Category Archives: Internet of Things

Tianjin Port, Huawei advance cutting-edge digital twin plans

Tianjin Port Group and Huawei announced this week that the two companies will deepen cooperation to build a digital twin of the port, making it more automated and intelligent.

In a statement, Yue Kun, CTO of Huawei’s Smart Road, Waterway & Port BU, said: “Ports are a vital link in maritime transportation, connecting trade and supply markets across the globe. Building more efficient smart ports is becoming an increasingly pressing requirement for the global supply chain.

“Section C Terminal of the Port of Tianjin has now been operating stably for over one year. This proves that 5G and L4 autonomous driving have already been successfully adopted by industries in China, and are creating true commercial and social value.”

Yue believes that this progress will benefit various industries, with next-generation digital technologies, such as 5G and AI, combined to solve industry problems, promote digital industry transformation and upgrading, and generate social value.

As a major modern port, the Port of Tianjin boasts 300,000-ton-class terminals with a channel depth of 22 m. It has 213 berths of various types. In 2022, its container throughput exceeded 21 million TEUs, ranking among the top 10 ports worldwide.

Yang Jiemin, Vice President of Tianjin Port Group, explained that this plan consisted of three parts, namely construction of new automated terminals; upgrading of traditional terminals; and comprehensive digital transformation.

The Section C Terminal in the Beijiang Port Area of the Port of Tianjin was the world’s first smart, zero-carbon port terminal. It entered large-scale commercial operations in October 2021, and has been stably operating ever since. 5G and L4 autonomous driving technologies are applied at this terminal to make it both safer and more efficient. At the terminal, container cranes operate automatically and intelligent robots of the horizontal transportation system frequently come and go.

Remotely controlled quay cranes lift loaded containers from cargo ships and put them onto the intelligent robots for horizontal transportation.

Supported by the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, these robots are guided to automatic locking/unlocking stations to unlock containers and then to the container yard along optimal driving routes that are calculated in real time. The entire process runs smoothly.

Datasonic Enters Metaverse Education Platform Business With Meta Doers World 

(L to R) Datasonic Technologies Sdn Bhd director Md Diah Ramli, Datasonic Group executive chairman Abu Hanifah Noordin, Meta Doers group chairman Professor Willson Lin Wei-Hsien, and Meta Doers chief operating officer Michelle Yong Ling Foung.

Datasonic Group Bhd a security-related integrated ICT solutions provider in Malaysia, has entered into a MOU with Meta Doers World Holding Bhd, to jointly facilitate the venture into the Metaverse education platform business.
 
Datasonic executive chairman, Abu Hanifah Noordin said, “This collaboration marks Datasonic’s foray into the Metaverse focusing on education. As part of the MOU, we will be setting up a joint venture company to facilitate this development. For the first stage, our plan is to tap into the education platform industry in Malaysia across the governmental, primary, secondary and tertiary education sector, and training agencies.”
 
He added that Datasonic could be one of the first publicly listed companies to tap into the Metaverse with a focus on education. The development is also part of the Group’s aspiration to expand to other countries where it is said that demand for online education through the Metaverse is on the uptrend.

According to a report by McKinsey & Company, investment in Metaverse globally more than doubled to US$120 billion (RM527.712 billion) as of June 2022 from US$51 billion (RM224.277 billion) in 2021. 

Meta Doers World is part of Doers Education Group (DEG), a specialist in online and offline education. It also specialises in metaverse’s project consultancy as well as advisory services through the metaverse platform focusing on six 6 business sectors: education, health, food, entertainment, energy and shelter industry. 

With more than 24 years of experience in the education and training industry, Meta Doers World is said to be one of the top 10 companies in the industry, in China. The company has a presence in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Canada.

Tmax Successfully Deployed Tibero Database Management System At Malaysian University’s Disaster Recovery Site 

Tmax, a leading global enterprise software solutions company, successfully deployed the Tibero database management system at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)’s Disaster Recovery (DR) site.

