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Old October 15th, 2008, 01:29 AM   #1
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TECHNOLOGY & Innovation of Malaysia

K-One Technology to go global
By Goh Thean Eu Published: 2008/10/13
BusinessTimes



The size of the Malaysian global positioning system device market is still small, as such the company is in 'advanced talks' with potential foreign partners

K-ONE Technology Bhd, which unveiled its new global positioning system (GPS) device to the local market about a month ago, aims to sell its products to other countries in Asia and Europe by the end of this year.

The company is in "advanced talks" with potential foreign partners, such as map providers, dealers and distributors.

The move to venture overseas is critical, as the size of the local GPS device market is still small.

Last year, about 50,000 sets of GPS devices were sold in Malaysia, which currently has about 10 million cars on road with about 400,000-500,000 new cars sold every year.

"If you want to be big in this business, you have to go overseas," chairman Edwin Lim Beng Fook said in an interview in Petaling Jaya recently.

The business is expected to grow strongly over the next three years. Lim expects the GPS devices would contribute about 15 per cent of its revenue within three years, mainly driven by overseas demand.

The company knows it needs to be fast to launch its GPS devices to other countries, as most cars are still not equipped with such devices.

According to him, only 10-20 per cent of cars in US and Europe have GPS devices, while less than five per cent of vehicles in Asia Pacific are equipped with the device.

"There's plenty of opportunities. It's a business which is very attractive," he said.

The firm believes the timing to roll out its GPS devices is right, as potential customers are already aware of the technology, and the market is not crowded with too many players yet.

More importantly, the prices for such devices have dropped tremendously these days, making these devices affordable for average income earners.

"Four to five years ago, it's about RM4,000-RM5,000 a unit. Today, you can get a decent one for just below RM2,000," said Lim.

To penetrate the Malaysian market, K-One has tied up with over 400 local dealers.

Lim hopes its GPS devices would become the country's "preferred choice" in three years. It will be competing against existing brands like Garmin and TomTom.

Nevertheless, Lim said he is not too worried about facing new competition in this market, as the pie is still big and the barrier of entry is high.

"It's not easy for anyone to enter into this business. You must have the technology and the staying power," he said.

The company's GPS device, N870, is its first own-brand product after seven years of being solely a designer and maker of mobile phone accessories and computer-related accessories for other manufacturers.

"If you market it under your brand name, you will have better visibility in the market.

"When you have better visibility, you will have more control on your destiny. Besides, it will also help stabilise the volatility in the OEM business," Lim explained.

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PIKOM and MIMOS in Pact to Accelerate Commercialisation of Locally Developed Technologies
28 August 2008



PIKOM – the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia
– and applied research organization MIMOS Bhd have joined forces to speed
up the development of locally developed products and services in the
information and communications technology (ICT) industry.


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competitive local companies and indigenous industries
PETALING JAYA, August 28, 2008 – PIKOM and MIMOS today sealed a pact to accelerate commercialisation of locally-developed technologies in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) field.

Through collaborative efforts, as outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed today, the two parties will leverage on each other’s strengths and capabilities to fulfill the ICT needs and market demands towards growing globally competitive local companies and indigenous industries.

Being the National ICT Association of Malaysia, PIKOM knows the ICT market and players well; while MIMOS as the premier applied research centre in frontier technologies, is focused on developing new frontier technology platforms, some of which are now ready for commercialization.

“This combination opens up numerous possibilities in terms of development of new ICT solutions needed by in the local market. Quite likely, some of these solutions could also be applicable to overseas markets.

“This fits well into our 5 Year Strategic Plan which seeks to expand both the domestic and export markets for local ICT players. The ultimate goal of the Plan is to double the Malaysian ICT market size from about RM40 billion in 2007 to RM80 billion in 2012,” says PIKOM President C J Ang, who represented PIKOM at the MoU signing ceremony.

Signing on behalf of MIMOS was its President and Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Abdul Wahab Abdullah. The signing was witnessed by Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) YB Tuan Haji Fadillah Haji Yusof.

“This collaboration is aimed at moving the local ICT industry up the value chain through the base technology platforms, developed by MIMOS, upon which the indigenous industries can build products for the local and international markets,” said Dato’ Wahab.

“MIMOS’ focuses on strategic market-driven product development and advanced technology, which essentially involves the development of technology for future products through commercialization, to meet market needs. As such, without having to invest in research, which has a long gestation period and high market uncertainty, the indigenous industries are able to focus on building the brand and the marketing channels,” he added.

The collaboration will, among others, see PIKOM and MIMOS working closely in identifying market requirements, of the Malaysian ICT industry, and matching those requirements against technologies developed at MIMOS’s laboratories.

Both parties will also assist each other in identifying suitable technology recipients of MIMOS for the purpose of commercialization in line with MOSTI’s technology licensing and transfer programme.

In cases where the required technologies have not yet been developed, MIMOS will work closely with the potential intended recipients to map out their specific requirements and needs.

