Yen Global’s Atilze teams up with MDEC to build ‘Smart Living Cities’

PETALING JAYA: Yen Global Bhd’s high-technology subsidiary Atilze Digital Sdn Bhd is partnering Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to build city-wide Internet of Things (IoT) sensor networks using LoRa technology.

Together with MDEC, Atilze will build city-wide LoRa networks to support applications and solutions including intelligent street lighting, smart car parking, water management, slope management to detect and predict landslides, trackers for children and the elderly, manhole covers and meter reading.

“At Atilze, we believe that these IoT applications generate a lot of data that when combined with big data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide actionable insights that will transform our cities into ‘Smart Living Cities’, and in the long run help improve our quality of life,” Atilze CEO Gerard Lim said in a statement last Friday.

The Atilze-MDEC Smart Living City, powered by LoRa technology, will be designed as an open platform where other solution and application providers can connect their services onto the city-wide LoRa network and offer their services to the citizens and/or businesses in the city.

According to Yen Global, the partnership with MDEC has already borne fruit, with MDEC introducing other MSC Malaysia Status companies to the city-wide LoRa network.

Since the initiation of the partnership, a company specialising in water management and a city developer has shown interest in the applications, especially in learning the impact of the LoRa network on the city.

The partnership has garnered interest from overseas IoT companies that offer intelligent street lighting and smart parking, to connect their ready systems and solutions onto Atilze-MDEC’s city-wide LoRa network.

“As an institutional member of the LoRa Alliance, we are committed to drive awareness and adoption of IoT solutions into verticals such as manufacturing, transportation and smart cities. We welcome Atilze’s entrance into the Malaysian market as a pioneering IoT network provider.

“They will play an important role in the ecosystem by providing the infrastructure to accelerate our efforts in advancing Malaysia’s digital economy. We look forward to further collaboration going forward,” said MDEC Infotech Division vice-president Norhizam Abdul Kadir.

To recap, Atilze inked a distribution agreement with Gemtek Technology Co Ltd in April 2016 to promote, market and sell products such as LTE, broadband, IoT and other telecommunication products in Southeast Asia. In June 2016, Gemtek made a strategic 10% investment in Yen Global.

Listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange, Gemtek is a global wireless broadband product leader with an annual revenue of over US$1 billion (RM4 billion). It is a pioneer member of the LoRa Alliance, a market-leading Low-Power Wide-Area Network technology, especially for IoT based on the LoRa technology.