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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]As we speak about how much potential for IoT the Southeast Asian market has, we tend to focus a lot on its benefits and how IoT can generate revenue and improve business operations. There is a gross undermining of the vulnerabilities that IoT creates. Despite the apparent importance of IoT, widespread adoption of the technology is still slow. Perhaps, this can be attributed to security concerns.

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 unencrypted network services.

While the IoT is taking flight in the Southeast Asian region, security problems should also be addressed and faced head-on. 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 put in place.

The Asia IoT Business Platform is looking for corporations and enterprises that offer security solutions to be part of the 5th edition at Fairmont Jakarta, Indonesia from 25-26 August 2015. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please visit here.[:]

[:en]Continuous innovation has allowed technology to progress to a stage where lives can potentially be saved. To be rolled out by 2018 throughout the European Union,eCall is an initiative that aims to bring rapid assistance to motorists involved in collisions.

eCall cuts emergency services response time. The severity of injuries will be considerably reduced in tens of thousands of cases. You can also make an eCall by pushing a button inside the car. This next-generation traffic management solution is estimated to save hundreds of lives and billions of euros in economic losses annually.

As such, the European Parliament voted in favour of eCall regulation which requires all new cars be equipped with eCall technology from April 2018. In the event of a serious accident, eCall automatically dials 112 – Europe’s single emergency number.

Notorious for its widespread and persistent traffic problems in its metropolitan areas, Jakarta and other large Indonesian cities need to find a better way of managing the chaotic situation on its roads. Not surprisingly, Indonesia had the world’s 5th highest number of people dying from traffic accidents in 2014.

The speaker, Andy Rooke, is a highly experienced project coordinator fromERTICO – ITS Europe, which is responsible for the eCall initiative and HeERO. HeERO addresses the infrastructural development to support the pan-European eCall service based on 112/E112, the single European Emergency number. ERTICO co-chairs the European eCall Implementation Platform, and is responsible for undertaking the massive task of bringing together all relevant stakeholders necessary for the successful and rapid implementation of eCall.

Be sure to catch Andy’s presentation to pick up invaluable insights into the large-scale management and coordination of M2M projects in the automotive sector at the 5th edition of the Asia IoT Business Platform 2015 in Jakarta from 25-26 August 2015.

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[:en]While it might be incredulous to say that paying for a taxi ride using your mobile phone is easier in Nairobi than in New York, it is in fact, true. Thanks to Kenya’s M-Pesa, a world-class mobile-money payment system, over 17 million Kenyans are able to transfer cash with just their phones. M-PESA which stands for Mobile Money (pesa is Swahili for money), is a mobile-phone based money transfer and microfinancing service and it is often referred to as the most successful mobile phone based financial service in the world. Around 25% of Kenya’s GNP flows through the system and as of November 2014, M-Pesa transactions were valued at KES 2.1 trillion, making up almost half of the country’s GDP.

The immense success of the scheme which was launched in 2007 by Vodafone has led it to expand to Afghanistan, South Africa, India, and later in Eastern Europe.

This is of course a huge feat for a developing country like Kenya. As one of the co-inventors of M-Pesa, Lesley-Ann Vaughan would tell you that developing a mobile finance solution for small payments that is easy to use—even for the illiterate—and which spans over a vast land space, is highly challenging. With poor digitised infrastructure and lack of properly trained staff, it seemed like the scheme was not meant to be for a developing country like Kenya. However, it took flight and became the most lauded service/scheme of its kind; giving millions of people access to the formal financial system and for reducing crime in an otherwise largely cash-based society.

Lesley-Ann, who spent most of her time in Kenya supporting the launch and subsequent development of M-PESA and related mobile money services will be speaking extensively on the world-class mobile-payment service at the Asia IoT Business Platform 2015 in Jakarta. Join us to learn more about this highly valuable scheme, on top of other high profile international IoT and M2M developments which will be discussed during the conference segment. Register now!

http://iotbusiness-platform.com/registration/

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Lesley-Ann is a Mobile Financial Services Consultant.  She has spent the last 10 years of her career dedicated to mobile money and mobile financial services projects in emerging markets.  Of particular note is Lesley-Ann’s personal contribution to the concept, design, development and launch of the M-PESA money transfer service for Vodafone, and her work on M-PESA at that time resulted in her being selected as a finalist at the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2008 awards.  Today Lesley-Ann enjoys working with clients to create additional services and products on top of  strong mobile money rails.[:]

[:en]With the digital revolution in full steam and the Internet of Things (IoT) already a reality, it is only fitting for cars to join the list of devices that are connected to the internet and become part of the IoT ecosystem. While the idea of connected-devices and digitisation is at a nascent stage in the automotive sector, cars today are slowly being equipped with automotive embedded systems and only time will tell when they will become communicating objects. With the wealth of possibilities one can do with the car—from in-car infotainment systems to remote diagnostics—it wouldn’t be long till we witness connected cars on our roads.

