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[:en]The Southeast Asian region boasts a population of over 600 million, with cities like Manila and Jakarta ranking amongst the world’s highest in terms of population density. There is no doubt then that with its massive population, Southeast Asia becomes an ideal region for adoption of IoT and M2M technology and to ensure its implementation. Or is it?

The Asia IoT M2M Business Platform recently concluded a series of IoT and M2M industry gatherings in Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and Bangkok – this spanned over a year, with all major local telecommunications service providers co-hosting each event. Each city has shown considerable progress and developments in its respective IoT ecosystems, and this becomes a driving force for us to continue bringing in business and investments to each location through our IoT events. Here are summaries and snippets for each city, while you can read the full reports here.

Indonesia

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Indonesia is perhaps the country in Southeast Asia which offers the biggest potential for project implementation. Apart from its sheer size—fourth largest country in the world, behind China, India and the USA—and having a dynamic and digital-minded young population, the Indonesian government has been proactively improving its infrastructure to support investments. This is evident from the launch of the Palapa Ring Program which seeks to connect the whole archipelago by high-speed fibre optic cable by 2015. The adoption of new technologies such as cloud computing and the rapid growth of e-businesses are optimistic signs of the nation’s move towards a smarter landscape. While top tier tech companies recognise the potential in Indonesia by establishing offices there, the country also has a lively tech startup scene which local telcos are investing heavily in. These small solution providers ramp up the excitement for IoT as they provide solutions which are cheaper and easier to manage; this in turn makes adoption of such sophisticated technology for Indonesia enterprises all that much easier. It also helps that the three biggest telcos have formed dedicated M2M teams and the scale of their distribution networks can only help spread the uptake.

Malaysia

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Being the most advanced with regards to its ecosystem, Malaysia also has a sturdy governmental support with regulatory mandates buttressing the IoT and M2M industry. The country’s fragmented market is helmed by many dynamic SMBs and startups. While the local telecommunications service providers are more focused on providing connectivity, stronger support from regional and international tech profiles can definitely help shift the country’s IoT and M2M outlook. Not forgetting, Malaysia also has a healthy and lively IoT supply chain with many regional HQ offices located there.

Philippines

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The Philippines has two leading telcos and a host of conglomerates. This provides a good basis to ramp up the pure number of M2M connections. While the infrastructure in the country is still being developed and built up, the local telcos are already focusing on the IoT and M2M sector. This is supported with a familiar dynamic and digital-minded workforce where most enterprises at our event carried two SIM cards to enhance reliability. The presence of conglomerates the likes of Ayala Corporation, which run a host of businesses provide a great alternative to governments to spearhead large scale IoT and M2M projects. While the ecosystem is still at an infantile stage, the Philippines holds much promise with solutions growing locally, especially within the Banking and Healthcare space.

Thailand

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There is little surprise when the most ‘Instagrammed’ place in the world turns out to be a mall in Bangkok. Thailand is witnessing a rapid adoption of technology. Similar to Philippines and Indonesia, Thailand has a tech-savvy young population which is demanding for increasingly sophisticated technologies to enhance their lives. With a strong social media basis, Thailand continues to move up the tech ladder as its infrastructure continues to be developed and more Thai enterprises actively seeking platforms to know more about the benefits of adopting IoT technology.
The crux of the issue of bringing IoT and M2M to the Southeast Asian region is awareness. It is of paramount importance to raise awareness and educate enterprises on the benefits of adopting the technology. IoT solutions can really help alleviate uniquely local problems that enterprises face; but when can we witness the surge happen? We think this happens within the next 2 to 3 years with the joint efforts from local, regional, and international IoT and M2M specialists and players.

If you’re interested in IoT/M2M developments, do drop me a note with your thoughts. We will begin the second round of our events in the region, starting with Indonesia on August 25 – 26, which you can view here. Events in Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Bangkok will follow. See you in the region if you do decide to drop by. [:]

[:en]The Internet of Things (IoT) might be a very salient term in the tech industry. Connected-things is now a reality following the recent digital revolution. A GSMA report stated that China will be a global leader for M2M technology with more than 50 million connections to penetrate the market; a Mckinsey report estimated the global IoT market to potentially have a worth between $3.9 and $11.1 trillion by 2025. The aforementioned statistics foregrounding IoT as an important economic tool is just a couple among many others.

