Contents of IoT Adventure Book

IoT Adventure Book will delve deeper into the business of IoT. It will also share the experience of being an IoT entrepreneur. Some of the topics have been written in the IoT World Blog. Check out the contents below:

IoT Applications

  1. 6 Benefits That Can Transform Your Supply Chain Using IoT
  2. What Exactly is Smart Poultry
  3. What Exactly is Metaverse?
  4. Automatic Plant Monitoring System
  5. What Exactly is IoT Analytics?
  6. What Exactly is Smart Mobility?
  7. 10 Benefits of IoT That Transform Smart Agriculture
  8. Flood Forecasting and Warning System (FFWS) IR 4.0
  9. 8 Immediate Benefits of Smart Manufacturing
  10. How Smart Buildings Could Save Energy and Money
  11. How to Use Drones to Monitor Floods
  12. Why Smart Flood Monitoring System is Essential For Everyone
  13. Everything You Need To Know About The Benefits Of Fleet Management Using IoT
  14. How Digital Transform Agriculture
  15. What is Exactly Parking 4.0?
  16. What is Exactly Construction 4.0?
  17. IoT Detect Potholes
  18. Fleet Management Using IoT
  19. Developing Smart Garbage Collection Solution Using Internet of Things (IoT)
  20. Smart Construction in Era of Internet of Things (IoT)
  21. Which Era is Our Parking System?
  22. Why Do We Monitor Our Cats Using IoT?
  23. Can We Really Use Drones to Carry Parcels?
  24. Seven (7) Key Lessons for Smart Parking Deployment
  25. How IOT Transforms the Connected Car Industry

IoT Tips

  1. How to Select the Best IoT Platform
  2. How To Explain IoT in the Simplest Manner
  3. How-To Make Industry-University Collaboration A Successful Venture
  4. How-To Create Your First IoT Application Using Arduino and FAVORIOT
  5. How IoT Can Solve the Problems of Seven (7) M’s of a Business
  6. How To Create Highly Demand IoT Talents By Becoming a Producer Based Nation
  7. How To Develop Smart Agriculture Solutions
  8. How-To Develop Smart Flood Monitoring System
  9. How-To Develop Smart River Monitoring
  10. How-To Develop a Smart Garbage Collection
  11. How-To Build Smart Cities Using Minimum Viable City (MVC) Approach
  12. How to Embark on IoT Business

Smart Cities

  1. Smart Cities & IoT – The Opportunities and Challenges Ahead
  2. What Will You Discover in IOT and Smart Cities – “Gold Mines” or “Time Bombs”?
  3. Four (4) New Tips for Successful Smart Cities Implementation
  4. Guide How-To Build Your Smart City
  5. How-To Build Smart Cities Using Minimum Viable City Approach
  6. What Are Your Smart Cities Priorities?
  7. Using IOT to Determine the Health of Your City
  8. Build Smart Cities With These 3 Key Elements
  9. Guide to Monetize Your Smart City’s Data
  10. Who Owns the IoT and Smart City’s Data?
  11. Checking the Pulse of the City
  12. Better City Better World – You Act We React
  13. How to Get the Right Business Model for Smart Cities
  14. Better Citizen Engagement To Build Smarter Cities
  15. What Budget 2017 Meant for Malaysia’s IOT and Smart Cities
  16. Citizen Engagement Can Make a Difference for Your Cities
  17. Tips for City Authorities – How to Avoid Citizen Engagement Pitfalls

IoT Infographics

  1. Six (6) Tips to Build Successful Smart Cities [Infographics]
  2. How IoT Impact 7M of the Business [Infographics]
  3. 7 Best IoT Business Models [Infographics]
  4. 3 Steps to Implement IoT [Infographics]
  5. Starting Your IoT Business [Infographics]
  6. 5 Traits of Generation-IoT [Infographics]

