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We are honoured and privileged to have hosted the region’s key IoT stakeholders in Singapore on 14 Feb – yes, V-day – who convened to discuss their love for IoT and IoT developments in the region. Among the conversations between the region’s telcos, thought-provoking presentations, and conversations during our networking sessions, three common themes arise:


Collaboration is seen as the key to success in IoT deployments, from both the solution providers’ perspectives and the end users’ perspectives. Apinetr Unakul, Board of Directors, CAT Telecom, Thailand, mentioned that as a connectivity provider, they are always looking for partners to create business values for their enterprise products. This requires having good relations with government agencies, meeting more potential partners and creating an ecosystem that caters to the specific requirements. Echoing this sentiment, Mike Frausing, Head of Enterprise & IT Enabled Services, Globe Telecom, The Philippines, emphasised the nature of partnership in today’s IoT and digital sector that is no longer “vendor management” but “partnership management”, whereby sharing business models and revenues will lead to better chance of success in the digital space. At the same time, collaboration is important in ensuring proper integration among different technologies and services, as Zamry Bin Ibrahim, CMO, Telekom Malaysia VADS Lyfe noted. They also maintain a “technology-agnostic” approach to IoT and next-generation technologies, ensuring that proper technologies are used for different needs. Similarly, Pete Murray, Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Vice President OEM & IoT GTM, emphasised that partners within the IoT ecosystem need to work together seamlessly to further understand and provide solutions that ultimately improve quality of life, and address pain points of the society. From the government agencies’ point of view including Singapore’s Land Transport Authority and Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board, Public-Private Partnerships are the key to ensuring that policy makers and technology providers work together to accelerate the IoT developments.


The second key to successful IoT deployments is being customer-centric. IoT should not be taken up for the sake of using IoT, but to better the society and economy. Examples from the smart cities – Da Nang, Metro Cebu, Land Transport Authority, Iskandar Regional Development Authority and Thailand Smart Cities all pointed to how IoT is being planned and used to address social problems including: environmental management, flood monitoring, government processes, traffic control etc. Being culturally aware is also very important for these smart cities’ governing bodies to understand the people, their priorities, needs, and how to focus the technologies on addressing the most important pain points before touching on other matters. For instance, traffic is a big issue in Metro Cebu and Da Nang, and the respective representatives – Evelyn Nacario-Castro, Head of Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board, and Pham Thanh Son, Information Technology Expert – shared on their plans to use technologies to not only control traffic, but also utilise the predictive abilities of data to inform city planning for the future. Understanding how people react and respond to technologies is also crucial in a successful deployment, and examples like the citizens’ feedback system that is used in Jakarta and Da Nang at the moment, are exemplary of addressing the citizens’ needs.


As much as IoT sounds exciting and promising for the future and many grand plans have been shared, all our speakers have also mentioned many challenges that are characteristic of technology developments in Southeast Asia. While attempting to address the society’s pain points, it can be hard to identify which areas to focus on as there are many social issues to be addressed. Iskandar Regional Development Authority – represented by Chief Executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim – for instance, has identified 35 programmes for the region, addressing both short-term and long-term challenges that are now faced by the region. The limited resources, both human, technological and financial, create the needs to develop step by step and to strengthen collaboration efforts. Scalability is also a potential issue, especially when applying strategies from a small city like Phuket (with a population of 300,000) to a bigger city like Chiang Mai (population 1,200,000) – for instance – prompting the solution providers and policy makers to work together and ensuring that things do not go “out of control”. Thus, having a comprehensive, realistic and customised plan for IoT developments and deployments is very important, while being adaptable and open to changes will be the key to sustainability in the new era of business and technology disruptions.

Today’s discussions have been fruitful and exciting in many ways – from the gathering of top IoT stakeholders in the region sharing experiences, ideas and visions, to discovering similarities and differences among the Southeast Asian countries with regards to technologies, digital transformations and disruptions. We hope that you have had a good time and looking forward to many more productive conversations in our future editions!

And while we’re at it – happy Valentine’s Day.

Interested in participating in our upcoming programs across ASEAN? Reach out to us at info@industry-platform.com

Exactly two weeks back we had the pleasure of hosting partners from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Brunei in a closed door gathering – mainly to share and exchange insights on the current and upcoming IoT developments across Southeast Asia.