The MoU is valid for five years and renewal of the partnership after this period will be subject to mutual agreement from both parties.
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First Hydrogen-Powered Motorcycle launched
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H2 MOTIVE - world First Hydrogen-Powered Motorcycle (MOTOSIKAL KEBANGGAAN UTM)


Putrajaya, September 17: UTM once again made history in the exploration of science and technology after successfully developed a first ever hydrogen-powered motorcycle, known as H2 Motive.

This state of the art motorcycle is first of its kind in the world and is environmentally friendly as it does not emit any smoke or sound. This project is an invention by a group of researchers led by Prof. Dr. Hamdani Saidi from the Business Advanced Technology Centre (BATC) UTM.

With an overall width of 760 millimeters, overall height of 1155 millimeters, overall length of 2010 millimeters and weighing 130 kilogram, the motorcycle can go up to 110 KM/H and as far as 500 kilometers with every gallon of hydrogen combustible source.
Triple win for H2 Motive in South Africa
10 Oct 2008



Skudai, October 10th: A month after it was officially launched, H2 Motive, a Hydrogen powered motorcycle developed by a group of UTM researchers made history after winning three main prizes at the South Africa Solar Challenge Competition held on September 26th to October 8th.

The Vice Chancellor, Dato’ Prof. Ir. Dr. Zaini Ujang said, the RM 1 Million worth motorcycle won first place for the Green Fleet category, Mountain Climbing category and a special award at that competition.

He said that the vehicle which uses hydrogen as its energy source proved its amazing capability and durability during the whole competition.

Its concept is environmentally friendly as it uses no engine lubricant, does not emit any smoke or sound and it can act as a generator.

“The vehicle which took 3 years to be developed was a project by a group of researchers from the Business Advance Technology Centre (BATC), led by Prof. Dr. Hamdani Saidi.

“What is more important is that the motorcycle had no problems enduring mountainous regions higher than Genting Highland,” he said in a press conference held here.

The competition was participated by researchers from various institutions around the globe to display their latest inventions and discoveries.

He added that the successes was a prove of the capability of UTM researchers are at par with researchers from developed countries.

According to him, the motorcycle can speed up to 110 kilometers per hour and can reach a distance of 500 KM for every gallon of hydrogen.

In that competition, the motorcycle had to endure a 4, 175 kilometer journey starting from Pretoria through Cape Town and Durban before turning back to the starting point.

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Scomi Urban Transit Rail Application (SUTRA)
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Monorail project work to start in Jan
Ninad Siddhaye Friday, October 17, 2008 03:47 IST
Daily News & Analysis (DNA) India
http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1198856

The first monorail corridor in the country will finally see the light of day, but at a cost higher than what was expected. The executive committee of the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) gave the green signal to the of 19.5km corridor from Jacob Circle to Chembur.

Initially, the single-track rail system was to be constructed at a cost of Rs1,440 crore. The only consortium eligible to build it, Schumi Engineering and Larson & Tubro (I thought it's Scomi Engineering), even agreed to complete the project, but the estimated cost quoted by them was a cause of concern for the officials.

However, three consultants — Rites, Louis Berger and Sovil — worked out the financial model of the project. The final decision was to give the work order at a cost of Rs2,460 crore. “We can expect the work to start in January,” said MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Kawathkar.

Bidding for Metro phase II:
January will also see the bhoomipoojan of the second phase of the metro railway corridor. There are seven parties in the fray for building the second line which will be between Charkop-Bandra and Mankhurd. All parties have been sent requests for proposals by MMRDA. The bidding process will be completed by December and the project will kick-start from January.
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Scomi to get monorail work order in 2 months
Published: 2008/10/17

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MUMBAI: Scomi Engineering Bhd, with its consortium partner Larsen & Toubro (L&T), has won the bid to build the estimated RM2 billion Mumbai monorail project — the company’s maiden overseas monorail venture.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development (MMRD) Authority spokesman Dilip Kawathkar said the work order would be issued to Scomi and L&T within the next two months.

Late yesterday, MMRD executive committee led by chief secretary Johnny Joseph cleared the billion-ringgit project submitted by Scomi and L&T.

“The work order will be issued to L&T-Scomi within two months and work will start by January 2009. The first 10km from Jacob Circle to Wadala will be operational in two-and-a-half years,” he was quoted by the Times of India.

The 20km-elevated monorail, the first such project in India, will run through Jacob Circle and Chembur Station via Wadala in the financial capital.

Scomi and L&T beat seven other companies that bidded for one of the most expensive infrastructure projects in Mumbai and only two were shortlisted after a lengthy process.

Scomi/L&T and Reliance Infrastructure-Hitachi consortium led by India’s industrialist, Anil Ambani, were the final bidders.

“The partnership between L&T and Scomi and the agreement to complete the project within 30 months were the key factors for winning the project.