FAVORIOT Products and Services

  1. IoT Specialist Training with IoT Analytics
  2. Advanced IoT Training With FAVORIOT IoT Platform
  3. FAVORIOT – Internet of Things (IoT) Hands-on Training
  4. Redeem Voucher Code for Free 1-Month Beginner Plan
  5. Favoriot IoT Platform Features
  6. Dscover: How-To Redeem a Voucher
  7. Hibiscus Sense – Micropython Source Code for BLYNK & FAVORIOT
  8. Malaysia IoT Board: Hibiscus Sense and FAVORIOT
  9. FAVORIOT IoT Platform – From FREE to PREMIUM Plans
  10. Travel With Dscover
  11. Dr. Mazlan Abbas – An Entrepreneur
  12. This Malaysian IoT Startup Starts from Zero
  13. Updates on IoT Platform Resources (FAVORIOT)
  14. Smart Travel – Split Up and Have Fun
  15. How a Smart Travel App Can Help to Ease the Headache of Managing a Tour Group
  16. The Best Travel Companion App for Hajj or Umrah
  17. COMPLETE TUTORIAL – How To Connect Cytron Uno (Arduino UNO) With FAVORIOT Platform

IoT and IR 4.0 in Malaysia

  1. Top 6 IoT Predictions in 2022 – Malaysia
  2. Malaysia IoT Predictions in 2021
  3. IoT in Malaysia (2019) – A Dream vs A Reality
  4. 2020 Predictions for IoT
  5. IoT in Malaysia – 2019 Predictions
  6. IoT in Malaysia – Things We Learned in 2018
  7. IoT Predictions – Malaysia’s IoT in 2018
  8. IoT – Wishlist for 2018
  9. IoT in Malaysia – 2017 In Review
  10. IoT in Malaysia – 2017 Wishlist
  11. 2017 IOT Predictions in Malaysia
  12. Malaysia’s National IoT Strategic Roadmap – 2016 In Review
  13. 10-10 Malaysia Science, Technology, Innovation and Economy (MYSTIE)
  14. My Top 5 Opinions – Malaysia National 4IR Policy
  15. MIFA – Malaysia Industry Forward Association
  16. 12MP – Twelfth Malaysia Plan (2021-2025)
  17. Malaysia National 4IR Policy
  18. Teroka Tech Musim 2 Episod 6 : Pakar IoT di Malaysia
  19. Digitalisation of Malaysia With MyDigital Economy Blueprint
  20. Growing the IoT Ecosystem in Malaysia
  21. Industry 4WRD Readiness Assessment and Incentives
  22. Why Are We Still at Industrial Revolution 2.7 (IR2.7)?
  23. Propelling IoT in Malaysia
  24. Malaysia Needs 100K IoT Professionals to Complement the Big Data Workforce
  25. IOT in Malaysia – Current & Future Trends
  26. List of Top 3 IoT Applications That “Should” Be in Malaysia​
  27. How Do You Begin Your IoT Journey in Malaysia?
  28. Can Malaysians Avoid Floods Using Internet of Things (IoT)?
  29. IOT Adoption Challenges in Malaysia

