07 Aug REDtone to launch IoT service for smart city
Integrated telecommunications solutions provider, REDtone Interntional Bhd (REDtone) is set to roll out its first Internet of Things (IoT) application for Smart City called Citi Act, a citizen engagement application that is targeted at citizenz and local councils.
CitiAct uses the smartphone and empowers citizens to report and track issues sent to local councils while enabling local councils to respond more effectively, efficiently and in a more transparent manner.
CitiAct is developed by REDtone’s subsidiary REDtone IOT Sdn Bhd (REDtone IOT), which has also created an IoT platform called CitiSense that connects and manages the sensor data in the Cloud.
REDtone managing director Dato’ Wei Chuan Beng said there was good growth potential for IoT services such as smartphones among Malaysians.
“IoT is set to enhance the way we live and work and in time to come, many things will somehow be connected to the Internet. As CitiSense proved ‘sensing-as-a-service’ to anyone who wants better insights into their connected assets, business and environment, it has the potential to appeal to many parties in addition to the local councils.
“For the citizens, we want them to be part of making the city and the world a better and safer place to live and we are encouraging them to take that first step with our CitiAct IoT application,” he said at a media briefing on CitiAct.
IoT offerings are REDtone’s latest managed value-added services and “will provide new revenue streams for the company in FY16 while sharpening our competitive edge,” added Wei.
He said, “we expect managed value-added services which include data centre and disaster recovery services and healthcare solutions to start contributing significantly to REDtone’s revenue and income from FY16.”
Also present at the briefing was REDtone IOT chief executive officer Dr Mazlan Abbs.
Elaborating on CitiSense, he said “It collects and aggregates data from various sensors to give valuable insights through Big Data Analystics to customers without them having to invest in any capital expenditure as it’s a subscription-based service. Both CitiAct and CitiSense are just the beginning and there are plans to introduce more IoT applications in future, all designed to create a better city.
“Via the citisense.com portal and smartphones, users will be able to track the status of their report while for local councils, they are able to acknowledge reported cases, assign them to the relevant service delivery teams and to update status of the cases via the CitiAct Case Management System.”
A CitiAct Dasboard captures the performance of local authorities’ management and allows for better use of resources and more accurate planning and budgeting.
REDtone is offering a complimentary trial of a month to all local councils in the country for both the CitiAct Case Management System and CitiAct Dasboard. Local councils will have to contact REDtone IOT to make necessary arrangements. CitiAct mobile application is available free for both Android and iOS. Citizens can report on 15 issues – crime, drainage, fallen trees, faulty traffic lights, fire, flash flood, homeless people, illegal parking, landslide, mosquito breeding grounds, potholes, stray animals, unattended garbage, vandalism and water leakage.
To encourage citizens to actively participate in CitiAct and to create a better city, REDtone has organised a CitiAction Heroes contest from Aug 4 to Oct 4. Prizes totalling RM100,000 will be given away with 30 units of Huawei P8lite Smartphone as the grand prizes. There are also weekly prizes and prizes for early adopter. Visit www.citisense.com/citiactionheroes for more details.
Source: Sarawak Tribune