I was invited to talk on the above topic at ““Symposium on Manufacturing with Nanotechnology – Towards Industry 4.0” organized by IC-I Nanotechnology, SIRIM Berhad on Nov. 6-7, 2017.

The original article below was first published here – “Industry 4.0 is the “Energy Pill” for IoT in Malaysia

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) said the Industry 4.0 was critical to boost the industrial and economic growth and for Malaysia’s economy to reach RM2 trillion target within the next eight years as announced recently by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Will this be another hype? Will it face similar skepticism as Smart Cities development in Malaysia? Will it go beyond than just Strategies, Blueprints and Frameworks?

How do you jumpstart IoT?  One thing that you can do is by getting a company as big as Siemens AG to announce that it will be providing some €100 million (RM468.85 million) worth of software grants to local universities and colleges to boost re-skilling and increase training capabilities in preparation for the next industrial age in Malaysia.

We offered to the (Malaysian) Prime Minister yesterday that Siemens can provide first-class help in establishing software tools for the industrial Internet to be applied to areas of manufacturing like Industrie 4.0, and will willingly grant the sum of €100 million worth of software to universities and colleges so that the young generation can learn to simulate in the virtual world of manufacturing,” its president and chief executive officer (CEO) Joe Kaeser said in a statement on April 14, 2017 recently.

This is a welcoming news for the whole IoT industry. Nothing moves without proper investment. The industry needs a boost, need to get its feet off the ground, need to act fast – and that amount of €100 million is a real “energy pill.”

There is 3 key success factors Industry 4.0 can realize IoT in Malaysia faster than Smart Cities:

  1. Survivability – If SMEs in Malaysia want to compete and remain relevant, there is no other way but to introduce cyber-physical technology such IoT, Big Data Analytics, and automation. With the rising costs of resources and challenging economic situation, the only way to ensure sustainability is to reduce operational costs and increase productivity.
  2. Stakeholders – Unlike smart cities deployment that needs to go through multiple stakeholders, the introduction of Industry 4.0 to their manufacturing facilities are made by the smaller individual companies. The criticality and urgency of their situation far surpass the life of a city.
  3. Scale – SMEs are far smaller than a city. Thus, any implementation is less risky and have better control. Build small but think big.

When Siemens AG plan to introduce Industry 4.0 to the Universities and Colleges, it shows that education is essential and must start at the very early stage to produce a new generation of engineers and software developers.

Industrial Revolution 4.0 has been mentioned in the recent 2018 Budget by the Government of Malaysia as one of the core activity to transform the Smart Manufacturing and turn the Nation into a Digital Economy.

About the Author

Dr. Mazlan Abbas is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of FAVORIOT Sdn Bhd. He is an IOT Evangelist and a Thought Leader. He received an award as 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders by World CSR 2017. He is ranked No. 20th Thought Leader in IOT by 2014 Onalytics Report – “The Internet of Things – Top 100 Thought Leaders”, ranked Top 10 in IoT Top 100 Influencers by Postscapes 2016/2017, ranked Top 100 in Smart Cities Top Experts by Agilience Authority Index May 2016. You can reach him on LinkedIn or Twitter. Check all his presentation slides HERE.

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