Editor’s note: This originally appeared on Analyse Asia, a weekly podcast hosted by Bernard Leong, dedicated to dissecting the pulse of business, technology, and media in Asia. The podcast features guests from Asia’s vibrant tech community.

Charles Reed Anderson from Charles Reed Anderson & Associates joined us for a conversation to discuss the tipping point on Internet of Things (IoT) that is converging in Asia. We discussed how Asian governments are currently changing their smart cities strategies and look at the convergence between business enterprises and vendors within the IoT ecosystem. Last but not least, Charles offered his perspectives on how the tipping point is reached with the recent focus on low-power wide area networks and forecast what businesses and vendors need to watch out for in 2017.

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Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with timestamps included):

  • Charles Anderson (@CRASingapore, LinkedIn), founder of Charles Reed Anderson and Associates. [0:40]
  • IoT in Asia: Tipping Point [2:40]
    • What is the current state of IoT in Asia pertaining to smart cities? [2:57]
      • Infra centric to Customer Centric
      • Walk through evolution
      • Singapore and Taipei with smart street lights leveraging on sensors.
    • What are the interesting observations you made on smart cities particularly in Taipei and Singapore? [4:05]
    • Examples of infrastructure deployments for smart cities in Asia, for example, Taipei [5:35]
    • In your talk during IoT Asia 2017, you mentioned that collaboration is required to drive IoT success, can you briefly explain how that works within these stakeholders, [6:09] for example:
      • Internal collaboration (within organizations & enterprise) [6:09]
      • Vendor collaboration [7:36]
      • Data collaboration [8:34]
        • Example: Under Armour using endomodo and fitness apps to increase sales. [9:10]
    • What’s the key trends for IoT in 2017? [10:54]
      • Emergence of the IoT OTT (Over the top) similar to the mobile smartphone networks (3G, LTE) [11:05]
      • Demand Logic for buildings [11:30]
    • In your talk, you think that it’s coming to a tipping point for Asia with low power wide areas networks (see Episode 156 where Charles discuss the three major operators). What are your observations and how did it lead you to that conclusion? [12:55]
      • Moving beyond the hype and looking at the backers behind the three major operators: NB-IoT, SigFox, and LoRA.
    • How do we get the LPWANs going with the vendors and bridge the supply and demand? [17:03]
    • What will be your advice for organizations thinking about implementing their digital strategy with respect to enterprise mobility and internet of things? [17:55]
    • What are the key things that you will watch carefully for IoT from Asia to the rest of the world? [19:53]
      • Asia should have their own vendor partnerships – particularly around the OT vendors
      • Use cases for LPWANs
      • Messaging switch from technology to business value.

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