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Building Smarter Cities from Blueprint to Scale at Asia’s Largest Emerging Technology Showcase

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-Organised by Terrapinn, The IoT Show Asia 2016 to look at new business possibilities and deployment challenges of IoT in new industrial age
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Over the recent years, there has been much hype about the benefits and possibilities of the Internet of Things, drones and smart cities. With more announcements for smart cities being made over the past couple of years, how do we transform into smart cities of the future? How should we adapt ourselves for this fourth industrial revolution?

Opening The IoT Show Asia 2016 on 1 September at Suntec Singapore, Martin Ford, Author of The Rise of the Robots and Winner of The FT & Mckinsey Business Book Of The Year 2015 will depict the profound impact of the forthcoming technology revolution on us all and how we need to adapt our skills development and mind-set as we enter a new industrial age, following the biggest societal shift since the industrial revolution.

Preparing for that future, the smart city keynote panel will highlight the preparations underway to transform into smarter cities of the future. Leading the panel discussion is Mr Wilson Ang, Director – Technology Solution Division, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), Mr Frans-Anton Vermast, Senior Strategy Advisor for Low Carbon and Connected Urban Planning, Amsterdam Smart City, Mr Rasmus Bertelsen, Smart City Advisor, City of Copenhagen and Mr Setiaji, Head of Jakarta Smart City Management Unit, Jakarta Capital City Government.

The IoT Show will address new business possibilities and deployment challenges of IoT in 4 specific B2B applications of Smart Cities, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Logistics and Smart Worksites. Joining Mr Ford, Mr Ang, Mr Vermast, Mr Bertelsen and Mr Setiaji will be a host of leading speakers from these sectors including:

Bertil Brandin, Group Vice President, Country Service Manager Singapore and Regional Service Manager Southeast Asia, ABB
Indranil Sen, General Manager, Supply Chain Management, APRIL Fine Paper Trading
Axel Pannes, Managing Director, BMW Group Asia
Claus J. Nehmzow, Digital Innovation Organization, BP
Andre Blumberg, Director – Information Technology, CLP Power Hong Kong
Lo Kien Foh, Managing Director, Continental Automotive Singapore
Manish Kumar, Senior Vice President – Head IT, Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System
Cheng Jang Thye, Chief Architect and Head, IoT Solution Centre, Fujitsu Singapore
Steven Rutgers, IoT Director – Asia Pacific, Inmarsat Enterprise, Inmarsat
Paolo Montrone, Senior Vice President – Sea Logistics South Asia Pacific Region, Kuehne+Nagel
Carly Cummings, Chief Information Officer, Asia, Linfox International Group
Sirish Batchu, Head – Infotronics Technology & Advance Electronics, Mahindra & Mahindra
Lai Teck Chong, Chief Information Officer, NYK Automotive Logistics (China)
Yeoh Pit Wee, Director of Operations, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Rockwell Automation
Bert Deprest, Vice President of Energy Solutions, Senoko Energy
Ramesh Narayanaswamy, Chief Information Officer, Singapore Post
Keshminder Singh, Lead, Digital Innovation Strategy & Architecture, Petronas
Mikael Lindholm, Vice President and Head of APAC, Telenor Connexion
Christopher Buono, Vice President, Information Technology, Asia Pacific, UPS
Sunil Banthiya, Regional Manufacturing & Supply Chain Head, South East Asia, 3M
Alongside the conference is an exhibition that brings the entire eco-system together: platforms, integrators, cloud infrastructure, sensors, chips, components, devices, semiconductors, security, big data, regulators, financiers, investors and big brands. Amongst the exhibitors include key industry players such as TUV SUD Asia Pacific, UL International and IDENTIV, amongst others.

The event will take place from 1-2 September 2016 at Suntec Convention Centre and set to host over 2,000 attendees in 2 days. The IoT Show Asia 2016 is co-located with The Commercial UAV Show Asia 2016.