I know; one day was not enough to cover all projects across the region. To put things into perspective, here’s a very brief summary of the sessions discussed (I’m including my personal observations here and there – feel free to drop a note if you have a different opinion).

On Telecommunications

Regional Telco & Connectivity Panel: Telekom Malaysia, Mobifone, CAT Telecom, Globe Telecom, Telkomsel, Telenor Connexion (Asia IoT Business Platform, 14 February 2017)

Telcos’ initiatives vary across ASEAN countries (duh), but surprisingly, there weren’t much debate nor disagreement over the panel discussion. As the profitability of their old business model declines, telcos find potential revenue stream from IoT services through new business models, products, and a wider range of potential customers (this is reflected in the setting up of IoT/M2M teams).

Over the past 3-4 years, ASEAN telcos have been actively working with technology partners to develop their IoT portfolio and extend their services offerings. Beyond that, some are starting to look at developing platforms to integrate their fragmented products.

On Smart City

Promoting Sustainable Urban Development and Addressing Transport & Traffic Management – Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (Asia IoT Business Platform, 14 February 2017)

The definition of smart city is pretty broad, and most public sectors have different visions of enabling smart communities. The good thing is, we are seeing some approaches – as our partners humbly call it, baby steps – to provide citizens a comfortable and safe environment.

Most key projects that were discussed revolve around traffic management (LTA Singapore, Mega Cebu), waste and energy management (Iskandar Regional Development Authority), redesigning city architecture and infrastructure (Chiang Mai, Saensuk), eGovernment services (Da Nang), smart tourism (Phuket).

Infrastructure and cost is still a challenge issues are looking to be addressed, telcos are keen to explore collaboration with technology partners who can help them extract value from IoT and create business value.

On Industries Focus

Concluding the overall feedback we received from our partners including enterprises, some key segments that seem to be of focus moving forward include:

  • Personal safety, e.g. kids surveillance, building monitoring, cyber security and data protection (uh oh – news on Singapore Ministry of Defence cyber attack breach just came out today), etc.
  • Agriculture, e.g. success stories from Vietnam that are looking to scale – this area accounts for quite a big portion of GDP growth within some ASEAN nations (Malaysia mentioned this in their National Agenda last year).
  • Healthcare – governments are pumping funds to enable the wide spread communities access medical attention (there’re a couple of startups that are progressing quickly in medtech..)
  • Manufacturing, e.g. vision of Vinamilk to double their revenue by end of the year through investments in smart production systems.

Just One Takeaway

If I were to name one takeaway from the conference, it would be customization. It is almost a requirement in all IoT offerings (be it technology development, pricing..). I found that the common point between the most successful use cases is that the solutions were made to address the pain points and direct needs of end users.

Putting it bluntly, solution providers should work very closely with enterprise clients (and sometimes the society) to make sure that what you’re providing is aligned with the desired outcomes – I guess this could be an advantage for SIs and startups that are traditionally more flexible in their offerings.

We look forward to hearing from ASEAN enterprises on their challenges and concerns throughout their digital transformation journey this July and August.

If you think my piece makes sense (or does not), feel free to connect and share your thoughts.

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.

Leave us a comment if you would like to be included in the latest updates of IoT in ASEAN.


Being my first time in the country, I didn’t know what to expect when I touched down at Yangon International Airport (except I knew that I had to change Burmese kyats at the airport since it was not available at Changi International Airport – tip for those who are making their way to Myanmar.) I wanted to find out more about the interesting, relatively new but robust ICT market in Myanmar, by attending CommuniCast and speaking to some key stakeholders in the telecommunications market about the potential of the enterprise IoT market.

(Let me know if you/your company is interested in the Myanmar market and I’ll drop you a quick email with more information!)

1. The so-called ‘leapfrog’

Lots of articles talk about the potential ‘leapfrog‘ of Myanmar with regards to technology adoption. With connectivity and devices at exorbitant prices until a few years ago, enterprises and government organisations still relied heavily on paper and pen for their administrative work. Recently, with the entries of new telcos in the market, connectivity has become much more accessible, allowing these organisations to explore new options and enable more efficient and productive ways of managing data.


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The lack of legacy devices provides an interesting opportunity for these organisations to ‘leapfrog’ into technologies like Cloud and Big Data, without the usual-seen hassles of converting and maintaining compatibility with previous systems.