IoT Challenges

  1. A List of Skills Required For Internet Of Things (IoT) Talent
  2. Solving IoT Project Issues in the Universities
  3. Nine (9) IoT Challenges of IoT Adoption
  4. Which IoT Market Makes Money? B2B or B2C?
  5. Four (4) Reasons for Technology Trial
  6. IOT: Moving Beyond to the Digital Future
  7. Realizing Society 5.0 in Relation To Industry 4.0
  8. IoT & IR 4.0 – A Disruptive Era of Transformation
  9. IoT – The Building Block for IR 4.0
  10. IoT & IR 4 0 – Get Ready for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet
  11. Harnessing the Power of IoT
  12. IR 4.0 – Embrace or Become Obsolete
  13. IoT in The New Norm
  14. To IoTise Every Business
  15. The Entrepreneurship Journey of Pre and Post Covid 19 – Lessons Learned
  16. IoT – The Core Technology for IR 4.0 and How It Benefits SMEs
  17. Use Case: Detecting Power Interruption Using IoT
  18. IR 4.0 and IoT – The New Frontier
  19. The Easiest Way to Understand IoT via 7 Layers of OSI
  20. The Best Way to Develop IoT Solutions in the Universities
  21. IoT Middleware – The Critical Missing Component in the IoT Value Chain
  22. IoT is the Core Technology for IR 4.0
  23. Will IoT and IR 4.0 Really Gonna Take Our Jobs?
  24. Overcoming the Challenges of Becoming IR 4.0
  25. Abusing the Word “Internet of Things” (IoT)
  26. Data Convergence – Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 and Emerging Tech
  27. What’s the Big Deal About IoT?
  28. Can You Really Trust IoT?
  29. IoT in the Universities
  30. IoT Platform vs IoT Ecosystem
  31. Do You Really Need 5G for IoT?
  32. Why Developing an IoT Solution is Not That Straightforward
  33. IoT as a Business – Where Do We Start
  34. Avoid These 9 Common Pitfalls That Hinder IoT Value
  35. How an IoT Platform Can Ease Your IoT Project
  36. IoTise Your Business
  37. The Early Adopters of IoT
  38. 10 Reasons Why You Need An IoT Platform
  39. Four (4) Steps for Building an IoT Product
  40. We IoTised For You
  41. The Benefits of Deploying IoT Platform for Enterprise (On-Premise) or on Private Cloud.
  42. HOW-TO – Check Your Own IR 4.0 Readiness
  43. Tips – How to Successfully Deploy IoT Solutions or Services
  44. How-To Solve the Issues in University Campuses Efficiently
  45. Your IoT Journey Starts Here
  46. How-To Create IoT Ecosystem for Universities
  47. How-To Complete Your IoT Projects On Schedule
  48. What’s Disruption 4.0?
  49. Crowdsensing Platform to Build Better Cities and Communities
  50. Journey Towards Industry 4.0 With IoT
  51. Challenges of Making IoT a Ubiquitous Service
  52. Generation-IOT That Will Disrupt The World
  53. Monetizing Digital Services: Where’s the Profit?
  54. We Need CIO with IOT Skills for 2017
  55. IoT – Build Once, Use Many Times
  56. DO NOT Let “Transparency” Stop You From Implementing IOT
  57. The Not-So-Secret Formula to be a Successful IoT Player
  58. IOT – Four (4) Levels of Maturity
  59. Will IoT Create or Kill Jobs?
  60. Critical Success Factors for IOT
  61. ​IoT is Here: Where do Service Providers Stand in the Age of IoT?
  62. How IOT Detect Corruption
  63. Are You Embracing IoT The Right Way? The Top 10 DO’s and DON’Ts
  64. Four (4) Compelling Reasons Not To Be Left Behind In The IOT Race
  65. Will IOT Make You More Efficient or Lazy?
  66. Facebook of Things – IOT Meets Social Media
  67. Monetising IOT Data and Become Commercial Sensor Service Provider
  68. “Sensing-as-a-Service” – New IoT Cloud Service is in Town
  69. How to Convert Raw Data Into Knowledge With Internet of Things (IoT)
  70. 4 Reasons Why Internet of Things (IOT) Adoption Will Not Be As Slow as IPv6
  71. Sensing-As-A-Service – An IOT Cloud Service
  72. The 4 Main Challenges to Become An Internet of Things (IOT) Service Provider
  73. Internet of Things (IOT) Target Market – Consumer (B2C) or Enterprise (B2B)?

Generation-IoT

  1. Who Are the New Generation-IoT
  2. How To Build Your Own IoT Ecosystem
  3. Expert Advice for Generation-IoT
  4. Generation-IoT is Set to Become a Global Movement
  5. Who Are The Early Adopters of Internet of Things (IoT)?
  6. The Enablers, Engagers, and Enhancers of IoT
  7. The 10 Most Inspiring CEOs to Watch in 2021
  8. Top Seven IoT Influencers to Follow in 2021
  9. Ups and Downs of an IoT Entrepreneur

Things About IoT

  1. System Integration in the Era IR 4.0
  2. Who and What is FAVORIOT
  3. The DNA of Internet of Things (IoT)
  4. Seven (7) IoT Business Models That Can Create New Revenue Streams
  5. Three (3) Best YouTube Channels on Technology Tips
  6. FREE IoT eBooks for Download!
  7. Dscover – Family Organizer Mobile App for 2021
  8. Three (3) Things You Need to Know About Robots
  9. Benefits of Data Blending
  10. OTT – A Disruptive and Killer Service to SMS and MMS combined
  11. Why I Simply Love IoT
  12. Wearables – Your New IoT Teacher
  13. Five (5) Main Reasons Telcos Not Interested in Internet of Things (IoT) Business
  14. Building a “Waze”-Like Citizen Engagement Solution
  15. Internet of Things (IOT) – Will It Really Fly?