The DR project is powered and supported by Tmax’s Tibero relational database management system (RDBMS) which is highly compatible with UiTM’s current production database and both heterogeneous database systems synchronize in real-time via Change Data Capture (CDC) replication technology. Tibero allowed economical use of UiTM’s current system resources whilst giving enhanced performances, making it a great replacement for legacy systems.

UiTM, as the largest comprehensive university in Malaysia, faced challenges in seeking an adaptable, accessible, and synchronous solution for its DR database. One of its main concerns is its current huge production database that requires a common homogenous environment, was the only initial option for support to its DR database. To adopt different software, the solution needs to be highly compatible, high performance and provides real-time data synchronization to ensure data accuracy and consistency.

Tibero meets these demands ideally as it reduced UiTM’s total cost by 70 per cent of traditional DR configuration on Capex (license cost) and Opex (maintenance cost), without compromising the performance, productivity, and reliability. UiTM will also be able to fully utilize the features that are included in Tibero at no additional cost. Ultimately, UiTM can increase its data protection environment at a minimal cost.

Tibero also has the capability of running mission-critical workloads with high performance and includes enterprise-class database features such as Tibero Active Cluster (TAC), Tibero Standby Cluster (TSC) and Tibero Active Storage (TAS). Tibero is therefore the preferred database for this project, as it is easy to navigate, provides application compatibility without modification, and is multi- threaded to maximize performance.

Tmax has recently launched Tibero 7 in the market with new enhanced functions. A variety of innovative features have been added to reflect market demand with new application development methods. The newly added functions include TSC for high availability and operation management, ‘In-memory Column Store’ for high-performance data analysis, and ‘Fine Grained Auditing’ to take charge of access control and records.

According to the Assistant Vice Chancellor (Infostructure) of UiTM, Associate Professor Ir. Dr. Juliana Johari (Pic below), the implementation of Tibero improves the image of the university and further accelerates its digital transformation through the enhancement of the quality of the IT service provided.

Dr. Juliana said, “UiTM is highly satisfied with the completion of this project as the cost-effective disaster recovery database solution was a success in which the migration to Tibero from the

university’s existing core database systems had been seamless with support from Tmax and partner as all the data are synced in real-time in the heterogeneous database environment.”

Managing Director of SEA-ANZ of Tmax Singapore Pte Ltd, Mr David Kim (Pic below) said that the project is a milestone for Tibero in line with best practices in the education market across countries.

He further added, “The ASEAN market, including Malaysia, is very important for Tmax’s business globally. We are very happy to provide great solutions to UiTM helping them resolve the challenges they encountered in IT systems.”

Founded in South Korea, Tmax is a global software innovator focused on cloud, infrastructure, and legacy modernization, that provides a complete stack of software solutions to help customers efficiently manage and fully leverage their critical data. The company is actively pioneering in the local and overseas markets with its excellent software technology and expertise, centered in the United States as its global headquarters. Tmax has since expanded its business to countries in the regions of America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.

Indonesia’s Advancing Digital Cooperation with the GCC Countries (Opinion)

Written by Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat, a journalist and academician from Indonesia.

Indonesia’s relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have been harmonious and especially fruitful in recent years. These bilateral relationships have spread beyond the economic realm, as both sides have strengthened cooperation in the political and cultural spheres. Indonesia-Gulf relations have also progressed on the technology front — though this blossoming area of cooperation has received little, if any media and scholarly attention.

The first significant instance of Indonesia-Gulf technology took place in 2008, when Qatar became the majority stakeholder in Indosat, one of Indonesia’s largest telecommunication providers.[1] Today, Qatar holds a 65% stake in Indosat.[2] In 2021,[3] the company, now known as “Indosat Ooredoo,” launched its first commercial 5G services in the city of Solo, in Central Java.[4] The new 5G service was expected to provide Indosat Ooredoo’s consumer and business customers with access to enhanced mobile broadband Internet, enabling them to meet growing demand in Indonesia for digital content and services over mobile networks.

