BY Roznah Abdul Jabbar
Cyberview Sdn Bhd will be collaborating with Atilze Digital Sdn Bhd to build, operate and commercialise a city-wide long range (LoRa) network in Cyberjaya.
The partnership strategically positions Cyberjaya as the first smart city in Southeast Asia connected with a city-wide LoRa network.
LoRa is a ready and available low power, long range, wide area network (LPWAN) technology that is more advanced and is designed to meet the demands of today’s Internet of Things (IoT) applications and services. In view of its characteristics, LoRa technology has also been proven to reduce cost due to its minimal infrastructure requirements, fast deployment with minimal configuration, and lower cost of gateway and modules. From the technology and cost perspectives, LoRa is a necessary catalyst to unlock the next phase of smart city development for Cyberjaya.
The collaboration, signed by Datuk Faris Yahaya, Managing Director of Cyberview and Gerard Lim, chief executive officer of Atilze, is a project initiation by both companies in taking the first step and moving Malaysia towards an advanced ICT country.
Atilze will supply the LoRa gateways and antenna systems, nodes and modules and access to the IoT data cloud platform for the transmission of the data and will manage the LoRa network upon completion, whilst Cyberview provides access to towers and building roof tops.
“I believe that by adopting the concept of Smart City Living we will improve the quality of urban living standards, safety for the citizens and efficiency of our community. Using LoRa technology, we will enable a cost effective means of implementing viable and relevant IoT applications for Cyberjaya to enhance urban management, ” said Lim.
The IoT applications will be used as pilot project in the collaboration and will focus on smart city elements, which includes intelligent street lighting; environmental managements; water gauge to monitor water levels in drains, rivers, lakes, dams and water tanks; security systems for both homes and offices; and smart parking solution.
Faris said last year Cyberview set out to develop Cyberjaya into a model ‘Smart and Safe City’ through IoT and with this collaboration, Cyberview and Atilze will be working together to elevate the city towards being a ‘Living Lab’ to nurture and grow IoT talents and businesses.
He said that IoT will revolutionise businesses and consumers, like the Internet did in 1990s.