About The IoT Show/The Commercial UAV Show Asia
Date: 1-2 September 2016
Conference opening hours: 09:00 am
Venue: Level 4, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre

About Terrapinn
Terrapinn is a business media company. Its products are trade exhibitions, conferences, training solutions and electronic and print publications. For more information, please visit

Note: Press registration for the conference is compulsory and advance scheduling for speaker/ sponsor interviews is recommended. Final issuance of press passes is subjected to Terrapinn’s discretion. For your press pass, please contact the following:

Jessica Foong
Tel: +65 6322 2715

Source: Terrapinn Pte Ltd
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August 16, 2016 at 11:13 am

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Terrapinn’s The Commercial UAV Show Asia: Is Asia Ready for Commercial Drones to Take Flight?

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — With their increasing popularity and affordability as well as their almost unlimited applications in civil industries, UAVs or drones are increasingly taking off for commercial missions. How can businesses effectively adopt these unmanned aerial vehicles to save money, time and lives? What will be the best way to manage these drones from the regulatory and safety point of view?

On September 1, the leading regulators from across the region will be gathering at Terrapinn’s The Commercial UAV Show Asia to discuss the future plans to improve RPAS regulation in the region. Leading the panel discussion is Mr Daniel Ng, Director, Aviation Industry Division, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Mr Jim Spillane, Senior FAA Representative, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Mr Michael Rudolph, Head, Aviation Regulations & Safety, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Mr Siddappaji Basavaraju, Senior Scientist and Head, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Ms Analiza Dofitas, Head, Regulatory Standards Development Division, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. The panel will be moderated by Professor Douglas Marshall, President, True North Consulting.

On Day 2 of the conference (2 September 2016), Mr Zhao Li, Vice President, Commercial Drone, Ehang Inc. will highlight how they have successfully and safely carried a passenger on-board a fully autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle — the first in the world and a breakthrough within the UAS industry. Rakuten, which has also joined in the race for drone delivery, will also share their trials and plans underway for future delivery deployments.

Speakers at the 2016 edition of The Commercial UAV Show Asia come from Asia Pacific and globally. They include:

Adam Kilpatrick, Chief Technology Officer, Unmanned Research Aircraft facility, University of Adelaide
Anuar Ahmad, Project Lead, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Associate Professor, Department of Geoinformation, University Teknologi Malaysia
Arnel de Mesa, Deputy Project Director, Department of Agriculture Philippines Rural Development Project
Ben Chung, Program leader, Global Center of Excellence, Cisco Innovation Center, Cisco
Bryan Graham, Science Leader, Forestry Industry Informatics, SCION
Claro Jose Manipon, Senior Geologist, Silangan Mindanao Mining Co. Inc., Philex Mining Corporation
Claus Nehmzow, Digital Innovation Organization, BP
Dhimas Wiratmoko, Researcher, Soil Science & Agronomy Research Group, Indonesian Oil Palm Research Institute
Dirk Gorissen, Data innovation consultant, The World Bank, Founder, Machine Doing, Head of R&D, Skycap
Ganesh Subramaniam, Associate Professor, Panimalar Institute of Technology
Hamdan Omar, Research officer, FRIM
Hideaki Mukai, Section Manager, Drone Project Promotion Section, Rakuten
Jessie Mooberry, Former Vice Director, Uplift
Jim Coyne, Technical Director, UAS International
Lian Pin Koh, Director, Unmanned Research Aircraft facility, University of Adelaide, Founding Director,, Australia
Mathias Steck, Executive Vice President and Regional Manager Asia Pacific, Energy and Renewables Advisory, DNV GL
Sek Aun Tan, Research officer, FRIM
Ryan Crow, Technical Marketing Engineer, Alta Devices
Ben Chen, Professor, National University of Singapore
Chris Chung, Head of Strategic Research, Lloyd’s Register Energy
The event, organized by Terrapinn, is expected to attract over 1,000 attendees with featured case studies on the drone deployments in the mining, utilities and energy, agriculture, transport and delivery, search and rescue, humanitarian efforts and more.

