Event Minutes

 

The 1st FUSECO Forum Asia (FFAsia 2014), organised jointly by TELKOM Indonesia, Fraunhofer FOKUS and the Fraunhofer Representative Office Indonesia, and held in the Ayodya Hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali from June 9-10, 2014 is now history. With around 300 attendees from 14 countries stretching across four continents, this event exceeded the initial estimation and proofed to be a real premier international forum, discussing different technical and business aspects of emerging ecosystems within Smart Cities and beyond.

Within this two day event, featuring 4 keynotes, 6 technical sessions, one vendor session, and a final panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities in the establishment of Smart Cities infrastructures as well as vendor exhibitions from Huawei, Fiberhome, ZTE and CISCO, the international attendees had many opportunities to learn about the state of the art in Smart City enabling technologies and best practices from around the globe.

In addition, the event featured in the first evening a Balinese beach party allowing the delegates to discuss arising technical and business questions in more detail and most importantly to establish new friendships.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking briefly at the FFAsia contents

 

Day 1

After the opening of the event by Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz on behalf of Fraunhofer FOKUS and Ir. Joddy Hernady, MSEE, Group Head of Innovation and Design Center, Telkom Group Indonesia, and Ir. Indra Utoyo, MSc, Chief of Innovation and Strategy Officer, Telkom Group Indonesia on behalf of Arief Yahya, the CEO PT TELKOM Indonesia, two keynotes were given, one from Germany and one from Indonesia.

 

 

 

 

Prof. Dr. Radu Popescu presented in his keynote speech "Information & Communication Technology Convergence enabling Smart Cities", the technological pillars of Smart Cities ICT platforms and stressed the important role of (big) data and the various business processes which have to support within Smart Cities to control a constantly changing and evolvng environment. In the second keynote speech, "Enabling a Converged World Through Ecosystem Solution", Indra Utoyo presented the Indonesian Digital Network (IDN) initiative from PT Telkom in order to implement the targets set by Indonesia government and the steps needed to implement it. IDN consists of 3 areas: ID-access, ID-backbone and ID-convergence. In addition, he also shared about TELKOM's ecosystem framework to build digital business ecosystem consisting of digital ecosystem (virtual network) and physical ecosystem (people ecosystem). In the physical ecosystem, to support the development of business ecosystem, TELKOM develops both supply side by establishing business incubation and demand side by establishing experience center (Digital Lounge and Loop Station)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first session entitled "Digital Lifestyle and Smart City Applications as Drivers for Mobile Broadband Network Evolution" chaired by Prof. Alfonso Ehijo from Univ. de Chile featured four talks from Asia which set the floor for the following Smart City considerations, namely addressing major digital lifestyle changes due to powerful new multimedia devices and describing potential Smart City application domains, such as eGovernment (electronic IDs), Mobile Commerce and seamless broadband networks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second session on "Smart City Network – Evolution Path from LTE towards 5G and SDN" chaired by Prof. Rui Aguiar from Universidade de Aveiro, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes, Portugal and Prof. Magedanz featured three talks from Germany, Japan, and Korea. The talks presented the requirements for emerging 5G and mobile broadband networks gathered by the NGMN Alliance, and the role of emerging Software Defined Network technologies for the flexible implementation of different virtual services in Japan, including virtualised IMS services, disaster tolerant services, and SDN-based Smart City services in Korea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third session "Internet of Things / M2M as Backbone for Smart Cities" was chaired by Dr. Adel Al-Hezmi, from Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany and Prof. Noe?l Crespi, from Telcom Sued Paris, France and featured four talks from Asia, Korea, Indonesia, and Chile. Based on an overview of SIM and NO SIM based IoT/M2M markets, an overview of the OneM2M Alliance standards have been given. After that Telkomsel and Entel presented from an operator perspective interesting aspects of IoT solutions, namely APIs provision for developers as well as data analytics based on available operator data, respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Balinese beach party & buffet at the Ayodya Hotel Beach was allowing the delegates to relax a bit and to enjoy Balinese dancers, music, and Balinese food, while discussing arised questions and making new friends. During the evening event there were also two signing ceremonies. First MoU is between TELKOM Indonesia, Telkom University and Fraunhofer FOKUS on the joint development of Digital City Solutions for Indonesia. Ir. Joddy Hernady, MSEE; Prof. Mochamad Ashari, and Prof. Thomas Magedanz signed this MoU witnessed by Ir. Rizkan Chandra, M.Sc and Prof. Popescu-Zeletin. The second MoU is between TELKOM Indonesia and Bandung Institute of Technology. Ir. Joddy Hernady, MSEE and Dr. Ir, Komang Anggiana witnesses by Ir. Rizkan Chandra, M.Sc and Prof. Suhono Supangkat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2

