new ways of delivering services, support from citizens is essential for success. The best policies would have difficulty being implemented as uninformed and disengaged citizens are not able to support, and may even actively oppose them. For citizens to get involved early in the design of smart city projects, public education and access to a wide variety of open data and planning information might be key.

At the 7th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform, we learned that the City of Yokohama embarked on a Smart City Project, setting itself an ambitious target of CO2 reduction of 30% by 2025.  As part of the project various ICT and infrastructure components were deployed, however it was believed that engaging citizens to participate in the project and make lifestyle changes was equally important.

For example, the Yokohama Eco School project (YES) was developed to increase citizen participation, citizens attended lectures, events and workshops to understand climate change. In 2012, approximately 35,000 participants attended one of the 415 lectures  that were held . The result was an increase in the number of Energy Management Systems being installed in homes. In 2014, 4000 households participated in a demonstration project showing the high levels of citizen participation making the Yokohama Smart City Project one of Japan’s largest energy saving projects.

KT Corporation, the largest telecommunications service in Korea, have similar views where it is believed that most smart city projects are hardware infrastructure-oriented, citizens are neglected and are not aware of new, “smart” services being introduced.  This increases the risk in the implementation of smart city projects.

KT suggested some strategies to overcome these challenges and they include;

  • People-Public-Private Partnership – Engaging citizens successfully to be involved in planning and decision making processes to identify and develop citizen-centric smart services and improve local living conditions
  • Facilitate Big and Open data – Big data will be key enabler for a smart city. Utilizing crowd sourced and open data can be used innovatively to deliver citizen-centric services.
  • Utilizing a Smart city Platform – Smart Services that were built in silos can be integrated into a single platform,  improving operational efficiency.

It is expected that the strategies will greatly reduce risks involved in smart city projects and contribute to better smart city services being provided.

Join the discussions at the 10th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform this 18-19 August in Kuala Lumpur as KT Corporation shares insights on Korea’s Smart City Strategy.


By: Ernest


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

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

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

Surge pricing

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Ernest


The Golden Tweet

Do you know that the runner-up for Twitter’s 2014 Golden Tweet came from Indonesia?

Twitter recognizes the tweet with most retweets as the Golden Tweet. In 2014, the Golden Tweet went to famed American celebrity, Ellen DeGeneres for her legendary ‘selfie’ tweet which featured other celebrities present at the star-studded Oscars. What caught our attention though, was the runner-up for the Golden Tweet. Coming in second, a politically-charged tweet by an Indonesian– in-lieu with Indonesia’s presidential election in 2014–took the Twitterscape by storm. That particular tweet garnered more than a million retweets and a whopping 30 000 favourites.

The Twitter-user was nowhere near the status of Ellen DeGeneres as a public figure or in terms of followers. Yet, it managed to give DeGeneres a run for her money.

Indonesia’s Social Media Prowess

While this might come as a shock to many, we have no doubts about it. Despite being in Southeast Asia and APAC, which is often assumed to be less developed than many other regions in the world in many aspects, Indonesia is undoubtedly a social media-wired nation. Apart from managing to send a tweet propelling up to be a Golden Tweet runner-up, Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, was touted as the world’s most active city on Twitter. With 254.4 million tweets in 2014, the city contributed 2.4% of the world’s total tweets. The city also came in fourth in the world for Facebook activeness.

This makes Indonesia not only a social media giant, but also one of the most connected nations in the world. The rapid adoption of new technologies with the presence of a dynamic, young, and digital-minded population and workforce, on top of a consumer base of 170 million people, make Indonesia a nation with increasingly sophisticated expectations. This is evident from the emergence of Cloud Computing as a major element in Indonesia IT policies; a market that is set to reach more than $120 million b 2017. This is on top of the booming e-commerce (forecasted to hit $US18 billion in 2015), e-logistics, and Finance IT sectors.

Jakarta Smart City and the Internet of Things (IoT)

There is apparent effort in Indonesia to improve its infrastructure to meet the exigencies of a modern and tech-savvy social and economic landscape. Coupling regulatory mandates and burgeoning investments from regional and global tech enterprises, Indonesia’s efforts and progress in developing the country to be a ‘smarter’ nation will definitely be catalyzed.

This can be seen in the development of Jakarta Smart City, where IoT is being implemented to help improve public services and better utilize resources. Here are some of the applications that will be rolled out in 2016.

Jakarta One Card

Jakarta One Card is a “smart card ” that which is being created in collaboration with the city-owned lender Bank DKI. The card would function as an electronic ID card (e-KTP), a payment system for public transportation, shopping and Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) tolls, and as 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.