5 up-and-coming start-ups – RAN Systems, Overwatch Imaging, Giingo Labs, SkyEye and Propeller Aerobotics – will also be present to pitch their start-ups to the industry.

Alongside the conference is an exhibition with over 50 emerging technology exhibitors showcasing products, solutions and services from companies like Yuneec, Alta Devices, SenseFly, Riegl Laser Measurement Systems Gmbh, PT. Aldara Sarana Nusantara and more. The Drone University and Demo Theatre will equip attendees with all they need to know about UAVs. The event will also be co-located with The IoT Show Asia 2016.

About The Commercial UAV Show Asia 2016/The IoT Show Asia
Date: 1-2 September 2016
Conference opening hours: 09:00 am
Venue: Level 4, Hall 406, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre

About Terrapinn
Terrapinn is a business media company. Its products are trade exhibitions, conferences, training solutions and electronic and print publications. For more information, please visit

Note: Press registration for the conference is compulsory and advance scheduling for speaker / sponsor interviews is recommended. Final issuance of press passes is subjected to Terrapinn’s discretion. For your press pass, please contact the following:

Jessica Foong
Tel: +65 6322 2715

Source: Terrapinn Pte Ltd
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August 16, 2016 at 10:33 am

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Nestle Omega Plus Milk Unlocks the Miracle of Plant Sterols

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-Consuming foods with sufficient amounts of plant sterols plays an important role in managing heart health says Nestle Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Research has proven that Malaysians in their thirties are now more likely to have arteries which are similar to a person aged seventy years old due to their lifestyles1. In addition to this, the National Heart Institute’s (IJN) Director, Tan Sri Dr. Robaayah Zambahari stressed that individuals as young as in their 20s are diagnosed with heart disease2. According to Nestle, Malaysians are simply succumbing to heart disease at a younger age and this cannot be ignored any longer.

Consuming foods such as low fat milk enriched with added plant sterols can block the absorption of cholesterol
Consuming foods such as low fat milk enriched with added plant sterols can block the absorption of cholesterol
In fact, one out of two Malaysians are suffering from high cholesterol. The 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey revealed that nearly 20 million Malaysians above the age of 18 years are at risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which may in turn lead to the development of heart disease. Heart disease manifests itself in many different forms – a heart attack, narrowing of arteries, abnormal heart rhythms, breaking down of the heart valve or heart muscle and degeneration of blood vessels, amongst others. Collectively they are known as cardiovascular heart disease, or CHD. However you can lower your risk of developing heart disease through diet and exercise.

One way to reduce the risk of heart disease is to manage your cholesterol levels by adding plant sterols to your diet. Consuming foods such as Nestle Omega Plus milk enriched with added plant sterols can block the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. Plant sterols can also be found in grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds. However you may have to eat very large amounts of these items to have an effect on your cholesterol. For example, in order to get 1.2g of plant sterols daily to effectively reduce cholesterol, you will need to eat 255 tomatoes or 126 carrots! The easier way to get the sufficient plant sterols needed to lower your cholesterol level is to drink Nestle Omega Plus milk twice a day.

“Plant sterols in plants work in the same way as cholesterol in humans – as an essential nutrient for life present in all cells,” said Dr. Alexandre Panchaud, R&D Manager at Nestle Singapore. “Plant sterols and cholesterol also possess a similar molecule structure and they travel along the digestive track and compete to be absorbed in our intestine. Plant sterols work by ‘blocking’ cholesterol from being absorbed. Cholesterol that is not absorbed will be excreted out as waste from our body,” he explained further.

The challenge is ensuring that you consume the correct amount daily – “1.2g per day is the well accepted range for an effect of 7% cholesterol reduction,” added Dr. Alexandre. His recommendation is to eat healthy “by consuming as much seeds, nuts, grain products, fruits and vegetables as possible and adding plant sterol enriched products to your diet like Nestle Omega Plus milk to reach an appropriate daily dose.”

