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Southeast Asia's biggest telecom group Singtel has developed a platform that integrates standalone IoT applications, including connected cars

Singapore telco Singtel will be conducting trials that enable consumers to monitor their internet of things (IoT) devices and applications from a single platform in the third quarter this year.

Dubbed Assured+, the platform developed by Singtel and Ericsson will support eldercare, connected cars and other emerging IoT applications, the two companies revealed on 1 March 2017.

The platform is aimed at addressing fragmentation in the IoT market, which has seen technology providers touting their own hardware, services and connectivity infrastructure. It will also provide an open and simplified experience for developers to support new devices and applications.




Clement Teo, principal analyst at analyst firm Ovum, told Computer Weekly that while Singtel may be one of the first telcos in Singapore to develop an IoT platform for consumers, it remains to be seen if consumers will bite.

For one, he said Singtel will need to be clear if a consumer, or Singtel, should be accountable for securing IoT devices on the new platform, given the October 2016 incident where compromised consumer devices were used to launch a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against the network of Singapore telco StarHub.

Plus, with a plethora of devices based on various IoT standards and technologies in the market, the issue of integrating different devices will need to be addressed.


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