Abang Johari witnessing the exchange of MoU documents between Sacofa, represented by Mohamed Zaid (right), and Xperanti, represented by Vicks (left). Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Sacofa Sdn Bhd, Sarawak’s leading ICT infrastructure company, has partnered with Xperanti IoT (M) Sdn Bhd to initiate pilot projects in Sarawak relating to the provision of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sacofa and Xperanti will seek to explore workable solutions for the implementation of IoT devices utilising the Sigfox IoT network across Sarawak.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg witnessed the exchange of MoU documents after the closing ceremony of the two-day International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak (Idecs) 2019 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) yesterday.

At the signing of the MoU, Sacofa was represented by its managing director Mohamed Zaid Zaini, witnessed by its deputy chairman Datuk Syed Ahmad Alwee Alsree, while Xperanti was represented by its chief operating officer Vicks Kanagasingam, and witnessed by its vice president of technology Ashokan Nair.

According to a media release, Mohamed Zaid said the MoU with Xperanti shows it is taking the lead by introducing Sigfox IoT technology to Sarawak.

“International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that over 41 billion devices will be connected digitally worldwide by the year 2025. This MoU will enable Sarawak to take part in this growth and the economic opportunities it will create.”

Vicks Kanagasingam, said the strategic collaboration between Sacofa and Xperanti is timely for enterprises in Sarawak that want to adopt Industry 4.0 with practical and proven industrial IoT solutions based on Sigfox technology.

“Furthermore, the other key objective of this collaboration between Sacofa and Xperanti is to develop an ecosystem of IoT start-ups in Sarawak to support the digital economy and fast track the adoption of Industry 4.0 to bridge the digital divide by implementing community driven IoT-based solutions such as to monitor water quality and levels, and to monitor air quality and the environment,” he said.

Xperanti is the exclusive Sigfox IoT network provider in Malaysia with end-to-end Industrial IoT solutions.