2. Challenges

Despite the great potential for enterprise ICT adoption in Myanmar to grow, there are many fundamental hurdles that the enterprises and solution providers face. Telecommunications infrastructure is still being developed – MPT, the country’s largest telco network, covers more than 90% of the population. There are still frequent power cuts due to depreciating power lines and surge in demands, even in Yangon – the biggest city and commercial centre – making it more risky for businesses to rely on technologies for their day-to-day operations. 4G is just starting to roll out and broadband/fiber connectivity prices still remain high, resulting in the penetration rate of less than 1% and the proliferation of satellite connectivity, especially in more remote areas.

Another challenge that ICT adoption in enterprises in Myanmar faces is the cost. While number of enterprises in Myanmar has grown tremendously over the past few years as a result of economic liberation, most enterprises remain at a small and medium size. This means that capital investment in technologies – most of which come from international solution providers – can be expensive.

The government is also considered to be lagging behind in terms of digitisation initiatives, thus enterprise digitisation usually turns to foreign investments (e.g. Myanmar Beer) or is limited to the bigger firms with capital to invest (such as banking).

On the other hand, the lack of legacy systems and experience with technologies have led to a lower level of tech-savviness in the population, compared to its neighbouring countries. This means that educational efforts need to be made in order for the enterprises to be more familiar and ready before integrating technologies into their workplace.


3. What’s next?

Enterprise technology adoption in Myanmar is definitely growing. As the economy continues to open up, connectivity and electricity become more stable, awareness on technologies’ benefits and how to use them increases, the relatively open market provides much opportunity for solution providers to not only access the market, but also provide guidance for the local enterprises wishing to learn and adopt new technologies in the near future.

Telcos have an advantageous position in the current Myanmar ICT/IoT market. They already have a strong brand recognition among both consumers and enterprises, and local enterprises prefer one-stop solution providers with local presence, making existing telcos the ideal partner for accessing the enterprise market.

Local organisations such as Myanmar Computer Federation and Phandeeyar are also helping to grow the IT workforce and helping the relevant government agencies understand new technologies such as IoT and Smart City. This will potentially help the policy-making process faster as the government looks to support the local ICT growth and developments.

What do you think 2017 holds for Myanmar’s ICT/IoT developments? Comment below.

Drop me a message (here or at dinh@industry-platform.com) if you’d like to learn more and/or discuss about ICT/IoT developments in Myanmar.

by Nguyen Dinh Viet Anh

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KPN press release on 30 June 2016

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

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

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

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

*End of press release*

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

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

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

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

By: Zaf


In recent years telecommunication companies have been facing severe challenges: voice and SMS revenues have been under pressure, costly investments for the deployment of broadband data networks are required and profits are shrinking due to global competition.

As the profitability of the old business model declines, the telecommunication companies (telcos) find value in another area. With the need to connect billions of devices globally, the Internet of Things can provide a new and significant revenue stream. This is reflected in the setting up of IoT/M2M teams in telcos globally. The benefits of this are straight forward, telcos gain the possibility for additional revenue through, new business models, products and a wider range of potential customers.

One example of a telco that is highly involved in IoT is Verizon, which 2015 made almost half a billion US$ in revenue from the Internet of things. The reason for Verizon’s success is, that the company does not merely offer cellular connections but is instead building tools for companies. Its executives are convinced that in a future where cars, factories, and home appliances are connected to the Internet, success will come from selling applications. This is also reflected in Verizon’s revenue as stated by its SVP, which derives by 80% of its applications, 15% from the platform and only 5% from connectivity.

But Verizon is not the only telco offering applications, the flow away from connectivity towards solution provider can be observed also in other telcos, Vodafone for example at acquired Cobra, in order to become a full service provider to the automotive industry.

As it always is the case with new technologies, there are challenges and IoT is no exception to this. The most pressing challenges according to IBM are:

  • The variety in technical standards between and within telcos, regions and countries.
  • Privacy and security, with particular attention to the sectors health care and financial data
  • Consumer trust with 53% concerned about data sharing and 51% concerned with hacking, according to Adweek
  • Network reliability, with increased stress on the networks due to the rising number of things connected to the internet and a more severe impact in case of a network failure

Regardless of these challenges, telcos cannot wait in adopting IoT applications to their portfolio if they want to stay competitive. This can be observed at our IoT events in Southeast Asia, where we work with telcos that are highly active and interested in partnering with IoT solution providers.

