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Anwar Ibrahim is 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia; Huawei congratulates

Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd extends our sincere congratulations on the appointment of YAB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia. 

This is indeed a historical milestone for this country. This accolade has been a long time coming and is one that is truly deserved. Nations are only as strong as its leaders and we at Huawei believe that Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim will steer this country towards greater heights and bring the much needed stability the people have been craving. 

Huawei set foot in Malaysia 21 years ago and since then, we have witnessed as well as played a part in the digital advancements of the nation. We have been honored to witness the tremendous growth and changes the nation has undergone, thanks to its leadership and strong digital talent.

As a global leading technology company, Huawei has the capability to provide leading technologies and solutions for the industries in Malaysia and to assist in the acceleration of Malaysia’s next generation network and digital transformation under your powerful leadership.

We look forward to the advancements to the digital economy under the able leadership of YAB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim. This has been a long struggle for Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim and we wish the Prime Minister health, success, peace, stability, progress, and prosperity for the people of Malaysia under his stewardship. 

Singapore: Digital Solution Roadmap for Food Services Industry

Sector-specific Industry Digital Plans (IDPs), which have been at the centre of the SMEs Go Digital initiative since its 2017 launch, will be gradually updated to include a wider range of solutions. By doing so, the IDPs will strengthen their digital capabilities and remain relevant to the changing needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). The updated IDP model’s initial beneficiary is the food services industry.

IDPs offer SMEs a step-by-step guide to identifying appropriate digital solutions and related training programmes to equip staff with the necessary skill sets at each stage of their digitalization journey, aligned with the Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) for each industry.

20 IDPs have helped more than 85,000 companies so far take advantage of the SMEs Go Digital programme. These companies are in the following industries: early childhood, environmental services, food services, logistics (including air transport), media, retail, security, wholesale trade, sea transport (bunkering, harbour craft, and ship agency), accounting, hotel, construction and facilities management, training and adult education, land transportation, marine and offshore engineering, energy and chemical (process construction and maintenance), as well as precision engineering (computational fluid dynamics).

According to a 2021 SME survey by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the digital solutions suggested by the IDPs have improved overall process efficiency, with nearly 85% of respondents noting time savings. The ability to be less reliant on physical labour, which in turn allowed them to retain and develop in-house expertise for other roles, was mentioned by 75% of responses.

IDPs that have been updated seek to broaden digital capabilities and maintain relevance in a world after COVID-19. Digital transformation is still essential for sustaining company performance and sustainability as Singapore attempts to restore its economy.

IMDA will collaborate with the sector lead agencies to gradually update current IDPs to increase digital capabilities at both the sectoral and business levels and ensure that they continue to be relevant to SMEs’ needs.

The following generation of IDPs will include those listed below, building on the foundation already laid by the current IDPs:

  • Updated solution suite made available through the Digital Solution Roadmap;
  • Integrated and cutting-edge solutions to strengthen SMEs’ digital capabilities and increase their connectivity online;
  • A guide to data protection and cybersecurity measures;
  • Extension and upgrading of the relevant Digital Training Roadmap to cover Change Management and be in line with the updated solutions under the Digital Roadmap.

Tan Kiat How, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, and Low Yen Ling, Minister of State for Trade and Industry, recently unveiled the Food Services IDP, which is the first to be updated.

The latest IDP, which was created in collaboration with Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG) and IMDA, will address trends in the food services industry, such as the shift in consumer behaviour toward online ordering, e-commerce, and food delivery, as well as help SMEs in the sector overcome obstacles like a competitive labour market and rising labour costs.

Four new solution categories that are specific to the food services industry have been created to help food services SMEs access more sophisticated solutions as they continue down the path of digitalization. They are a Smart central kitchen management system, Service robotics, Food waste management, and a Connected business suite. The food services sector, which in 2021 would generate S$4 billion for Singapore’s economy and employ over 220,300 people, will continue to be crucial to the country’s economy.1

The updated Food Services IDP is in line with the Food Services Industry Transformation Map 2025, which was unveiled in May of this year and calls for developing digital champions and enhancing business competencies. The IDP will keep being updated as the market develops.

