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Astiostech Partners Trinity and Elytron to Lead IR4.0 Journey for Malaysian Industry Players.
July 23, 2019 News


By Aron Raj


Astiostech Sdn Bhd is a Malaysian-based company that focuses on innovating voice, network monitoring and IT security for businesses. The company is now embarking on its IR4.0 journey by forming a joint venture with The Trinity Group, a Brazilian technology company specialises in capturing and analysing production data, developing predictive algorithms and delivering financial results for manufacturing companies.

In a trade mission to Brazil earlier this year, Astiostech signed an MoU with Trinity and Elytron, a cybersecurity company that protects data for large companies through the provision of specialised technology and services.

Astiostech will form joint venture companies with Trinity and Elytron with Malaysia being the base for both the local and regional market.

“The joint venture will see Astiostech moving to something different. As a well-established partner for customer service and troubleshooting, the joint venture means most of the groundwork has already been done for Trinity and Elytron,” said Alfred Chong, Director of Astiostech.

As part of the IR4.0 journey, Alfred pointed out that Malaysia will the hub for both Elytron Asia Pacific and Trinity Asia Pacific. Both companies are aiming to build their presence not only in Malaysia but in the region as well with Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines as potential clients.

Making the most out of data

The Trinity Group, which focuses mostly on data analytics, is specialised in all aspects of IR4.0. By providing analytics in the agricultural industry, specifically the palm oil industry of Brazil, Trinity analyses companies to help them complete their tech set up to get better results, including connecting all the machines to get analytics from an AI platform.

According to Trinity Group’s Matthew E.Couri, “We started with one of Brazil’s largest palm oil manufactures. Our data analytics was able to bring about a 1% increase in OER (oil extraction rate). This is a lot in the palm oil business.”

Matthew further demonstrated how Trinity’s data analytics tools work. The system analyses the type of tree, its age, location of the tree and the farm. It then connects it to the time of sterilisation, the temperature used and pressure inside the steriliser. This is used to measure yield. From there, they create a predictive model for the particular plantation.

“Trinity bridges the production data, industrial KPIs and compare it with processed data. The end result is an algorithm that will give you optimal recommendation for your factory.”

Trinity is different to other analytic platforms because it has an unrelenting focus on proactivity. Matthew said if an organisation has multiple plants, they will build a monitoring central system so that all the data comes to life and is actionable. The system will monitor and measure as well as update the organisation whenever there is trouble.

This is done via Trinity’s Artificial Intelligence program. JULIIA AI is the face of AI for Trinity that gives back actionable information. It gives employees to the tools to better manage their plants and ensures the machines communicate. Matthew was quick to point out that AI and IR4.0 will not replace humans in manufacturing. Instead, it will give employees more knowledge as well as the capability to work more efficiently and increase productivity.

Ensuring data is secured

While Trinity collects and analyses the data, Elytron protects it. Elytron’s cybersecurity systems focus on connected devices. The solution looks at the systems a company has and by using ethical hackers, try to invade them. From there, Elytron finds the vulnerabilities and helps clients in various stages of protection.

Iderlon Azevedo, Executive Director of Elytron Asia Pacific pointed out that IoT machines may not be processing software, but they are communicating, which is the data Trinity collects. He explained that when they can process data, the data is typically exposed, making it easy for a cyber attack.

“There is a need to protect these devices and machines. Most companies take the simple way and just block connections. But with IR4.0, it’s all about connectivity. You need to know what is happening to your machines and devices. Connectivity needs to be offered safely.”

Iderlon added that industry espionage is always a concern when it comes to cybersecurity, especially in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors. Elytron ensures that IR4.0 comes with safety. The value of the information when AI is used to come up with insights is higher.

“Trinity and Elytron themselves have been partnering each other with their solutions. For both companies, it’s a natural connection to give an added value towards customers. We are doing things that aren’t being done. This is why we are expanding out of Brazil.”

Malaysia as the hub

When asked why Trinity and Elytron picked Malaysia to be the base for their operations, both Matthew and Iderlon said they picked Malaysia because of its readiness and willingness of the government to take businesses forwards towards IR4.0

“Malaysia is good at keeping records and data, even though its manually captured. All these databases can be analysed to get information. In the palm oil industry itself, there are tonnes of data waiting to be analysed,” said Matthew.

Iderlon echoed Matthew’s view and said, “The third industrial revolution made Southeast Asia the hub for industrialisation. Today, this region can manufacture almost anything. Add that to a growing labour force, this gives an open door for us to process data and use AI more efficiently.”

Speaking of AI, Iderlon also explained that Elytron has a fully AI algorithm cybersecurity program that is able to be plugged into a system and keep an eye on doors beyond the firewall. Elytron’s AI learns the attack patterns of the cyber criminals and shuts down the system if there is a breach and raise an alarm even if the attacker comes in from secondary equipment, and not the mainframe.

With that said, Trinity and Elytron are both set to be the new players in Malaysia’s data analysis and cybersecurity industry. And with Astiostech’s partnership, the companies are looking to lead Malaysia’s IR4.0 journey especially with manufacturing plants as well as make Malaysia the hub for Elytron Asia Pacific and Trinity Asia Pacific.