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Unlocking IoT Potential

Telkomsel Innovation Center (TINC)'s main vision in IoT is not just to produce interconnected machine system. More than that, the innovation is expected to create an end-to-end solution to help consumers to do the decision making. IoT is a powerful concept. Its implementation can be varied, depends on the growing trends.

Looking at innovators who have started their efforts in IoT, it shows good signal. Ideally, to build IoT system, the related parties are required to work together. The fundamental challenge is to understand to whom this IoT solution is aimed at, how are the use cases, and what's the real problem to be solved.

TINC may create a new set of environments to excite the ecosystem. TINC is designed to assist innovator in various aspects, not only preparing them to be commercially ready but also to significantly capable of bringing major impact to the market.

One of TINC's main objective is to attract partners. TINC will be a good hub for the IoT ecosystem and be beneficial for various parties. The spirit is to support local IoT business on going to the market effectively. For Telkomsel, TINC program will help a lot, including as product owner.

IoT Development and Connectivity in Indonesia

What can IoT do ?

Internet of Things (IoT) becomes an exciting breakthrough that can be applied to many things in Indonesia. Fundamentally the IoT concept is to allow every electronic device to connect one another via internet connectivity. Its ecosystem in Indonesia is still at very early stage, but the consumer will be getting many impacts from the IoT development.

According to research by Machina Research, IoT market in Indonesia is predicted to reach $3 billion in 2020, growing three times from 2017. Implementation for Cities, Retail and Aqua & Agriculture will Telkomsel’s primary focus. Telkomsel’s initiative, like IoT Control Center and FleetSight, will contribute enormously in defining how the IoT technology works.

Tech implementation

Experts believe the implementation in Indonesia will focus on five major functions. They are tagging, monitoring, tracking, control, and analysis. Each functionality will evolve, according to the maturity of the products. In the future, IoT will be developed for every business vertical, starting from telecommunication industry, manufacturing, transportation, to financial technology.

Telecom industry will play as major driver in the development of IoT ecosystem. Connectivity is one of these key factors.

IoT Connectivity

In term of connectivity, several options have been proposed to support IoT, including LTE-M (Long Term Evolution for Machine) and NB-IoT (Narrow Band – Internet of Things). Both technology utilize Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) network, a technology standard published by 3GPP, and offer low bandwidth, less powerful hardware required, less data, improved range, and improved battery life.

(a) NB-IoT

NB-IoT is found suitable to be implemented in extended coverage and ultra-low device. With NB-IoT, sensor data is sent directly to the main server, without the requirement of aggregating sensor data. Hence, it eliminates the need for a gateway.

Recently Telkomsel has initiated an NB-IoT pilot project in commercial area with first piloting in Universitas Indonesia, Depok (for more info It implements NB-IoT technology to support bike sharing system. The bike sharing trial uses NB-IoT radio access technology operates at 900 MHz frequency.

For futher development, Telkomsel will utilize NB-IoT to support IoT implementation in agriculture, aquaculture, and smart city.

(b) LTE-M

LTE-M is an IoT connectivity that can be implemented using existing LTE technology. Hence, the implementation is considered cheaper. LTE-M is suitable for mobile connectivity that requires high thoughput and low latency. It can also carry voice to support IoT technology like residential security system. LTE-M use cases may include smart utility meter, city infrastructure, object tracking, and connected healthcare.

IOT Lab, Where Development Matters

By Indra Mardiatna, Telkomsel's VP of Technology & System

As the Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding dramatically, as Mobile IoT technologies continue to open up new use cases for cellular connectivity. Mobile operators are working with the broader ecosystem to accelerate this expansion. Anticipating some of the capabilities that will be introduced by the future 5G networks on IoT, Telkomsel newly introduced NB-IoT technology

This NB-IoT allows – through a standard specified for the usability of the Internet of Things – significant consumption savings for battery, massive connections per cell and important increments in radio coverage compare to GSM.

Engaging to NB-IoT technology means the costs of connected objects can be optimized and ensures security and reliability typical of mobile networks on the licensed spectrum.

The NB-IoT technology represents the first and fundamental technical innovation of the network dedicated to the Internet of Things for which Telkomsel is developing a rich portfolio of offers; this will be followed by other IoT solutions that will be able to fully exploit the speed and low latency of the 5G networks. Advancing into future IoT Technology, Telkomsel will contribute to evolving IoT environment by accelerating ecosystem development and the commercial availability of NB-IoT devices.

To make sure the initiatives has a good starting point, Telkomsel providing a working platform to cater involvement of customers, device vendors and chipset/module/network vendors to provide a safe, easy-to- access environment to accelerate the activities linked to this objective in an IoT Lab environment. The IoT Lab is designed to enable companies to work collaboratively to develop devices, services and new solutions ahead of network and market availability.

The IoT lab will act a place to do research and innovation with a different approach, more suited to deal with the peculiarities of a new reality to show its full potential to build from the prototypes development to end-to-end solutions. In this IoT Lab, we make sure potential users enable to see what new IoT networks and platforms can do, and then assess the added value in their specific business contest, because we understand that the different verticals using IoT and M2M are made of various players from small start-ups to large groups. Having this approach in IoT Lab is key to ensure that we can attract them to use Mobile IoT solutions.

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