As the world finds itself in the midst of a global drone revolution, the overall dronetech services industry is expected to be valuable 267 billion RM by 2025.
In Malaysia, local entrepreneurs and SMEs are encouraged to explore opportunities in five industrial verticals: agriculture, construction, energy, infrastructure and public safety.
Some common use cases we have already seen for drones here have been in agriculture for pesticide spraying and yield analysis, and for public safety, especially during previous MCOs. Recently, AirAsia announced that it did drone delivery testing through its logistics branch, Teleport.
These are just some of the examples of huge potential drones, and some steps for Malaysia’s further progress include the following 9 government and private sector initiatives. They provide resources, training, and more, to encourage businesses and individuals to make this change to IR4.0.
Goal: Turn traditional agriculture into a high-income digital economy profession.
What it does: As part of the 2021 budget, 10 million RM was assigned to the e-Satellite Farm (e-Ladang) program. Grants up to RM30k will be awarded to Pertubuhan Peladang Kawasan (PPK) for the purpose of purchasing agricultural equipment, including drones.
The program is expected to benefit from more than 300 PPKs with a membership of nearly one million farmers and planters.
How to apply: Register with MDEC.
2. DRONE FUND
Goal: Invest exclusively in projects and startups that develop dronetech.
What it does: DRONE FUND is a Japanese WC that provides capital investment, operational support, joint planning and regulatory assistance in the global DroneTech industry.
VC also assists entrepreneurs in ancillary patent applications and intellectual property rights for their technology.
How to apply: Send your inquiries via theirs Web page.
Goal: Fund local high-tech companies and increase their number regionally and globally.
What it does: The niche of VentureTECH are innovative startups that aim to be part of a global supply chain. Target companies include those from bio-based (pharmaceutical and biotechnology), green (clean and sustainable solutions) and new industries (those contributing to IR4.0).
How to apply: Send your inquiries to [email protected]
Regulations and testing
Goal: To accelerate the growth of the dronetech malenet industry.
What it does: MDEC is working with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to jointly design regulatory frameworks. This is intended to accelerate social benefits and mitigate the risks of dronetech.
The agency will act as an intermediary between industry partners, government agencies, regulators, researchers and investors. It will show how drones can drive adoption in various industries once they are provided with a favorable working environment.
Cooperation with the WEF allows MDEC to use previous frameworks and case studies to develop policies that support the future of drone delivery.
How to apply: If you are interested in joining MDEC’s MyDroneTech ecosystem, email them at [email protected]
Goal: Accelerate the development of innovative solutions from the research and development phase to commercial readiness.
What it does: NTIS is a facility that enables high-tech startup companies to test their products, services, business models and delivery mechanisms in a living, controlled environment.
The Urban Sandbox Delivery Sandbox project is currently being tested by AirAsa’s logistics unit, Teleport. Together with MaGIC, they look to the development of long-term sustainability city drone delivery service.
Furthermore, NTIS is also leading an initiative by which 5 technology companies will test new agricultural solutions. It is intended to accelerate the competitiveness of the national agricultural sector, while improving the socio-economic results for the inhabitants of Felda.
How to apply: Through NTIS ‘ Web page.
All these institutions have the same goals of training and development of certified drone operators.
What it does: ADTA offers a professional diploma and industrial certification in training programs for drones for commercial and industrial purposes.
In addition to drone pilots, participants will also learn about their mechanics, data collection and interpretation.
They welcome beginners and drone pilots of all skill levels and backgrounds. They include people leaving school, undergraduate, graduate or working people interested in learning.
How to apply: Through theirs Web page.
What it does: Students will learn the necessary knowledge and skills needed to operate drones and their common applications. One example is aerial drone mapping, where students will learn about data collection, processing, and analysis techniques.
How to apply: Apply here.
What it does: They offer training courses for drones (UAS) as corporate programs for which the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) may be required. It is intended to encourage employers to improve the skills of employees in the adoption of digital technologies.
Employers who have applied for the code HRDF and pay human rights tax can apply for additional financial assistance for this program.
How to apply: You can apply for their corporate training program here.
What it does: A two-day intensive training program to help individuals or employees achieve remote pilot certification. They can also apply for HRDF, they list several careers that could benefit from their course:
- Realtors – make aerial pictures and videos of real estate for sale;
- Videographers – take aerial footage for videos;
- Farmers – survey and map crops;
- Hobbyists – Take aerial photos and videos for fun activities.
How to apply: Interested candidates can contact them here.
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U senior interview, Aerodyne CEO Kamarul Muhammad described for Vulcan Post a vision of the drone economy in the next 3-4 years, in which drones are part of everyday life, for deliveries, security, hobbies and even for virtual tourism.
He was quoted as saying that the technology is already there, and what needs to follow is public acceptance. To get there, dronetech information must be properly distributed, with each part having to play its part.
The authorities need to educate not only those interested in being part of the dronetech industry, but also the general population in order to acquaint them with the concept of the upcoming drone economy. Finally, they would make up the basic consumers of this technology.
- You can read other articles we have written about drones here.
Credit for featured images: Aerodyne Group