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Research: Indonesia Needs Laboratory of Internet of Things (IoT)

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The development of the Internet of Things (IoT) increasingly rapidly, its potential was quite large. The existence of laboratories that focus on developing IoT related products is increasingly needed. Because IoT Lab can increase domestic production capability and accelerate its commercialization in the country.

The conclusion is derived from the results of research conducted by Indonesia IoT Forum. The IOT-focused organization held an online survey in November 2017 involving 112 respondents from various backgrounds. Such as employees of companies, entrepreneurs, students, lecturers, researchers, and regulators engaged in the ICT industry.

Teguh Prasetya, Founder of Indonesia IoT Forum, said the IOT market is expected to grow by Rp 444 trillion in 2022 with the need for 400 million devices/sensors in 2022. The research results on the existence of Lab IOT show the expectation and interest are high enough that it will easily open up their access to potential markets.

“The majority of them want to join the IoT Lab to learn and experience the experience of developing IoT products while building networking with stakeholders in the industry. 72.3% of respondents even already have ideas and intend to develop their own products, “he said.

According to the man who had a career in Indosat, Lab IoT offers an ecosystem that gathers developers, end users, and innovators. They can work together and face real challenges by incorporating the IoT community into the real commercial world.

Indonesia IoT Forum conducted this survey to see the needs and expectations of the existence of IoT Labs in Indonesia. In many countries, Lab IoT is one of the best tools for developers to enter the commercial market.

“Regulators can provide protection and incentives, one of which is by implementing Sandbox regulatory policy, especially for flexible IOT development so as to give developers space to develop from an idea, planning, development, to commercialization. We expect this to be contained in the IoT Road Map in Indonesia being developed by the regulator, “he said.

Meanwhile, Director General of Resources and Equipment of Post and Information Technology (SDPPI) of the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, DR. Ismail said in principle it strongly supports the Lab IoT to be used by the developers/makers both starting from the hobby and has evolved into a Start-up.

“In the early stages we can imitate what is done by regulators in Malaysia, where they provide Lab IoT that can be used by all parties for free, the condition of the project must be completed,” said Ismail.

This is expected to encourage the emergence of a variety of IoT products that become solutions to the needs of the community. “We are still reviewing the ownership scheme of IoT Lab, whether privately owned or government initiative. So is the incentive scheme that can be given by regulators, “he added.

Separately, Toto Suharto, Senior Project Manager for Manufacturing Robert Bosch Indonesia, said the IoT Lab will boost IoT’s ecosystem growth in Indonesia. Where stakeholders from device manufacturers, network providers, to platform and application developers have the possibility to work together.

“The key to IoT’s business is collaboration because no single player can give everything. The IoT Lab is also the opening door for an accessible and protective market in Indonesia with local solutions and customized business models, “he said.

The survey results noted that the majority of respondents chose IoT Labs owned purely by the private or government, followed by subsequent priorities with independent laboratories and the last priority option belonged to educational institutions.

Private, government or independent IoT labs can provide more benefits, especially on access to commercial markets and opportunities to work with multi-stakeholders. The next expected support priorities are the opportunity to obtain funding through legal support or regulatory ease from the government.

The first IoT Labs form is the first choice of complete laboratories ranging from content and application development, platforms, devices, and networks. The next priority is a laboratory that focuses on content and application development while a laboratory that focuses on the device or network alone is a third priority.

Founder & CEO of DyCode and DycodeX Andri Yadi added that the IoT Lab should not only focus on research and development but can also assist production in limited volume. He considered that there should be facilities to produce limited quantities to produce IoT devices. Such as sensors or actuators, to meet the needs of piloting or trial or Proof

This post is also available in: idIndonesia (Indonesian)

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