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How to Become a Thought Leader – The Beginning

Here’s my personal story how I began my IoT Thought Leadership journey. From Zero to an Influencer.

From Zero to an IoT Thought Leader. When does it all start?

Here’s the story.

One of my staff bumped into me, and he mentioned, “Congratulations, Dr. Mazlan, I saw your name as one of the IoT Thought Leaders.

I was very shocked and asked. “Where did you get the news?” and he said, “I saw in one of the Internet reports.

He gave me the link, and I quickly viewed the report from Onalytica entitled “The Internet of Tings 2014 – Top 100 Thought Leaders.” Wow! It was a pleasant surprise.

A couple of weeks earlier, I was very depressed and frustrated when my boss did not approve my application to attend IoT Asia 2014. I applied for the trip with two of my staff to attend the first IoT event in the region, yet only two of my staff applications were approved but not mine.

Our organization started the work on IoT almost two years earlier, and I thought this would be my best opportunity to hear from the industry leaders.

But the news that my staff brought to me was very unexpected. I wondered – how do I get to be selected by a prestigious organization like Onalytica?

The news spread very fast in the organization, with many people congratulating me. And one of them is the HR Vice President; she congratulated, “Dr. Mazlan, you are now a Thought Leader. That’s an amazing achievement!

But since I have never bothered to know what a “Thought Leader is,” I began to wonder what I did to gain that recognition? And what exactly is a Thought Leader?

How Onalytica Picked the Top 100 IoT Thought Leaders

Onalytica took in all Twitter conversations using the hashtags #IoT and #InternetOfThings and created a network of the top stakeholders discussing the subject. The network diagram of the top 100 is shown below.

Onalytica – Top 100 Network Map

I was thrilled to be ranked No. 20th on the list with Kevin Ashton (Father of IoT ranked 11th). And, of course, very proud to be the only Malaysian (or probably Asian) on the list!

Onalytica – Top 100 List 1-25

But really, how do I reach that stage? Is it by accident? In a way, most probably the answer is yes, but I didn’t realize that the things I did were actually how a Thought Leader should do – by influencing others.

It started probably 1 or 2 years earlier when my team was working on a research area called Wireless Sensor Network, 6LoWPAN (IPv6 Low Powered Area Network), and Internet of Things (IoT).

And during 2012 to 2014, I was a frequent social media user on LinkedIn and Twitter. Whatever I read on IoT topics, I will share this on Twitter and LinkedIn and use that hashtag #IoT. This includes sharing my thoughts about the industry in IoT.

This was when my circle of influence widened with more Twitter users following my Tweets. That’s how these Tweets are captured and analyzed by Onalytica.

The Start of an IoT Thought Leadership

Two years later, in 2016, I was the first Malaysian IoT Speaker in IoT Asia 2016 (“Issues and Challenges of Deploying a Smart Citizen Engagement Solution,” IoT Asia 2016, Singapore Expo, 30-31 March 201). The same event was when my boss rejected my application to attend in 2014. This time, the host invited me to speak with all expenses paid.

That was the beginning of the Thought Leadership journey, whereby I was invited to many speaking engagements as Keynote Speaker, Invited Speaker, TEDx Speaker, and many others. I created an IoT Blog called “IoT World” which became my official channel to share my thoughts and knowledge.

Other than the recognition from Onalytica (Onalytica Report can be downloaded here), I was ranked among Top 50 Global Thought Leaders on the Internet of Things (February 2019) and Digital Disruption (October 2019) by Thinkers360, Top 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders by World CSR Congress 2017, ranked Top 10 in IoT Top 100 Influencers by Postscapes 2017 & 2018,

It all started with a rejection….. From Zero to an IoT Thought Leader

Dr. Mazlan Abbas

Real Books vs. E-Books – Why I Choose

But I have this terrible habit of not finishing the book I read or didn’t even start reading them. And the worst part, sometimes I buy the same book twice because I don’t remember whether I have purchased it before or not.