The Asia IoT Business Platform 2015 is proud to feature PSA Peugeot Citroën, who will be presenting on their game-changing connected car that is equipped with the latest M2M capabilities. Working with Technicolor, PSA Peugeot Citroën became the first automotive partner to deliver connected car services for its Citroen C4 Picasso. The car is enabled with Technicolor’s Qeo communications framework, which provides software and connectivity to greatly enhance interaction between the car and the driver’s personal devices.

Qeo is a software platform that can be used in a variety of connected objects. Its role is to create a virtual network that will serve as the channel for exchanging different types of data. Developed by Technicolor, this technology is backed by several leaders in the electronics industry and could find uses in a wide variety of fields in the next few years. The M2MOperatingPortal allowed for better management of critical remote operations, proving to be scalable and secure.

The speaker, Vincent Rumeau, who is the Connected Cars Program Manager at PSA China, will be sharing his wealth of experience gained from having managed the Connected Services & Telematics strategy for China, as well as the local R&D team, suppliers and external partners.

Join us at the Asia IoT Business Platform 2015 in Jakarta from 25-26 August to get to know more about Connected Cars and other exciting international IoT developments that can be emulated in the Southeast Asian region.

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[:en]One element that sets the Asia IoT Business Platform apart from other IoT conferences is that it brings together the leading telcos of a country for one main purpose: to elevate and improve the IoT ecosystem for the benefit of different stakeholders, be it businesses, investors, government, or the common consumers. The telcos work together with different tech profiles and solution providers ranging from local startups to internationally established corporations to educate local enterprises on the benefits of the IoT and M2M technology and how it can contribute to their businesses, the economy, and improve the lives of people in the country.

The 5th edition of the Asia IoT Business Platform 2015 which will be held in Jakarta from 25 to 26 August is bringing together the three leading telcos in Indonesia: Telkomsel, XL Axiata, and Indosat. We have the opportunity to speak to Mr. Hendra Sumiarsa, Head of M2M at Indosat to give insights on what Indonesia has to offer and the opportunities it can provide for regional and international businesses that are looking to expand in one of the world’s most populated country.

  1. What is the current market potential for M2M/IoT in Indonesia?

Indonesia, world’s 4th most populated country in the world is a developing nation with high acceleration in mobile communication growth. The potential for M2M market in Indonesia is tremendous, with growth rates of 40%-50% per annum, and am increased adoption of technology from different enterprises and governments.

  1. Which industries in Indonesia possess the most business opportunity for M2M/IoT?

The most developed M2M vertical markets in Indonesia are financial services, transportation, smart energy, security and surveillance. New business opportunities are growing in industrial telemetry for oil & gas, enterprise mobility applications, logistics, automation and control, digital signage, consumer electronics, and plantations. Smart City program by the Indonesian government will fuel growth and accelerate development of smart environment, waste management, Smart Cities solutions. In the near future, we expect developments in connected wearables and eHealth services.

  1. What role is the government playing to push M2M/IoT development and what more can be done?

Governments have an important role to accelerate adoption of new technologies such as  M2M and IoT

– Increase awareness of technology adoption ( Ex: Singapore building “ Smart nation” )

– Regulation in different sectors. Ex:

o Indonesia -> branchless banking – to increase the reach of banking services to unbanked population

o European Union -> e-call regulation – increase safety on the road by equipping every vehicle

o UK -> real time billing for energy

 – Government initiatives such as Smart Cities. For example, Indonesian government launched the Smart City vision Indonesia 2015 -2045. ICT is at the heart of this vision 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.

  1. What is Indosat’s vision for M2M/IoT in Indonesia?

Indosat’s vision for M2M/IoT: “We deliver M2M products and services that are relevant and beneficial to accelerate the triple bottom line development of Indonesia: social, economic and environmental”. Indosat enables businesses, governments, and people with technology to achieve greater business efficiency, reduce costs, develop new services and improve people’s lives. Our strategy is focused on 3 main pillars: connectivity, managed connectivity and end to end solutions.

  1. What kind of partners is Indosat looking for its M2M/IoT plans?

We are partnering with industry players such as technology providers, telecom operators, as well as business partners to deliver top notch services to our customers. Successful M2M products require tight cooperation, hence Indosat is working with device makers, platform providers, application developers, solution providers, integrators to jointly develop products and services for transport, smart energy, banking, Smart Cities, smart environment.

With the Indonesian government lending its support through Jakarta’s Smart City program and its major effort in developing the country’s soft infrastructure to support a burgeoning ICT industry, the opportunities in Indonesia for IoT are staggering.

Indosat is a Bronze Sponsor at the 5th edition of the Asia IoT Business Platform in Jakarta. Join us at Fairmont Jakarta from 25-26 August 2015 and you will get the chance to learn more about the value of IoT and M2M technology and to network with some of the biggest tech profiles in the world including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, and many others.[:]

[: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.[:]

[:en]The Easypaisa mobile financial service provided millions of previously unbanked customers access to basic banking services in Pakistan. This was achieved through the close collaboration between Telenor Pakistan, Fundamo and Tameer Bank. The project was initially deployed in the urban areas of Pakistan, but expanded within a year to provide P2P payments, bill payments, money transfers, retail purchase and more.