“Moreover, Malaysia’s experience in completing infrastructure projects on a fast-track basis and L&T’s engineering capabilities were distinct advantages,” a Mumbai-based source familiar with the project said.

The project will be on a design-and-build turnkey basis. — Bernama
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Scomi bags India rail job
By Marina Emmanuel Published: 2008/10/18
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SCOMI Engineering Bhd clinched its first overseas monorail deal in India this week.

The company, with its consortium partner Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) which is India's largest engineering and construction group, has reportedly bagged the estimated RM2 billion monorail project in Mumbai and is awaiting a work order from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development (MMRD) Authority.

It is learnt that Scomi will be introducing its homegrown next-generation monorail SUTRA (Scomi Urban Transit Rail Application) in the 20km elevated monorail project, which is said to be the first of its kind in India.

The Scomi Group, via subsidiary Scomi Rail Bhd, is one of only two integrated monorail system providers in the world that offer design, fabrication and integration of monorail rolling stock and related electro-mechanical system.

The Times of India reported that the project will run through Jacob Circle and Chembur Station via Wadala in Mumbai.

The MMRD executive committee led by chief secretary Johnny Joseph cleared the billion-ringgit project submitted by Scomi and L&T on Thursday, the daily reported.

"The work order will be issued to L&T-Scomi within two months and work will start by January 2009. The first 10km from Jacob Circle to Wadala will be operational in two-and-a- half years," he was quoted by the Times of India.

The route is said to have 18 stations and each train will have four bogies (truck assembly), and the monorail is expected to run in a frequency of six minutes.

Scomi and L&T beat seven other companies that made bids for one of the most expensive infrastructure projects in Mumbai.

Only two firms - the other being the Reliance Infrastructure-Hitachi consortium led by Indian industrialist Anil Ambani - were the final bidders who were shortlisted after a lengthy process.

Scomi officials when contacted declined comment, pending official notification about the award from MMRD.
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http://www.wsc.org.au/

Driving 3021 kilometres through the middle of Australia requires some careful planning and route maps are the heart of the challenge.Route markers every kilometre, check points throughout the route.

This is the first time that the University Teknologi Malaysia will compete in the Panasonic World Solar Challenge. The team has already proven themselves as a force in the solar car industry, creating two records in Malaysia Book of Records, one as the first solar car, and the other for longest solar car journey.

The team look forward to learning from other competitors, as well as gaining exposure through their participating in the event. On their return to Malaysia, the team hope to hold workshops to educate others about solar cars and technology.

SURIA KAR (version 2)

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Pensyarah USM Cipta Kamera Perubatan Hasilkan Imej Wajah Manusia Dengan Tepat
16 Oktober, 2008 16:13 PM



DR. ZAINUL (kiri) bersama Dr. Zulkepli menunjukkan
kamera perubatan ciptaan mereka di USM semalam.


PULAU PINANG, 16 Okt (Bernama) -- Seorang pensyarah Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) berjaya menghasilkan kamera perubatan yang mampu mendapatkan imej wajah manusia dengan tepat, yang pertama seumpama itu di negara ini.

Pensyarah dari Pusat Pengajian Sains Pergigian Dr Zainul Ahmad Rajion berkata inovasi pertama seumpamanya di Malaysia itu mampu mendatangkan manfaat besar dalam bidang perubatan di negara ini.

Beliau yang mempunyai pengetahuan luas dalam bidang pengimejan kraniofasial (wajah) berkata dua produk bermutu tinggi iaitu "MyCranio dan MyCast " berfungsi untuk pengaplikasikan sistem kamera photogrammetric dalam pengimejan perubatan.

"Penyelidikan kedua-dua produk itu dilakukan sejak empat tahun lepas dan ia bakal memberi manfaat besar dalam bidang perubatan negara khasnya dalam kaedah klinikal dan pembedahan kerana ia berfungsi mendapatkan gambaran wajah asal manusia dengan tepat.

"Selain itu, ia juga mampu menghasilkan imej wajah manusia berkualiti tinggi menggunakan teknik terkini dalam bidang teknologi serta mendapatkan pengukuran yang lebih tepat dalam sesuatu analisis," katanya pada sidang akhbar di USM di sini hari ini.

Zainul berkata dari segi faktor masa, kaedah produk itu lebih cepat berbanding kaedah konvensional kerana hanya gambar-gambar subjek perlu diambil berbanding kaedah konvensional yang memakan masa 20-30 minit untuk menyelesaikan proses pengukuran.

Beliau berkata penggunaan MyCranio dan MyCast berstruktur stereo kamera iaitu gabungan dua kamera yang telah dikalibrasi itu boleh di bawa ke mana-mana dengan mudah berbanding produk sedia ada.

Subjek juga tidak perlu kembali semula untuk melakukan pengukuran sekiranya terdapat keraguan dalam pengukuran kerana dengan produk itu pengukuran semula titik-titik kraniofasil boleh dibuat dengan hanya menggunakan imej subjek berkenaan, katanya.

