[: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]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.
[: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!