Asia Mobiliti completes pilot deployment of Orion, an IoT device for buses

Asia Mobiliti Sdn Bhd, a startup focused on transit tech completed the pilot deployment of Orion, an IoT device made for buses. The pilot was carried out in collaboration with a Malaysian fleet operator KR Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd.

Orion was installed on the whole fleet of the LTCP (long-term car park) shuttle bus which includes 6 active buses owned by KR Travel. The free shuttle service is provided at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) 1 and KLIA 2.

Asia Mobility said that Orion is the first locally made device in the transportation and mobility industry to feature dual LTE and Sigfox connectivity in a single device. The high-bandwidth 4G LTE connectivity is enabled via an embedded SIM (eSIM), substituting the physical SIM card.

This will significantly improve the manageability of devices on large transport fleets as the operators can easily provision network connections wirelessly without having to replace physical SIM cards in their vehicles.

This technological advancement is possible with the partnership between Asia Mobiliti and its telecommunications network partners, Digi and Xperanti.

“eSIM is indeed the next-gen connectivity enabler and is set to be a key growth driver for all types of IoT devices. There are many use cases of eSIM with clear merits in terms of scalability, convenience, and reliability among others. We look forward to supporting Asia Mobiliti in their smart mobility agenda, as well as collaborating with more IoT ecosystem partners to deploy Digi’s eSIM technology,” said Digi’s Chief Digital Officer Praveen Rajan.

Orion’s Sigfox module that enables a low power wide area network (LPWAN) for asset tracking in non-powered states, including when vehicles are in workshops and service depots for long periods. Orion is able to report the vehicle’s location for periods beyond 12 months utilising the battery-powered Sigfox module.

“This partnership with Asia Mobiliti and Digi demonstrates the potential of leveraging both, high bandwidth (4G) and low bandwidth (Sigfox 0G) technology to create practical and scalable industrial IoT solutions on a connectivity agnostic IoT platform for the market,” said Xperanti Chief Operating Officer Vicks Kanagasingam.

“Our partnerships with Digi and Xperanti as the local telcos for cellular and Sigfox network were crucial in the engineering and development process,” said Ramachandran Muniandy, Asia Mobiliti’s Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer.

KR Travel & Tours are planning to carry on its collaboration with Asia Mobiliti as its technology partner to drive new solutions and services. “Asia Mobiliti is a huge enabler of our digital transformation ambitions, and we look forward to launching new mobility services soon,” said KR Travel & Tours CEO Rajkumar Batumalai.

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