Photo- Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer, MDEC
National ICT agency Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Telekom Malaysia's (TM's) wholly owned VADS Lyfe have joined an alliance to promote national IoT (Internet of Things) adoption through the LoRa WAN connectivity protocol.
In the recent announcement, MDEC's chief executive officer Dato' Yasmin Mahmood said the move to join the open non-profit association, LoRa Alliance, will help to share best practices in the implementation of the LoRa protocol in Malaysia.
She said this was in line with the government's initiative towards promoting new industries including the IoT industry and making Malaysia a regional hub for IoT.
The LoRa connectivity protocol is a new power efficient wireless wide area (WAN) network technology for interconnecting devices with low-bandwidth connectivity over a long range beyond 10km-20km radius.
In addition to existing protocols such as Bluetooth, zigbee, Wi-Fi, LoRa should deliver more benefits to industrial, transportation, agriculture and other related sector applications.
Massimo Migliuolo, chief executive officer of Smart City Services provider VADS Lyfe and IT outsourcing services company VADS, said: "As a member of the LoRa Alliance, we will actively develop new solutions for our smart services offerings through the Internet of Small Things."
"Drawing on TM's vast infrastructure of network, data centre, ICT and BPO solutions, we enable integrated solutions for an increasingly connected and digital world," said Migliuolo.
Malaysia's IoT roadmap
He said TM was "well positioned to be at the forefront to enable and execute LoRa technology nationwide. TM will embark on a nationwide Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) via a low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) development based on the LoRa Technology."
In addition, smart services offerings such as smart parking, street light management, building health management and others verticals will be implemented via VADS Lyfe.
"MDEC as the lead ICT government agency for Malaysia will continue to drive its vision of a fully developed sustainable digital economy," said MDEC's Yasmin.
"This will be built upon a vibrant domestic ICT industry, transformative use of digital solutions by the government, businesses and citizens, as well as a robust enabling ecosystem," she said, adding that under the National IoT Strategic Roadmap developed by the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI) last year, MDEC has been tasked to lead IoT industry development, which is aligned to the Digital Malaysia initiative.
MDEC's contributions to the LoRa Alliance include promoting:
- Awareness: Aligned to developing IoT as a new source of ICT growth for Malaysia, MDEC will help LoRa Alliance to create awareness nationwide and in the region;
- Adoption: Work with key stakeholders to derive impactful IoT implementations with LoRa technology;
- Assistance: Support the entry of LoRa Alliance and its members into MSC Malaysia that provides incentives for ICT companies to operate out of Malaysia as a new direct entrant to the Malaysian and South-East Asia marketplace.
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