When books are converted into digital, it changes how we consume knowledge. It also changes the way the reading habit.

This is what happened to me. I used to buy many print books (real books) and am proud to have a “library” to place the texts on proper shelves.
Books on my shelves.

But I have this terrible habit of not finishing the book I read or didn’t even start reading them. And the worst part, sometimes I buy the same book twice because I don’t remember whether I have purchased it before or not.

And then, I began to start to download E-Books, and I began to read them finally. And the best part, I managed to read them till the last page!

IoT E-Book

Initially, I was convinced that Real Books are far better than E-Books because it doesn’t feel the same holding a book compared to something just digital.

Why E-Books are better than Real Books Click To Tweet

BBut due to the Covid-19 lockdown, I started to read more E-Books and have changed my habit of reading. Below are some of the reasons:

  1. Freedom – I can read the E-Book anywhere. I need to carry multiple of them with print books if I want to read more than one book. Of course, real books are heavy to carry. During travel, you don’t want to carry heavy luggage unnecessarily. What if you don’t like to read that book and that is the only book you have?
  2. Easy to Highlight – Since I bought an iPad with a Stylus called Pencil, it simplifies me to jot down or highlight specific points or facts in the E-Book. And it does not destroy or dirty the E-Book because you can still erase the highlights quickly.
  3. Only Digital – Some books are only published in digital form. Or you can convert a web article into PDF and read it like an E-Book. You don’t have to waste printing the papers.
  4. Cheap or Free – E-Books are far more affordable than real books. And you can find free or “free” E-Books on the web.

Furthermore, I will be writing my E-Book called IoT Adventure and hopefully complete it by 2022.

Source: Why Ebooks Are More Popular Than Printed Books?

How the Amount of Views Encourage Blogging

One of the main reasons people stopped to Blog is because they are easily discourage with the low numbers of views and visitors to their Blog.

I have to confess – I love to see the number of views and number of visitors to my Blog. It gives me some encouragement whenever I see activity on my Blog, although I am aware it is still very new.

I started to write my first two articles on November 17, 2021, i.e., when I officially published the Blog for the public. It is very new, and I am struggling to make the look and feel of the Blog easy to navigate with some content such as my backgroundbooksspeaking experienceBlogYouTubePodcastsProjects, and Press Info.

The first two articles are:

How the Amount of Views Encourage Me to Blog More Click To Tweet

The Blog Traffic Stats After Four (4) Weeks

One of the frustrating parts is when I Google the name “Mazlan Abbas Blog,” the website does not even appear in the Google Ranking! 

Here’s where many Bloggers would start to get very frustrated and abandon their Blogging activities. In reality (as described by many professional bloggers), it’s very typical, that we will only see the impact after several months!

Below is my traffic stats that showed the ups and downs. The “ups” is because I mainly promoted the posts on my Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter – and Facebook seems to be the highest referrals.

Mazlan Abbas Blog – Views and Visitors
Source of Referrals

Surprisingly my top 3 countries (other than my home country Malaysia) are the United States, India, and Ireland.

Mazlan Abbas Blog – Countries of Readers

Types of Blog Posts

The idea of my Blog is for Personal Blogging – sharing my journey into the world of Entrepreneurship, which mainly referred back to my business Blog called IoT World.

By monitoring the article’s number of views, I will understand what content attracted the readers.

Top be fair, the Blog is still at its infancy stage. It requires constant update with high-quality contents. I will be revisiting this statistics monthly and monitor the progress.

I am now using All-In-One SEO (AISEO) plug-in to help increase the SEO. And I have also followed many tips given by many other veteran Bloggers.

Kindly leave your comments and share your thoughts. I love to hear them.

How We Build Our Fourth IoT Product

Why did we build another IoT product? Why can’t we maintain the three IoT products developed earlier. Here’s the story.

When we launched the first IoT product called Raqib commercially in 2018, we received a lot of feedback from users and potential customers.

We have to decide to enhance the current product or spawn into a new product altogether.

Meanwhile, there are two more IoT products that we are still building and enhancing – the second product called Favorsense and the third product called Favoriot IoT platform.

