28 Aug Alita’s passion is working on an IoT business
Since 2013, Alita Group, which has been known as a player in business in the field of ICT (Information Communication Technology), has begun to develop its business to follow the development of technology and internet-based businesses, one of which is through our new business unit, AiBAS (Alita Integrated Building Automation System).
This new business unit focuses on IoT managing Smart Building and Smart Office development.
Lately we often hear or read about the concept of a smart city or commonly called Smart City which is being launched by several regional heads in Indonesia such as by the Jakarta provincial government and the Bandung municipality. This topic has become very interesting and has become one of the main weapons of regional leaders in developing their regions because it is in line with the development of the technology world, especially the internet, which we know is very fast indeed.
We have also begun to hear the news that several other regional heads in Indonesia will soon follow to implement the Smart City concept in their regions. It is through Smart City that Alita Group will try to play a lot in the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Indonesia.
Alita Group itself was established in 1995 with its focus on information and telecommunications technology (ICT). Without excessive news, we managed to raise this company to become one of the major players in the ICT field. Only a year ago, in 1996 Alita had won the trust of Indosat to work on telecommunications infrastructure projects in Cambodia. We handled the project in Cambodia until 2001.
The construction business that we work on is mainly for buildings, public infrastructure, and telecommunications supporting facilities.
In 2000, the Alita Group purchased 50% of PT Nasio Karya Pratama (NKP). This makes Alita’s movement in ICT business more free in offering services by bringing NEC to customers.
In 2002, NKP got a project working on the construction of fiber optics throughout East Java. In the same year Alita also managed to get the trust of XL to build its network. Then, in 2005 he managed to get the construction project of the IM3 and Satelindo transmitter towers.
Now under the Alita Group there are several subsidiaries such as PT Alita Praya Mitra, PT Nasio Karya Pratama, PT Smart Aplikasi Indonesia, PT Buana Selaras Globalindo which focus on managing trading in the telco industry, as well as PT Nutec working with Telkom to support PT KAI in building ticketing modernization. All KRL ticketing in Jabodetabek we handle the infrastructure development. Also, train ticketing at Kuala Namu Airport, Medan,
In fact, vending machines are available in various KRL stations, online taxes, levy taxes for restaurants, the building is Nutech. Nutech is arguably a pioneer in transportation transactions.
In addition, there are several other business units such as the Broadcast business unit that runs a trading business in the field of Broadcasting equipment, and IT business units in the information technology business. This business unit is prepared to be able to stand alone and play a role in their respective fields.
AiBAS (Alita Integrated Building Automation System) itself until now has been applied in several buildings, one of which is our own office Alita Building (Alita Group office building in T.B. Simatupang).
In addition to these business units, Alita Group is also involved in making Smart City concepts in several cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Bandung and Manado.
Now that we are starting to work with several domestic and foreign technology partners, we are starting to grow this IoT-based business. Our IoT platform is now not only intended for buildings, but also ready for use in various Smart City supporting fields such as housing, hospitals, agriculture, plantations, and fisheries.
Of course this system is very interesting and will be very useful if it can be implemented in all regions in Indonesia, not limited to urban areas. We hope that there will be new players from within the country who can enliven business opportunities in this IoT field.
But of course this is not without obstacles or challenges, such as one of the challenges in terms of investment or funding. As an example in terms of the implementation of IoT for Smart City which turned out to be very expensive because it is not limited to applications or software alone. The system requires CAPEX which is quite large in the form of infrastructure and hardware.
Therefore, the Regional Government cannot only implement it alone, but must be together with all parties including academics, the private sector, and the community to form an integrated and sustainable Smart City Ecosystem.
If more and more new domestic players like Alita emerge and are given the opportunity to create and participate in this ecosystem, of course this is a big business field for all parties given the potential of the market, the population and the large number of cities in Indonesia.
It’s time we can play an active role and be able to host in our own country.
Written by Ita Yuliati, President Director of PT Alita Mitra Praya
This article was also published in the All About IoT Book published by IndoTelko.com with the Indonesia IoT Forum