PT Kimia Farma Tbk. presenting the Internet of Things (IoT) for monitoring engine conditions and efficiency at the Kimia Farma plant / The plan is that automation will be carried out by all Kimia Farma’s factories. Head of IT of Kimia Farma Ferro Armando said the implementation of IoT had been carried out by the company at the Farma Chemical Plant located in Banjaran, West Java. The factory is the largest factory in Southeast Asia. He said the use of IoT in the form of production and supervision arrangements. Kimia Farma monitors production machinery by using sensors that are attached to the machine and connected to the notification board.

He explained the board would later notify the condition of the engine and its limitations so that the personnel knew when the engine would be repaired. “How long has the machine been working and how long has it worked and when should it be serviced,” Ferro said in Jakarta some time ago.

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Not only that, Ferro also added that in 2020, the company will utilize IoT for warehousing at Kimia Farma, with the aim of creating efficiency and improving quality along with the presence of technology that monitors warehousing activities. He said that with the presence of IoT the company is expected to be able to know the entry and exit of goods in warehousing, including in terms of shipping goods to the market. “The presence of IoT is expected to be able to increase the delivery of goods and reduce errors that occur in the field,” Ferro said.

At a different time, the Indonesian IoT Association considers that the implementation of IoT in pharmaceuticals is part of the implementation of IoT devices in the Health Industry which is estimated to reach 68 million sensors in 2022 in circulation in 2022. The General Chairperson of the Indonesian IoT Association Teguh Prasetya said that most of the sensors engaged in the health sector would later be used to measure the condition of objects, even in the form of people and health machines.

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Specifically for pharmacy, Teguh said, the implementation of IoT has entered the drug ordering system. He said currently ordering drugs can be via a device and directly delivered to the customer.

“Now, if people want to order drugs, they only need to stay from their devices,” Teguh said.

Not only that, Teguh also saw that the implementation of IoT has been applied now at health schools as a training tool for prospective health workers. He added that in the future the IoT device would not only be spread in health facilities such as health schools, hospitals and pharmacies, but would also be present at the homes of consumers as well, such as blood pressure gauges and scales.

Teguh predicts there will be 20% of the total 90 million households currently, who will use health devices connected to IoT. Teguh believes that the rapid growth is caused by the increasing public awareness about the importance of maintaining health.

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“This is an opportunity there [for the development of IoT], starting from before getting sick, then detecting pain, treating illness and maintaining good health. This chain has potential, “Teguh said.

Meanwhile, Hendra Sumiarsa, Head of Business Development at IoT & Smart City Indosat Ooredoo assessed that the implementation of IoT in Pharmacy is not much different from the implementation of IoT in the manufacturing sector. He said in supporting IoT in pharmacy, it had a role as a network provider. According to him the IoT device for pharmaceuticals requires a large network capacity.

As for devices that support pharmaceutical IoT, Hendra said that it was in the factory. Indosat has not yet developed devices that focus on the industry. “They want to make an application that supports IoT in Pharmacy, so Indosat provides the cloud,” Hendra said.

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