For Indonesia,[5] the development of 5G technology would help accelerate the digital transformation of Indonesian society and stimulate innovation in businesses across all industries. If Ooredo’s 5G service were to reach its full potential, it would help move the nation towards a 5G-enabled future. Although for now the service is only available in Solo, Ooreedo also plans to extend the commercial roll-out to other major cities in Indonesia, including Jakarta, Surabaya, and Makassar, where demand for data services is high.[6]

Last year, Indosat Ooredoo also approved a $6 billion merger of telco units of Qatar’s Ooredoo and Hong Kong’s CK Hutchison (0001.HK) and set a deadline of 2025 for the merged entity to ramp up its services.[7] The deal would make the merged entity, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (ISAT.JK), Indonesia’s second biggest telecoms company after state-backed Telkomsel. In November, the Indonesian government granted preliminary approval for the merger. After the merger takes place, it is expected that the firm would increase its tower sites by at least 11,400 by 2025 and expand its cellular services to cover a minimum of 7,660 more villages or districts by 2025.[8] The firm also plans to improve its service quality by increasing download and upload throughput by at least 12.5% by 2025.[9]

In addition to the Indosat story, businesses in Qatar have also participated in various digital expos in Indonesia.[10] Acknowledging the growing number of tech savvy Indonesian consumers, these expos focus on digital lifestyle and services in e-commerce, social media, digital campaign, mobile apps, web hosting, and web design, as well as services in the financial, banking, insurance, and tourism sectors. The Indonesian government, for its part, has reached out to Qatar. In July 2020, then-Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information (Menkominfo) Johnny G. Plate, meeting with Qatar’s ambassador to Indonesia, Fawziya Edrees Salman Al-Sulaiti, extended an invitation to the Qatari  government to invest in Indonesia’s telecommunications sector and thereby help accelerate the country’s digital transformation.[11]

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), too, has exhibited interest in the development of Indonesia’s digital economy. In 2019, the Indonesian government held a bilateral meeting with UAE’s Minister of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Omar Sultan Al Olama during the United Nations General Assembly.[12] The meeting discussed the use of AI technology in all fields, particularly on how it can improve public service.[13] The two Ministers agreed to develop initiatives that will reduce the gap between the government and the private sector in the use of technology.[14]During the meeting the two countries also signed an MoU on monitoring unfair business competition in the digital sector.[15]

Over the past three years, these agreements have yielded tangible results. In July 2022, for instance, UAE EdTech platform, Alef Education, agreed to provide its free digital service to Indonesian students.[16] The service includes lessons in mathematics and Arabic language.

In addition, the UAE, in its existing US$10 billion funding commitment to the Indonesia Investment Authority (INA) for Indonesia’s new capital project, has committed to invest in E-learning and digital infrastructure as part of Indonesia’s plan to build the new city using green and environmentally friendly technology.[17]

In November 2021, Bank Indonesia and the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) signed a MoU to work closely together across three main areas: digital innovation in payments and financial services to enable more efficient and secure transactions; cross-border payment systems including retail payments; and frameworks for anti-money laundering (AML) and combatting the financing of terrorism (CFT).[18] As part of the Indonesia-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership (IUAE-CEPA) finalized in early 2022, Indonesia and the UAE also agreed to boost ties on digital economy and supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in adopting digital platforms.[19]

Technological cooperation between Indonesia and the UAE has involved not just state actors but private sector actors as well. The most important example of Indonesian-Emirati private sector tech cooperation has taken place in the health care sector, between UAE’s G42 and two of Indonesia’s leading health companies, Kimia Farma, and Bio Farma. Agreements forged between these firms encompass research, development, production, and distribution of products based on laser technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for COVID-19 screening.[20] Also noteworthy is that in 2021 G42 agreed to work with one of Indonesia’s telecommunication service providers Smartfren in setting up a data center with a capacity of 1000 megawatts.[21]

Additionally in the telecoms sector, UAE’s Thuraya Telecommunications Company and Indosat Ooredoo have signed an MoU to develop a new range of services by combining Indosat products with Thuraya Satellite technology and devices for business customers in Indonesia.[22] New services will be developed using Indosat SIM cards roaming on the Thuraya network as well as bundling satellite devices with Indosat Ooredoo digital applications.[23] Thuraya and Indosat plan to develop, at a later stage, additional use cases for the burgeoning internet of things (IoT) market.[24]

The satellite-powered business applications allow organizations to extend their services beyond terrestrial networks, whenever they have remote connectivity requirements across various extreme environmental conditions. Indosat has identified an extensive range of specific sector opportunities for Thuraya land, data, and maritime services. The full scope of markets now set for transformational communications capabilities across Indonesia includes oil and gas, and mining; plantations; high end yachting, merchants, and fishing; and military and police services.

