ARTICLES — August 04, 2021

2021: The Rise of Internet of Things in Indonesia

The Rise of Internet of Things

Indonesia is transitioning into industry 4.0. This inevitably puts pressure on the investment for the Internet of Things (IoT). According to the Director of Digital Economy Protection of National Cyber and Crypto Agency (BSSN), Anton Setiawan, there are 31 billion IoT devices connected to the internet in October 2020. It is estimated that more devices will be utilized this year.

Significant increase in internet users is considered to be one of the main factors of the development in IoT. Based on a report by the World Bank and Google, the number of internet users escalated from 92 million users in 2015 to 215 million users in 2020. It was designated as the fastest user growth in ASEAN. Moreover, enterprises are adopting IoT technology to further develop their businesses. According to a survey of 2,900 enterprises, including the ones in Indonesia, 65% of them have implemented IoT and plan to utilize it further. This was due to the belief that the IoT ecosystem can change the way we work and do business, and improve operational efficiency.

The Importance of IoT for Enterprises

With rapid development of communication technology, IoT can improve operational efficiency in many ways. It can help companies monitor every aspect of their operation by installing sensors in various business assets. In the wake of the pandemic, this became especially important because it allows operations to be monitored and managed remotely. It helped companies to make strategic data-driven decisions that are crucial for their development. The widespread adoption of this technology makes companies become more competitive as it provides a capable system that will make them stay ahead of their competitors. To maximize your company’s potential, there are several IoT elements that need to be in your business:

1. Strong Connectivity

It is no secret that IoT heavily relies on a communication infrastructure. Using sensors that provide raw data to the system, it will allow remote supervision for various activities. This data can be accessed and processed via cloud technology. With high-speed and low-latency internet connection provided by 5G technology, more effective communications can occur in the company.

2. Advance Analytics

Edge computing will be the future of analytics. It is not only compatible with IoT but likely becomes increasingly dependent on each other. It allows data processing to be held not in the cloud or servers, but on the devices or the network. Similarly, artificial intelligence works hand in hand with IoT. It allows advanced technology such as Smart buildings – sensors that prevent accidents like fire, flooding or short circuits. Smart sensors can also be integrated into the manufacturing process which will allow machine learning, thus increasing efficiency.

3. Human-Machine Interaction

Human-machine interaction includes the utilization of virtual and augmented reality. IoT can support the utilization of augmented reality (AR) by providing data to a rich user interface. AR is known to have an engaging user experience by integrating the real world into the virtual world. Coupled with robotics, IoT can allow remote operations of certain devices ensuring safety and efficiency.

4. Advance Engineering

Advance engineering includes additive manufacturing also known as 3D printing. IoT can provide analytics for additive manufacturing which can create better quality products. Another example of advanced engineering is the renewable energy sector which utilizes IoT to monitor carbon emissions.

Why Now?

There is an imminent transition of 4G to 5G. To gain a competitive edge, you need to adopt the new and upcoming IoT technology as soon as possible. If you can, implement IoT devices that are compatible with 4G and 5G technology such as Telkomsel NB-IoT. This will allow a smooth transition to the new generation of communication technology. The longer the delay, the harder it is to compete in the market that relies heavily on digital solutions. Go to to find the right IoT solution for your business.

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