"Penggunaannya hanya memerlukan pengambilan data dalam sesuatu imej yang jelas dan ia akan dianalisis dengan penggunaan software serta semua data dan sampel akan diproses mengikut koordinat yang telah sedia ada. Penggunaannya adalah mesra pengguna dan pengukuran yang dihasilkannya adalah sangat tepat," katanya.

Beliau berkata produk yang dihasilkan dengan kerjasama pelbagai bidang kepakaran iaitu bidang kejuruteraan, kedoktoran dan sains komputer itu melibatkan kos sebanyak RM32,380 bagi MyCranio dan sebanyak RM30,500 bayi MyCast.

Zainul berkata kedua-dua produk itu telah digunakan di Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM) sejak empat bulan lepas dan pihaknya kini sedang berbincang dengan sebuah syarikat untuk mengkomersialkannya.

"Ia mungkin akan berada di pasaran pada awal tahun depan," katanya.

-- BERNAMA
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USM Lecturer Invents Medical Camera System For Facial Imaging
October 16, 2008 18:13 PM

PENANG, Oct 16 (Bernama) -- A Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) lecturer has scored a first for the country by inventing a medical camera system that can capture a precise image of the human face.

Dr Zainul Ahmad Rajion, a lecturer at USM's School of Dental Sciences, said the innovation would be beneficial to the country's medical industry.

An expert in the field of craniofacial imaging, he said the system which incorporated two cameras, named "MyCranio MyCast", was an efficient tool in producing stereo photogrammetric medical imaging.

"Images can also be obtained faster compared to conventional methods which can take up to 30 minutes," he told a news conference at USM here today.

Other advantages, he added, were that the system was highly portable and cost less less than RM70,000 to produce.

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Monorel: Scomi dapat projek RM2b di Mumbai
18 Oktober 2008
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MUMBAI, 17 Okt. - Scomi Engineering Bhd (Scomi Engineering) bersama rakan kongsi konsortiumnya, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) telah berjaya memenangi bidaan bagi pembinaan projek monorel di Mumbai yang dianggarkan berharga RM2 bilion Mumbai. Ini merupakan projek sulung monorel syarikat di luar negara.

Jurucakap Pihak Berkuasa Pembangunan Kawasan Metropolitan Mumbai (MMRD), Dilip Kawathkar berkata, arahan kerja bagi projek itu akan diberikan kepada Scomi dan L&T dalam tempoh dua bulan akan datang.

Lewat Khamis, Jawatankuasa Kerja MMRD yang diketuai oleh Ketua Setiausaha Johnny Joseph, meluluskan projek berbilion-bilion ringgit yang dikemukakan oleh Scomi dan L&T itu.

''Arahan kerja akan diserahkan kepada L&T-Scomi dalam tempoh dua bulan dan kerja-kerja akan bermula menjelang Januari 2009.

''Landasan monorel 10 kilometer pertama dari Jacob Circle ke Wadala akan beroperasi dalam dua setengah tahun akan datang,'' katanya, seperti yang dilaporkan oleh akhbar Times India.

Monorel bertiang sepanjang 20 kilometer yang pertama seumpamanya di India itu akan merentasi Jacob Circle dan Stesen Chembur melalui Wadala.

Dilip Kawathkar menjelaskan bahawa, Scomi dan L&T telah mengalahkan tujuh syarikat lain yang membida bagi satu daripada projek prasarana paling mahal di Mumbai dan hanya dua melepasi saringan selepas proses yang panjang.

Scomi/L&T dan konsortium Reliance Infrastructure-Hitachi yang diketuai usahawan India, Anil Ambani, merupakan pembida peringkat akhir.

''Perkongsian antara L&T dengan Scomi dan perjanjian menyiapkan projek itu dalam tempoh 30 bulan adalah antara faktor utama yang menyebabkan projek itu dimenangi syarikat.

''Selain itu, pengalaman Malaysia dalam menyiapkan projek prasarana dengan pantas dan keupayaan kejuruteraan L&T merupakan kelebihan yang terserlah.''

Tambah beliau, projek itu akan dilaksanakan atas dasar siap guna serta reka bentuk dan bina.

- Bernama
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MIMOS, named the world slimmest PC as Makcik PC



Makcik PC specs:

Price RM500 - RM1000
Weight about 800gram
Built in Flash memory
Touch screen (no keyboard)
16in wide screen
Easy accessiable
Equipped with WiFi, Bluetooth, WiMax

The purpose Malaysia release this Makcik PC is because we want to reduce the technology gaps between town and outside-town areas. We want all Malaysians will able to have a PC in home. Maybe that is why MIMOS want to use Makcik PC for the branding because their targeted customers are peoples who live outside town.





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http://www.wsc.org.au/

Driving 3021 kilometres through the middle of Australia requires some careful planning and route maps are the heart of the challenge.Route markers every kilometre, check points throughout the route.

