Indonesia Prepares Technical Standards for IoT Devices to Ensure Global Compatibility

Indonesia Prepares Technical Standards for IoT Devices to Ensure Global Compatibility
Indonesia Prepares Technical Standards for IoT Devices to Ensure Global Compatibility

Amidst the accelerating shift towards a digital and internet-based world, Indonesia is proactively gearing up by advancing various technological developments. The latest initiative involves the Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kemenkominfo) establishing standardized protocols for Internet of Things (IoT) devices in Indonesia to ensure they align with global standards.

Mulyadi from the Directorate of Standardization of SDPPI Kominfo revealed that Kemenkominfo is diligently working on enhancing the technical standards for internet-connected devices.

“Kemenkominfo is currently formulating technical standards that cater to national requirements while ensuring compatibility with international standards to guarantee both interoperability and security,” he stated on Tuesday, July 2, 2024.

To support this effort, Kemenkominfo has entered a strategic collaboration with the Indonesian IoT Association (Asioti). This partnership aims to foster the growth of the IoT industry, creating a robust and sustainable IoT ecosystem that will bolster Indonesia’s technology-driven economic progress.

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Mulyadi emphasized the importance of Asioti’s role, stating, “We expect Asioti to assist in conducting market research and developing a comprehensive white paper on the IoT landscape in Indonesia. This includes providing detailed industry data, contributing to the writing and review process of the white paper, and participating in relevant discussions and seminars.”

Teguh Prasetya, Chairman of Asioti, underscored the significance of the market research and white paper, noting that they will serve as crucial references for both policymakers and industry players in the Indonesian IoT sector.

In an earlier move, Kemenkominfo also allocated a new frequency band at 925 MHz to stimulate IoT development in the country. Ismail, Director General of SDPPI Kemenkominfo, indicated that the allocation of this spectrum would be driven by actual needs, with a requirement for accountability regarding the specific use of the IoT frequency.

He remarked, “We may need to prepare new spectrum bands for technological advancement, but we need concrete data and justification to demonstrate that these new bands are essential.”

Ismail further explained that the new spectrum is likely to be an unlicensed or free frequency within the 925 MHz band. Additionally, he mentioned that if there is a necessity for more IoT frequencies, the government is prepared to provide new spectrum bands in the low or mid-range frequencies. He pointed out that high-band frequencies are less practical for IoT applications due to their limited range.

“Typically, IoT applications require long-distance coverage, and high-band frequencies are more suitable for short-range communications,” Ismail elaborated.

By strategically focusing on these developments, Indonesia aims to create a conducive environment for the growth and sustainability of its IoT ecosystem, ensuring that it is well-prepared for future technological advancements and economic growth.