Using the data obtained from the smart cards, the Jakarta Provincial Government can analyze the movement of people across the city, providing insights on traffic engineering and transportation.

City Surveillance System

To improve traffic and public safety in advance to welcoming the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, a monitoring system with over 6000 CCTVs have been installed throughout the city to monitor traffic and crowds.

 Dump Truck Tracker

Garbage trucks owned by the Jakarta Provincial Government do not adhere to a predetermined route, as such a challenge faced is that the truck drivers utilize the trucks for personal use outside of their primary tasks. The solution undertaken to resolve the problem is to install GPS sensors on the government owned trucks, so that their positions can be monitored on a 24hour basis. With additional data analytics, the management of trucks can be made to work in a more efficient manner.

Heavy Equipment Tracker

In addition to garbage trucks , heavy equipment (Construction vehicles,etc) owned by Jakarta Provincial Government will also be installed with special sensors . In addition to knowing their location , the sensor will also be used to monitor wear and tear of the equipment and will flag out when maintenance and replacement of parts is required.

Smart Street Lighting System

In order to reduce the high electric consumption , the current street lighting will be replaced with “Smart” lamps . These lights can be controlled remotely and can provide notification when it should be replaced . 90,000 lamps are expected to be replaced in 2016.

Join Setiaji, Head of Technical Implementation Unit ( UPT ), Jakarta Smart City as he shares his insights at the 9th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform, which will take place this 15-16 of August in Jakarta.


By: Ernest


I was in Phuket for the past few days. Being a complete stranger to the island with a language barrier, what helped me get around Phuket was this application called Grab. Grab uses an IoT revolutionised fleet to operate their on-demand services. This has made it possible for people to simply tap their smart phone and have a cab arrive at their location in the minimum possible time.

So, how does this work? Simply in 3 steps. Firstly, you choose where you want to be picked up, dropped off and the type of pick up you want. Then, Grab will source a driver for you in the vicinity and you get to see where the drivers are located in real-time. Lastly, after a driver has accepted the booking, both parties will get each other’s’ contact details: Car plate number and mobile phone number and, you also get to track the route as well as the time taken which the driver takes to reach your pick up point.

The above sums up an example of how Internet of Things (IoT) is implemented into transportation. Such connected vehicles can be tracked and monitored using integrated broadband communication like cellular networks to deliver real-time information. The location sensors associated with both the passenger’s and the driver’s mobile devices (the actual “things” being monitored) are regularly broadcasting their location to a “back end” system on the “Internet Cloud”. When it receives such a request, the cloud service then uses near-real time analytics to determine which car is the best fit to service the request.

In essence, transportation IoT is about how the data is collected from the fleet, incorporated into the cloud system and finally producing mileage reports, route profitability analysis and trigger workflows based on rules such as geofences or time spent in a specific location. Also, the purpose of such a technological implementation is to keep vehicles on the road using the best routes, track and manage maintenance in a timely and cost-effective manner, and keep drivers safe by tracking behaviour and addressing issues with increased training.

There are also many other ways which IoT can be integrated into fleet management: Smart vehicle application – deploying IoT to enhance existing vehicle onboard technology, improve collision prevention, auto-parking and enabling driverless vehicle services; Vehicle security and recovery solutions – use of RFID, sensors and transmitting technologies to prevent vehicle theft or recover stolen vehicles.

According to a Frost and Sullivan report, the spending of IoT in Indonesia will increase to USD$1350.0 M and spending in Malaysia will increase to USD$916.1 M in 2020. Both Indonesia and Malaysia will have a forecasted spending in transportation IoT of USD$38.78 M and USD$73.9 M respectively.

In the ASEAN region, governments have launched initiatives that help to raise the awareness and adoption of IoT technologies. The impact of adopting these technologies will help to improve productivity and efficiency across industries. For example, Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Information (MOSTI) and its National R&D ICT centre have released its National IoT Strategic Roadmap (in what year) aimed at moving Malaysia into becoming a premier regional IoT hub (by what year).

Despite the large spending pooled into this, it may not necessarily translate to fruitful results. There are many factors hindering the expansion of the IoT ecosystem such as the ICT infrastructure as well as lack of expertise in that area. Therefore, all telcos, government agencies and enterprises in the region are coming together to discuss the IoT ecosystem as well as the solutions available for the execution of digital transformation projects.

The 9th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform in Indonesia is happening from 15th – 16th August and the 10th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform in Malaysia from 18th – 19th August. Come join us and be part of the movement towards a more innovative IoT ecosystem.