Jakarta-Abu Dhabi digital cooperation is not just a one-way street. Last year, it was reported that an Indonesian unicorn investor, East Ventures, was interested to invest in the UAE startups.[25] The growing closeness between the two countries in the digital sector has made the has led Indonesia to regard the UAE as a ‘strategic partner’ in developing its digital ecosystem.[26]

Indonesia-Saudi Arabia digital collaboration has also begun to gain traction. In 2019, the Bandung Institute of Technology agreed to develop a weather detection system for Saudi Arabia.[27] The Hydrometeorological Hazard Early Warning System (H-HEWS) can forecast sandstorms, heat waves, heavy rain, and other extreme weather, with an accuracy of 85%. This endeavor is particularly noteworthy because it illustrates that Indonesia-Gulf tech cooperation is not a one-way street and might indicate considerable untapped potential for further collaboration.

In 2021, the Saudi government invited Indonesia to become a founding member of the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO), which is aimed at serving as a multilateral platform for digital cooperation.[28] In September 2022, the Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Swaha met with Indonesian officials to discuss ways to enhance cooperation in the areas of digital economy growth, emerging technologies, digital government, technical talent development, innovation promotion, and space technologies.[29] This meeting built upon the wide-ranging 2019 MoU with Riyadh,[30] which envisioned offering facilities for Saudi investment in Indonesia’s digital economy sector, including spurring the development of new unicorn companies;[31] the exchange of information, experience, and knowledge among experts; measures to enable the penetration of Indonesia’s digital products or technology in Saudi Arabia; and the establishment of a Digital Task Force.[32]

Although details regarding the schedule for implementation of some of the elements of the MoU have yet to emerge, one notable breakthrough occurred in September 2022, when a joint fund was established to support Indonesian startups seeking to expand their operations into the Middle Eastern market.[33]One month later, the Saudi government launched the Umrah platform, known as Nusuk, in Jakarta.[34] The platform, which is available in Indonesian, serves to simplify arrival procedures for visitors who wish to travel for Umrah and various other new services such as visa facilities, permits, ordering processes and procedures along with Umrah packages. In November 2022, both sides agreed to cooperate on digital transformation, innovation, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence in the field of energy.[35]

Indonesia has also developed ties with Oman in the technological sector. In December 2020, for instance, Oman, represented by International Emerging Technology Company of Oman (ETCO)  and Indonesia, Awadah Group Indonesia, agreed to develop a linguistic platform using Augmented Reality & Artificial Intelligence.[36] Under the name Salam Tech, the partnership would launch a unique application and content designed for the global market, which would commence in Indonesia, followed by plans for expansion in Southeast Asia and beyond.[37] The initiative would allow the introduction of Omani-Arabic calligraphy and other works of art in digital form to Indonesian people. The agreement between ETCO and Awadah Group was followed by a commitment by Jakarta and Muscat in 2021 to support each other’s digital transformation.[38] In August 2022, an Indonesian company, Gravel, which creates a mobile app to help contractors find construction workers, was invited by the Omani government for a possible cooperation on creating similar application in Oman.[39]

Indonesia and Kuwait have signed agreements in 2019 on research on digital technology for SMEs and e-commerce, as well as on data and technology.[40]Such frameworks could facilitate the digital ties between the two countries in the future. Although concrete initiatives have yet to materialize, the recent progress made in digital cooperation between Indonesia and the other Gulf States suggests that before too long Indonesia and Kuwait will find ways to collaborate in the digital and creative economy fields. 

