PPj, Vectolabs Technologies to set up IoT infrastructure using LoRa Technology

Bernama – May 6, 2021

PUTRAJAYA, May 6 — Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj) has formalised a collaboration agreement with the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider, Vectolabs Technologies Sdn Bhd, to set up the first municipal operated IoT infrastructure in Malaysia using LoRa technology in Putrajaya.

LoRa is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology that uses a wireless modulation method to create long-range communication links with low power consumption, making it ideal for transmitting sensor data from IoT devices.

In a statement today, PPj said funded by the National Technology and Innovation Sandbox (NTIS), the municipal operated LoRa infrastructure would involve the first application of smart street lighting in Precinct 15 here.

It said the sandbox project would be implemented with the build-operate-transfer model where PPj would own and operate the LoRa network for Putrajaya when it is completed.

“The project started immediately after the NTIS funding was released in February 2021 and it reached a key milestone in April 2021 after the LoRa network mapping and asset inventory capture was completed.

“The project is expected to be completed after the transfer phase for training and handover to PPj in August 2021,” it said.

It said the smart street lighting system developed by Vectolabs would be the first of its kind in Putrajaya.

“The system is designed to manage all types of street lighting assets which include feeder pillars and all types of street lighting, from the smart-ready LEDs to the conventional high pressure sodium (HPS) luminaires,” it said.

It said the system would help PPj to resolve faulty street lighting proactively with the automated notification system and quickly using the information provided such as possible faulty components, the exact location of the luminaire and the feeder pillar, circuit and phase the luminaire is connected to.