Despite the great benefits that can be brought about by the technology, IoT is still an obscure technical jargon to the public and enterprises across different verticals. The adoption of IoT especially in Southeast Asia — although rapidly gaining traction — is not attaining the desired impact and potential it is set to achieve.

Take, for instance, Indonesia. When Telkom Indonesia came up with a series of public services projects ranging from electronic services (i.e. e-office, e-kelurahan, e-puskesmas) to a mobile-based digital media that can respond to citizens’ complaints in 2014, a huge question was posed: are Indonesians ready to deal with IoT?

Tony Seno Hartono, the National Technology Officer of Microsoft Indonesia, assured that people in Indonesia are definitely competent in developing IoT-based devices, although most of them have yet to be professionally involved in it. “Not so many people have realized the huge potential of IoT,” he added.

Hence, it is important for players in the IoT ecosystem such as telcos and solution providers to work together with the public sector to raise awareness and educate end users on IoT technology. While the IoT industry can build momentum such as creating interoperability and security standards for connected devices and machines, the government can exercise leadership by partnering with the private sector, support the ecosystem via funds and grants, facilitate innovations by developing soft infrastructure, and many others.

In short, here is what government and partners can do to advance the growth of the IoT industry:

  1. 1. CREATE: Roll out a national plan to gain confidence among investors in the IoT venture; establish clear security guidelines to ensure public trust in IoT products;
  2. 2. EDUCATE: Create demand within end users by encouraging usage of IoT in public and private sectors; spur related projects, e.g. smart cities;
  3. 3. INVEST: Establish R&D funds and provide financial support in terms of loans, subsidiaries and grants; invest in IoT talent and infrastructure.

Southeast Asia’s Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) thought leaders will convene at Jakarta next month for the Asia IoT Business Platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges of IoT and M2M in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. The conference is co-hosted by Indonesia’s three leading telcos: TelkomselIndosat, and XL Axiata, with the aim of educating enterprises on the adoption of IoT to grow businesses and drive the market of different sectors.[:]

We are pleased to announce that N’osairis Technology Solutions has come on board as a Silver Sponsor for the 5th edition of Asia M2M IoT Business Platform 2015 to be held from 25 – 26 August 2015 at Fairmont Jakarta, Indonesia.

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At N’osairis we foresee that the IoT wave will hit emerging Asian countries sooner than later and are in the forefront of enabling organisations to embrace IoT by providing dedicated M2M managed services.
Our managed M2M platform is developed by Virtual Access Ireland for organisations to connect end-points cost-effectively and reliably without having to compromise on the security and uptime of the connectivity.
Virtual Access provides automated connectivity solutions for Utilities, Critical infrastructure, Emergency services, Vehicles and financial transactions, scalable to tens of thousands of devices. The solution consists of rugged industrial routers and the Activator management system, which automates the deployment and maintenance process.

For more information about N’osairis Technology Solutions, please click here.

If your company is looking at sponsorship opportunities, please click here. Our sponsorship packages are tailored to offer a variety of opportunities  and levels of exposure; guarantees you a way to maximise your participation and presence at the event. Benefits of sponsorship includes, but not limited to, getting speaking opportunities, exhibition space, private meeting rooms, as well as customised networking sessions. Do secure your sponsorship early!

[:en]A startup is a developing company that seeks to solve a problem where the success is not guaranteed. A startup, in its very essence, is an entity that forgoes stability in exchange for tremendous growth, excitement, and impactful outcomes. Under such extreme uncertainty and unpredictable nature of finding a scalable and repeatable business model, startups focus on vertical innovation and the development of new technology. The resonance of the new product plants the initial seed for a niche market.

This becomes the hallmark of what it means to be a startup; promising and ready to take on the world. The products and services are often cutting edge, ground-breaking, and are often able to deliver in terms of efficiency and effectiveness for users.

Asia IoT M2M Business Platform 2015 which will be holding its 5th edition in Jakarta from 25-26 August, will be featuring 4 startups from Singapore, incubated by Get2Volume. The startups are Sypher Labs, Grid Comm, Silicon Cloud, Mobicart. These startups offer the latest IoT and M2M technology solutions and services, ranging from electronic data interchange systems and smart grid, to  cloud computing.

