[: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.
“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.
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.
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.
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![:]
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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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!