Cytron has today inked a collaboration Agreement with Atilze Digital Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of G3 Global Berhad (formerly known as Yen Global Berhad), to provide enterprises, businesses, Maker Community, students, IoT developers and hobbyist with the essential Internet of Things (IoT) building blocks that includes the Atilze LoRa shield together with the easy-to-use Atilze Fabrick IoT application software platform to develop their IoT applications.
The signing ceremony was held on 23rd May 2017 at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (“MCMC”), Kuala Lumpur, in conjunction with the Digital Lifestyle – IoT Transforming Businesses event hosted by MCMC. The agreement was signed by Mr. Gerard Lim, Chief Executive Officer of Atilze and Ober Choo, Technical Director for Cytron. Dato’ Lai Yit Loong, Chairman of the Malaysia IoT Consortiumwas also present during the signing event.
The strategic collaboration between Atilze and Cytron has resulted in the birth of the Atilze LoRa shield for Arduino: Designed, engineered and developed jointly by the two parties. The Atilze LoRa shield can access the Klang Valley LoRa network and the Atilze Fabrick IoT software platform. Alongside the deployment of the Atilze LoRa Shield, Atlize will provide free six months access to the Atilze Fabrick Platform and the Atlize Developers Kit, an easy-to-use toolset for developers to build their IoT applications on. The potential IoT applications includes smart cities, smart agriculture, smart buildings, smart industries, smart logistics, smart homes and many others.
New IoT applications developed with the Atilze LoRa shield can be immediately deployed on the LoRa network that spans Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Puchong, Subang, Shah Alam, Klang, Port Klang and Cyberjaya. Additionally, there are also discussions to expand the LoRa system into the other states across Malaysia. This LoRa shield will soon be available on Cytron’s online marketplace in mid of July 2017.
Apart from Malaysia, these IoT applications built on the Atilze LoRa shield can also be deployed on LoRa networks that Atilze is building out in other parts of Southeast Asia, with Indonesia being the next market opportunity.
“We are excited and honoured to be part of this synergistic collaboration with Cytron. Our goal is to get as many interested parties to get started and involved into IoT, and by making the building blocks for IoT hardware and software accessible through the Atilze LoRa shield and the Atilze Fabrick software platform, we hope more will implement IoT as early as possible to gain from the benefits,” says Mr. Gerard Lim.
“This initiative shows our strong support to MCMC and the Digital Lifestyle Malaysia as both Cytron and Atilze believe in growing the ecosystem especially to the Maker community, start-ups in IoT, businesses, enterprises and even talented students with huge potential ahead of them,” added Gerard.
“Our team is very excited with this collaboration as we have been on a constant lookout for partners who champion IoT solution. With this partnership, we strongly believe that we can accelerate the implementation of LoRa technology into the smart city agenda that the nation is looking forward to. Besides manufacturing LoRa shields and the IoT building blocks, we also have been helping to boost demand and interest among engineering students and the maker community in Malaysia as well as Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand where Cytron is working very closely with. We always believe that young makers and students are the future in innovating new solutions for smart cities. They are the key element in which we need to nurture, empower and facilitate.” says Ober.
“Moving forward, we will be launching the IoT marketplace under the initiative of Malaysia IoT Consortium with the objective to fill up the gap of the IoT ecosystem in our region.” added Ober.
This collaboration is initiated to introduce and promote LoRa in Malaysia. The Developer Kit and training will be provided to students, the maker community and all IoT developers to have a better understanding of LoRa and have first hand experience on the IoT applications. It includes the Atilze LoRa shield and a set of sensors is a toolbox that enables a range of innovative applications to be built within IoT. It is user friendly, affordable and lowers the threshold for anyone wanting to explore the benefits of IoT and to kickstart their development.
A series of workshops and training seminars will be conducted with MCMC throughout this year starting from July 2017.
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