With the Indonesian government ready to invest another USD2.4 million in 2015 to the Smart City Program, there are many opportunities for local startups to step up and offer solutions that can be integrated into the smart city program. The entrance of these four Singaporean tech startups hopes to pave way for more promising local Indonesian startups to rise and help drive not only adoption of IoT technology, but also collaborate with other big companies and telcos to augment the IoT ecosystem. Telcos and other big tech companies on the other hand, can look forward to more nuanced and niche tech products and services from these tech startups to further support the growth and development of the IoT/M2M/ICT sector, thereby elevating it to achieve more for the benefit of all stakeholders.

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“Logistics Operations Made Easy.” Sypher Labs was founded by Singaporean CEO & Founder, Shamir Rahim, in August 2012. Incubated by NUS Enterprise, Sypher Labs has been supported by SPRING via the ACE Startup Grant and is seed-funded by Get2Volume-NRF. Its flagship product, VersaFleet™, integrates Internet-of-Things connectivity into a Software-as-a-Service monthly subscription. VersaFleet™ provides a full-suite of operations management, including managing job orders electronically, 24/7 real-time tracking of vehicles via GPS systems, and automatic billing and invoicing upon job completion. It is easily scalable and can be integrated with other systems, such as warehouse management, parcel tracking or electronic data interchange systems.

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GridComm provides power line communications semiconductors, devices and systems that enable the transformation of the electricity grid into a smart grid. By connecting utilities to their customers, GridComm’s semiconductors, modules and DIN Rail PLC modems help to transform meters, streetlights, homes and industrial buildings and other appliances into energy-aware “smart devices” that react to conditions on the grid, thus implementing a worldwide communications network based on the existing power grid.

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Silicon Cloud represents the first major disruptive technology application of cloud computing for the semiconductor industry. Technological advancement and deployment of SCI will be the first transformative, end-to-end, secure, inter-organizational capability for Integrated Circuit (IC) designs. SCI provides secure and private cloud-based semiconductor design infrastructure and eco-system with initial focus on turn-key IC design flows and a secure, multi-tenant, cloud-based, scalable computing environment for universities and research institutions around the world. A secure and trusted environment enables universities and research institutions access leading edge manufacturing technologies (PDK), state of the art design tools and the latest open source and proprietary cloud computing technologies. Following, SCI will begin deploying its platform to semiconductor companies.

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MobiCart is a simple way to build and manage your m-commerce store as a native or web app. MobiCart works on its own, or links up to your existing website. MobiCart takes m-commerce to a new level of personalization by enabling anyone to quickly deploy a native storefront application on iOS and Android devices as well as HTML5. MobiCart combines a customized application development platform with an online ecosystem for sharing extensions.

Do join the upcoming 5th edition of the Asia IoT Business Platform 2015 at Fairmont Jakarta from 25-26 August 2015 to help bring the future closer. We look forward to welcoming you there![:]

Dana Blouin, IoT Expert from SIIT – Thammasat University

He spoke extensively about the use of smartphone as sensors to augment the Internet of Things experience.

Tracy Hopkins, SVP Low Power Radio Networks (IoT) at Stream Technologies

Tracy’s topic at the Asia IoT Business Platform 2015 Bangkok was about the key features that would truly enable IoT and the process of choosing a platform provider.

Arifa Febriyanti, GM IoT – Digital Services at XL Axiata

Arifa presented a case study on prepaid metering project and how it reduces operating expenses for corporate customers. Arifa will be returning to the 5th edition of the Asia IoT Business Platform 2015 Jakarta where Xl Axiata is a Bronze Sponsor.

Sigvart Von Eriksen, CMO at DTAC

Sigvart gave the Telco Keynote Address at the Asia IoT Business Platform 2015 Bangkok where DTAC was the Platinum Sponsor.

Rich Nagle, Sr. Technical Sales Engineer at ThingWorx

Rich was part of the panel that discussed about the evolution and future of IoT and M2M

What we can learn from the video interviews with our esteemed speakers is that the potential of the IoT and M2M technology is virtually limitless. Driving adoption of such technology is key but the question is, how do we drive the adoption of IoT technology? Apart from simplifying it for consumers and end-users as well as making the technology more ‘intuitive’, raising awareness and building knowledge is of essence. This is where our Asia IoT Business Platforms play a key and major role. It is the platform where end-users and solution providers convene for two days of knowledge-sharing, exchange, and networking to progress together and bring the future closer.