Tak bisa kita pungkiri, kota Jakarta telah benar-benar membenahi dirinya dalam beberapa tahun belakangan ini. Gedung gedung perkantoran, shopping malls bertaraf international, dan berbagai merek-merek ternama dunia telah melebarkan sayapnya ke ibukota. Namun, apakah yang terbesit di benak Anda ketika ditanya pendapat Anda mengenai kota Jakarta? Setidaknya beberapa dari kalian akan menyebutkan kemacetan yang luar biasa di kota Jakarta sebagai ciri khas dari kota Jakarta ini. MACET. Memang kemacetan lalu lintas tampaknya sudah menjadi hal yang mendarah daging bagi penduduk kota Jakarta. Antrean kendaraan yang tak kunjung mencair, terutama pada jam-jam sibuk seperti jam berangkat sekolah dan jam pulang kerja memang telah menjadi santapan sehari-hari bagi kita semua. Akan tetapi, pernahkah Anda terpikir bahwa kota Jakarta menduduki peringkat tertinggi di dunia dalam tingkat kepadatan lalu lintas?

Berdasarkan studi yang dilakukan oleh perusahaan oli Castrol, Jakarta merupakan kota dengan tingkat kepadatan lalu lintas tertinggi di dunia. Studi tersebut merilis bahwa rata-rata pengemudi di Jakarta mematikan dan menyalakan mesin sebanyak 33.240 kali per tahunnya. Angka yang sangat mencengangkan tentunya.

Seperti dikutip dari Presiden Jokowi, beliau menyatakan bahwa berdasarkan laporan yang diterimanya, kemacetan telah membuat Jakarta kehilangan sekitar 35 triliun setiap tahunnya. Berbagai upaya telah ditempuh untuk mengatasi permasalah kemacetan di Jakarta, termasuk di antaranya penghapusan sistem 3in1 di Jakarta, dan juga peningkatan jumlah armada Transjakarta untuk mengurangi penggunaan mobil pribadi di ibukota. Selain daripada berbagai peraturan baru yang diambil oleh pemerintah DKI Jakarta demi mengurangi kepadatan lalu lintas, tampaknya sudah waktunya bagi pemerintah Jakarta untuk memulai pemanfaatan teknologi informasi dan IoT (Internet of Things) untuk mengatasi permasalahan tata kota di Jakarta. Perkembangan teknologi di masa depan, khususnya IoT, akan memungkinkan adanya komunikasi antara mobil-mobil yang beroperasi untuk mengontrol tingkat kepadatan di jalan raya.

Kita dapat berkaca kepada kepada Inggris, yang merupakan salah satu negara pertama di Eropa yang mendukung pengaplikasian program M2M (Machine to Machine). Program ini memungkinkan adanya Artificial Intelligence, dimana mobil-mobil saling berkomunikasi satu sama lain melalui koneksi Wi-Fi. Pertama-tama, sensor akan dipasangkan pada mobil dan juga di berbagai tempat di titik-titik rawan kemacetan di jalan raya. Sensor ini akan memonitor tingkat kepadatan lalu lintas dan mengirim informasi kepada sistem pusat untuk diproses lebih lanjut, dan kemudian disebarluaskan kepada para pengemudi di jalan raya. Apabila tingkat kepadatan cukup tinggi, sistem pusat akan memberikan informasi via Wi-Fi untuk menetapkan batas kecepatan maksimum bagi para pengendara, dengan tujuan untuk menghindari menumpuknya kendaraan di berbagai titik rawan kemacetan.

Dengan adanya ‘smart transport system’ ini, tingkat kemacetan lalu lintas di Inggris telah berkurang sebanyak 15%. Terlebih lagi, sistem ini juga mampu menghemat sebesar lebih dari 1 juta poundsterling setiap tahunnya. Mengikuti trend tersebut, beberapa negara di Asia termasuk di antaranya Jepang telah mulai mengikuti jejak untuk mengeksplorasi lebih dalam penggunaan IoT (Internet of Things) untuk mengatasi tingkat kemacetan lalu lintas. Memang sekarang saatnya bagi ibukota kita untuk ikut serta dalam pembenahan tata kota dalam rangka mewujudkan kota Jakarta yang bebas kemacetan.

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It takes more than an hour to get across the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta – which stretches over 661.5 square km. According to a Castrol’s Magnatec Stop-Start Index, Jakarta reported the most number of traffic jams on Earth, with approximately 33240 stop-starts annually. This won Jakarta the title of World’s Worst Traffic Jam which is followed by Turkey, Mexico and Surabaya. What should be done to alleviate this problem?

According to Jakarta Governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama, traffic congestion in the city can only be solved after the city’s rail-based public transportation system is completed. The city’s public transportation consists largely of minivans and minibuses, many of which drive recklessly and often stop in the middle of the street to pick up and drop off passengers,exacerbating traffic conditions.

