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Intel Helps Shed Light on the Internet of Things

By Bryan Chan - on 24 Jun 2014, 3:22pm

Intel Helps Shed Light on the Internet of Things

(From L-R) 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), made up the roundtable panel.

Just hours ago, Intel Malaysia hosted a roundtable session to discuss Malaysia's current state of affair in regards to the Internet of Things (IoT). For the uninitiated, the IoT is essentially a term used to describe a network of devices that are connected to the Internet, transferring and receiving data for a better quality of life. The devices range from smartphones to cars that have integrated sensors that tell the driver various types of information such as traffic conditions.

Present at the roundtable were 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; and Sim Hon Wai, General Manager of MDT Innovations.

Throughout the discussion, the panel explained that in Malaysia, the IoT is something that's very real and has tremendous growth potential. However, there are a number of challenges that a country faces as a whole, before it can successfully implement large scale IoT. These challenges include having a cloud network that makes use of open source content. Apart from that, because the IoT deals with big data, the data has to be secured. Lastly, different countries will have citizens with different demands, and a business attempting to meet these demands while implementing the IoT will have to scale their products, services or installations to meet these demands accordingly.

When implemented successfully and effectively though, the IoT will be able to provide everyone with better quality of life. One great example would be the creation of smart cities. With the creation of smart cities, public transportation is made more manageable and available to the public, retail experiences can be more customized, and even energy management is made more efficient.

In summary, the discussion centered around how Malaysia has already implemented instances of the IoT, such as the use of the Touch 'n Go services and even the Visa payWave system. However, the full potential of IoT i.e., the creation of a smart city, is not yet realized here in Malaysia.  

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