“Making Indonesia 4.0” – will Indonesia finally realize the benefits of the 4IR?

On April 4, 2018, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo launched the Making Indonesia 4.0 program to help the country better compete in the global market in the digital era, create more jobs and become among the top ten largest economies in the world by 2030. Five key technologies that support this vision are namely:
  1. Internet of Things
  2. Artificial Intelligence
  3. Human Machine Interface
  4. Robotics and sensor technology
  5. 3D Printing technology.
If successful, the roadmap will boost the real economy of Indonesia by between 1 – 2 percent, facilitating GDP growth rates in the period 2018-2030 to be at least 6-7percent per year. The manufacturing industry is targeted to contribute between 21-26 percent to the nation’s GDP by 2030 and job creation through the roadmap is estimated at 7-19 million by 2030.
The roadmap will focus on developing five manufacturing industries: food and beverage, automotive, electronics, chemicals, and textiles. The contribution of these five sectors to the national gross domestic product (GDP) is currently 17.8%. Industry Minister Hartarto said it will be key to encourage added value and high-technology downstream industries to become a competitive player in the new global context. The design of the “Making Indonesia 4.0” roadmap involved stakeholders from various segments, including the government, industry players, industry associations, tech companies, as well as research and educational organizations.
The roadmap contains ten steps that the government needs to implement. Among them are: empowering SMEs through digital technology, improving digital infrastructure, attracting foreign investors, changing educational curricula, and providing incentives for businesses based on digital technology.
In the context of ASEAN – Indonesia’s Readiness
A study by A.T. Kearney with Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry showed that Indonesia is currently lagging behind other ASEAN countries like Malaysia and Thailand on their 4IR Country Readiness. By comparing “Drivers of Production”, country preparedness to capitalize on emerging technologies to transform their production systems and “Structure of Production”, a current baseline of production, Indonesia is slightly ahead of other ASEAN countries like Vietnam. Thailand was also used as a comparison in demonstrating how the Industry 4.0 adoption has been integrated into the nation’s economic model to develop a value based economy.

The potential of IoT in Indonesia

The market share of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Indonesia, according to the Indonesian Minister of Industry, is expected to grow rapidly. As reported, the value of IoT in the country is expected to reach US$ 30 billion (IDR 444 trillion) by 2022. The reported value is a summation of all the contributions of several components: content and application, platform, IoT devices, and networks and gateways. The value of content and application is expected to reach US$ 13.1 billion (IDR 192.1 trillion); the platform will be contributing US$ 11 billion (IDR 156.8 trillion); IoT devices is expected to reach US$ 3.8 billion (IDR 56 trillion); and the networks and gateways will reach US$ 2.7 billion (IDR 39.1 trillion). The Minister furthered that there are 5 digital technologies fundamental in implementing Industrial Revolution 4.0 in Indonesia. These technologies are IoT; artificial intelligence (AI); augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR); advanced robotics; and 3D printing. However, the focus, for now, should be, according to him, on IoT, and that is what the young generation needs to master. IoT comprises of the networks of physical devices, vehicles, household appliances, and other items with electronic devices, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity. IoT devices are able to connect to the internet and are capable of collecting and exchanging data. Based on the Indonesian IoT Forum data, there are possibly around 400 million sensor devices installed in the country. 16% are in the manufacturing industry, 15% are in the health sector, 11% in insurance, and 10% in banking and security. Retail, wholesale, and computer repair sector all have 8% each. Moreover, the government has 8%, transportation has 6% and utilities have 5%. Real estate, business services, and agriculture have 4% each. The remaining 3% is in households. The Government is currently developing the Palapa Ring, which is a 36,000 km fiber optic project in 440 cities in Indonesia. This is being done in order to provide high-speed internet access for the country in 2019. That way, no IoT connectivity problems will be encountered. In order to successfully adapt to the changes brought about by IoT, the Minister of Communications and Informatics highlighted the significance of human resource (HR) development. The Government is continuously facilitating initiatives that will accelerate the quality of the country’s human resources. The government needs the involvement and cooperation of all stakeholders coming from the business sector, the academe, and the community to make this successful.            

