[: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 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.
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.
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.
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]Traffic congestion is a huge source of economic inefficiency in major cities around the world, not to forget the massive environmental costs involved as well. Governments have experimented with many solutions in a bid to solve this persistent urban issue, but only few have managed to develop ones that are both sustainable and effective.
In collaboration with IBM, the Swedish Roads Administration (Trafikverket) developed a smart road use management system implementing M2M capabilities like RFID, which saw a significant reduction in traffic congestion.
The speaker, Ole Jansson, a project manager and senior business advisor with the Swedish Roads Administration, led the operation of the Swedish congestion tax systems in Stockholm and Gothenburg. Through the introduction of innovative designs and new operational concepts, these congestion charging systems are currently the world’s most successful implementations of their kind.
Since its inception, there has been a 20 – 25% reduction in overall traffic volume. It is also estimated that 84 million euros in associated economic costs were saved, which would be re-directed to improve traffic infrastructure.
Ole has accumulated a wealth of experience from having been involved in large scale international engineering projects in North America, Australia, China and South East Asia.
Indonesia is a country Ole is very familiar with. He is very aware of the traffic conditions in many major Indonesian cities such as Jakarta and Bandung. Do not miss the opportunity to learn from his experience on tailoring M2M solutions based on specific city conditions and requirements to tackle traffic congestion when he speaks at the Asia M2M IoT Business Platform 2015 at Fairmont Jakarta, Indonesia from 25-26 August 2015.[:]
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?
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.
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.
We hope to see you in Jakarta in August!