Finally, we decided to follow our gut feeling and start building our fourth IoT product called Dscover (formerly named D’scover – we will reveal the reason for changing the spelling later).

How We Build Our Fourth IoT Product Click To Tweet

The Problem Statement

When we introduced Raqib as a single device solution for tracking (instead of using a Bluetooth smartwatch and a smartphone), we received much feedback that they don’t need the features of monitoring vital health signs.

But in which market is tracking the best suit for this product? Why the need for monitoring an individual in the first place?

In our early customer development process, tracking an individual is critical for safety – especially during travel.

If a person travels in a tour group, he wants to have some freedom on his own. But he also needs to be constantly connected with the group or his tour bus.

In the case of a tour guide responsible for the group, he must ensure the group’s safety, and the travel itinerary must be adhered to and to ensure no one is late or left behind.

If that person is lost, the easiest way is to locate through the mobile app. The app should also have a travel planner feature to organize and share among the tour members.

How Big is the Market

Initially, we targeted the Travel and Tourism market, which was vast and active before the Covid-19 strikes in early 2020.

Below are the statistics of the world’s and Malaysia’s No. of arrivals.

Travel and Tourism Market

However, when travel and tourism were severely affected in 2020 and 2021 by restricted movement orders and banned in traveling, we pivoted our market to a family and friends app.

The IoT Solution

We chose a mobile app as the solution because of the following reasons:

  • Cheaper because this “IoT” solution uses the individual’s device, i.e., smartphone. GPS is the only sensor needed. The user has paid their connectivity charges (mobile data). The user only needs to download the app and pay for premium features.
  • Easier to deploy and manage the users (only via the Google Store and App Store)
Dscover

Go-to-Market

The biggest challenge for such a product is that it has become a B2C model whereby the channel to market can be very challenging.

The most accessible marketing channel to reach the users is via Social Media – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

To conduct targeted ads, we need to identify the users’ demographics – in this case, the family members and friends.

Earlier, we named the product D’scover, but it is complicated for a user to search the app in the App Store because of the unique spelling. Finally, we decided to change the name to Dscover.

In the travel and tourism market earlier, we have a B2B model approaching Travel Agencies and Government, but unfortunately, Covid-19 has a significant impact in this sector.

We have even expanded the market segment to solve the issues of monitoring quarantined patients. However, for some unforeseen reasons, this solution did not get the buy-in from the authorities.

Time to Stop Developing New IoT Products

We asked ourselves, have we done enough marketing and sales before moving into another product? Building a new product can be long and tiring.

All four IoT products have their strengths and weaknesses – which I will be able to share in other Blog articles. It is only the beginning of my IoT Adventure – you may subscribe to the newsletter or the RSS feed.

Dscover Resources

Articles worth reading:

  1. How We Build Our First IoT Product
  2. How We Build Our Second IoT Product
  3. How We Build Our Third IoT Product
  4. How We Build Our Fourth IoT Product

How We Build Our Third IoT Product

Favoriot IoT Platform is the third IoT product that we developed. This is the turning point of our business – To IoTise Every Business.

It took us nearly two years to build our first IoT product – Raqib. Mainly because we have so many things to do, and we are very new to this kind of IoT entrepreneurship.

Since Raqib is an end-to-end solution, we need to identify the partner for the hardware since we can’t build the wearable in-house. Furthermore, the devices need to send data and connect to our IoT platform, create a mobile app, and develop a CRM system.

In 2018, we started with a simple trial, and later in 2019, we were able to have our first few customers using the solution during their trip to Hajj.

As per the second IoT product, Favorsense, we built it within a year and quickly introduced it to the market. We received a lot of feedback which we used to improve the solution.

But then, we also realized that we already had our third IoT product, i.e., the IoT middleware itself, while building the rest of the ioT products. Still, we never thought of offering this solution to others. We have begun to get user feedback by allowing users to use it for free until we started charging them in March 2019.

The Problem Statement

When we built our first IoT product, we learned that it is such a massive effort and takes a lot of resources – time and money. The same goes for our second product. 

We decided if somehow we could collaborate with others to develop other IoT solutions by using our platform. We thought that the country had many IoT talents ready to build its IoT solutions, and we were wrong!