However, is building more infrastructure the only way to deal with the severe traffic conditions in cities like Jakarta? How can technology help to improve the situation?

One way could be through using Big data (IoT) to gather insghts that can help to optimize traffic flow and subsequently reduce congestion.

How does this work?

Devices embedded with sensors can be attached to cars, streetlights, which then capture data such as – amount of time a car is stuck in the traffic for, the average speed that the car is moving on road, the timing which causes the most congestion, the start-stop time for a car etc. The device will diagnose the situation and send the data so that the team monitoring the issue can quickly and efficiently address the crux of the issue.

Some examples of public-private partnerships to alleviate the traffic situation:


Qlue, a smart city solution startup has partnered with Jakarta Smart City Unit to build a dashboard, analyzing data from online complaints, sensors and traffic apps.


Cyberview is the tech hub that will drive the transformation of Cyberjaya into a Global Technology Central that is in line with the Malaysia National IoT Strategic Roadmap. There will be LTE-equipped controllers that run video cameras with analytic capabilities mounted above the traffic lights. The cameras analyse the traffic situation and intelligently direct traffic at the intersection to reduce waiting time at traffic lights. The camera acts as a sensor which then wirelessly transmits the collected data via the cloud to the central Traffic Management Command Center, which has direct access to the traffic light controllers.

In addition, traffic congestion in cities can also be a result of shortage of parking spaces. As drivers look for parking space, they tend to slow down their cars or even halt at the entrance of a fully packed carpark. China’s parking app, TingCheBao, helps user to find the nearest parking lot, reserve it for them in advance and show the prices for the lots. Also, to reduce cars parking on the roadside, ShenZhen Yeefung Automation Technology has come up with an automated parking solution which helps drivers find parking spaces using Geta, a robot that has 360 degrees mobility and will utilize parking resources in optinmally.

There are definitely more solutions out there and we hope to hear from you. Share with us what you think IoT can do to create a smarter traffic system.

Join us in the discussion of how we can raise the awareness and adoption of IoT/M2M technologies in the upcoming 9th and 10th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform in Jakarta and KL. Find out more here.

By: Delfina

Smart Cities

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

Technological innovations continue to play an important role in smart city initiatives across Indonesia and Malaysia. Applications like smart energy-saving lighting, vehicle tracker, all-in-one smart card have been implemented in Bogor, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur to work towards a more efficient, innovative and sustainable urban community. These technologies continue to create small but powerful impacts on the daily lives of the citizens.

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Smart Lighting Application in Bogor City

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Current initiatives in Jakarta Smart City

Besides technology, education and citizen engagement have been identified as equally important – if not more – aspects for city governments to successfully implement smart city technologies into the daily life of ordinary citizens.

“The three main focus for Jakarta Smart City are: the government listening to the citizens, citizen participation, and mobile applications” – Pak Setiaji, Head of Jakarta Smart City, Indonesia.

Citizens need to be educated on what the city is doing in order to improve their livelihood, as well as give feedback for the city to improve on their current initiatives. One of India’s 100 smart city programmes, Bhubaneswar, has done so by establishing city-level Smart City Advisory Forum that includes District Collector, Mayor, CEO of Special Purpose Entity, local youth, technical experts, representatives from Associations, who will all contribute their insights and feedback about the city’s programs. Engagement starts from the beginning of establishing a smart city program, and will continue until the end. Through accessible channels such as social media, Bhubaneswar was able to reach out to 32% of the city’s population, garnering valuable feedback to the smart city planners.

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Citizen Engagement in Bhubaneswar Smart City

The future of smart cities lies in the hands of not only city councils and city planners, but also the citizens. In order for citizens to truly benefit from smart cities, local governments need to not only have a clear direction for development through regional or national IoT initiatives, but also engage citizens effectively and ensure accountability to fulfill the actual needs of the citizens.

Smart city projects have been criticised for not addressing root issues of urban living, prioritising the privileged citizens, and detrimental to citizens’ personal privacy. Continued efforts from the local governments to overcome these challenges and understanding the needs of their citizens will help smart city initiatives proliferate and serve the citizens.

As a citizen, how do YOU think you can be involved in the process of creating a smart city/community where you live?

Photos credit: Asia IoT Business Platform 9th edition, Jakarta, Indonesia. Do not distribute.

Smart City will be discussed at the 11th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform held in Hanoi, Vietnam on 29-30 November, 2016. For more information, drop me an email at dinh@industry-platform.com or visit http://iotbusiness-platform.com.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

To take part in the discussions for ASEAN Smart City developments, do share with me your story at yueyeng@industry-platform.com

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

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

What are the current focuses of CSPs in Southeast Asia?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are the advice for solution providers targeting Southeast Asia?