The second day of FFAsia 2014 started with two keynotes, one from Italy and one from Indonesia. Dr. Roberto Minerva from Telecom Italia talked about "Mastering the Innovation Challenges of the Future Network Operators in an Emerging IoT World" and stressed again the major challenge of network operators in becoming successful internet actors, where own software is considered key (for example Google). Mr. Minerva highlighted the potential of Iot for future telco business and stressed over the power of publish and subscribe platforms in this context and at the end of the talk introduced a new IEEE IoT initiative.

Ir. Rizkan Chandra, M.Sc highlighted in his keynote speech the challenges of the transition from a telecommunications company (TelCo), like TELKOM Indonesia, into a Digital Company (DiCo), like Whats App. He mentioned that it requires a transformation on People, Process and Technology. Process, consisting of changing mindset and finding new business models are the most difficult one in TELKOM's case compared to the transformation on People and Technology. In terms of business model "Value for Many" is considered more appropriate than "Value for Money" for Digital Company. This transition requires constant comparisons with competitors, specific competition with internet companies and many cooperations in order to become sustainably successful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 4 "Future Internet Technologies and Enablers as Foundation for Smart Cities" chaired by Serge Fdida from the UPMC Sorbonne University, France, featured two talks giving the European perspective of Smart City platform and application facilitation by means of a future internet software toolbox (FIWARE) plus the related Software Development Kit (FILAB) and a corresponding validation use case for the eHealth domain given by the European FISTAR project providing specialized eHealth enabling building blocks for innovative market ready solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 5 and Session 6 looked at "Smart Cities: Best Practices and Current Role out Plans". Session 5 was chaired by Dr. Niklas Blum, from Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany and Prof. Akihiro Nakao from Tokyo University, Japan and comprised three talks from Asia, Indonesia and South Africa. An initial market overview of Asian Smart City initiatives stressed the importance of a "platform thinking rather a loose collection of individual Smart City applications. The second talk featured „Ganesha Maturity Model“, the approach adopted by ITB from Indonesia for the Indonesian Market, whereas the last talk illustrated the steps adopted in South Africa in the context of Smart Energy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 6 was chaired by Prof. Alfonso Ehijo from the Universidad de Chile, Chile and Assist. Prof. Dr. Supavadee Aramvith from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and featured four talks from Thailand, France, Japan and Asia. The first talk showed the initial steps towards Smart City Emergency services implementation taken in Thailand, whereas the second talk showed the Smart Objects approach from France. The third talk showed some advances in survilience and emergency infrastructures in Japan as well as the need for applicaion driven SDNs. The last talk provided by Orange highlighted the experiences gained in Smart City M2M services, such as Smart Water and Smart Parking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A dedicated Best Practices Vendor Session brought Huawei, Fiberhome, and ZTE to the stage, presenting their current engagements in cloud-based IMS deployments, Smart City portals and solutions in China and the importance of emerging SDN infrastructures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final panel is discussed by the international speakers. Using interactive conversations with the audience, the speakers talked about the challenges and opportunities in the establishment of Smart Cities-ecosystems and infrastructures. It has become clear that the business cases for Smart Cities are quite vague and vary depending on the different starting points and specific targets of Smart City implementations. This makes it difficult to compare the differences of Smart City initiatives which already exist around the globe, although there are some obvious similarities in the supporting factors. What is important for any success of Smart Cities are political drive, regulatory and legal support in regard to security and privacy aspects as well as economical operation and sustainability of a Smart City solution. These are the things that need to be "standardized" and as an open solutions, which could be used for Smart City reference frameworks, -architectures and common reusable building blocks. Smart Cities are triggered by a major convergence of quite different application domains and heterogeneous ecosystems into a common framework. This convergence goes by far beyond the convergence we have witnessed in the last decades in the telecommunications field related to fixed-mobile convergence and voice -data convergence, and will probably take a long time with many challenges as well as lots of opportunities for operators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the end Prof. Magedanz and Mr. Hernady closed the Forum by summarizing the key findings and thanking all speakers, chairmen, attendess, sponsors and most importantly the local organising committee for making this forum possible and a success. Most important was the final announcement, that based on this succcessful first FFAsia the second FUSECO Forum Asia should be held again in Bali mid of 2015.

Please find our event summary also on 2014 December's issue from Global Communication Newsletter.

 

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