Huawei Malaysia Announces Top 10 Startups Finalists For Huawei Spark Accelerator 2022

Huawei Spark Accelerator 2022, a competition organised by Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Huawei Malaysia) to empower startup capabilities, has announced the 10 startups finalists for the final pitch in the programme’s grand finale. The competition aims to incubate, accelerate and boost innovation of startups and deep tech companies in the country, as part of Huawei’s initiative to be the driving force behind Malaysia’s digital transformation into a digital capital for the ASEAN region by 2030.

Huawei Spark was founded to empower tech startups to get investments, guidance, and support from investors, mentors and corporates. After the successful run of the programme in 2021, Huawei continues to open its doors to aspire and cultivate potential ‘Malaysian-made’ startups to be new unicorns in the next two to three years with the second edition of the competition this year.

The competition is a hybrid accelerator for tech startups, partnering with NEXEA that is known for having experienced mentors and connecting startups with leading Angel Investors, in collaboration with Credence, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC), Malaysian Research Accelerator for Technology and Innovation (MRANTI), Selangor Information Technology and Digital Economy Corporation (SIDEC), TusStar (Malaysia), Digital Penang and Cyberview Sdn Bhd. 

The top 10 startups shortlisted are in the running for a potential investment of up to RM250,000, follow-on funding of up to RM1,000,000, and Huawei Cloud Credits of up to US$125,000. In addition to that, the chosen startups will enjoy the benefits of the Startup Corporate Matching Programme, Peer Startup Networking Sessions, and an introduction to the Venture Capital (VC) Network, where they will receive professional support and guidance from Huawei. 

The 10 companies that made it to the top were:

  1. Alpha Fintech
  2. Carching
  3. LinkUp Smart Solutions
  4. BuildSpace (Global Pck Solutions)
  5. Intelligence Traceability
  6. StudentQR (MyFuturity Global)
  7. Duogo
  8. FusionQB
  9. Gamelobb Studio
  10. RISE.Caree

These companies were among the 10 finalists shortlisted from more than 250 entries in the Huawei Spark competition. This year’s grand finale will be held on December 05 this year.

Mr Lim Chee Siong, Vice President of Huawei Cloud, Malaysia, said that as a global technology leader, Huawei considers it as one of their responsibilities to support and nurture entrepreneurial innovation in Malaysia. 

“The Huawei Spark programme is an excellent platform for local startups to enhance their business development opportunities, build a healthy ecosystem, and foster strong relationships between startups and venture capitalists. It is also an excellent opportunity to promote the integration of Government-Industry partnerships that will enable the scaling up of digital start-ups in the country and help them in competing on the global stage. We are confident in the potential of the startups in this country to inject new energy into the nation’s digital landscape, as was reflected in their impressive business pitches,” he added.

Commenting further, Mr Lim said, “Through the programme, participants are also able to leverage Huawei’s leadership in technology and innovation. This will assist them in seizing opportunities posed by the digital transformation process, as well as in achieving business success, and in developing more innovative products and solutions for the world.”

To date, Huawei Spark has brought together 1,000 startups worldwide including key ecosystem players, connecting founders, policymakers, enterprises and investors to discuss Asia’s digital future, harness thought leadership and best practices, as well as showcase products and upcoming startups.

Samsung Wins 46 CES 2023 Innovation Awards from the Consumer Technology Association

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in technology, announced today that 46 of its new products and service innovations have received CES® 2023 Innovation Award honors, including three Best of Innovation Honorees from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®. The annual program honours outstanding design and engineering across a multitude of consumer technology product categories.