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

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

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

JD Montelibano, Globe, Philippines:

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

Yuttasart Nitipaichit, CAT, Thailand:

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

Mirela Juravle, Indosat Ooredoo, Indonesia:

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

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

Lee Shin Mei, Digi, Malaysia

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

Receiving international IoT stakeholders with open arms

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

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

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

What do you think?

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

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

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

Sue Yuin


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sue Yuin

[: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.

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) was mandated by the government to develop the National IoT Strategic Roadmap to drive IoT as a new source of growth in catalysing Malaysia’s Digital Economy.

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.

Sue Yuin

[:en]IoT Philippines; IoT Thailand

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.

The Philippines


Smarter Philippines was 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.

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) will be giving the keynote address for Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Thailand this May, sharing on the visions and opportunities on collaboration within the IoT sectors.(A brief snippet: South Korean government and companies are especially interested in sharing their expertise and solutions in the Phuket Smart City Project.)

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.

Sue Yuin

[: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.

*Blog post: Indosat’s Head of M2M identifies KEY opportunities in Indonesia
*Video interview: Indosat on IoT Indonesia: Asia IoT Business Platform 5th edition

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 Indonesia will 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.

Also view our take on The Role of Government and Partnerships in Driving IoT[:]

[:en]A city with which you can interact – a living city with which you can set up a reciprocal relationship and which can cater to your needs. Throughout the world such cities are being built right from Masdar in Abu Dhabi to Davao in Philippines. It is predicted that by 2050, about 75% of the world’s population will live in cities. This will put a huge strain on the already stretched resources of the city such as its transport system and emergency networks. To handle the huge influx of people our urban planners need to come up with new and innovative ways to increase the efficiency of existing resources while at the same time reducing costs and improving the overall quality of life of its citizens.

It would be such a great thing if our cities could interact with us and give us live status updates about water, power, sanitation, parking and emergency services. The information they would provide us would be so instrumental in improving our lives. This can be made possible by IOT which with its network of sensors, wireless networks and web and mobile-based applications can turn the concept of smart cities into a reality. IOT will help cities track their assets and behaviors, improve on their processes and controls which will enable them to deliver better service to their citizens. The huge amount of data generated by IOT will help city planners make informed decisions while at the same time reducing costs and improving economies of scales. In addition to identifying trouble spots IOT will also help provide solutions for the maintenance of these assets. By seeing to it that scarce resource are allocated properly and operate in an effective manner IOT can help in the creation of an extremely efficient city.

A smart city signifies an urban region which is extremely advanced in terms of overall infrastructure and where information and communication technology is the principal driving force. A variety of technological platforms are involved which includes but is definitely not limited to only automated sensor networks and data centers. A smart city in order to be recognized as one should include at least certain of these key aspects such as smart governance, smart technology, smart energy smart healthcare, smart building, smart infrastructure, smart mobility and smart citizen.

Smart Parking – A lot of traffic jam results from people driving around and looking for a parking slot. Under a smart city setup, sensors placed in parking meters will detect free spaces and direct motorists to the nearest available free parking slot. This will not only save a lot of time but also reduce congestion on the roads.

Smart Water – Metering water can help citizens manage and control their own usage of water. In France, Orange has installed about 1.2 million water meters which is helping people manage their water usage through the provision of real time data. Furthermore, consumers can even check their water consumption by an online account.

Smart Trash – Sensors placed in dustbins notifies the central system about the amount of waste contained in the bin. The system then analyzes the data provided to it and forecasts when the bin will be full. Depending on it garbage trucks are sent to the location to empty the bins.

Smart Environment – Sensors placed on bus roofs will measure the air quality and note down the levels of gases such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide in the air. The buses update this information in real time and residents through the use of a mobile app get an idea of the air quality.

Smart Lampposts – Sensors fitted into lampposts convert an ordinary lamppost into a wi-fi hub. The sensors can detect anything from Co2 emissions to rising noise levels. It would also have the capacity to turn off lights when no one is using the street saving up to 80% of the lighting bill.

Automated Traffic Signal – Traffic signals with sensors inform commuters of traffic jams and traffic accidents. This helps authorities respond faster in an emergency situation.

Self-monitoring in Patients – IOT will enable self-monitoring for patients where sensors detect an emergency situation and contact emergency care thus saving precious lives. Doctors too can remotely keep a tab on their patients informing them when a serious situation arises.

Smart Electricity Distribution – Smart grid systems allow customers to establish control over their electricity consumption leading to huge savings.