2nd Team
The team from the University of Malaya, the oldest university in Malaysia, are participating in the Panasonic World Solar Challenge for the first time in 2007 with their vehicle, Mederka.

The World Solar Challenge celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2007. This event is conducted every 2 years by the South Australia Tourism. The World Solar Challenge is a solar powered-car race over 3021 km (1,877 miles) through central Australia from Darwin to Adelaide.

The race attracts teams from around the world, most of which are fielded by universities and corporations. The Challenge of the race was to design and build a car capable of crossing the vast and imposing continent of Australian using only sunlight as fuel and to prove it, in the spirit of friendly competition against others with the same goal.

Mederka



At Hidden Valley Darwin during the qualifying /scrutineering session.


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MIMOS sasar lebih agresif
20 Oktober 2008 Oleh Azman Ibrahim
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KUALA LUMPUR 19 Okt. - Selepas memperkenalkan 'Makcik PC', MIMOS Bhd. (MIMOS) sedang merancang menghasilkan lebih banyak ciptaan terbaru dalam industri teknologi komunikasi maklumat (ICT) sebagai menyokong pembangunan ekonomi negara.

Pengarah Pengurusan Portfolio Teknologinya, Ahmad Helmi Abdul Halim berkata, pihaknya mahu menghasilkan teknologi ICT berkonsepkan masa depan yang boleh diintegrasi untuk kegunaan harian.

Beliau yang enggan mengulas lanjut berkata, pasaran projek baru itu adalah untuk kegunaan industri dan syarikat tempatan.

"Kami di MIMOS mahu cuba mencabar apa yang difikirkan sebagai mungkin demi untuk menyemarakkan lagi industri ICT di Malaysia dengan teknologi masa hadapan," katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini baru-baru ini.

Ahmad Helmi berkata, pihaknya akan mempamerkan teknologi-teknologi yang dibangunkan oleh MIMOS sepanjang tahun ini dari enam buah makmal mereka di Prebiu Teknologi MIMOS ke-2 di sini pada 2 hingga 4 Disember depan.

Beliau berkata: ''Jumlah sebenar bahan teknologi itu masih menjadi rahsia dan ia akan menjadi satu kejutan besar kepada para pengunjung.

"Melalui prebiu ini, kami akan meningkat proses kesedaran akan adanya teknologi canggih bertaraf dunia yang dihasilkan oleh saintis, penyelidik dan jurutera tempatan," tambah beliau.

Mengulas mengenai perkembangan Makcik PC, Ahmad Helmi berkata, dua jenis model komputer tablet ciptaan yang diperkenalkan pada November lalu iaitu JENii dan iDOLA tetapi belum memasuki pasaran bakal mencatat jualan memberangsangkan.

Beliau menambah, sasaran itu dibuat berikutan harga kasar kedua-dua Makcik PC tersebut didapati antara yang terendah di pasaran dan ia berpatutan untuk kegunaan seluruh rakyat.

Katanya, harga sebenar akan ditetapkan oleh syarikat penerima teknologi, tetapi pihaknya menyasarkan harga JENii dalam lingkungan RM550 hingga RM650 sebuah manakala iDOLA pula dari RM850 hingga RM1,000.

"JENii dicipta untuk pasaran bagi merapatkan jurang digital manakala iDOLA pula untuk pasaran pendidikan. JENii disasarkan pada golongan yang belum dapat menguasai teknologi maklumat (IT) seperti suri rumah dan warga tua manakala iDOLA pula disasarkan untuk golongan yang sudah menguasai teknologi IT," katanya.

Platform teknologi Makcik PC bagi model JENii dikendalikan oleh syarikat Smart Computing Sdn. Bhd. manakala iDOLA oleh FTEC System Sdn. Bhd.

Makcik PC dilancarkan oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi pada 30 November tahun lalu bertujuan untuk meningkatkan kadar celik IT di kalangan penduduk luar bandar.

Selain direka untuk penggunaan yang lebih mudah dan harga yang menarik, ia turut menggabungkan teknologi yang canggih seperti teknologi Semantik (salah satu cabang Kecerdasan Buatan), IPv6 dan juga Pengkomputeran Grid.

Beliau berkata, pihaknya masih di tahap perancangan perniagaan dengan dua pihak syarikat yang menjadi penerima platfom teknologi dari MIMOS itu.

Jelasnya, perancangan yang teliti dalam pemasaran, logistik serta kerja-kerja pengilangan adalah terletak kepada pilihan pihak berkenaan.

Beliau berkata, pihaknya juga membantu kedua-dua syarikat itu untuk berunding dengan pengeluar komponen komputer seperti pemproses mikro dan paparan cecair kristal (LCD) supaya mereka dapat mengguna teknologi yang terbaru.

Beliau menambah, platform teknologi JENii bertujuan mengisi jurang pasaran IT sekarang di mana setakat ini belum ada mana-mana komputer yang dapat menolong golongan yang 'buta' komputer untuk mencelikkannya.