There are not many takers who can jump straight into the IoT world and build their IoT products. That’s when I realized the country is lacking this kind of talent? Where are they?

I am fortunate to be in many local Universities as their Industrial Advisory Panel or Adjunct Professors. That’s when we realized many of the current syllabi did not cover structured content about IoT. However, many universities are excited to get their students to select the IoT as their Final Year Projects (FYP). Still, unfortunately, many of the students have to learn on their own.

In the industry, they have started to get more interested in how IoT impacts their business but are unsure how to build or deploy their innovative solutions using IoT.

Even the whole ecosystem of IoT in Malaysia is not very strong because there are not many players as yet.

For Favoriot, we see this as an opportunity because our IoT platform can become the enabler to learn IoT and be used in commercial IoT deployment. 

How Big is the Market

According to Mordor Intelligence, the IoT market reached $761.4 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $1.39 trillion by 2026. 

There are four (4) components in building end-to-end IoT solutions – Sensors, Connectivity, IoT platforms, and Applications. We have touched a sweet spot, i.e., to become a preferred IoT platform for any IoT deployments.

IoT was “officially” introduced in Malaysia in 2014 when the Nation launched its National IoT Strategic Framework. However, it seems to be early days, and it took some time to make people aware of its impact. However, IoT got another “jump-start” when Malaysia Industry 4WRD -National Policy on Industry 4.0 at the end of 2018.

In 2020, the world was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, and many industries were affected by the lockdown—the idea of using emerging technologies to solve social distancing issues. Thus, the time for the IoT market to grow is about to begin.

The IoT Solution

The reasons why we want to offer our IoT platform as the third IoT product are as follows:

  • In every IoT deployment or project, there will be an IoT platform component. The idea is to deploy IoT solutions without involving high cost by using a Cloud-based IoT platform.
  • We are not able to build and customize to all user requirements.
  • We want to create a platform where the students can also use in their IoT projects.
  • This platform also can be used for Laboratory experiments.
  • Thus, the platform needs to be open and easily used with user-friendly APIs
  • The middleware comprises security, business rules, and notification engine and supports various protocols such as MQTT, CoAP, and REST.
  • Offer this as Platform-as-a-Service to allow as many users to subscribe to the platform and create their own innovative IoT applications easily while maintaining the ownership of their data.
  • Have the ability to charge the user in various subscription Plans such as Free, Beginner, and Developer Plans. Furthermore, we can also have a customized package and make it available on-premise.
  • Build a Generation-IoT (Favoriot) community that can share and learn each other’s projects and success stories.
  • Complete documentation, tutorials, GitHub, and forums are made available.
How to Choose an IoT Platform
The Best IoT Product We Developed Click To Tweet

Go-to-Market

Initially, we started offering the free package to the Universities in early 2019; we noticed not many active users. Many of them use other competitive platforms such as ThingSpeak, ThingsBoard, or Blynk. 

We realized that due to the unfamiliarity of the Favoriot platform and not many tutorials regarding the usage, we decided to compile as many use-cases, step-by=step tutorials made by some community members and upload them to our Favoriot YouTube channel.

I take the opportunity to introduce the Favoriot IoT platform in many of the invited talks, conferences, or webinars. Coupled with contests and special offers and bundled with training packages, we have reached more than 115 countries worldwide and more than 5300 users. 

We started with users subscribing to the platform themselves, but now we have begun engaging with corporate users by having customized solutions.

Favoriot Worldwide

The Growth Point

We have reached a stage whereby talents who graduated from the Universities are equipped with the knowledge of building IoT projects (and using the Favoriot IoT platform) more structured.

These new talents will become the catalyst for the growth of IoT in Malaysia and other countries around the world.

The IoT Adventure has become more enjoyable than ever!

Want to know more about our IoT Adventure?

  1. How We Build Our First IoT Product
  2. How We Build Our Second IoT Product
  3. How We Build Our Third IoT Product
  4. How We Build Our Fourth IoT Product
IoT Quotes by Dr. Mazlan Abbas

18 Tips – How to Use Twitter to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

Your Blog can be considered a “dead” blog if there’s no traffic and no one is reading or aware of them. A lot of bloggers stopped half-way and abandoned their blog when they didn’t see any traffic or activity.