At present smart city projects are in a development stage and involve projects that are small scale in nature but with time they are going to improve and include larger scale projects. A time will come when the data infrastructure of our cities will matter as much as the real physical infrastructure and only then can we say that smart cities have truly arrived.

Other Smart city related articles:

Building a Smart & Safe City
Telcos painting Smart City Visions in Southeast Asia
Smart City vision Indonesia 2015 -2045; breakthrough in Automotive
Smart City” pilot projects to be rolled out in Thailand



The Jakarta bomb blasts last Thursday was a reminder that no one should ever take a city’s safety for granted. Public safety is an important function for governments and with Asia Pacific expecting to see the highest number of smart cities by 2025, can smarter cities also mean safer cities? What role does the advancement of technology and IoT have to play in delivering public safety?

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) conducted a survey of delegates at the Safe Cities Asia conference in May 2015 and found nearly 90% of respondents had already been involved in a safety project. More importantly, 69% of respondents are planning to invest in public safety projects in their countries over the next two years, with 44% to invest more than US$100 million.

However even with such budgets, governments may be unaware of how to utilize the funds wisely and a common challenge is the lack of alignment between government agencies and a failure to adopt an integrated approach. With the issue of privacy increasingly under the spotlight, this makes it even harder to for governments to implement an integrated approach without bringing to mind the “pre-crime” scenario featured in the 2002 science fiction film Minority Report.

In smart cities implementation, big data analytics and network technology are two important factors. In Singapore, AGT and Cisco’s City Safety Solution fuses data from multiple sources to identify events and reduce false alarms in order to effectively monitor public areas, detect incidents and accelerate response times.

Predictive policing is the use of data analytics to determine potential locations of future crime. By combining and analyzing data from a variety of sources, such as video cameras on trains, in department stores and scattered throughout the city, as well as other data on social platforms such as Twitter, crime and perhaps acts of terrorism can be prevented before it happens.

Experiments conducted in response to a ‘predictive policing algorithm’ based on crime data in Santa Cruz, California, enabled police officers to identify the most likely time and place within a certain locality for a particular crime to be committed. This allowed for targeted patrols to be made and resulted in a 4 percent decline in burglaries and 13 additional arrests being recorded within the first 6 months.

Will results like this justify the privacy issues that these technologies raise? With the increasing threat of terrorist activities in the world, what are the guidelines for the exchange of information between government and citizen to ensure a safer city?

This article was written by Yue Yeng Fong for more articles visit her on Linkedin[:]


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:

  1. Main domain missions: hard infrastructure, soft infrastructure, service infrastructure, digital economy promotion and a digital society.
  2. 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.

If you like to participate in the Thai ICT and IoT development or want to meet key stakeholders and learn from relevant case studies at the 8th edition of Asia IoT BusinessPlatform in Manila, please feel free to contact us under Jazon@industry-Platfom.com or under +65 6733 1107[:]


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

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

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

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

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

Some examples include:

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

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


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

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

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


However, security remains a challenge in business transformation.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


Sue Yuin



Lets face it, when thinking of IoT markets that are of interest, most companies go for the automatisms of naming the USA, Europe and maybe China. There are very few of who would mention the Philippines. But could those view be right? When looking at the percentage of spending by country in the ASEAN IoT market in 2014, Singapore was the undisputed leader, with 44.25% of the total spending, whereas the Philippines only totaled 12.65%, according to the 2015 Frost & Sullivan report.

This is no surprise. Singapore offers modern infrastructure, is internationally connected and one of the main logistical hot spots in the world. It therefore constitutes a market ready for IoT implementation. The Philippines on the other hand have in numerous parts insufficient infrastructure, problems with connectivity and insufficient educational facilities. So why should companies focus on this market? Two words “uncontested potential”.

According to the same report there is going to be a shift in total spending in the ASEAN IoT market, while Singapore’s share will drop by close to 50% the Philippines share will increase by 12%. This means that Philippine spending in IoT is forecasted to grow from US$ 55.1M in 2014 to US$ 766.8M in 2020. Potential alone though does not always justify investments into a certain market. It is also a question of how heavily this market is contested over by competitors. Will you have to outperform the competition in existing market or do you rather follow a Blue ocean strategy, entering a new market thereby making the competition irrelevant.

If we take Singapore as an example it is obvious that it has an particularly competitive environment, the same is the case for the US and European market, which makes market entry as well as earning profits much harder. The Philippines on the other hand are a country with a young population that is in the process of building its ICT/IoT market, which creates a government and companies that are actively looking for partners in the IoT/ICT space.

In 2014 manufacturing and logistics accounted for the lion’s share of the spending in IoT. But the sectors of banking, healthcare and smart city hold a lot of promise for future investments of IoT solution provider.