Remarkably, the service managed to overcome geographical hurdles within the country with the introduction of the mobile wallet service, and managed to achieve a throughput of US$500 million by the end of July 2011.

In February 2014, out of more than 250 Mobile Money services around the world, Easypaisa was awarded two GSMA Awards, including the “Best Mobile Money Service in the World” at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain.

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Learn from the President & CEO of Tameer Bank himself, Nadeem Hussain, as he speaks on his experience of implementing cutting-edge banking M2M solutions despite facing physical, regulatory and infrastructural constraints, at the Asia IoT Business Platform 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Prior to launching Tameer, Nadeem spent 27 years with Citigroup, with his last appointment being Country Manager for Citibank’s Iraq Operations within the Corporate Banking and Investment Division. Nadeem has held several senior management positions with Citigroup in all major financial centres. Whilst based in the UK before his appointment in Iraq, he was instrumental in starting and managing CitiSolutions, the consumer bank’s financial advisory and services division for Western Europe, where the expected strength of the distribution force was 20,000 individuals, making it the largest in Western Europe.[:]

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![:]

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Singapore is on the fast track to becoming the world’s first smart nation.

In November 2014, the country’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the Smart Nation Programme which seeks to harness ICT, networks, and data to support better living, create more opportunities, and to support stronger communities.

Mr. Lee lamented: “Smart Nation is not just a slogan. It is a rallying idea for us all to work together, to transform our future together.”

Currently the Smart Nation programme has entered its “build” phase, which will focus on the infrastructure and services that will serve as the framework for future development.

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim earlier this month highlighted that the Infocomm Media Masterplan will put in place the necessary infrastructure and that the three areas of focus would be Smart Health-Assist, Smart Nation Tech Challenges and Smart Logistics.

Smart Logistics will leverage on technologies such as the IoT to provide near real-time actionable visibility and improve decision-making capabilities for businesses large and small.

Smart Health-Assist will use sensors to allow patients to better manage their conditions from the comfort of home while allowing them to remain independent and active in the community.

Smart Nation Tech Challenges will involve the wider community to co-innovate solutions to tackle urban challenges. One of the challenges is on video analytics, and how audiovisual data can be used in public safety, resource utilisation and situational awareness.

Ms. Mui Hoon Poh, CEO of SP Telecommunications (A member of the Singapore Power Group) will be delivering a presentation at 5th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform in Jakarta this August on the nation’s vision and also describe how Singapore Power as a group is supporting this vision.

SP Telecommunications owns and operates a key communications network in the country while Ms. Poh has extensive experience in technology, electronic commerce and cloud computing businesses across the Asia Pacific region.  In addition, Ms Poh has been a key role in Singapore’s national information and communications master planning efforts over the years.[:]

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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!

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The 4th edition of the Asia IoT Business Platform was held from 28 to 29 May 2015 at Amari Watergate Bangkok, Thailand. It was the first time for the conference to be hosted in Thailand and once again, it was a resounding success. Interesting topics on the latest market trends and developments ranging from waste management and key enablers, to overcoming industry fragmentation, were discussed. Participants also had the chance to network with enterprises and businesses that were present at the event, as well as to marvel at the interesting exhibits put up by our sponsors and exhibitors.

We would like to thank all our sponsors, exhibitors, media partners and press, MICT, as well as all delegates for coming on board and enthusiastically participated in the 2-day conference. This event would not be a success without your support and presence. We hope to see you again, perhaps for the next Asia IoT Business Platform 2015 which will be held at Fairmont Jakarta, Indonesia from 25 to 26 August 2015.

Photos of the conference for both days will be uploaded in due course, as well as the post-event video highlights, so do keep a lookout for the photos and video! Meanwhile, here are some photos we have from day 2!

Mr Kasiti Nilrat from DTC presenting a case study on M2M and fleet management

My David Hardoon, Director for Advanced Analytics ASEAN at EY speaking about revenue enhancement and operations optimisation through Big Data

 

Presentation given to participants and delegates on the exhibition floor itself

You can even have a sit-down session with the exhibitors!

From left to right, Mr Shaw Luen Lau, VP IoT Sales from ThingWorx, Mr Vincent, and Mr. Rich Nagle, Sr. Technical Sales Engineer at ThingWorx

Exchanging of business cards is always a good sign!

Dr. Natthakrit Sanguandikul, Senior Business Development Executive at TRUE at his company’s booth speaking with a delegate

Another business card exchange!

Mr. Mikael Lindholm speaking on the latest innovations in the automotive industry and how the industry can embrace IoT and leverage on new opportunities

 

Mr. Dana Blouin, an IoT expert speaking on smartphone sensors to augment the Internet of Things

Mr. Ken Wong from Optus speaking on the transformation of Point of Sales (POS) systems and integrated systems

Mr. Matt Hatton, CEO of Machina Research drawing the first lucky winner for our lucky draw!

Congratulations!

Our next conference will be in Jakarta, Indonesia from 25 to 26 August 2015. If you are looking for sponsorship, exhibition, or speaking opportunities, feel free to contact us here!