Asia Mobiliti and Xperanti bring new technology to mobility and transport industry
By Digital News Asia September 3, 2019
- Klang Valley residents spend more than 250 million hours a year stuck in traffic
- Support SMEs to adopt practical, scalable and sustainable industrial IoT solutions
Stepping out from its stealth mode, transit-tech company Asia Mobiliti which counts MalaysiaKini CEO, Premesh Chandran as its co-founder and CEO has entered into a strategic partnership to enable Sigfox IoT network connectivity being developed by Asia Mobiliti.
“Urban transit will be increasingly data and tech-driven. From autonomous vehicles to last-mile options such as electric scooters and electric bikes, commuters will increasingly adopt multi-modal transport options, rather than just an exclusive reliance on private cars,” predicts Premesh.
With a full hardware and software integration of the Sigfox IoT network into Asia Mobiliti’s platform, enterprises can use Asia Mobiliti’s devices and data platform for vehicle and cargo telematics, along with enhanced capabilities to gather newer types of data on environment and passenger sensing supported by sensors on Asia Mobiliti’s IoT devices.
“We have chosen Sigfox as our LPWAN (low-power wide-area network) of choice due to a number of strategic and technical factors. Firstly, it is a cross-border, truly global network which is becoming a must-have rather than a nice-to-have for today’s mobility needs,’’ said Ramachandran Muniandy, chief technology officer and cofounder of Asia Mobiliti.
“Secondly, the price-value technology offering of the network presents a superior choice over other LPWAN protocols, enabling easy integration with our cloud technologies and hardware components while keeping the cost of development, deployment and production low,” he adds. Another draw of Sigfox is the readiness of its local operator, Xperanti with its impressive national coverage and local support, says Ramachandran.
Meanwhile, Xperanti chief operating officer Vicks Kanagasingam points out that, “The logistics of moving people and goods play a pivotal part in everyday life, especially in urban areas. With Malaysia’s urbanisation rate peaking at 80% by 2020, daily road congestion is eating away precious time and resources, and contributing to climate change.”
Vicks highlights that Klang Valley residents spend more than 250 million hours a year stuck in traffic. Hence, the demand for smart transportation is higher than ever. “Together, Asia Mobiliti and Xperanti will provide practical solutions that will increase operational efficiency and reduce commuting time,” he promises.
“We are here to support Malaysian SMEs to adopt practical, scalable and sustainable Industrial IoT solutions in order to compete with larger companies, as well as support the adoption of Industry 4.0,” Vicks added.
Meanwhile, Premesh adds: “A common mobility platform will allow transport services to be better integrated, reach out to a wider customer base and spur faster adoption. This, in turn, will lower mobility costs while supporting the viability of our public transport systems.”
Sigfox is the initiator of the OG network and the world’s leading IoT service provider. Its global network allows billions of devices to connect to the Internet, in a straightforward way, while consuming as little energy as possible. Sigfox’s unique approach for device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability.
With its headquarters in France, Sigfox is present in over 60 countries. The company empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services, in key areas such as asset tracking and supply chain. It is ISO 9001 certified and surrounded by a large ecosystem of partners and IoT key players and has national sovereign wealth fund, Khazanah Nasional as one of the shareholders, with an investment made in 2017.
As the local partner of Sigfox, Xperanti is a natural partner for Asia Mobiliti as it builds a mobility platform to power intelligent transit systems for cities in Southeast Asia. Asia Mobiliti’s core focus is to improve urban transportation by building a data platform of transit technology components, including IoT devices for public transit vehicles, a next-generation fleet management system, and a multi-modal journey planning app. This will enable the intelligent integration of transport systems and unlock new mobility services.