In collaboration with Intel Malaysia, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) has successfully organised a Virtual Artificial Intelligence for SMEs (AI4S) on 27 January 2021. This virtual event is the continuation of the first Axiomtek Artificial Intelligence Starter Kit launch on 18 August 2020; which led Intel Malaysia to award the AI Starter Kits to 100 selected companies in Malaysia. These identified SMEs will go through a comprehensive technology enabling process and training that will empower them to implement pilot projects in their settings to jump-start the Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Industry 4.0 journey.
The AI Starter Kit was co-developed with Axiomtek to bring in the right Industry 4.0 technology for the local industries to adopt and benefit its results. Axiomtek is a leading design and manufacturing company in the industrial computer and embedded field, based in Taiwan. It has successfully gained global recognition for its innovative designs and outstanding customer satisfaction. Axiomtek has successfully partnered with Intel Malaysia to develop and deliver cutting-edge solutions and technologies for its clients.
During his keynote address, Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MIDA, said “While the country is gearing steadily into the knowledge and digital economy, Industry 4.0 adoption is deemed crucial for business survival and growth in innovation-led value creation. There are untapped opportunities available for the business community, especially SMEs. We want more SMEs to step up to embrace new technologies in their business activity. We know that there are numerous local companies out there that are capable of AI technology adoption but are not aware of how and where to start.”
The AI4S event sealed Intel Malaysia as one of the industry captains in paving the way for the adoption of Industry 4.0 and supporting SMEs to build value within the domestic industry ecosystem and preparing Malaysia to rise among the regional leaders in Industry 4.0. In this collaborative engagement, Intel Malaysia has committed to provide technology, knowledge transfer and some hardware funds. Intel Malaysia, together with Axiomtek will also provide training, supervision and mentoring of the pilot projects implementation by each participating local company. Simultaneously, the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) will assist in coordinating the entire programme.
This initiative is also part of Intel’s onboarding to Malaysia’s Lighthouse Programme which is being pursued by MIDA. It aims to back industry leaders in accelerating the Industry 4.0 adoption to a scalable and impactful stage while also influencing the domestic ecosystem providers for similar transformation by facilitating them to address implementation barriers and overcome challenges.
Dato’ Azman also suggested, “Moving forward I have proposed Intel to explore in enabling the universities in Malaysia to adapt and prepare the future workforce to embrace AI once they enter the job market. This graduate skill would reduce the colossal learning curve in work fields, while saving employers’ precious time and resources in correcting them into expected abilities.”
The AI4S Programme is hoped to inspire other MNCs to emulate Intel’s good intention in contributing back to the industrial ecosystem in Malaysia and increase the value proposition for the benefit of domestic economy. MIDA seeks industry leaders and players to take the opportunity and leverage the numerous facilitations offered by the Government to embrace Industry 4.0. These include Automation Capital Allowance (ACA), Industry4WRD Intervention Fund, as well as Smart Automation Grant (SAG) for companies undertaking automation in their manufacturing and processes.
The webinar has successfully attracted an overwhelming crowd of more than 1600 participants across different platforms through live webinar, FB page and Youtube Channel.
MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA has 12 regional and 20 overseas offices. MIDA continues to be the strategic partner to businesses in seizing the opportunities arising from the technology revolution of this era. For more information, please visit www.mida.gov.my and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.