Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Eight Indonesian startup companies showcase their innovations at Australia’s largest information and technology exhibition, “Centrum fur Buroautomation, InformationTeknologie und Telekomunikation” (CeBIT), which is held in Sydney from May 15 to 17, 2018.
A statement from the Indonesian Consulate General in Sydney, received by Antara here on Wednesday, mentioned that the Indonesian Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf), in cooperation with the Ministry of Trade and the Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC), had opened the Indonesian Pavilion under a theme “Archipelageek” on Tuesday (15/5/2018).
Consul General in Sydney, Heru Subolo, attended the exhibition to open the Indonesian Pavilion at the International Convention Center Sydney along with Bekraf’s Deputy Marketing Josua Simanjuntak; Bekraf’s Deputy for Infrastructure Hari Sungkari; Trade Attach of the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra Iman Nurmansyah; and ITPC’s Head Agung Haris Setiawan.
“CeBIT can be a means to showcase the achievements of Indonesia’s digital sector to the Australian people and strengthen business ties between our businesses and various digital actors in Australia,” Consul General Subolo remarked.
He hoped that Indonesia’s participation in the event could attract more investments and build collaboration to improve Indonesia’s digital products.
The eight participating Indonesian startup companies were selected through a curation process. They are Squiline, Medico, 8Villages, Nicslab, Yava-Solutions 247, Jojonomic, Ukirama, and Metabuilders (Merakyat.co).
The participating companies offer their innovative solutions, ranging from hospital management, data management, business management, online language learning, efficient research facilities, and an improved system for agricultural production quality control.
Squline’s co-founder Tomy Yunus Tjen expressed hope that his company’s participation in CeBIT would increase and expand the number of online platforms for language learning users which he developed from Australians who are interested in learning Bahasa Indonesia.
Meanwhile, Kevin Eka Putra, the co-founder of Ukirama, who is also a graduate of the University of New South Wales, hoped his participation in CeBIT could be an inspiration for Indonesian students to work in the digital sector.
CeBIT Australia 2018 has been officially opened by the Minister of Finance, Services and Property of the Government of New South Wales, Victor Dominello, and will last for three days. (lwa)
E-VOTING COULD BE A SOLUTION FOR ELECTIONS : BPPT
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – An electronic voting (e-voting) system for elections in the future could well be a solution to the cumbersome voting process used presently and drastically reduce the use of human resources, an official has said. “An e-voting system is accurate and can reduce the restlessness of people,” Head of electronic voting (e-voting) system at Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) Andrari Grahitandaru said here Thursday (25/4/2019).
The vote count would not just be simplified but electronic voting could ensure an accurate recapitulation of votes. Through the system, the validity of a voter could be verified, he noted.
There is also no need to record votes manually. With e-voting, a voter just has to match his fingerprint on an electronic identity card (e-KTP).
Once a voter enters the polling station, he casts his vote using an electronic touch screen ballot. This enables the voter to cast his ballot privately and independently, and the result of the vote is immediately recorded.
Electronic voting, therefore, can provide efficiency of up to 50 percent when compared to manual voting.
However, electronic voting machines should be used at least five times.
KPU Commissioner Viryan Aziz informed journalists in Jakarta on Tuesday of the deaths of 119 polling station working committee members, and 548 others falling ill. These officials were managing different ballot booths across Indonesia’s 25 provinces.
Some 33 Elections Supervisory Committee members too lost their lives while fulfilling electoral duties, Commissioner of the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) Fritz Edward Siregar confirmed. (mar)
TWITTER WORKS WITH KPU TO VERIFY LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES ACCOUNTS
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The Twitter Indonesia Office is collaborating with the General Elections Commission (KPU) to verify the accounts of the legislative candidates standing for this year’s parliamentary elections.
First, the KPU would select the Twitter accounts that need to be verified, which will be followed by Twitter checking them to ensure they meet verification standards. Once the accounts are verified, a healthy conversation can be promoted between the candidates and the people, said the Twitter Indonesia Office blog on Wednesday (3/4/2019).
Considering that the popular social media platform is a place for different segments of society with diverse views, the Twitter Indonesia Office will ensure it upholds the utmost impartiality.
The Twitter Indonesia Office reiterates that it will firmly uphold the principles of openness, transparency, and impartiality. Its products and policies have never been developed based on certain political ideologies.
On April 17, around 192 million eligible voters across Indonesia will flock to polling booths to cast their votes for their representatives at the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Representatives Council (DPD), as well as provincial and district/city legislative bodies.
They will also vote for their preferred pair of presidential and vice presidential candidates.
Indonesian citizens living or traveling abroad will also be able to exercise their voting rights in areas determined by the local election committees at the Indonesian embassies, consulate generals, and consulates.
With the due date inching closer, legislative candidates of various political parties are intensifying their efforts to approach community members, who are eligible to vote, including millennials, who are generally first-time voters.
The same strategy is also being applied by the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno pairs. (nat)
TELKOM MAKES INDONESIA “GLOBAL DIGITAL HUB”
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – State telecommunication operator PT Telkom Indonesia Tbk has completed the sea cable communication system (SKLL) project called Indonesia Global Gateway (IGG), making the country one of the global digital hubs.
“We have completed the IGG sea cable project which makes Indonesia one of the hubs for global internet traffic,” Telkom Indonesia Director of Wholesale and International Services Abdus Somad Arief said in a press statement released on Thursday (21/3/2019).
The operation of the IGG sea cable connects Europe and America through Indonesia, he said.
“SKKL South East Asia-United States (SEA-US) and Southeast Asia Middle East West Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) are connected by IGG, which connects Dumai to Manado,” he said.
IGG is an underwater optic cable system which will connect the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Batam, Java, Bali, Kalimantan and Sulawesi to Singapore.
NEC Corporation (NEC) is Telkom’s partner for cable with a speed of 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) x 80 wavelength (wl) x 4 optic fiber pair (fp), which spans about 5,300 kilometers to connect the major cities in Indonesian such as Dumai, Batam, Jakarta, Madura, Bali, Makassar, Balikpapan, Takaran and Manado to Singapore.
IGG provides direct connections between two international underwater cable systems. One of them is from Europe (SEA-ME-WE 5) with Dumai at the tip and the other from the western coast of the United States (SEA-US) with Manado as the tip.
TelkomGroup is part of sea cable consortium SEA-ME-WE 5 and SEA-US. (rhm)
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