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The Indonesian Challenges

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

Our editorial teams interviewed Jean-Baptiste Voisin, Director of PTCLS Argos Indonesia on the challenges facing the country and the place of space and data technologies to address them.

How long have you lived in Indonesia?

I fell in love with Indonesia and its people, literally… more than 20 years ago. This is an incredible country and amazing to watch evolving so fast. And whatever this evolution, Indonesian are the same, kind, respectful and so interested by the others, whichever country you come from.

Such rapid growth, changing millions of people life for a better one, is not possible without difficult challenges to tackle.

What are the missions of PTCLS Argos Indonesia?

We are almost 30 collaborators at PTCLS Indonesia, working daily for a sustainable planet and more particularly for a prosperous Indonesia, respectful of its environment and of the living.

Our mission is to support Indonesia in the use of space-based solutions that place data at the core of the country’s decision-making mechanism.

Our ambition is to unleash the power of data for an informed and objective management of our land and sea areas.

In your opinion, what are the maritime challenges facing Indonesia?

In the last few years, I worked a lot in the maritime sector, so strategic to this country. I see three major issues that Indonesia must continue addressing in term of maritime challenges:

  • The first one is related to security and surveillance of activities at sea. Our 17,000 islands make Indonesia the largest archipelago in the world. Knowing the maritime activities, monitoring them to better manage their impacts and ensure our sovereignty is key.

  • The second one is for me environmental. The protection of mangroves, coral and biodiversity is strategic too and so important to future generations! In a context where maritime activities are growing, protecting the environment is also key for the future of the balance of our ecosystems but also key to ensure the success of the economy (tourism, agriculture, etc.).

  • Finally, I would like to mention the sustainable development of fisheries, particularly the consideration of artisanal fishing in the sustainable management of marine resources.

At PTCLS Argos Indonesia, we hope to play a role and to support authorities, industries, scientists and fishermen themselves. I feel really blessed to work for a company which provides very operational and efficient answers to such important challenges to Indonesia and the future generation.

No management can be successful without accurate, complete data and global decision support tools. For nearly 40 years, our group has been positioning itself as an actor of change to make our planet sustainable.

A major change driven by the mastery of new technologies. Big Data, AI, DTL, Blockchain. Tomorrow: quantum computing! Combining different technologies, we are a player with a unique offer, smart and relevant services with qualified, customized applications and uses.

What does this mean in concrete terms?

We manufacture tracking and data collection transmitters for fishing, maritime logistics, oceanographic studies, meteorological and climate applications.

Our next big step: the monitoring of traditional Indonesian fisheries. This is a major challenge!

Today, nearly half of the world’s fishermen are not considered in the management of marine resources. We have overcome the technological bias that prevents this monitoring. We do hope to, soon, be the partner of the Indonesian government in this challenge. But the transmitters are the top of the iceberg because our primary business is to provide our clients with the right information, at the right time for the best decision making.

We use our expertise and experience in satellite and insitu data, we process these data mastering a unique combinatorial power, we merge, analyze, model, interpret and disseminate the resulting information giving meaning to the data, making it directly usable to make relevant and efficient decisions.

What do we do concretely? I would say that we use 40 years of experience in data intelligence, 400 satellites, 900 international experts, in the development of last generation information systems able to give you access to all the information you need to make informed decisions et make Indonesia a rich, prosper and sustainable country.

That means more security to the vessels crew, better efficiency at sea and less impact on the environment, much more sustainability in the way Indonesia can use its marine resources, more efficient policies and actions related to pollution at sea, an higher protection of the biodiversity and its ecosystem.

Once again, I feel blessed and so motivated every single morning to be part of that.


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