Photo - Dato' Abdul Wahab Abdullah, President & CEO, MIMOS Berhad.
Malaysia's national applied R&D agency MIMOS has signed an agreement with US-headquartered geospatial solutions provider Esri to enhance the government's research efforts.
Speaking in Kuala Lumpur on 31 October 2014 during the National Innovation Conference and Exhibition (NICE) 2014, MIMOS president and chief executive officer Dato' Abdul Wahab Abdullah said that both parties' joint initiatives will involve knowledge sharing as well as the use of accelerated technologies, cyber security, and Big Data Analytics (BDA).
MIMOS and Esri will also conduct training programmes to develop the geospatial skill sets of the local talent pool, Wahab said. The memorandum of understanding also supported MIMOS' Open Innovation Platform, which involves collaborative engagements with government agencies such as the Royal Malaysian Police, the Ministry of Health, Department of Immigration, Ministry of Defence, Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), and Department of Survey and Mapping (JUPEM).
Technologies developed by MIMOS were capable of analysing high-volume geospatial information at a reduced infrastructure, he said. "This capability will allow Malaysia to strengthen its defence and security agencies with the combined power of location-based technology and acceleration technology, at a low cost."
He said that that MIMOS would engage in research and development activities using accelerated high-volume Geographic Information Systems [GIS] analytics - using MIMOS Accelerator Library (Mi-AccLib) technology, and Integrity Platform (Mi-Trust) for GIS data leakage protection and custom-made geoprocessing tools.
"Partnering with a leading GIS company like Esri proves that MIMOS is well-positioned to capture future growth in the global marketplace," Wahab said. "With this collaboration, our national security and public safety agencies can modernise operations while saving time and money on resources."
Inspiring the region
Esri Malaysia CEO Lai Chee Siew said one of the benefits of the partnership will be that MIMOS "inspired hundreds of other organisations throughout the region."
"Through this new partnership, MIMOS can now equip organisations with access to unprecedented map-driven data and analysis, ensuring they can derive new insights and unearth patterns and trends that may otherwise remain buried in static reports and charts," Lai said.
"We believe through this collaboration, we can empower organisations with the right tools and technology to ensure they can continue to innovate and produce impactful outcomes," he said.
Esri Asia Pacific general manager Leonard Jayamohan said that the collaboration with MIMOS marked "another chapter in Esri's contribution in Malaysia."
"I am excited that now Esri will not only provide existing technologies to Malaysia but will also be involved in research and development of new home-grown technologies that will empower and improve decision-making in the country," said Jayamohan.
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