In Southeast Asia, Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and its applied research agency, MIMOS has launched a nation-wide Internet of Things roadmap which will serve as a guideline for IoT deployment.
The Malaysian town of Cyberjaya, situated about 50 km south of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, will be developed as the model city, where Internet of Things deployments will be concentrated and will serve as an example for further IoT implementation in other part of the country.
Cyberjaya will implement various Internet of Things based solutions such as smart traffic management system and public safety monitoring, energy management, among many others, which can be enhanced and rolled out at a larger scale at a later stage.
Says Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation: “Internet of Things implementation goes across key social and economic sectors.
“This means that the development and implementation of IoT require a clear guideline and strategy that takes into account various critical aspects such as data security and sovereignty, privacy, intellectual property management.”
Internet of Things driving economic growth
The minister added that Malaysia’s ‘creative and high-potential talent groups, good investment climate, as well as strong interest and commitment’ are key factors driving the country’s push to become a regional Internet of Things hub.
At the launch of the IoT roadmap in Cyberjaya, Dr. Ewon (minister) provided statistics regarding the expected impact of IoT on the country gross national income (GNI).
He stated that IoT implementation in Malaysia is expected to contribute RM9.5 billion (US$ 2, 496 125 570) to the country’s Gross National Income (GNI) by the year 2020 and RM42.5 billion (US$ 11, 166 877 550) by 2025.
Internet of Things deployments are also expected to create 14,270 high-skilled employment opportunities by 2020.
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and its applied research agency, MIMOS is working with several Malaysian companies, including Cyberview Sdn Bhd, CyberSecurity Malaysia and SAS Inc, in a bid to affirm Cyberjaya as a ‘Smart and Safe City’ through the Internet of Things.
Sheikh Manzoor Ghani, SAS Malaysia’s Head of Sales Operations that the software company will work with MIMOS to develop applications and services covering smart energy management, smart policing and government service efficiency.