If you are interested in more Information on IoT in different industries, please take advantage of our other articles. Another provider of valuable content on the global telecommunications industry is Telecompaper, which offers the possibility of a free subscription which can be found here.[:]


IoT productivity

Even if the Internet of Things is still a rather remote possibility, in the next couple of years it’s predicted to invade our daily lives like no other technology before. The IoT is expected to change every single aspect of business, ranging from consumer relations to employee productivity. It will impact the economy at large by granting us access to new solutions, such as precise geo-location or remote mobile device management.

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

But first, what exactly is the IoT?

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

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

1.More data than ever

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

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

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

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

2.Daily commute revolutionized

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

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

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

3. Improved time management

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

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

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

4.Remote mobile device management (MDM)

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

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

5.Geo-location data at our fingertips

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

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

What does the future hold for IoT?

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

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


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

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

What are the current focuses of CSPs in Southeast Asia?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are the advice for solution providers targeting Southeast Asia?

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

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

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

JD Montelibano, Globe, Philippines:

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

Yuttasart Nitipaichit, CAT, Thailand:

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

Mirela Juravle, Indosat Ooredoo, Indonesia:

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

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

Lee Shin Mei, Digi, Malaysia

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

Receiving international IoT stakeholders with open arms

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

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

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

What do you think?

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

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

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

Sue Yuin


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]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[:]


Is the Philippines ready for IoT? And how does the country fare compared to other member economies that also see the Internet as a strong factor in growing their respective states?

“I don’t think we are far off. Here’s how I look at it: if the Internet of Things were a race, the Philippines would be in the middle of the pack, compared to the likes of Japan who will always be among the front-liners. But at the pace that we’re going, and with the momentum we have established through the years, we are certain that we will soon be considered as one of the front-liners,” Joel R. Agustin, SVP-Service Management, Globe Telecom claimed.

“The role of Globe in improving the digital arena and achieving great gains from the IoT is really important, thus we always make sure that all the necessary fundamentals are covered and provided for,” he further said.

According to Agustin, Globe has long started to lay down the groundwork for IoT as the company has always kept pace with global technological advances and bring these in the country.

“When Globe participated in this year’s discussion on the IoT, it was an affirmation that we are doing the right things. We may not be as sophisticated as Japan, but I believe that it’s just a matter of time before we get there. What is essential has already been put in place to jump-start the IoT as a potential economic driver and at Globe, we have made a commitment to keep improving and delivering everything else that will be needed,” he added.

For Agustin, key fundamental areas must be addressed to maximize the benefits of the IoT. These include improving coverage and connectivity, latency and capacity, affordable devices, big data and analytics, and security.

“To make the IoT a success we need to have a robust wireless coverage and connectivity and a complying performance. This has to be supplemented by affordable devices that users can utilize either for business or for networking,” Agustin said.

“These are the things important to make IoT a success. Those fundamentals that I’ve mentioned are the fields that we at Globe have made available, and we keep improving and expanding on these areas to ensure that consumers from all around the country will benefit and be covered,” Agustin concluded.

This post was extracted from the article, Globe helps unlock gains of ‘IOT’, which was published on the Inquirer.net

Globe Telecom is the Platinum sponsor for the 7th Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Phillipines which will take place in Manila, 23 & 24 May 2016. This national industry gathering is supported and endorsed by The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology, Philippines

– by Zaf Coelho, Project Manager of Industry Platform



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


[:en]We spent a large part of the year in the cities of Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta & Kuala Lumpur speaking to local enterprises about this (too) broad & (too) overused term: the Internet of Things (IoT). We discovered very quickly that while IoT seems to be very much over/wrongly-used in the English speaking world, there really isn’t a direct local translation in these 4 countries. For local enterprises in these countries, they see IoT as an extension of Enterprise IT, without having a definition/term for it.

In our mid year review (Bringing IoT to a Population of 600 million), we summarized how IoT applications can be applied to these 4 countries, with some projects already being put in motion, while others remain quite far from realization. As we near the end of 2015 (with every Starbucks in the region starting to play Christmas carols and serve Peppermint mocha lattes, ha!), lets look back at the industries in the region where the conversations involving IoT projects are more pertinent.


