Photo - (From left) Dr Zulkifli Mohamed Hashim (Dep Sec-Gen of MOSTI); Prof. Emeritus Dato' Sri Dr Zakri Abd Hamid (Science Advisor to the PM);Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah (CEO of MIMOS); Dr Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman (CEO of MIGHT).
Malaysia's national applied research agency MIMOS has announced the first national Internet of Things Technical Working Group (IoT TWG) Workshop to signal the development of a National IoT Blueprint, which will play a key role in shaping Malaysia's ICT landscape and take advantage of the numerous opportunities offered by IoT technologies, it said.
Professor Emeritus Dato' Sri Dr Zakri Abdul Hamid, the science advisor to the Prime Minister, launched the two-day workshop, attended by leaders from the technology community, academia and government agencies.
Dr Zakri said the objective was to share knowledge and ideas on the best ways to understand the impact IoT will have on the country's economic and social development as well as to set the stage for collaboration in IoT research and commercialisation.
He added that IoT will transform daily life via the application of smart appliances, homes, offices, vehicles, streets and cities. The Blueprint would realise the Science to Action (S2A) initiative launched last year by Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak. The initiative aims to intensify the application of science and technology for industrial development and the wellbeing of Malaysians through three key components: Science to Industry, Science to Wellbeing and Science to Governance.
Also in attendance, Dr Zulkifli Mohamed Hashim, deputy secretary general (science) from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, said, "The IoT will inspire new working practices and business processes, spark a new wave of innovation, allow us to penetrate new markets and industries and encourage greater investments in technology."
"With the right direction and policies, the National IoT Blueprint will bring about tremendous economic benefits to the country," said Dr Zulkifli, adding that the Internet of Things embraced many technologies such as devices, embedded software, connectivity/communications and information services.
Creating 14,720 new jobs by 2020
Dr Zakri said the Blueprint would also complement national transformative initiatives as Digital Malaysia, the Government Transformation Programme and the Economic Transformation Programme.
"The Internet of Things will also act as Science to Action enablers," he said. "In Science to Industry, for example, it will realise opportunities in the digital age which in turn can lead to a Gross National Income of RM1.7 billion [US$0.53 billion] and the creation of 14,720 new jobs by 2020."
"The Internet of Things will change the digital market and create greater economic value for all organisations and for Malaysia's economy" he said, adding that the Blueprint would be presented to the government in October.
MIMOS president and chief executive officer, Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah said the Internet of Things was a logical progression for the national R&D centre in ICT after having 'introduced' the Internet to Malaysia in 1992.
"MIMOS has been undertaking applied research in ICT towards raising national competitiveness and to position Malaysia as an innovation-led economy since our inception in 1985," said Abdul Wahab. "It is therefore fitting that we spearhead the IoT initiative with the support from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation."
Agencies and companies taking part in the Workshop include the national regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), National Heart Institute, Cisco Systems, Celcom Axiata, Intel, Oracle Corporation and Microsoft.
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