INTEL AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS
Intel Malaysia Hosts Roundtable on the Internet of Things
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.