Malaysia’s largest utility Tenaga Nasional Berhad is advancing its research into Internet of Things (IoT), energy management and smart city technologies through its research arm - Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) and its memorandum of understanding signed with EnVerv at the weekend.

US semiconductor manufacturer EnVerv and UNITEN will collaborate to develop talent as well as deliver production-worthy designs for IoT, smart city development, solar power and energy management.

EnVerv has been working closely with UNITEN over the past four years in conducting field tests in smart grid communications over low voltage and medium voltage power lines in different cities in Malaysia.

Reza Mirkhani, founder and senior vice President at EnVerv, said: “As an integral part of TNB, UNITEN is uniquely positioned to not only lead the research in smart city technologies, smart sensors and smart grid communications, but to have the ability to rapidly develop, prototype and field trial these new technologies within the UNITEN smart city test bed.

“We look forward to a long-term partnership with UNITEN as we map out our expansion plans in Malaysia which includes state of the art Research & Development for all aspects of Internet of Things (IoT) including Smart City Elements such as Smart Sensors, Active Lighting, Next Generation Solar and Advanced Smart Grid technologies.

With a high density of top engineering universities harnessing advanced engineering programs, and a vision for transformation by the Malaysian Government towards a Low Carbon Economy, Malaysia has all the right ingredients for a successful launch platform for our next generation IoT plans.”

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