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Joint venture provides IoT operating system in south-east Asia

Steve Rogerson
July 5, 2016
 
Gem Weltronics and People Power have formed a joint venture to provide an IoT operating system for digital products and services in Singapore and the entire Asean region. Called Gem Power Cloud, it aims to accelerate time-to-market for IoT products and services by enabling capabilities through its Ensemble software suite.
 
People Power provides cloud and mobile services for IoT to service providers and manufacturers. Gem Weltronics is a green technology provider.
 
By analysing, managing and enhancing any internet-connected object, service providers have the opportunity to offer additional revenue-generating services through white-label branded services that will provide the connectivity necessary to achieve sustainability goals and positively impact the manufacturing and process industries across south-east Asia.
 
"The IoT industry faces major fragmentation and, with complicated user experiences and the lack of industry-wide standards to connect devices from different manufacturers, potential growth within the industry is stifled," said Sid Sung, board director of People Power China. "Gem Power's integration and deployment of Ensemble provides seamless integration of a single operating system that works with one intelligence and can be deployed across many devices, services and protocols to bridge the gap within the IoT industry and provide the tools to enable more than smart homes, but smart factories and smart cities too."
 
Ensemble is designed as an all-in-one suite that can be seamlessly integrated with existing frameworks and proprietary platforms to achieve higher levels of IoT cooperation. It features four powerful software tiers called Presto, Maestro, Symphony and Virtuoso.
 
Presto is connectivity software with open source SDKs and APIs, which allow partners to get unified connectivity to the cloud for free. Without the need to pay per-device or for data usage fees, it removes barriers for manufacturers to internet-enable products.
 
Maestro is a command centre that gives service providers the capability to manage a network of customers and devices as well as receive alerts.
 
Symphony is a deployable cloud server that includes Harmony to deliver an engaging customer experience and encourage sharing, competition, cooperation and social commerce, and Composer, which future-proofs organisations by enabling smart learning, data analytics and a service creation environment.
 
Virtuoso is a mobile app framework that enables users to expand dynamically and add services to their ecosystem, white label, and gives fast time-to-market.
 
Hosted in Singapore, Ensemble's design creates sticky services quickly and allows partner-specific branding of the app's user interface that is compatible with both iOS and Android, giving immediate control from smartphones over Ensemble-connected products.
 
By working with partners such as Intel to build the eco-system, Gem Power will use academia to train on the platform and expand the reach of its IoT technology.
 
As a part of the University Malaysia Perlis programme, Gem Power will train Malaysian students on the capabilities, uses and deployment of Gem Power's technology and how to enable IoT applications of various types as well as Intel gateways. Through initiatives such as this, the company is working to humanise IoT throughout the region and is helping to create the foundation for the next generation of human-centric IoT developers.
 
"Having started out as a customer of People Power's, it soon became apparent that Gemwel shared our vision of human-centric IoT," said Gene Wang, CEO and co-founder of People Power. "This joint venture provides Gemwel and People Power with the ability to push forward the next phase of the industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0, with readymade IoT solutions. We see an enormous opportunity to help build and support smart communities to reduce energy consumption and unlock new sources of value for companies within Singapore and the south-east Asian region."