This industrial segment was not something we focused on in 2015 but as we worked with local telcos & government agencies to invite enterprises to attend our events, we found the interest from the local manufacturing firms to be overwhelming. We should have known. In this part of the world, countries such as Thailand, Vietnam & Indonesia are increasingly important global players in the space. While granted, these countries are chosen because of low labour costs, locally run vendors & OEMs are very proactive when it comes to technology implementation within their factories (technology implementation is a lot more attractive when you’re experiencing double digit growths vs no/low growth environments). Plus, legacy IT systems/culture are a smaller problem in young, growing firms.

Among others, we had the opportunity to speak to several representatives from one of the world’s largest cigarette manufacturer. The local entity is owned by an international parent but because they produce a slightly different product (close to 90% of locals in Indonesia smoke kretek), they couldn’t implement manufacturing processes wholesale from their parent company. Another cliche with much truism:- Think Global, Act Local.

Manufacturing & Industrial Automation will be a big theme in 2016, especially in Thailand and Indonesia. Macroeconomic conditions (weaker local currencies, young workforces etc.) have also made these locales more attractive to international companies looking to set up manufacturing facilities – and technology, when used properly, can overcome (some) productivity inefficiencies usually associated with emerging countries.


In the more developed countries, the ageing demographics make Healthcare a natural topic of discussion. Remote monitoring/diagnostics is important not only in elderly care, but for archipelagos like Indonesia & Philippines. We found that in this part of the world, implementation of such systems are being driven largely by the government agencies and young startups.

Some notable implementation in the region: In Singapore, applications like Healthcare ATMs have been rolled out and in Philippines, local startup Medifi implemented a pilot earlier this year, with plans of expansion to other Southeast Asian markets soon.There’s always a buzz during the Healthcare segments of Asia IoT Business Platform, simply because it’s something which all of us relate to.

Distribution, Transportation, Logistics & Freight

I am reminded of a conversation I had with the owner of a logistics company in Manila who was a native English speaker but wasn’t familiar with the term “IoT”. But talk about telemetry, control software, sensors which track everything from his vehicle locations to petrol levels – and he’s in his element. His company was growing very quickly and he was in the process of modernizing its systems to:

1. Create efficiencies
2. Gain better control/insights
3. Account for future growth

(If #1 and #2 do not make up the classic definition of IoT, I don’t know what is!)

In countries like Indonesia & Philippines, the Distribution, Transportation, Logistics & Freight segment have employed M2M technology for years. On the other hand, because of the low cost of labour, many companies still use manual methods to achieve the same goals:- instead of sensors, some Indonesian freight companies send “spies” to follow the drivers of their trucks to ensure that they do not siphon off petrol in their vehicles to be resold!

Which types of companies do well in the Enterprise IoT space in Southeast Asia?

It’s a given that IoT will change business landscapes globally over the next 5 years, but it’s interesting to note that because of the uniquely local problems that enterprises face in this part of the world, the companies that are best positioned to take advantage are those with a big local presence.

Telcos: With the need to connect millions of devices, IoT provides a new revenue stream for the local telecommunications companies. This is reflected in the setting up of IoT/M2M teams in most local telcos in the four countries. These firms now run their own revenue targets (aggressive ones!) and we can only see this portion of their business growing over the next few years.

Large Multinational Vendors: This goes without saying. These companies have been deeply entrenched in the local infrastructure – the Microsofts, Intels & Schneiders of the world. They have established relationships with local enterprises and the advent of IoT technology will make them natural partners to enterprises looking to upgrade their systems to fully realise the benefits of IoT.

Local Startups: We have had the pleasure of working with many new companies who understand local problems intimately and are flexible enough to work around the lack of standardization within IoT. They are providing innovative & cost effective solutions to small medium enterprises in these countries. There were a lot of enterprises interested in presentations given by companies like N’osairisVersafleet & Medifi in 2015 – and the best part is, we are seeing projects being implemented.

International Vendors with a presence in Southeast Asia: Over the years, we’ve seen this group of companies increasing as they realise the potential of the market here. In 2015, we’ve had more interest from international firms than we’ve ever had. But we’ve noticed that those who have invested heavily in the region (companies like ThingworxAxiros, Sigfox etc.) by being present locally and building a dedicated team have reaped the largest rewards. There will be an inflexion point in this market and it remains to be seen if the first movers stand to benefit more than latecomers. I believe they will.

