Aerodyne inks agreement with Japanese firm

By SULHI KHALID

AERODYNE Group has collaborated with Japan Infrastructure Waymark Co Ltd (JIW) on drone-based services for infrastructure management, both within Japan and on behalf of overseas-based Japanese companies.

The partnership would see the Malaysian leading unmanned aerial system service provider providing inspection, data processing services, as well as a comprehensive reporting platform for infrastructure assets in sectors which include power and construction.

Aerodyne CEO Kamarul A Muhammad said the company’s technology is being used globally to help drive digital transformation for management and inspections of key infrastructure assets, from national grid to solar, wind and many more.

“Our strategy is to build upon this success and develop effective turnkey solutions for the Japanese market,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Aerodyne is a member of Malaysian Digital Economy Corp Sdn Bhd’s (MDEC) Global Acceleration and Innovation Network programme, which helps high potential tech companies to scale up regionally and globally via four strategic pillars — namely market access, access to scale up capital, mentor and visibility.

The company combines drone-as-a-service and software-as-a-service to deliver enterprise-integrated managed solutions to oil and gas, power, telecoms, renewables, construction, agriculture and infrastructure industries.

JIW is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corp.

MDEC CEO Sarina Shukri said the collaboration between Aerodyne and JIW will seek to tap significant drone-tech related opportunities in Japan.

“We are on track to help many more home-grown companies scale up and commercialise to become global icons.

“MDEC will continue its role to connect and facilitate the matching and introduction of local and international companies,” she said.

MDEC VP Gopi Ganasalengam said the leading Malaysia’s digital economy will continue to work hard to achieve outcomes that will benefit all parties.

“We are proud that our support of Aerodyne has culminated in this groundbreaking collaboration between two innovative companies and countries,” he said.

Among the recent collaborations between Malaysia and Japan are Soft Space Sdn Bhd and Sumitomo Mitsui Card Co Ltd; N2N Connect Bhd and SBI Japannext Co Ltd; ipay88 (M) Sdn Bhd and NTT Data Corp; and Macrokiosk Bhd and GMO Payment Gateway Inc.