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Yongki Rachmat Santoso

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“IoT is changing our world, the impact this revolutionary technology has already had on many fields of life. It is moving very fast from concept to reality and transforming how industries operate and create add values.”

Yongki Rachmat Santoso, Chief Corporate Technology of PT Paramount Enterprise International, is outlining how the modern world is being shaped by IoT. Whether it's in the home, in the car or even in the school, IoT has transformed our daily lives. Yongki will be talking about the power of IoT at his forthcoming session at Cloud Expo Asia Hong Kong 2017 (Cloud Innovations, Services & Applications Theatre). “My talk will be about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how powerful IoT is when it is combined with Artificial Intelligence to enable Intelligence Smart Homes.”

Yongki has more than 25 years Information Technology and Project Managerial experience in various industries such as Real Estate, Telecommunication, e-Commerce, Cable-TV, Internet Service Provider, Internet Portal, Life Insurance, Banking, and Education.

PT Paramount Enterprise International is a diversified group of companies based in Gading Serpong, Tangerang, Indonesia with urban real estate development as a core business (Paramount Land).

“Paramount Land is the property arm of PT Paramount Enterprise International, one of the leading private property & Lifestyle Company in Indonesia,” says Yongki. “Paramount Land engages in township development, integrated mixed-use developments, real estates, and warehousing.”

“Currently Paramount Land is developing a ±9 ha Paramount Village in Central Java and Paramount Hills in North Sulawesi in 20,8 ha. Paramount Land is planning to develop several new townships including in Bogor, Tangerang, Pekanbaru, Jimbaran Bali, and Balikpapan.”

Technology is changing our lives in a wide variety of ways. For example, there's the Smart home where various devices in the home can be controlled via smartphone. “Smartphones can be used to control the air-conditioner, lights, security locks and other devices installed in smart home and office,” explains Yongki.

From the home to the car, and the development of the Smart car means that it can do so much more than move from A to B. “Smart cars have in-built sensors that control the car functions, pre-emptively reach out to your mechanic when it is time for the annual tune up and generate useful data to avoid traffic jams,” says Yongki.

Today, a Smart car can take you to destinations such as the modern grocery store, some of which house Smart refrigerators that, according to Yongki will “sense when you are running low on staples such as eggs or milk and will automatically populate your grocery list.” Alternatively, you may be driving your kids to Smart schools which help students connect with the likes of virtual libraries, research, and assignments. “Students will be able to learn quickly and it will improve the teacher’s efficiency.”

Health monitoring is another sector to benefit from IoT, as Yongki explains. “Doctors will be kept informed with how often and when their patients are taking their medicine and those with ongoing health issues will be able to have things such as blood pressure and sugar levels monitored remotely.”

“IoT connects disparate devices, such as wearables, and can scale to connect a nearly unlimited number of devices, and continuously streaming data,” adds Yongki. “Meanwhile, Big Data processes data and makes inferences about this data, while Artificial Intelligence is the engine that will power analytics and decision-making from that information and ultimately enables recommendations in real time.”

Let's go back to the smart home. Yongki explains that today, many devices for smart homes and apps are ready and available in the market. He adds that the notable development of smart homes can be described in several core categories. For example, Smart energy devices: “Intelligent thermostats are core components of the smart home device ecosystem, are a cost-effective way to cut utility costs and improve comfort in the residence.”

One of the most important aspects of the home is that of security, and as Yongki says, the days of leaving keys under the mat for guests are over: “Intelligent locks support custom combination codes, which can be assigned to guests as needed. They provide real-time alerts when someone enters the building.”

For tasks such as cooking and washing up, Smart appliances are just the job. “LCD touch screen controls are becoming popular as they provide more flexibility and control for cooking meals, washing dishes, and other essential tasks.” Meanwhile, for home entertainment, streaming devices are becoming a more common way for consumers to access their movies and TV shows. “Rather than being tied to a single device, these systems can be controlled via mobile apps,” says Yongki.

“Some big players also seriously all-out entering this smart home area, like Google with Google Home, Apple with Apple HomeKit, Samsung with Samsung SmartThings, Amazon with Amazon Echo, Facebook with Jarvis – a personal smart home assistant.”

“The development of smart home with IoT actually is improving. And now with a combination between IoT and AI, definitely the smart home will becomes Intelligence Smart home. It will much more advance than before. The only issue that I can see with Smart Home is the cost of smart home devices.”

The true benefit of the smart home is the convenience and peace of mind that comes from having full control over household operations. “As Gartner points out, the average home will add hundreds of smart objects in the next six years,” says Yongki. “As these devices become more popular, expect to see services pop up that enable systems to be linked regardless of the smart home device manufacturer.”

“Smart home technology promises to make our living space more comfortable, more convenient, and more secure as well as cutting energy costs.”

So here's the big question: Will there come a time when all tasks in the home are carried out by robots?

“Yup, robots are moving in to our house, and they become new member in a modern family. We have to admit in some cases robots already do better than human. Not necessarily to be panic. History has proven technology to be a job creator, not a destroyer.”

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