There are other developments within the B2B2C space (of course – Southeast Asia has over 600 million consumers!) but that warrants a discussion of its own.

If you’re interested in IoT/M2M developments in Southeast Asia, do drop us a note with your thoughts. We are currently in the planning stages of our 2016 events to be held in Philippines (23 – 24 May 2016), Thailand (26 – 27 May 2016), Indonesia (15 – 16 Aug 2016) & Malaysia (18 – 19 Aug 2016). See you in the region if you do decide to drop by.  [:]


The Philippines is situated in the western Pacific Ocean, consisting over 7000 islands. There are 3 main geographical regions that are categorized broadly under from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part ofMetro Manila on Luzon island.

Metro Manila is the 10th most populous metropolitan area in Asia and the 1st in South East Asia, ahead of Jakarta, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh. According to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), it is estimated that Metro Manila’s traffic jams alone are costing the economy USD 51 million a day in potential income, a figure that JICA warns could balloon to USD 128 million a day by 2030.

JICA highlighted that the government had to be more mindful of environmental impact and disaster management in large cities as the population increases and suggested that economic activity should be spread to other potential growth areas in the country.

Bases Conversion & Development Authority

To mitigate further migration into Metro Manila, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) came up with a brilliant plan to build a new city, Clark Green City, in central Luzon, right in Clarkfield area, under its subsidiary Clark Development Corp.

The BCDA is a  government  instrumentality vested  with corporate powers signed into law by former President Corazon C. Aquino in 1992. BCDA is mandated to transform former US military bases into force in creating economic opportunities in the country into alternative productive civilian use. BCDA engages in public-private partnerships to push forward vital public infrastructure such as tollways, airports, seaports, and also major real estate developments. It has successfully developed economic centers such as the Bonifacio Global City and the Newport City and Since its creation in 1992 until March 2015, the BCDA has generated Php65.348  billion from the disposition of former Metro Manila camps.

Clark Green City

Clark Green City, a 9,450-hectare area located inside the Clark Special Economic Zone in Tarlac, is located 75 kilometers from the West Valley Fault Line, where Metro Manila sits on, is an ideal site for long-term development. Its favorable geological conditions includes neighboring mountain ranges the Zambales Mountain Range and the Sierra Madre Mountain Range which serves as natural barriers against super typhoons. Flooding will be remote due to its high elevation. Clark is connected to all major cities in Central Luzon through the country’s expressways and it will have a direct link to the Clark International Airport and is just a breeze away from the Subic Freeport Zone.

The construction of the P607-billion Clark Green City formally kicked off on 11th of April 2016.  Development will be done in phases with the first phase, comprising of 288 hectares, by BCDA and its joint-venture partner, Filinvest Land, Inc. which will construct an industrial zone and a mixed-used development.

At full development, Clark Green City will be home to companies, retail outlets, offices, residential parks, accommodating 1.12 million residents and 800,000 workers and contribute a gross output of approximately P1.57 trillion per year to the national economy or roughly 4 % in the county’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Similar to the strategy under taken at the development of Bonifacio Global City, BCDA is looking to attract educational institutions to kick start economic activity and this can be seen through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Technological University of the Philippines and the Philippine Science High School to establish a center to specialize in industrial and technology skills development and large-scale fabrication laboratories. In addition to local institutions, a 3 million euro donation from the German government, will enable Clark Green City to host a regional climate change knowledge and training center, serving the 20 most climate-vulnerable (mostly island) nations called the South-South Center of Excellence for Climate Information and Services.

To supplement its strategy with educational institutions, Clark leverages on its ideal geographic conditions and offers free land for government agencies to occupy within the city as part of the government’s disaster recovery mechanism should a big earthquake or a super typhoon hit Metro Manila.

Opportunities for Cooperation in Smart City Development

Clark Green City will be characterized by a cutting-edge ICT infrastructure that will integrate city-wide services for infrastructure, transport, utilities, security and public safety. An advanced communications and digital infrastructure will serve as the backbone of the entire metropolis to facilitate data processing and transfer through high-speed Internet connectivity.

Clark Green City will follow green standards such as green building codes, low carbon footprint and renewable energy will take center stage in powering the city. Last December, a lease agreement with Sunray Power, Inc. (SPI) for the lease of a 260-hectare area in Clark Green City to build a 100-megawatt solar power facility.

BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova has emphasized that this new development should be well-planned to make it sustainable, disaster resilient, environment-friendly, and to answer for the need of a modern metropolis.  To support the planning and development of the city, a 100-man BCDA delegation funded by Singapore-based Temasek Foundation, an organization which supports training and capability-training programs in public administration and disaster-response, health care, and education across communities in Asia, attended an executive training program in Singapore to ensure a world-class output for the project.

In addition to building internal capabilities, BCDA has been actively looking for partners and foreign investors to realize its vision to build a Smart, Green City. A cooperation agreement with the government of Japan through the Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport and Urban Development (JOIN) was forged. The agreement included the blueprint for a rail system from Bulacan to Tarlac and is expected to lead to multiple joint venture partnerships that will serve as a vehicle for the formation of Japanese consortium and investments in the field of power, transportation, tollways, industrial zones and economic centers.

In addition to the Japanese, the European community has also expressed keen interest in Clark Green City. BCDA signed separate Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) with France and Sweden to foster technical cooperation and identify future collaborative opportunities in the development of Clark Green City.

Perhaps one of the possible reasons for active foreign participation could be due to Clark Green City being insulated from politics . BCDA chief mentioned that, with BCDA sitting directly under the Office of the President, no president would want his office to fail in anything, especially on a project this important. However as Philippines is weeks away from choosing its next president, he also said that the signing of new agreements might take a while.

What are some of the experiences and challenges that BCDA and Clark Development Corp face in the Clark Green City Project?

Meet and network with members of BCDA and Clark Development Corporation at the 7th edition of the Asia IoT Business Platform which will take place this 23-24 May in Manila.[:]


Jakarta Smart City portal was introduced in 2015 by the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government as a platform for citizens to complain about problems that occur in the surrounding area, such as traffic violations, the damage done to public facilities, rubbish, beggars, street vendors wild, floods, etc.

This portal integrates all data and information from related SKPD using algorithms and visualization mapping. All reports and issues brought up by citizens will be able to reach to the right government departments quickly (if not immediately) for actions to be taken.

Jakarta smart city portal combines efforts of new technology applications including:

  • Qlue – a social media application that allows citizens to contribute and participate actively for a safer and more enjoyable neighbourhood.
  • CROP – an application only for Jakarta Provincial Government officials and police officers to accommodate the content of Qlue.


With the explanation of Pak Setiaji St., Head of Jakarta Smart City Management Unit, we saw examples of citizens submiting real time reports in forms of complaint notes and photos via the smart city portal. Reports from the public are then digitally mapped and integrated with the dashboard 
smartcity.jakarta.go.id.Last week we had the pleasure of visiting the Jakarta Smart City Lounge (thanks for the invite, Qlue!)


(If you look at the left panel closely) The whole process from information being received on the spot (there’ll a red box appearing when a complaint is filed), monitored and managed (yellow means problem is on the process of being dealt with) and then completion (green for problem solved!) can be monitored at at the control panel of Smart City Lounge.

According to Pak Setiaji, there are around 200-300 reports/complaints each day for each departments. With Jakarta Smart City Portal , central government is able to track the efficiency of responsible officials in dealing with city problems.

This portal also helps citizens track the locations of relatives and friends.  With the help of 900 CCTVs installed in the whole of Jakarta, users can check the traffic and avoid paths that are filled with vehicles. Social information such as hawkers, food truck locations, and other businesses can also be shared. This provides great convenience to the Indonesian as the app enables them to check commodities price online and order services/food delivery from the usual traditional market.

Pak Setiaji also shared with us more government initiatives such as the plan to replace 90,ooo street lights by December 2016. Jakarta one payment card will be doing a soft launch this June as well.

We are excited to have Pak Setiaji as part of the advisory board of IoT Indonesia, sharing more government initiatives at the conference and hosting a delegation visit to Jakarta Smart City lounge for demonstration after our event.

If you’re interested to join us at the offsite visit to Jakarta Smart City lounge, drop us a note. (Rest assured, it’ll be fun!)