According to a study of the World Bank, 69% of Filipinos did not have bank accounts of their own or maintained one with someone else in 2014. Because of this void 10% of adults seek loans from private informal lenders, the world average stands at only 5%.

This presents an enormous opportunity for money-transfer operators in the IoT space, as they could claim roughly two thirds of the Philippines population of 98 million as their potential customers. At our Philippine event las year we had the mobile phone-based money transfer company ItsLikeCash participate and this year M-Pesa is on of our speakers. It is not only the business opportunity that promises value, but also its impact. The World Bank report further states, that “Studies show that when people participate in the financial system, they are better able to start and expand businesses, invest in education, manage risk, and absorb financial shocks”


Another industry that contains a lot of promise for the Philippines is healthcare. With a population close to 100 million inhabitants, rural areas with inadequate healthcare structures and spread-out island communities, it is difficult to provide a sufficient level of healthcare to all citizens.

Both the Chairman of Southeast Asia Continua Health Alliance as well as Product Manager at SMART Enterprise expressed their confidence at our last event, that IoT services could be the solution to these Problems. The Philippine government in an effort to support this channeled large funds to the healthcare sector, nearly doubling its budget within the last 2 years. It has been also actively looking for healthcare solution providers at our events.

Smart City and Infrastructure

Furthermore the Government has been pushing smart city programs in both Manila and Davao. In Manila a smart city venture is planed with Centios, a joint venture of Korea Telecom and Cisco. Hung Song, CEO and president of Centios, said the smart city involves the integrated operation and management of safety and security; energy, transport, education, health, environment, administration and energy management.

Another Interesting development in the Philippines that could be beneficial in regards to connectivity is TV White Space (TVWS) technologies. This low power technology is a new wireless data communications standard and is supported by the Information and Communications Technology Association which partners with our event. Executive Director Louis Casambre said “TVWS is an ideal wireless data delivery medium for the Philippines, with its long distance propagation characteristics and the ability of its signals to travel over water and through thick foliage, we are hopeful that this will be the technology to bring connectivity to rural areas and bridge the digital divide” though he admits that, “Right now TVWS is still very much in the experimental phase both in terms of technology as well as the policy regime, but we are confident that we can make this happen and are excited about what TV White Spaces can do for the Philippines.”

The Philippines thus represent a growing and less contested market with great opportunities in the IoT sector. It recently posted a GDP growth of 6.3% as well as a sustained IT spending growth of 10.1%. According to IDC the telecom services market will also show a positive performance in 2015, growing by 4.7% and an increase in IoT spending by Philippine companies is forecasted by an IDC survey.

If you like to participate in the Philippines ICT and IoT development or want to meet key stakeholders and learn from relevant case studies at the 7th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform in Manila, please feel free to contact us under Jazon@industry-Platfom.com or under +65 6733 1107



Southeast Asia is calling for smart city solutions; governments are investing largely in developing IoT and smart nation roadmaps, public sectors are having massive discussions on IoT strategies implementation, even vendors from abroad are actively diving into local markets to make it work for smart city projects.

However, the fundamental enablers of a smart city are not any of the application domains; they are the network and the platforms – and this brings telcos into the picture as they look for alternative sources of revenues.

Telcos already have the networks and some of the platforms needed, and they know how to develop and extend both of these assets and turn them into services. They can deliver essential smart-city platforms of sensor and actuator networks, data collection, mediation and analysis and delivery, device management, business intelligence, rating and charging to any or all of the application domains.

Essentially, telcos plays the main role of delivering smart-city infrastructure as a service, with great opportunity for platform plays in smart cities.


In our recent interview with Mirela Juravle who heads the M2M Projects in Indosat, one of the largest telco in Indonesia, Indosat Ooredoo’s ambition is to become leading digital telco of Indonesia. IoT strategy fits perfectly in this ambition and is based on 3 key play areas:

– Working with best in class partners
– Deliver Smart Business, Smart City, Smart Society solutions
– Simple and easy customer experience

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


Mikael Lindholm from Telenor, Global M2M provider that owns DTAC and Digi in Asia, commented that telcos have an important role to play as they are trusted brands with extensive experience.

“We know how to scale, which is very important for industrial M2M applications.”


It is important though, to note that telcos cannot do it all themselves – they need help from partners especially solution providers that are expert in specific development for areas such as transport management, banking security, manufacturing (more know as Industrial IoT nowadays), healthcare monitoring, etc.

From our conversations with telcos in Asia IoT Business Platform series, we found that local telcos especially are very open to collaborating with interesting solution vendors and IT companies in bringing more advanced applications for the benefit of Smart City visions.


