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Axiata & Atilze to work on Connected Cars & LoRa IoT network in Malaysia

Axiata Group Berhad is collaborating with Atilze Digital Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Yen Global Berhad, to trial, explore, develop and pursue Internet of Things (IoT) opportunities, initially focused on connected car solutions and commercialising city-wide LoRa network deployments.

L-R: Anil Chet Karamsingh, Group Business Development Consultant of Axiata Group Berhad, Dominic Arena, Group Chief Strategy Officer of Axiata Group Berhad, Gerard Lim, Chief Executive Officer of Atilze Digital Sdn. Bhd., Howard Chen, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gemtek Technology Co. Ltd.

L-R: Anil Chet Karamsingh, Group Business Development Consultant of Axiata Group Berhad, Dominic Arena, Group Chief Strategy Officer of Axiata Group Berhad, Gerard Lim, Chief Executive Officer of Atilze Digital Sdn. Bhd., Howard Chen, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gemtek Technology Co. Ltd.

Both companies signed a Collaboration Agreement (CA) last week for a period of twelve months (12), where Atilze together with Axiata will jointly implement Proof-of-Concept (POC) pilots for Connected Cars and LoRa IoT network in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. 

Atlize’s Connected Car solutions will have a range of applications that include 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).

With this collaboration, both Axiata and Atilze will work together to acquire partnerships and create collaborative ecosystems with other stakeholders for the city-wide LoRa Network.

LoRa Network is the foundation of the targeted IoT applications under the CA. LoRa, known as long range, low-power wide area network (LPWAN) provides a lower cost connectivity solution with broad coverage and lower energy consumption. Hence, it is an environmental friendly and advanced, standardised technology backed by several global telecom companies, designed to suit the demands of IoT applications and services today and into the future. Importantly, LoRa compliments operators’ cellular 3G and 4G LTE networks.

Under the CA, Atilze will supply the LoRa gateways, antenna systems, nodes and devices for use with existing and new sensor systems that form the basis of IoT applications in industries such as Transportation, Utilities, Healthcare and Smart Cities. Atilze will also manage, operate and provide maintenance and support services for its city-wide LoRa Network.

The initial IoT applications and services that will be implemented on the LoRa Network will focus on Connected Car, Asset Tracking, Smart Parking, Smart Metering and Security services.

Commenting on the signing ceremony, Gerard Lim, the Chief Executive Officer of Atilze said, “We see huge opportunities for IoT applications and services across South and Southeast Asia, and this is why Axiata is the natural partner of choice for Atilze given the regional footprint and scale that Axiata has, as one of the leading telecommunications groups in the region. 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.”

Lim further added, “This is a very exciting time for us to partner with Axiata to carry out these IoT projects. I trust that this partnership will deliver synergistic benefits to both Axiata and Atilze by leveraging on Axiata’s footprint across Asia as well as Atilze’s focus as an IoT services and solutions provider. Together with Axiata, Atilze looks forward to deliver a positive impact to the lives of millions of people across Asia.”

Atilze has recently partnered with Cyberview Sdn Bhd to build, operate and commercialise a LoRa Network in Cyberjaya, that positions Cyberjaya as the first smart city in Southeast Asia connected with a city-wide LoRa Network.

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