According to Heart UK, the Cholesterol Charity, plant sterols are effective in lowering cholesterol levels by up to 10% when taken at optimal doses and as part of low saturated fat diet in just over 3 weeks. In fact, they are considered to be the most effective single food that can lower cholesterol as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. It’s no wonder then that plant sterols are often deemed to be a wonderful gift for your heart health.


1 Renganayar, C. (2016, April 24). Young people, ageing arteries. New Straits Times Online.
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2 Sharaimei, S.A.. (2014, Feb 24). Sakit jantung serang orang muda. Utusan Online.
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Nestle OMEGA PLUS® is the only milk that has ACTICOL®, plant sterols that help lower cholesterol by blocking the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. Nestle OMEGA PLUS® Milk also contains high calcium to keep bones strong. Just 2 servings of Nestle OMEGA PLUS® each day has been scientifically proven to lower cholesterol levels*. It is available in 150g, 600g and 1kg powder format, and ready-to-drink UHT format of 200ml six-pack cluster. For more information, visit

*Thomsen AB, et al. Eur J Clin Nutr 2004; 58:860-870

About Nestle Malaysia

Nestle, the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturer and a leader in Nutrition, Health and Wellness, is headquartered in Switzerland. Since 1866, Nestle has been committed to providing high quality, tasty, safe and nutritious products to our consumers, in line with our promise of Good Food, Good Life. Nourishing Malaysians since 1912, Nestle has earned the trust of our consumers through our quality brands and products, as well as our commitment to improve the lives of the communities in which we operate. At Nestle, our consumers are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to delight our consumers by offering the best quality products; staying true to our Swiss roots while maintaining our Halal excellence and integrity. To learn more about how we have been nourishing Malaysians for over a century, do visit or our Facebook page at

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August 16, 2016 at 10:25 am

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PH Telcos Battle Head-to-head on Mobile Data

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MANILA, Philippines /PRNewswire/ — As smartphone manufacturers take a serious turn on competition, upping their game each time with a smarter device, so do telco operators beat each other up to meet consumers’ demand for more data.

In Asia, the Philippines stands as having the most active and engaged social media users with a growing smartphone penetration at 47% which is seen to reach 70% in 2018 based on a published 2016 Ericsson Mobility Report. The increasing adoption of the digital lifestyle is throwing PH telco operators in a fierce battle to outdo each other to entice customers with mobile data bundles. In the end, the consumers win.

Philippine telco Globe Telecom is ahead of the digital lifestyle game when it embarked on its network modernization program in 2011 to meet the onslaught of the data revolution. The company has since reaped the rewards of this strategy, positioning itself as the purveyor of the Filipino digital lifestyle. It enjoys partnerships with the larger content brands like Spotify, NBA, Disney, Hooq, Turner, Netflix, Smule, Sports Illustrated, and Astro.

Globe also carries the largest data traffic in the Philippines with 48.4 TBs compared to its rival’s 32.60 TBs as of the first quarter of 2016. That’s an 849% jump in data traffic within a span of only 2 years. By end-June this year, data traffic through its network has already increased to 151 petabytes.

More recently, the new data offers are putting the country in a position exactly the opposite of where it used to be (at the highest price point per GB among its Asian neighbors). Almost simultaneously, both telcos launched the 50 pesos (USD 1.08) per 1GB data offer which ignited a new round of price war between the bitter rivals. Customers now have access to a wide variety of consumable data offers based on validity and MBs.

The continuous decline of mobile data prices is urging Filipino customers to use the services through sachet offers. Globe GoSURF50 is now the 2nd lowest offer across the Asia Pacific region at only P48.82 (USD1.05) per GB in comparison to top prepaid telco offerings in the region including Brunei, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. This data pack gives customers 1GB of mobile data for 3 days — with 700 MB of data for surfing, and another 300 MB wallet for access to popular app partners in music, games, video and OTT.

Powering up revenue share gain, Globe mobile data revenues in the first half reached P17.8 billion (USD382.8 million), a 46% hike from P12.1 billion (USD260.2 million) a year earlier. In the second quarter alone, mobile data revenues reached P8.6 billion (USD184.9 million), a 33% rise from same quarter last year. At the end of the first half, the company’s total data revenues comprised 50% of total revenues compared with 37% at the end of June last year.