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

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

Feel free to get in touch if you are interested in knowing more about the plans telcos have in place for smart city development in the region.

By Sue Yuin, Ho



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Internet of Things (IoT) technologies will feature heavily in Singapore’s Smart Mobility 2030 plan. Officially announced at the end of 2014, “Smart Mobility 2030” is Singapore’s master plan that outlines how the country will develop its Intelligent Transport System (ITS) over the next 15 years.

3 Key Strategies and 4 focal areas were identified to help steer Singapore towards achieving the ITS vision.

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The Smart Mobility 2030 master plan would take urban mobility to a new level, in Land Transport Authority (LTA) chief executive Chew Hock Yong’s words. “In the past, Intelligent Transport Systems were often infrastructure-reliant. Today, greater emphasis is placed on data collection, analytics and the availability of relevant, useful information on the move.”

With the collection and distribution of high-quality information being provided to diverse users, a safer and better travel experience can be created: For example, accurate information on crowd levels in buses and trains, warnings delivered to drivers via in-vehicle devices so some accidents can be avoided.

Implementation of “Smart mobility 2030” is already underway, with plans to test self driving buses in the 2nd half of 2016 and an upgrade of the current road pricing system to a satellite based one to be rolled out by 2020

Self Driving Buses and Satellite Based Road Pricing

LTA hopes to deploy a network of demand-responsive shared vehicles to form a new mobility system for intra- and inter-town travel. Introduction of these autonomous vehicles will provide convenient point-to-point transport mode within towns, and help reduce the reliance less on private cars. In time to come, these self-driving buses operating on fixed routes and scheduled timings will also help reduce the heavy reliance on manpower,

Another measure to reduce congestion on the roads is the introduction of a Satellite based road pricing system. The first phase of the implementation will be for all motor vehicles to be fixed with a sophisticated, smartphone-sized in-vehicle unit which will be able to alert drivers of priced roads in advance, inform them of charges, and provide real-time traffic information. Armed with this information, drivers can better decide when to drive, which route to take, or leave the car at home and take public transport instead.

The implementations of these various projects is to cope with Singapore’s changing demographic and socio-economic landscape. Resident population has increased significantly from 3.5 million in the late 1990s to more than 5.3 million today (2015). With an area of just 716km , transportation has to compete for land use against other essential needs, such as housing, economic infrastructure and recreation uses. In the face of growing vehicle population and limited land for road expansion, Intelligent Transport Systems would play an important role to enhance transportation services to maintain delightful travel experiences

Join the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore at the 10th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform which will be held on the 18-19 of August in Kuala Lumpur as they share insights into the Smart Mobility 2030 Masterplan to better manage Singapore’s land transport development.

Vietnam Smart City

‘Smart’ is the new black, and it is no different in Vietnam.

ETN Singapore just announced its collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee to provide free public WiFi for the city with Altai’s Super WiFi Solution. The project aims to blanket HCMC’s District 1 with free WiFi in a few weeks’ time. HCMC hopes that this will boost tourism, local economy, and bring the city one step closer to becoming a “smart city”.

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.


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Da Nang is the first city embarking on such projects, which started their smart city projects as early as 2008. IBM sponsored the city US$400,000 in 2011 to build IT architecture and infrastructure in three main areas: traffic safety, food safety, and water resources management. The city collaborated with the Korea National Information Society Agency to develop an e-Government platform to help reduce bureaucracy and improve public service efficiency. Another project,FPT City Da Nang, was set up in 2011 to build a model smart city that is highly connected and and sustainable. It promises high quality of life, affordable prices, and investment opportunities especially in the IT industry.

Phu Quoc, an island off of Kien Giang Province, is also 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.


Smart City 2

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VNPT is not the only telco in Vietnam investing in IoT and M2M. Viettel is bringing IoT to households by integrating Smart Home technologies to its existing fibre Internet and set-top box for TV. Viettel, VinaPhone and Mobifone have been conducting 4G/LTE trials in different cities around the country for the past year, aiming for the service to launch within 2016.

“To have a smart city, there must be smart citizens, smart government officials.”

Government officials are optimistic but refrain from being overly ambitious. 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.

For a less economically developed country like Vietnam, IoT and smart city solutions hold great promises in solving everyday life issues and improving the citizens’ quality of life. However, it is also important for the government to plan carefully and realistically, prioritise the people’s needs, and not become deluded by the Utopian prospects of the smart cities race.

IoT and Smart Cities will be discussed during the 11th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform, which will take place in Hanoi this November. For more information, drop me an email at dinh@industry-platform.com.

[:en]Mega Cebu

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.

Metropolitan Cebu

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.

Mega Cebu Program

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.[:]