MIMOS is coming up with new ICT initiatives to transform businesses and government delivery systems in Malaysia.
MIMOS, Malaysia’s National Applied Research and Development Center in information, communications and technology (ICT), is developing technologies that are expected to transform businesses and government delivery systems in Malaysia. This year, MIMOS aims to kick-start the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data Analytics initiatives.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next evolution of the Internet, predicted to increase intelligent and interconnected devices – from fridges to cars to robots – that are becoming integral to the modern world and which is expected to create new business models.
Together with 40 organisations comprising multinational and local companies, government agencies, and academia; MIMOS spearheaded the development of the National Internet of Things Strategic Roadmap, which was completed in September last year, and is now in the process of syndication. The roadmap is expected to be launched in the first half of 2015.
MIMOS is aiming to develop technology platforms that will facilitate Malaysia’s industrial sector to quickly get onboard the IoT wave.
Pilot IoT deployments which MIMOS has been working on include monitoring projects in the plantation, aquaculture and environmental sectors. It is also aiming to introduce IoT projects for the healthcare market soon.
These connected devices, estimated to hit 50 billion by 2020, means that the collective output of huge amounts of data can be harnessed.
This is where technologies related to Big Data Analytics (BDA) are required – to make sense of the overwhelming data that is being generated.
In January, MIMOS signed a Memorandum of Understanding to be part of the National Big Data Analytics Innovation Network with Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU). The aim of the MoU is to establish the Digital Government lab which would then harness BDA technologies for the benefit of the government and rakyat.
The lab will be crucial in accelerating government adoption of BDA. It is also planning to deploy five high-impact Proof-of-Concept (PoC) solutions with MAMPU, and with the support from the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).
MIMOS said that these PoCs could help create business opportunities for its recipients and other technopreneurs. These POCs would then result in quicker development and implementation of various IoT initiatives.
“The PoCs will enable local technopreneurs to provide BDA services that are on par with global technology giants,” said MIMOS President and CEO Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah (pic).
This combination of IoT and BDA would then help in government decision-making processes to provide timely solutions, in areas such as healthcare and crime prevention.
“Applying locally-researched and developed technologies will help nurture local technopreneurs and at the same time ensure national sovereignty,” said Datuk Abdul Wahab.
In addition to this, MIMOS research labs have developed several critical components such as sensors, artificial intelligence, authentication, psychometric and device management solutions as well as communication systems, cloud-related technologies and related analytics technologies.