IN­TEL AND THE IN­TER­NET OF THINGS

In­tel Malaysia Hosts Round­table on the In­ter­net of Things

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In June, In­tel Malaysia or­ga­nized a round­table ses­sion to dis­cuss about Malaysia and how the na­tion is han­dling the adop­tion of the In­ter­net of Things (IoT). If you’re un­fa­mil­iar with the con­cept of IoT, it is ba­si­cally a net­work of de­vices that are con­nected to each other. When con­nected, these de­vices are shar­ing in­for­ma­tion with each other, all in the ef­fort to bet­ter the qual­ity of life for every­one.

A great ex­am­ple of the IoT in ac­tion would be traf­fic in­for­ma­tion be­ing shared with driv­ers us­ing sen­sors in cars and smart­phones. In the event a traf­fic jam oc­curs, ve­hi­cles that are sta­tion­ary can send this in­for­ma­tion to smart­phones, and these will in turn in­form other smart­phones to avoid this stretch of road. The smart­phones will then dis­play this in­for­ma­tion to users. Another sim­ple ex­am­ple that show­cases the IoT has al­ready been im­ple­mented in Malaysia since over a decade – the use of the Touch ‘n Go sys­tem.

To fur­ther ex­plain and dis­cuss about IoT, a panel of ex­perts were present and they in­clude Prakash Mallya, Coun­try Man­ager, Sales and Mar­ket­ing, In­tel Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore; Christo­pher Kelly, Direc­tor of In­tel Ar­chi­tec­ture Group, In­tel Malaysia; Hasan­nudin Saidin, Direc­tor of Dig­i­tal En­trepreneurs Divi­sion, Mul­ti­me­dia Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MDeC); and Sim Hon Wai, Gen­eral Man­ager of MDT In­no­va­tions.

With the panel in place, it was ex­plained that in this coun­try, IoT has the po­ten­tial to grow. How­ever, like any other new tech­nol­ogy, there are a num­ber of chal­lenges that has to be over­come first. These chal­lenges in­clude mak­ing a stan­dard­ized cloud net­work avail­able, the se­cu­rity of Big Data, and the scal­a­bil­ity of the so­lu­tions.

Need­less to say, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of IoT would be a seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble task for just one party. For this rea­son, it is highly im­por­tant that the whole in­dus­try to jump on the band­wagon and en­able the IoT. If suc­cess­ful, the IoT will al­low every­one to ex­pe­ri­ence a bet­ter qual­ity of life. The best ex­am­ple would be to achieve the sta­tus of a ‘Smart City’. A Smart City would make pub­lic trans­porta­tion more man­age­able and avail­able to the pub­lic, re­tail ex­pe­ri­ences would be more per­son­al­ized, and en­ergy man­age­ment will no longer be an is­sue.

To sum­ma­rize the dis­cus­sion dur­ing the round­table, it can be said that Malaysia has al­ready im­ple­mented in­stances of the IoT, such as the use of the Touch ‘n Go ser­vice. While this may be the case, the full po­ten­tial of the IoT is still a far way from be­com­ing a re­al­ity in this coun­try.

(From left to right) Sim Hon Wai, Gen­eral Man­ager, MDT In­no­va­tions; Christo­pher Kelly, Direc­tor of In­tel Ar­chi­tec­ture Group, In­tel Malaysia; Prakash Mallya, Coun­try Man­ager, Sales and Mar­ket­ing, In­tel Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore; and Hasan­nudin Saidin, Direc­tor of Dig­i­tal En­trepreneurs Divi­sion, Mul­ti­me­dia Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MDeC), were the in­di­vid­u­als lead­ing the round­table.

This image shows how ev­ery de­vice can be con­nected to each other in the In­ter­net of Things.

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