Dr. Mazlan speaks to Anand Gijare about his views on growing sector of IoT and its implementation in wearable technology and how FAVORIOT will be helping spur IoT in Malaysia…
Dr. Mazlan is the co-founder and CEO of FAVORIOT Sdn Bhd. He is ranked Top 10 in IoT Top 100 Influencers by Postscapes 2017 & 2018, ranked Top 20 Global Thought Leaders on the Internet of Things (February 2019) by Thinkers360, ranked No. 20th Thought Leader in IOT by 2014 Onalytics Report – “The Internet of Things – Top 100 Thought Leaders, ranked among 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders by World CSR Congress. Before Favoriot, he spent 2.5 years as CEO of REDtone IOT and 8 years in MIMOS Berhad as Senior Director Wireless Communications Cluster. He also spent 13 years in CELCOM. He is currently the Adjunct Professor for Universiti Malaysia (UniMY) and Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP).
1. Tell us about How exciting the field of IoT is becoming
Answer: Many felt that IoT’s growth seems to be very slow due to confusion on how to start their IoT journey. However, for the past couple of years, many conferences and training have been conducted and now many have started to plan their journey by identifying their business case. Coupling with the technologies in the era of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) such as Artificial Intelligence, Virtual/Augmented Reality, Blockchain and Robotics – the interest in Internet of Things has significantly increased because it’s one of the first fundamental building block for 4IR. Intelligence requires the right information and data – which comes from the relevant sensors.
2. How do you see FAVORIOT differentiate
Answer: Although FAVORIOT might have not the most technologically advanced technology, but it has the right IoT platform that can help to spur the IoT ecosystem in Malaysia. FAVORIOT is seen as a trusted partner and an enabler to many of the IoT initiatives while we also building our own end-to-end solution RAQIB using wearable to monitor Hajj Pilgrims and Senior Citizens among others. Furthermore, FAVORIOT also have a solution that can build Smarter Cities through the eyes of the citizens via a crowdsensing platform called Favorsense. It’s unique in such a way that it’s a great citizen engagement application that can collect the pain-points of the cities while resolving them transparently and efficiently with a proper channel.
3. What shall we expect from FAVORIOT ahead
ANSWER: FAVORIOT is pursuing to expand its market beyond the shores of Malaysia and actively seeking for investors and partners.
4. What will you advice to FAVORIOT
ANSWER: The journey into the world of IoT can be quite complex if we are unable to define the right business case and business model. Technology might not be the stumbling block. One of the most important aspect for the realization of IoT is to be a risk taker and able to adopt and adapt to digital transformation. Finally, in all IoT projects – “Think Big but Start Small”. The confidence that you will gain from the success of IoT smaller projects will help you to scale.