"Penyelidikan kami mendapati terdapat golongan yang takut dengan papan kekunci dan juga tetikus. Ada juga yang takut bila menggunakan enjin pencarian apabila melihat beribu-ribu atau berjuta-juta web page yang keluar selepas membuat pencarian.

"Kami juga dapati terdapat golongan yang mempunyai televisyen (TV) dan juga telefon selular sebagai alat perhubungan, tetapi masih takut menggunakan komputer,

"Jadi kita dapat melihat dengan reka cipta komputer tablet yang ringan dan nipis serta berteraskan "handwriting recognition," kami dapat mengisi kekosongan yang ada di pasaran sekarang,'' tambahnya.
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Idola mudahkan pelajar sekolah
Sunday, 06 July 2008
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Idola khusus untuk remaja.

KEJAYAAN serta sambutan yang menggalakkan daripada orang ramai di atas kehadiran komputer tablet buatan tempatan ‘PC makcik’ sebelum ini mendorong MIMOS Berhad (MIMOS) untuk menghasilkan dua lagi model komputer tablet iaitu Jen-ii dan yang terbaru merupakan model Idola.

Sebelum ini, kewujudan PC makcik yang disasarkan pengunaannya terhadap penduduk luar bandar itu adalah bertujuan untuk merapatkan jurang digital antara penduduk di kawasan bandar.

Oleh yang demikian, melihat kepada permintaan yang menggalakkan itu, MIMOS telah membuat peningkatan dan penambahbaikan terhadap PC makcik dan sekali gus memperlihatkan penghasilan model Jen-ii.

Jen-ii yang dilancarkan November tahun lalu itu pula disasarkan bagi kegunaan suri rumah berusia 35 tahun ke atas di kawasan luar bandar.

Penerapan aplikasi ringkas terhadap Jen-ii itu membuatkan ia mudah untuk dikendalikan oleh sesiapa sahaja secara tidak langsung menepati kriteria bagi digunakan oleh kumpulan sasar.

Lanjutan kepada usaha menyahut seruan kerajaan dalam menghasilkan masyarakat berteknologi maklumat (IT), MIMOS sekali lagi mengambil inisiatif dalam membangunkan model komputer tablet terbarunya Idola.

Model Idola yang lengkap dibangunkan dalam masa 13 minggu itu pula disasarkan penggunaanya bagi golongan usia muda dan pelajar sekolah.

Selain itu, baru-baru ini, MIMOS bergabung tenaga bersama-sama FTEC System Sdn. Bhd. dengan menandatangani memorandum persefahaman (MoU) bagi memperkembangkan inisiatif perpindahan teknologi (TOT) .

Menerusi kerjasama itu, FTEC dipertanggungjawabkan untuk mengkomersialkan Idola serta menambah baik fungsi komputer tablet tersebut.

Menurut Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MIMOS, Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah, tujuan utama perpindahan teknologi ini dijalankan adalah untuk memberi hak dan kebenaran kepada FTEC mengkomersialkan teknologi serta produk yang dibangunkan oleh MIMOS.

“Tepat dan selari dengan masanya, model Idola ini merupakan produk yang baik untuk FTEC memperkembangkannya seterusnya dijadikan sebagai perkakas yang mampu digunakan di sekolah-sekolah.

“Ia juga akan menjadi kunci kepada menerapkan bidang teknologi maklumat dan komunikasi (ICT) dalam membudayakan generasi muda menjadi celik IT,’’ katanya selepas menandatangani MoU bersama-sama FTEC di ibu pejabatnya baru-baru ini.

Dalam pada itu, Idola yang hanya mempunyai berat 800 gram itu dikatakan hadir dengan aplikasi yang mudah dan sangat sesuai untuk dikendalikan oleh golongan berusia muda.

Pemprosesan

Lebih menarik, ia dijana menggunakan pemprosesan terkini Intel Atom yang dikatakan menjimatkan tenaga dan terbaik dalam prestasinya.

Idola juga dilengkapi dengan sambungan jalur lebar tanpa wayar, Bluetooth serta hadir dengan khidmat sambungan Internet IPv6.

Melalui IPv6, sambungan dan capaian Internet dikatakan lebih pantas dan luas berbanding IPv4.

Gabungan semua ini membolehkan pelajar melayari Internet dan melakukan tugasan di mana saja mereka berada.

Tidak didatangkan dengan papan kekunci, Idola menggunakan skrin sentuh bagi aplikasinya serta papan kekunci lembut (soft keyboard).

Namun, bagi mereka yang mahu menggunakan papan kekunci fizikal, terdapat port USB atau bluetooth untuk menyambungnya.

Kehadiran port USB pada Idola juga membolehkan komputer tablet itu diselaraskan dengan pelbagai gajet lain.

Walaupun belum berada di pasaran, harga runcit Idola ditawarkan kepada pengguna adalah pada RM960.

