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Why MIMOS is urging Malaysia's IoT community to collaborate

AvantiKumar | Aug. 27, 2015
The revolutionary, disruptive nature of IoT also requires a deep understanding of human needs.


Photo - Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah, President and CEO of MIMOS (left) and Yang Berhormat Datuk Madius Tangau, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (right) during the tour of BTIX Lab. Looking on is Dr. Amiruddin Bin Abdul Wahab. CEO, CyberSecurity Malaysia, (extreme right).


Malaysia's national applied research agency MIMOS has called on the Internet of Things (IoT) community to prioritise collaboration to better realise the development opportunities for the nation.

When launching the Malaysia IoT Week (MyIoT Week) 2015 earlier this week, the minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Datuk Madius Tangau, said all players in the Malaysian IoT sector needed to think beyond seeing IoT as just a single technology run by single players.

"IoT requires the re-architecting of various technologies and business approaches. Hence, it is important for the whole community to work hand-in-hand to provide market solutions. I am encouraged to see the formation of an IoT community as a platform for the industry to work together," said Madius.

"Although IoT is fundamentally about communication among inanimate objects, deeper understanding of human nature and human needs will prepare us for a more practical, sustainable and responsible implementation," Madius said.

IoT has been identified as one of the key technology areas in 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK11) to enhance the productivity of new knowledge-based growth areas, namely; agriculture, logistics, healthcare and advanced manufacturing, he said.

 Also present were Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) deputy secretary-general (Policy) Dato' Dr Mohd Azhar Hj Yahaya; MOSTI deputy secretary-general  (Science) Dr Zulkifli Mohamed Hashim; CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab; and MIMOS chief executive officer, Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah.

IoT benefits by 2020

Madius said that strategic implementation of IoT was expected to contribute RM9.5 (US$2.24) billion to Malaysia's gross national income (GNI) by 2020, and RM42.5 (US$10) billion by 2025.  IoT is expected to create more than 14,000 new high-skilled jobs, and it is forecast that more than 200 SME companies will benefit from IoT by 2020.

He said that through the National Science and Technology Policy and the National IoT Strategic Roadmap, MOSTI will promote both scientific and innovation activities among the community and intensify collaborations among the industry, government research institutions and the academia. 

"Looking at the revolutionary and disruptive nature of IoT, the community that is formed out of this (National IoT Strategic) Roadmap need to regularly meet and discuss.  The consequences of IoT are manifold," said Madius, adding that MOSTI was acting as an end-to-end organisation, in both departments and agencies to lead the deployment of the IoT in Malaysia. 

In addition to MIMOS, the industry would be able to engage with CyberSecurity Malaysia, SIRIM and Standards Malaysia for the industrialisation of IoT, he said.

For industry funding, MOSTI's portfolio included Malaysia Venture Capital Management (MAVCAP), Malaysia Debt Venture (MDV), Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) and industry development funding mechanism such as Pre-Comm and CRDF.  MOSTI is committed to the success of IoT in Malaysia, Madius said.

"MOSTI will assist the IoT industry in facilitating technology and innovation development, with the establishment of a focal point for IoT Malaysia's ecosystem as the first step," he said.

Big Data IoT Technology Accelerator

During the same event, Madius also launched the Big Data IoT Technology Accelerator (BITX) Lab, an open innovation laboratory that will provide end-to-end services and provides necessary technologies for IoT applications and services.

MIMOS's Abdul Wahab said that the newly-launched laboratory will encourage the industry to work together in one central point to facilitate the exchange of ideas and development of innovative solutions. "The laboratory would also enable the industry to showcase their IoT ideas, prototypes and proofs of concept."

"The lab should serve as a technology reference centre and facilitate open innovation activities among industries, academia and government research institutions," he said.

Abdul Wahab added that Intellectual Properties generated by MIMOS are meant to be shared with the industry.  "MIMOS will provide patented technologies and technological assistance through our facilities to help enhance the country's comparative advantage and to further accelerate innovation activities of the local R&D communities. The industry should exploit our research outputs to gain competitive edge in the global arena."

In addition to MyIoT Week 2015, which started with an IoT Scientific Symposium and an IoT industry roundtable, two-day ASEAN IoT Innovation Forum was held at Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur on 25-26 August.


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