Conclusion

As Indonesia is currently working to accelerate their digital transformation,[41] the country sees the GCC countries as prospective partners to achieve its goals. In recent years, the government in Jakarta has exerted efforts to improve access to technology and communications in some of its regions, especially poor areas and the eastern part of the country, which still lack technological infrastructure and digital connectivity. Indonesia has found a welcome reception to its outreach from the Gulf Arab countries.

Yet the Gulf Arab states are not alone in seeking to increase their digital foothold in Indonesia. Other countries, notably China, have also been doing so.[42]Growing Chinese engagement in the digital space, though, raises some concerns, including the possibility of espionage and surveillance, as well as excessive dependency. In this context, the Gulf States could offer Indonesia the ability to move beyond its traditional technological partners while at the same time serving as a gateway for the GCC countries to expand their investments in the tech sector in the wider Southeast Asian region. All in all, it is likely that technological cooperation between Indonesia and the GCC countries will continue to evolve.

Asia-Potash International Investment Joins Hands with Huawei to Build Southeast Asia’s First Smart Potash Mine in Laos

WeChat video call 300 meters underground, supporting real-time communication in emergencies

On December 15, the 4G industrial ring network that can be upgraded to 5G was officially launched in the smart mining area of Asia-Potash International Investment in Khammouane province, 350 km away from Vientiane, Laos’ national capital. A miner made the first WeChat video call 300 meters underground, reporting real-time situation there to the headquarters 3,500 km away in Beijing.

Asia-Potash International Investment is one of the largest potassic fertilizer suppliers in Asia, with one million tons of output in 2022. Its mining area in Laos is the first smart mining showcase built by the company in Southeast Asia. It is also the first implementation of Huawei’s Smart Mining Solution in Southeast Asia.

With the expansion of production capacity, the number of employees in the mining area in Laos has grown from hundreds to more than 3,000, greatly increasing the demand for automation and intelligence. Specifically, gaps need to be eliminated in communication above and below ground so that underground production safety can be monitored in real time. Workers need to be allowed to remotely control mining vehicles in operation rooms above the ground, reducing risks caused by underground operations in harsh environments such as high temperature and humidity. Intelligent methods need to be used to evaluate ore production quality in real time to improve operation efficiency. Last but least, the transportation system of underground mining vehicles needs to be flexibly scheduled. All these cannot be achieved without the powerful basic communication capability supported by a full-coverage industrial network in the mining area. This is also a rigid requirement for intelligent production in the future.

After over two months of construction, Huawei’s Smart Mining Solution is implemented in the mining area, achieving full coverage of wireless private networks above and below the ground, and meeting the requirements of real- time communication between miners and smart inspection for incidents. This part of the solution is applicable to scenarios where wired networks are unreachable. On the other hand, wired private networks have also been built, meeting the communication requirements above the ground and the monitoring, operation, and security requirements of the underground production surface and important production facilities. This part of the solution is applicable to wired scenarios that require high bandwidth, low latency, and massive connections.

According to the head of the smart mine of Asia-Potash International Investment, based on full network coverage and 5G technologies, cloud-edge collaboration, smart mining applications, and underground services that require ultra-large bandwidth or ultra-low latency, such as remote control and autonomous driving, and cannot be implemented on the existing underground private network, will be implemented in the future, laying a solid foundation for building the industrial Internet architecture and people-centric smart mines.

Zhang Lu, a Huawei technical expert, said that fixed phones were mainly used before for communication below and above the ground. Now, the wireless industrial ring network supports mobile calls anytime and anywhere. In mobile working scenarios, every working unit is connected in real time in the mining area, greatly improving safety and efficiency. The application of Huawei’s Smart Mining Solution fully considers the requirements of network advancement and practicability in mining areas. One network carries multiple services and supports fast provisioning as well as flexible upgrade to 5G in the future.

Over the past year, Huawei’s newly established coal mine team has made great achievements in the field of coal mine intelligence. The MineHarmony operating system jointly developed by Huawei and China Energy has been deployed in more than 3,300 sets of equipment in 13 coal mines and one coal washing plant of Shendong Coal Group. The entire Wulanmulun mine applies the operating system. The transformation of connection, interaction, and data access has been implemented.