Kehadiran Idola ini secara tidak langsung akan memperkembangkan generasi yang mampu menjadi pemangkin kepada industri ICT negara.
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FTEC and MIMOS collaborate for iDola
by Nigel Yap Thursday, 19 June 2008 10:08 PM



FTEC and MIMOS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the joint development of business plans and to explore technology transfer initiatives. The joint development of business plans is primarily for product development and commercialization of MIMOS’ PC-based computing device – iDola – and Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) technology.

iDola, previously code-named CyberTablet and powered by Intel’s ATOM low power processor, is designed to bridge the digital divide. Developed in collaboration with Intel Malaysia, iDola is targeted at the lifestyle market, education sector, and those with a limited budget but who want basic computing and Internet accessibility. As a tablet PC, iDola boasts of touch-screen features as well as full-fledged PC capabilities including Wi-Fi, WiMAX and Bluetooth connectivity and IPv6 technology.

iDola will be the key enabler for the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation’s K-School project aimed at improving education delivery and school administration through information and communications technology (ICT)-based systems and tools. The K-School project designed to ensure Malaysia’s continuous competitiveness in the Knowledge economy will enhance ICT and school facilities and develop an ICT culture within the K-School community. The provision of innovative smart solutions, like iDOLA, will ensure the efficient management of schools which will in turn increase productivity and performance of students, teachers and administration staff.

“MIMOS’ collaboration with FTEC System is another step closer in our efforts to move Malaysia’s information and communications technologies (ICT) industry higher up the value chain and stimulate Malaysia’s economic growth through the development of innovative technology platforms. The ultimate aim is to grow globally competitive indigenous industries by licensing and/or transferring MIMOS technologies or Intellectual Properties to qualified indigenous companies, like FTEC, to further develop products and services to meet market demands,” said MIMOS President & Chief Executive, Dato’ Abdul Wahab Abdullah.

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) selected FTEC Systems as MIMOS technology recipient for iDOLA in line with the government's effort to bridge the digital divide.

The commercialization of MIMOS' applied research output is in line with the government's aspiration of Malaysia becoming a net exporter of ICT products by 2020.

Mr. Tang Boon Koon, Managing Director of FTEC Resources Berhad, said, "The signing ceremony today can be regarded as an ideal scenario for the advancement of the ICT agenda for the nation, where a premier research and development entity joins hands with a homegrown industry leader to bring forth advanced technologies to narrow the digital divide for the betterment of the society at large."

Tang believed that equipping schools with ICT is an important step towards initiating all schoolchildren, rural and urban alike, to embrace ICT as an integral part of their lifestyles, and play an early role in creating a knowledge-based generation.

"We are keen to leverage on the iDola technology to integrate it onto our existing product roadmap. We plan to develop a pipeline of ICT products to cater for those who require basic computing and Internet accessibility, and bring about further commercialization of this made-in-Malaysia technology."

"As a homegrown IT brand with 14 years of experience in the industry, we believe we are more than familiar with the industry terrain ahead. With our extensive clientele base and wide distribution network in Malaysia and across the region, we are confident that our wealth of experience would indeed enable us to ably commercialize this homegrown technology for the nation and the wider region in a timely manner," added Tang.
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PM launches Malaysia-Korea tech centre
Published: 2008/10/21
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THE Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (Might) has collaborated with the Korea Technology Transfer Centre (KTTC) to set up Malaysia-Korea Technology Centre (Mykor).

Mykor will be a gateway for the industries to promote technology transfer and commercialisation for both countries, Might said in a statement.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi launched Mykor in Kuala Lumpur yesterday after witnessing the memorandum of understanding between Might and KTTC.

The MOU will focus on joint collaborative efforts to strengthen technology transfer initiatives to bring innovative ideas to market.

Mykor will operate at Might's office in Putrajaya with direct liaison counterparts in KTTC, South Korea.

It will provide a bi-directional channel that allows industries and research institutions to prospect and trade intellectual property and technologies at the regional level.

Mykor will also provide a technology marketplace to translate the commercial use of technology into industrial applications and products.

KTTC is the leading premier organisation for technology transfer and commercialisation in South Korea.
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Malaysia to review perks for aerospace sector
Published: 2008/10/21

THE government will review the incentives for the aerospace industry to attract more foreign investors to the sector, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

“The industry is expanding and has become a competitive. Among the measures will be to beef up the given incentives in order to make them more attractive,” Abdullah told reporters after chairing the fifth Malaysian Aerospace Council meeting at the Parliament Building yesterday.

Earlier, the prime minister had launched the Malaysia-Korea Technology Transfer Centre, an initiative of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) in collaboration with the Korea Technology Transfer Center (KTTC).

Abdullah said that to date, the industry had recorded a growth worth RM23 billion and double-digit growth in two years.

The industry has also contributed 3.65 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) last year.

“From the information that we have received, indeed there are many foreign aerospace companies keen on opening up certain specific facilities in our country,” he said.

Asked on the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) project, Abdullah said there was potential for commercialisation and export.