Samsung was honoured across multiple categories, reinforcing the company’s commitment to providing a seamlessly connected, customisable experience for consumers, while contributing to an eco-conscious world. With sustainability as a focus, bold new ideas were brought to life, including investment in sustainable materials, increased energy efficiency in products and responsible recycling, as well as refurbished and repairable devices, while lowering the company’s carbon footprint by using 100% renewable energy in all facilities in the U.S., Europe and China.

Samsung products were distinguished as Innovation Awards Honorees in Digital Imaging/Photography, Mobile Devices & Accessories, Gaming, Digital Health, Wearable Technologies and Video Displays, Home AV Components & Accessories and Software & Mobile Apps categories. Several of these honourees incorporate eco-conscious features, including the Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4, which are both made with repurposed fishing nets and include 100% recycled paper for flagship product packaging. The company received recognition as prestigious Best of Innovation Honoree in Computer Peripherals & Accessories, Video Displays and Cybersecurity & Personal Privacy categories.

The Innovation Awards are sponsored by CTA, the host and organiser of CES – recognised worldwide as the global stage for innovation and the most influential tech event in the world. CES 2023 will take place from January 5th through 8th in Las Vegas, Nevada with a deeper focus on sustainability.

Highlighted Best of Innovation Honoree:

Samsung S3B512C Security Chip – As a Best of Innovation Honoree in the Cybersecurity & Personal Privacy category, Samsung’s S3B512C biometric card solution integrates a fingerprint sensor, Security Element (SE) and Secure Processor (SP) on a single chip, as well as enhanced security features made possible by Samsung’s proprietary fingerprint authentication algorithm and anti-spoofing technology. It is the cybersecurity industry’s first all-in-one security chip that reads biometric information through a fingerprint sensor, stores and authenticates encrypted data in a tamper-proof way and processes data securely.

Highlighted Innovation Awards Honorees: 

Galaxy Z Flip4Galaxy Z Flip4 Bespoke Edition – As the ultimate foldable smartphone for self-expression, the Galaxy Z Flip4 is packed with innovative camera upgrades, a larger battery and even more opportunities for customisation than its predecessor. Galaxy Z Flip4 and Z Flip4 Bespoke Edition were recognised in the Digital Imaging/Photography and Mobile Devices & Accessories categories. Z Flip4’s form factor enables unique camera functionality like FlexCam that allows you to shoot hands-free photos and videos directly on your favourite social networking apps. It also allows you to take a photo from the Cover Screen without even opening your phone using Quick Shot. The Z Flip4 Bespoke Edition offers another level of customisation with glass colours and frame options that provide 75 unique combinations.

Galaxy Z Fold4 – Honoured in the Digital Imaging/Photography, Mobile Devices & Accessories and Gaming categories, the Galaxy Z Fold4’s top-of-the-line performance, upgraded camera and groundbreaking design make it the productivity powerhouse of our next generation of foldable smartphones. The Z Fold4 delivers unparalleled experiences for powerful gaming and increased productivity thanks to its 7.6-inch Main Display and Android 12L features.

Galaxy Watch5Galaxy Watch5 Pro – Both Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro were recognised in the Digital Health and Wearable Technology categories for their advanced health tracking, increased durability and charging capabilities, making it Samsung’s most feature-packed watch yet. Galaxy Watch5 Pro is designed for adventure and a heavy-duty lifestyle with upgraded GPS-based features, the longest battery in a Galaxy Watch and expansive Super AMOLED display protected by an enhanced Sapphire Crystal. With the groundbreaking BioActive Sensor, the Galaxy Watch5 series empower users with the most complete picture of their health-related insights yet.

Samsung Wallet – With its reputation as an all-in-one, go-everywhere app, Samsung Wallet was recognized in the Software & Mobile Apps category. It combines Samsung Pass, Samsung Pay and more to provide Galaxy users a new and simple way to keep all their digital essentials in one place — from bank cards and digital keys to travel passes, driver’s licenses and student IDs. With the integration of platforms, such as SmartThings and Samsung Knox, the program offers a secure and refined interface and one-swipe access to your important digital items and information.

