This assessment is a comprehensive programme to help SMEs to assess their capabilities and readiness to adopt the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) technologies and processes, MITI regional office (Penang Branch) director, Clement Wong Chen Siong said.
“The assessment involved their readiness to adopt Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, cloud computing, big data analytics and augmented reality,” he told Bernama in an interview recently.
He said the implementation of the Industry4WRD-RA was in line with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s aspiration to transform Malaysia into one of the main destinations for the high-tech industry by 2025.
“It (the assessment) was launched in October last year to drive the digital transformation of the manufacturing and related services sectors in Malaysia,” he said.
Wong said that 500 SMEs would be selected for the free assessment annually by assessors such as Malaysia Automotive, Robotics & IoT Institute (MARii), Standard and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) and MIMOS to identify the individual firms’ status in the readiness of IR4.0.
“After the SME representatives go through the RA, they will get to know their level of readiness and identify the areas of their operation that need to be improved in line with the IR4.0,” he added.
Wong was one of the speakers at a forum on IR4.0 held here recently which also involved MARii Chief Operating Officer (COO) Nizmar Mohd Nazar and Small and Medium Enterprises Association (SAMENTA) Malaysia secretary Yeoh Seng Hooi.
He said SMEs wishing to get more information on the Industry4WRD-RA and to apply for it can get them at www.miti.gov.my/industry4wrd.