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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.[:]


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.[:]