Bespoke AI Laundry – Samsung’s Bespoke AI Laundry products were recognised for their innovative design and integrated AI technologies. Bespoke AI™ Washer with AI OptiWash™ was recognised in the Smart Home category, and Bespoke AI™ Dryer with AI Optimal Dry was recognised in the Home Appliance category. Bespoke AI™ Washer automatically identifies fabric types and dirt levels, optimising its performance accordingly, while cycles themselves can be controlled with Samsung’s SmartThings app. Bespoke AI™ Dryer uses sensors and algorithms to measure the moisture content of clothes, adjusting drying time and temperature to seamlessly optimise drying cycles. The Bespoke AI Laundry pair responds to frequent washing habits for a highly personalised experience, and the laundry pair has a range of colour choices to help inspire more ways to customise home laundry spaces.

SmartThings Energy – Recognised in the Software & Mobile Apps category, Samsung’s SmartThings Energy app provides an effortless solution for consumers to reduce home energy consumption. In addition to tracking energy usage, SmartThings Energy offers actionable insights and recommendations based on the devices connected to the platform and usage pattern.

Samsung 990 PRO with Heatsink SSD 2TB – As an Innovation Awards Honoree in the Computer Peripherals & Accessories category, the Samsung 990 PRO with Heatsink SSD 2TB is the company’s fastest PCIe 4.0 solid state drive (SSD) with superior power efficiency. Designed for gaming consoles or PCs, it delivers lightning-fast speeds for faster loading times. The combination of a heatsink, nickel coating on the controller and Samsung’s Dynamic Thermal Guard maximises the cooling effects to prevent performance degradation due to overheating. The drive is also equipped with RGB lights to match the style of any setup.

Samsung Automotive NVMe BGA SSD 1TB (AM991) – This breakthrough advancement provides the industry’s highest sequential read speed for automotive storage, as well as an exceptionally large operational capacity for AD/ADAS, cockpit and vehicular infotainment systems. Earning recognition in the In-Vehicle Entertainment & Safety category, it also features the highest sustainable automotive write speed of up to 1150MB/s thanks to Samsung V-NAND technology, a proprietary in-house controller and an exclusive firmware design, while functioning safely in even the most in-climate weather (-40’C to 105’C).

Samsung 512GB CXL Memory Expander – Recognised in the Computer Hardware & Components category, Samsung’s 512GB CXL Memory Expander module will be the first memory device that supports the eagerly-awaited CXL 2.0 interface and will come in an EDSFF (E3.S) form factor ― especially suitable for next-generation high-capacity enterprise servers and data centers. This new memory module is built with an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) CXL controller, using DDR5 DRAM to support maximum bandwidth and capacity and for the first time, enabling memory to scale beyond tens of terabytes with the processing demands of big data and AI/ML workloads.

Samsung 16GB LPDDR5X and 1TB UFS 3.1 Multi-Chip Package – In the first integration of 14nm-based 16GB LPDDR5X DRAM and Samsung’s seventh-generation quad-level cell (QLC) V-NAND 1TB UFS (Universal Flash Storage) 3.1, this uMCP is providing a giant industry-leading leap forward. Honoured in the Embedded Technologies category, the integrated UFS-based multichip package is taking the industry toward higher-density, higher-speed and low-power memory for premium smartphones and other leading IT applications.

Samsung ISOCELL HP3 CMOS Image Sensor – As a state-of-the-art mobile sensor with a 1/1.4-inch optical format and 0.56㎛pixel size for slimmer camera designs, the Samsung ISOCELL HP3 was honoured in the Digital Imaging/Photography category. It features the smallest pixel technology in mobile cameras for greater design convenience and 200 megapixels that deliver the most detailed images available. The Tetra2pixel technology allows the pixels to operate in a 1.12㎛ or 2.24㎛ size, capturing more light information in low light and taking 8K video with minimal loss in the field of view. Furthermore, using Super QPD technology, the ISOCELL HP3 can detect autofocus information horizontally and vertically.