Three local companies namely Composite Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM), Ikramatic System and System Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd have been working on the project.

“This is a good development in the aerospace industry and will provide us with further strength to expand and develop the industry,” he said.

The government has invested RM5 million on the UAV project and RM15 million has been invested by the three companies. — Bernama
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Malaysia aims to be the first Web 3.0 society in the world
Government agency MIMOS drives country’s semantic tech industry
By AvantiKumar
17 Oct 2008

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MIMOS Drives Semantic Technology Industry for the Nation
KUALA LUMPUR, 17 OCTOBER 2008 - A Malaysian government applied research agency wants the country to be recognised as the first Web 3.0 society in the world.

MIMOS is driving the semantic technology industry in the nation towards this goal.

According to its president and chief executive officer, Dato’ Abdul Wahab Abdullah, the focus is on transferring semantic technology platforms, developed by MIMOS, to the local industries.

This will be in line with the agency’s mission to pioneer information and communications technology (ICT) towards growing globally competitive indigenous industries.

“Semantic technology is driving the next generation of the Web, the semantic Web, a machine-readable Web of intelligent data and automated services that amplify the Web far beyond its current capabilities,” said Dato’ Wahab, at the agency’s Semantics Symposium in Malaysia.

The symposium, themed Future of Semantics Technology, attracted more than 100 participants from the government, industry, academia as well as students.

Dato’ Wahab said the event was a platform for participants to gain insights and first-hand knowledge of semantic technology from renowned North American and European experts.

The speakers included American professor, John Sowa of Vivomind, Austrian professor, Klaus Tochtermann of Know Centre, US-based Franz’s Sheng-Chuan Wu, and Australian professor, Brian Garner of Knowledge Networks.

Intelligent applications across sectors

Dato’ Wahab said MIMOS’ semantic technology platform has the potential to deploy intelligent applications in various industries, such as business, finance, agriculture, healthcare, transport and public safety.

The agency has established a centre of excellence (CoE) in semantic technology, aimed at enhancing the use of ontology and semantic Web technologies to automate the collection, modelling, organisation and retrieval of knowledge. This is in collaboration with local and foreign universities and industry players.

Computers will ‘understand’ meaning

Dato’ Wahab said semantic technology enables computers to achieve a higher degree of “understanding” of the information they process. This provides users with better ways to navigate through vast amounts of information and to find the relevant facts. “The semantic Web allows publishing of structured data, the meaning of which is described and understood by both people and computers.”

Dato’ Wahab added that MIMOS partners included foreign universities and organisations, such as the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Austrian University Technology Graz, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and US organisations Franz and Vivomind.

He said that as well as collaborating with Universiti Malaysia Sabah, MIMOS has also established a joint research lab at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, and is working with its faculty of computing science and information technology on language technology initiatives for commercialisation of such technology.
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programDNA looking at listing within 3 years
By Vasantha Ganesan Published: 2008/10/28

PROGRAMDNA Sdn Bhd, a provider of outsourced secured payment processing platform for cards issued by financial institutions and large merchants, is looking at a possible listing within the next three years.

The company, which essentially facilitates the split second transaction between the time a payment card is swiped and approved, provides savings to these card issuers by enabling them to cut costs both in terms of investment and management.

"We are looking at a possible listing within the next two to three years. We are currently restructuring the business (to prepare for listing)," its group chief executive officer Seow Kien Guan said.

The company, which was started in 1998, is 85 per cent owned by Seow and and his partner Mohammed Iqbal Abdul Samad who is also the chief technology officer. The remaining stake is held by Al Alagappan and Jeffrey Perera .

It is now in discussions with local institutional investors who are keen to invest in the company.

"We are looking for partnership with financial institutions or national switches to provide the services," Seow told Business Times when asked about its growth plans for next year.

Apart from its use in the credit cards, debit cards and other loyalty cards which function like a payment card, programDNA's service would extend to include payroll processing, business-2-business and even bill payments.

programDNA, whose clientele in Malaysia now include Diners Club, Green Packet, Tune Money, TuneHotels.com and Media Prima, is looking to widen its reach especially into countries with a huge population.

This is because the company's revenue is generated based on per transaction or "pay per use."

"We are looking at penetrating into markets with a large population base," Seow said, adding that in the past four to five years, it has handled US$1 billion (RM3.57 billion) in transactions.

In line with its growth plans, programDNA is in the midst of upgrading its security services to Level 1, in compliance with the Payment Card Industry from Level 2. Level 1 means the addition of a backup data storage and a continuous processing site.

The upgrading exercise, to be completed by end-2009, will be done through a RM3.1 million grant given to it by Malaysian Technology Development Corporation.

Meanwhile, programDNA's sales and marketing arm, iPayDNA, which provides Internet merchants accounts to accept card payments online is already offering its services in China, Mauritius, Europe and Georgia.

While iPayDNA's focus is on Internet transactions, it is not limited to the Internet. It can be used for mobile payments, at point of sale.
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