Sue Yuin


After a promising conference in KL last year, Asia IoT Business Platform made its return to Kuala Lumpur for the 6th edition after having explored the market​s​ in Philippines, Thailand , and Jakarta)in 2015​.​

The ​​6th edition Asia IoT Business Platform was held in Pullman KLCC, Malaysia on 3-4 November 2015, with the support of MIMOS (​Malaysia’s national R&D centre in ICT)​.​ The two-day event saw264 industry stakeholders and 76 companies from government, telcos, multinational solution providers to end users gathering to ​exchange knowledge, share and learn from​ ​a comprehensive conference, with sessions covering market trends, smart city, healthcare, banking and finance, transport and logistics​.​

The ​distinguished speaker faculty consisted of​ ​20 local, regional, and international experts in the IoT and M2M industry; w​ith discussions primarily dedicated to plans of government, telecommunication companies and other IoT stakeholders​.​ ​Case studies were brought up as IT divisions from end users were invited to share their experience in implementing IoT strategies.


Our favourite quotes from the conference sessions:

Keynote and IoT leaders panel:

“In the world of ICT, collaboration is the key. With an estimate market worth of $2.4bil by 2020, IoT in Malaysia has an encouraging prospect. SMEs are urged to take up the challenge and exploit the opportunities.” – Toh Swee Hoe, Advisor, MCMC Academy

“It’s not only about addressing the supply of IoT, we also want to raise the current awareness among end users and create demand to drive digital adoption and economy growth. We aim to turn Malaysia into a matured digital economy by 2020 – to connect and empower government, business, people.” – Dato Ng Wan Peng, COO, MDeC

“The mission of the recently released national IoT agenda is to create a national ecosystem to enable use of IoT as a new source of economic growth. Supporting industry ecosystem must be established for Malaysia to be global class player in IoT.”
– Helmi Halim, Senior Director (Corporate Strategy), MIMOS

Telcos in Malaysia generally still seem to be holding back; they must grow their presence in the IoT sector to catalyze Malaysia’s vision of being a Smart Digital Nation.” – Anuj Pandey, DGM-Business Development (Strategic Deals Group), Bharti Airtel

Market Trends & Outlook:

“There is big potential in healthcare, automotive and retail; sinking costs is a driver of IoTin future; in order to have enough trained workforce we need new curriculums at training institutions.” – Prof. Dr. Shahrin, Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia


“What we can achieve in telehealth: remote monitoring, remote diagnosis, healthcare provider support. Global telehealth is expected to grow at compound annual rate of 18.5% through to 2018. To begin your venture, my advice is to work with a partner and go through a trial.” – Phua Kok Soon, Senior Research Engineer, A*STAR

“There’re so many patients that it’s impossible to diagnose and analyse without data andIoT. By 2030, we’ll be using cloud brains to communicate, store and think – like an external hard disk. Smart and sustainable healthcare needs to be driven by new and disruptive IoT business models.” – Dr. Dhesi, Epidemiologist & Exponential Medicine Physician, Singularity University, NASA Ames & Ministry of Health, Malaysia

Banking & Finance:

“Banks need to take further advantage of IoT to prevent shortening of business models, which can be lost to operators. The reality is that IoT will not change the way you do things, you will have to change it yourself.” Mikael Lindholm, VP M2M Growth, Telenor

“Success for banking in the IoT field comes not from technology or security, but user experience that makes lives easier.” – Kerem Abuc, Mobile Financial Services Supervisor, Garanti Bank

Transport & Logistics:

“Key factors for Indosat’s success include: (1) good business opportunities, (2) right product, (3) right go-to-market.” – Mirela Juravle, Head of M2M Project, Indosat

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Exhibition area and technology showcase during breaks saw conversations carried on from the conference that aroused much interest within key IT executives who are exploring effective IoT implementation strategies with the solution providers present. Diversity of participants in terms of verticals, complimented by the relevance of invited delegates provided a remarkable networking opportunities to all decision makers in the IoT sector seeking for partnership and new insight.

IoT Malaysia: A Summary of Asia IoT Business Platform 6th edition

More details on Asia IoT Business Platform (6th edition) can be found here. Do check out our image gallery and subscribe to Asia IoT Youtube channel for more info on IoT Malaysia.

We would like to thank all sponsors, ​advisors, ​partners, speakers, and delegates for making the 6th edition of the Asia IoT Business Platform a resounding success. It would not have been possible without the support we received.

We look forward to welcoming you again for the Asia IoT Business Platform 2016 series, which will be held in Manila (23-24 May), Bangkok (26-27 May), Jakarta (15-16 May) and Kuala Lumpur (18-19 Aug).[:]