Samsung W920+RF 6550 Next-gen Enhancement for Wearables – Recognised in the Wearable Technologies category, Samsung’s Exynos W920 System on a Chip (SoC) and Exynos RF 6550 connectivity solution is a next-generation tandem offering that adds a new dimension to wearable devices. The Exynos W920 processor, built on a 5-nanometer (nm) Extreme Ultra-Violet (EUV) process node, includes an LTE modem and provides the performance demanded by next-generation wearable devices with a powerful GPU and dual-core CPU. The companion RF 6550 chip, built on a 28nm process, integrates Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GNSS connectivity with the utmost reliability into the Exynos W920 design.

TM Blog unpacks deep insights into how digital tech is generating fresh growth opportunities for Malaysia

Just a few decades ago, obtaining information could have proven to be sometimes difficult, with access to reliable insights either being limited or requiring significant time and cost.

Many things, however, have become easier in recent years with the advent of the internet and improved fixed and wireless connectivity.

The emergence of various search engines, social media platforms and applications has led to the burgeoning of information online, with unlimited information now available at everyone’s fingertips.

While there are advantages to how easily we can access information, there are also disadvantages of information overload and fake news, creating a conundrum of what information is real and if it is useful.

Consequently, it has become important to rely on reliable sources of information, backed by subject matter experts with experience in their respective fields.

Among the newest players to provide insights and accurate information is TM, through its official TM Blog.

Vice President of Group Strategic Communications, Saffura Chinniah said the decision to create a blog was to channel insights and experiences from TM’s diverse leaders, including its Group CEO and senior management, and was made to match the strides made by some of the world’s biggest tech firms.

“The blog intends to become a one-stop information centre for key decision makers, analysts, media as well as the public, enabling them to tap into the latest industry happenings,” she said.

“It will also focus on new ideas, analyses as well as trends in digital technologies and transformation, sustainability, organisational culture and various other business and digital transformation topics. It also allows us to engage directly with local and global audiences, becoming a hub for insights shaping how people and businesses live and work.”

Saffura added that the blog was written from the writer’s point of view and was supplemented by key learnings and insights.

“It focuses on the ‘how to’ in order to educate readers and become a source of reference for our stakeholders,” she said.

“This is to inspire others to embark on their own digital transformation journey.

“We also wanted to address the sense of ‘personal disconnect” and what matters most to individuals in the digital era.”

Besides catering to topics of interest for key decision makers, analysts as well as the media, the blog aims to reach out to the general public, local and global partners and researchers.

She explained that topics were chosen based on the common pain points of businesses or areas of interest impacting its target audience.

It also provides an informed commentary on current affairs shaping local and global markets.

“The information that we share on the blog is not a ‘hard sell’ of TM’s product and services. It focuses on raising awareness and thought leadership, backed by actual experiences and insights from our leaders. This creates a very personal tone between them and our readers and opens up opportunities for meaningful conversations that shape today’s world,” she added.

The Official TM Blog will publish articles monthly with plans for podcasts and videos to be added on in the coming months.

Different from what is out there

Saffura also said that the Official TM Blog was among the first few business sites to share and educate readers through personal insights and the actual voice of TM’s leaders.

“The way we have chosen our writing style is meant to engage and inspire an informed global audience. More importantly, these articles are supported by facts and insights that embodies an authentic and matter-of-fact approach.”

Readers, she added, could also bookmark articles and subscribe to the content that matters to them, as well as re-share the articles via social media.

Ultimately, the blog was developed to understand the architecture and complexities of the telco or techco industry, she explained.

“We want to bridge the digital divide by increasing understanding of businesses, technologies, and societal benefits.”

Providing a reliable and credible platform to enable knowledge-based reporting for media partners, as well as adding insights to latest trends and TM Group’s ventures and solutions, TM invites media partners to leverage the Blog for insights and welcomes suggestions for improvements or other topics of interest.