However, in the era of social media, we have many channels to promote our blogs, which includes Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. However, in order to drive tons of traffic, we need to do this the right way. Below are some of the tips and formulas.

  1. Use short and provocative tweets
  2. Include an intriguing quote from post
  3. Include statistics
  4. Make use of #Hashtags creatively
  5. Use @mentions
  6. Retweet mentioned blog content
  7. Ask for a Retweet (or RT)
  8. Use visually appealing images
  9. As a question related to your topic
  10. Tweet about your blog-hosted contest
  11. Promote your tweets
  12. Include a blog link in your bio
  13. Schedule your tweet properly
  14. Include a strong call to action
  15. Tweet the link more than once
  16. Create “Click to Tweets” within your article
  17. Retweet or thank anyone who mentions your Blog
  18. Pin your latest blog post to the top of Twitter Timeline

Not only your Blog will have more traffic, but your own Twitter account can also attract more followers. Your Twitter will be seen to be more engaging with relevant content sharing.

As of today, my Twitter handle @mazlan_abbas has only 4,162 Followers. Let’s see how the tips above impact Mazlan Abbas Blog and my Twitter.

The 18 Twitter Tips that will help to boost your Blog traffic.

The Year I Started To Blog

I don’t quite recall when exactly I started blogging, but I remember the early days I used to Blog in Blogger.com and have created more than 10 Blog sites. Many of them are no longer active except a few which I normally auto-post from YouTube.

My Gadget Blog

One of my favourite and can be considered as a popular Blog is My Gadget Blog. I started to blog in 2010 and the contents are mainly from my interest in electronic gadgets which I purchased (nothing get sponsored). I love to Jailbreak the iPhone as early as iPhone 3G (but stopped doing that jailbreaking after 2014). May tips are shared among readers and that was the time, the site became very popular.

Stats for My Gadget Blog

After several years of creating and experimenting with different blogs, I finally decided to take seriously and bought a domain name iotworld.co which is the starting point for my entrepreneurship journey into the tech space i.e Internet of Things. It was in 2016, when I started to blog this topic quite seriously. It covers many aspects of IoT including its definition, applications, benefits, challenges, tips, the country’s IoT challenges and many others.

IoT World Blog

This Blog has partly helped me to be recognised as an IoT Thought Leader. The idea for this blog is quite simple – to help others in their IoT journey. How to prepare themselves with this emerging technology and the impact of business disruption in IR 4.0.

Stats for IoT World Blog

The best thing about this blog, it also provide me with other opportunities to create contents on other social media channels such as YouTube, Podcast and TikTok. Furthermore, it has given more visibility and exposure to get myself invited as Keynote Speaker in conferences, seminar and webinars. Some of the contents of which I have created earlier has been turned into eBooks (Your IoT Journey and IoT Notes) – which I have given the subscribers for free.

Welcome to Mazlan Abbas Blog

This is the first post to indicate the opening and launching of Mazlan Abbas website dated November 17, 2021.

Dr. Mazlan Abbas

I was listening to Pat Flynn podcast and was inspired by his work work on Smart Passive Income. It all started two weeks ago and I have just finished his 22nd Podcast. He had over 500 podcast which he published almost every week.

Although, I have my own Blog called IoT World which I have created many years back, I have always wondered whether I should create my personal website using my name. I checked and noticed the domain mazlanabbas.com was not taken and that’s when I decided today to buy the domain and use WordPress as the hosting site for the Blog.

There’s always pros and cons of having our own name as the domain such as we will not be able to sell this domain name later as compared to niche sites. Furthermore, I have many other things which I would like to share but unable to do that on my IoT World Blog.

I have created many other personal or hobby sites such as:

However, all of them did not have it’s own domain name since it’s a free. And I found it’s difficult to manage multiple sites. Thus, I decided to (as of today) to manage only two sites which I have interest and passion. One for Internet of Things (i.e. IoT World) and the other is this Mazlan Abbas blog.

I will keep on posting the progress of this site as I customised it’s theme and content. As usual, currently this site does not appear in the first page of Google yet when we do a search on “Mazlan Abbas” (which it should). And also no one has yet subscribe to this Blog yet – something which I would like to measure the number of followers too.