MAHB signs Mou with MIMOS to utilise IoT technology for Malaysian airports

Maintaining the overall condition of buildings is a huge undertaking for any company. Preventive maintenance is imperative when it involves the safety and security of the public.

Now, with the help of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, it is possible to predict and pinpoint when the equipment is likely to experience a breakdown and to also forecast potential hazards by running machine learning algorithms on the computers.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Applied Research and Development (R&D) agency MIMOS Bhd on 23rd April 2019, for the adoption of advanced technologies to improve the maintenance of Malaysian airports.

The memorandum serves as a strategic technology-driven commitment in providing technical advisory services for the development of a unified Internet of Things (IoT) technology platform for MAHB.

In the future, the IoT platform will have machine learning capabilities for predictive maintenance of MAHB’s airports and systems. In addition, its development is in tandem with the National IoT Strategic Roadmap.

MAHB group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin, said the group is looking to improve operational efficiency and the quality of service at its airports to become a recognized service leader.

“While a superior service culture is core to this transformation, another intrinsic element would be the spirit of innovation. Innovation is the cornerstone to our organization’s sustained growth and prosperity,” Raja Azmi added.

Besides that, MIMOS Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Thillai Raj, said the R&D centre would be working closely with MAHB in supporting the Industry4WRD national policy on Industry 4.0.

Other than that, the centre will provide expertise in technologies that are relevant to the airport operator and focus on enhancing MAHB’s predictive maintenance capabilities.

“To improve overall operational efficiency and enhance airport experience, it is crucial to employ technologies that are able to detect operational anomalies,” said Thillai.

He further elaborated, “Combining the power of IoT, machine-learned model and edge computing, our solutions will strengthen MAHB’s predictive maintenance capabilities, hence support in more precise decision-making.”

The MoU signing ceremony was attended by MAHB chairman Tan Sri Zainun Ali, Raja Azmi, MIMOS Interim President and CEO, Emelia Matrahah and MAHB Information Technology General Manager, Lee Yiang Ming.

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