GCR Announces its Strategic Alliance with one more Technology Partner for Field Force Management and Asset Tracking Solutions on its Platform

Global Channel Resources India Pvt. Ltd. a leading global online B2B “Partners Platform”, well known for its SaaS connected IoT solutions and networking infrastructure solutions, announced its strategic alliance with one more Technology Partner to onboard two new tracking solutions Field Force Management and Asset Tracking on its Partners Platform. These solutions are aimed to provide a platform for its technology partner to showcase and position the Field Force Management and Asset Tracking solutions, which will enable GCR’s Integration partners to offer these to various verticals like Education, Retail, Hospitality, BFSI, Manufacturing, and many more. Elated with the strategic alliance for these two solutions Tony Tsao, Founder & CEO, GCR commented, “Offering the just-right experience to the customer is increasingly becoming vital in the industry. Gauging the customer’s preferences continually is the crux to success. This two tracking software will certainly create a wave in the market that will build an improved customer service experience along with a strong and collaborative alliance of MSPs/ISVs/Sis on our partner’s platform”. It is clear that there is a need for a certain sense of discipline and streamlining of field operations. This is one of the reasons why it is important to automate certain tasks within field personnel and operations. GCR’s Field Force Management software comes with web-based access for Command Center and Administration, and also a smartphone based user-friendly application for field personnel. This is a perfect solution to manage field force effectively and increase their productivity. With various authentication mechanisms such as geo-tagging, location time and input validation, assigning task, expenses, approval process, and performance of the team can be measured on a real-time basis against pre-defined KPIs / KRAs. The software further helps in reducing errors in data gathering from remote sites. “The latest solution is a tool for field force management and is an advantage to any of the industry or organization for greater collaboration among the field service staff, simplifying the core field scheduling and ensuring productivity” quoted, Amod Phadke, Sales & Marketing Director, GCR. While managers/admin can track individual or team’s performance through numerous reports and dashboards available in the web application, it also enables a field employee to track his/her own performance through various reports, dashboards and assigned tasks status features available in the mobile app. It enables to keep a record of all interactions and important data within a database, without you having to manually go through sales receipts, complaint slips, and other such details. The feature-rich Field force management solution empowers you to connected and in control all the time. It automates what can be automated and leave only the most human-human interaction left to your staff” added, Phadke. GCR’s IoT based Asset Tracking SaaS-enabled solution using BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy); a new approach and implementation of new technology, enables industry/enterprise for their step towards digital transformation. This tracking solution provides key features like Asset Trace Log on a periodic basis and Geo Fence breach alerts. It also allows the report to be transformed into actionable insights in real-time which in further helps to drive the operational efficiencies. We are excited to be partnered with GCR. They have an incredible team and a strong partner relationship to understand our objectives and can find not only the right channel-friendly vendors more efficiently, but also can minimize our time to go-to-market. The key factor of GCR is that they have a revolutionary online partners’ platform where Integration Partner can find our SaaS-enabled products and, in turn, lead us to the faster penetration into their respective end-customers, said Vijay Mysore – Technology Partner of GCR for Field Force Management and Asset Tracking Solutions. Now get exact real-time and reliable info about location, movement, and maintenance status of the assets. Accurate quick knowledge of the current position for an asset/equipment; permanence time for an asset/equipment in any department; maintenance status of the equipment; detect forbidden transit from one department to another for some particular tools/assets are some of the advanced features offered by this solution. Further adding Tsao said, “These solutions would further help companies to reduce administration cost and increase productivity, and automate data integration which usually done with the help of cloud servers.” Features of Field Force Management:
  • Health-Safe Campus Tracking Solution
  • Monitor & manage the movements across the campus
  • Geo-fencing
  • Daily Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and SoS escalation
  • Security breach Alerts and Alarms
  • Reports & Notifications
  • Deviation and Violation Campus Governance
 Features of Asset Tracking are: 
  • Real-time within premises tracking
  • Alarms and zones alert
  • Productivity monitoring
  • Web console
  • Mobile consoles