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August 16, 2016 at 10:07 am

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Sweet Spot Digital and Visa Malaysia Collaborate to Offer a Sweet Deal of a Meal at Only RM1

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-Only RM1 for Kenny Rogers ROASTERS a la carte quarter chicken
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Leading global payments technology company Visa and Sweet Spot Digital (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s leading proximity marketing solutions provider and developer of SweetSpot Mobile App, have collaborated to bring chicken lovers and Visa cardholders one of the sweetest meal deals ever: the chance to purchase a Kenny Rogers ROASTERS (KRR) a la carte quarter chicken at only RM1 (One Malaysian Ringgit), from 15 August 2016, while stocks last.

The Kenny Rogers ROASTERS quarter chicken meal
The Kenny Rogers ROASTERS quarter chicken meal
All it takes to unlock the deal is to pre-pay for it — a swipe and password entry is all it takes upon a one-time registration — via Visa Checkout on SweetSpot Mobile App, using any Visa credit or debit card. To claim the meal, just present the mobile coupon as proof of purchase at participating KRR restaurants, between 6 pm and 9 pm.

SweetSpot is currently the only mobile app in the region to feature this easy to use, fast and secure payment platform by Visa which is integrated into the app so that users do not have to leave the app to make a payment.

“Today’s shoppers are increasingly comfortable with and more willing to adopt digital shopping when payment is made frictionless,” said General Manager of Sweet Spot Digital (Malaysia) Nicholas Foong. “Knowing that they are paying via a Visa platform will give them firm assurance of security and reliability, hence our partnership with Visa.”

According to Visa Country Manager for Malaysia, Mr. Ng Kong Boon, this sweet partnership is aimed to deliver more benefits to those who use Visa Checkout when they pay or redeem via SweetSpot Mobile App. “We are pleased to have Sweet Spot Digital as one of our key Visa Checkout merchants. Malaysian consumers are getting increasingly digital and it is important that we provide a seamless and convenient way for them to make purchases online. In addition, we also hope to delight our cardholders with rewards and benefits and this includes the Kenny Rogers ROASTERS deal whereby cardholders can purchase a KRR a la carte quarter chicken via SweetSpot at only one Malaysian Ringgit.”

The SweetSpot-Visa-KRR RM1 a la carte quarter chicken meal deal is available at all participating Kenny Rogers ROASTERS restaurants nationwide. Downloading the app and registering for Visa Checkout are prerequisites and each user is entitled to only one deal with each registration. SweetSpot Mobile App is available in both iOS and Android platforms. Registration is free for both SweetSpot Mobile App and Visa Checkout.



SweetSpot Mobile App aims to engage with consumers by uniquely harnessing beacon technology to target, deliver and touch their sweet spot for relevant offers, deals and other brand messages. Beacon technology allows content to be delivered contextually, typically at the most opportune moment, in environments where users are envisaged to be most ready to buy e.g. in stores and malls thereby making them unexpectedly sweet.

Available in both iOS and Android versions, the app maintains brand neutrality so that multi-brand content including videos are pushed to users based on preferences that they choose. Users simply click on coupons to “favourite”, “book”, “redeem” or “buy”. The latter is supported by Visa Checkout which not only assures security and reliability but also presents a smoother. “frictionless” purchase experience. SweetSpot is currently the only mobile app in the region to feature Visa Checkout.

SweetSpot Mobile App is developed and owned by Sweet Spot Digital (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, a startup under Berjaya Corporation which aims to facilitate and improve the convergence of physical sales and marketing channels with digital channels. A proximity marketing solutions provider, the company is committed to bringing the benefits of beacon technology to its client-merchants as well as to growing the network. Over 3,000 beacons are initially being installed for many renowned brands and envisaged to grow to 10,000 sites nationwide and become one of the largest beacon networks in Malaysia.


Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 47,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit, and @VisaNews.

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August 16, 2016 at 9:58 am

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