If you are interested in being part of the next Asia IoT Business Platform, please click here. Our next event will be held at Fairmont Jakarta from 25-26 August 2015!

We will be releasing video snippets of the conference soon! Meanwhile, you can watch our post-event video!

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

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The 2014 Golden Tweet went to Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar Selfie with 3.4 million retweets

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The runner-up for the Golden Tweet 2014 went to a tweet tweeted by an Indonesian in Indonesia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twitter recognises 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.

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.

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 catalysed.

Asia IoT Business Platform seeks to anchor this vision by holding the 5th edition in Jakarta this coming August. Sponsors, exhibitors, and participants are welcome to participate to bring the future closer for this promising nation.

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As with other Southeast Asian economic tigers such as Thailand and Malaysia, Indonesia has decided to dive into the concept of ‘Smart Nation’, with Makassar being the first Indonesian city to launch a smart city programme. Following the footsteps of Makassar, Jakarta is next in line in realising the vision of a smart city as the authorities unveiled its Jakarta Smart City Project last December.

Indonesia came in 46th on their readiness for digital commerce according to the 2014 study by The Digital Evolution Index. The nation also came in 122nd in internet connection speed. Despite the apparent lack of soft infrastructure, the market potential in Indonesia for ICT is encouraging; evident from its dynamic and digital-minded young population. Jakarta was the world’s most active city on Twitter in 2014, contributing 254 million tweets which makes up 2.4% of the world’s total. The city came in fourth on Facebook activeness.

Apart from being social media-savvy, Indonesia has launched the Palapa Ring Program which seeks to connect the whole archipelago by high-speed fibre optic cable by 2015. The rapid adoption of new technologies such as cloud computing and the rapid growth of e-businesses are optimistic signs of the nation’s move towards a smarter landscape.

Recognising the emergence of Indonesia in the ICT sector, the Asia M2M IoT Business Platform is returning to the city to give solution providers that are targeting enterprise adoption of M2M technologies an ideal platform for knowledge-exchange, collaboration, and expansion together with end-users across different verticals; from transport and logistics, to banking and finance.

In order to further understand the dynamics of the Indonesia market and to find out more about the latest trends and developments of the IoT and M2M opportunities in Indonesia, we spoke to Mr. Jaka Susanta Vice President (M2M) of Telkomsel, the leading telco in Indonesia.

    On the current market potential for M2M and IoT in Indonesia

Current market potential for M2M/IoT in Indonesia is divided into several segments. Agriculture & Environment is valued at 487K; Intelligent Business is valued at 502K; Consumer Electronics is valued at 1.25 million; Utilities at 3.51 million, and Automotive is valued at 13.37 million.

The automotive industry clearly has the biggest potential for IoT technology and M2M.

 


On Indonesian government’s role and their efforts

The government’s primary role when it comes to IoT technology and M2M is to provide public service for citizens; either information or facilities that can revolve around the ideas of a Smart City or Green City which can then be supported by private companies and enterprises. This is essentially for the betterment and comfort of citizens.

 


   On their vision

Telkomsel’s vision is to build and expand on M2M business in Indonesia as well as supporting partners and customers in running their businesses to be more efficient and effective.

 


  On partnerships

Telkomsel M2M business focuses on Automotive, Finance, Utilities, and any other segments to provide solutions for both corporate/enterprise as well as retail market.

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Telkomsel is the world’s 6th largest cellular operator by number of subscribers and the market leader in Indonesia’s telecommunication industry that serves more than 131 million subscribers. With 69,000 Base Transceiver Stations (BTS), Telkomsel provides the largest network coverage in Indonesia, reaching almost all of Indonesia’s population. As a pioneer in the development of Indonesia’s mobile telecommunication industry and to enter the advanced stage of mobile broadband services, Telkomsel provides cellular services through GSM Dual Band (900 & 1800), GPRS, Wi-Fi, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA, and HSPA+ networks throughout Indonesia, and is testing Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.

Telkomsel by Telkom Indonesia is returning as the Platinum Sponsor of Asia IoT Business Platform 2015, which will be holding its 5th edition at Fairmont Jakarta, Indonesia from 25-26 August 2015.

Do not hesitate to click on each of the following links to find out more about sponsorship, exhibition, or speaking opportunities.

We hope to see you in Jakarta in August!