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City-wide LoRa networks and connected car solutions are included in a recent Malaysian business collaboration, which will test out the appetite for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions across the Southeast Asian region.
The first objective of a 12-month strategic partnership, signed recently in Kuala Lumpur by telecommunications provider Axiata Group (Axiata) and KLSE-listed Yen Global's IoT subsidiary Atilze Digital, is to discover the viability of connected car solutions (Connected Car) and commercialising city-wide LoRa network deployments (LoRa Network).
As a second step, the partners hope to encourage collaborative ecosystems with other stakeholders to drive selected IoT solutions for city-wide LoRa Network rollouts in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
Proof-of-Concept (POC) pilots for Connected Cars will include a range of applications such as advanced diagnostics, predictive maintenance, real-time fleet monitoring and management, driving pattern analysis, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), in-car WiFi, in-car Infotainment, in-car e-Commerce, electronic gate-less toll payments and Usage Based Insurance (UBI).
During the signing at KL Hilton, Atilze's chief executive officer Gerard Lim said Axiata's regional footprint and scale will help the venture. "We see huge opportunities for IoT applications and services across South and Southeast Asia. We have already started introducing our IoT solutions to the market through Axiata and its operating companies as well as affiliates and early results have been very encouraging."
The use of the LoRa Network is the foundation of the targeted IoT applications under the agreement, said Lim.
LoRa, known as long range, low-power wide area network (LPWAN) technology provides a lower cost connectivity solution with broad coverage and lower energy consumption. The technology also rides on cellular 3G and 4G LTE networks.
Key pillar in digital economy
"IoT is one key pillar of our 'Axiata 3.0' strategy and is an emerging digital services sector estimated to be worth potentially US$30 billion by 2020 in Axiata's current footprint alone based on our own analysis of several independent forecasts," said Dominic Arena, group chief strategy officer of Axiata.
"Beyond the two billion people covered by our current footprint, there are several billion more prospective connected 'things', hence we foresee the IoT sector growing exponentially over the next two to five years," said Arena.
"The greatest economic potential will be in the B2B and B2B2C segments, and includes empowering enterprises and governments to digitise their own operations and thus provide integrated connectivity and analytics-based solutions to their end customers and citizens," he said.
"With Atilze, we will explore growth opportunities, incubate and offer targeted IoT solutions both within our existing footprint markets and also beyond where we currently operate," Arena added.
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