February 29, 2024

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Digitalising Malaysia’s plantation industry – Part Two

Part One of this account detailed how a recent report noted that a Malaysian company is providing digital management products and services to help plantations become more efficient by being less dependent on manual labour and easier to supervise.

The report also noted that the company took the digitalisation of plantations one step further by launching their newest product, a mobile application that complements to their Quarto system, earlier this year.

According to the company’s founder, the app is to be used on site as it functions as a tool for planters to digitally record data of their activities on the field which will then be stored in a cloud-based system.

The reason for the app was because the company saw the information gap between field operations and monitoring. The app is their approach to extending the digitisation of plantations to include work at the field level as well, not just at the main office.

The founder noted that the app is loaded up on a Portable Data Terminal (PDA) device.

A lot of planters are still very manual with their recording and reporting of field data. This is not only labour intensive but also very time consuming as it may take a long time to report the data back to the main office, the founder lamented.

To ease this process, the main features that the company’s mobile application boasts is a biometric worker attendance record, a crop harvesting log and a crop evacuation log.

The founder explained that these three main features were developed as the firm had discovered that a lack of workers, poor crop harvesting quality and crop losses were among the biggest operation challenges faced by planters.

He noted that the mobile application can be launched on any android device that has a biometric device to read fingerprints and a scanner to scan QR codes.

With worker attendance, workers just have to scan their fingerprints on any device with the application launched and it will automatically record their attendance. By scanning their fingerprints, the possibility of false attendance records and the number of ‘ghost workers’ in a plantation is reduced.

For the crop harvesting and crop evacuation function, when a worker brings over their harvested FFB’s, they just need to key in the amount they have brought and the data is automatically saved while the app directs for a QR code to be printed.

The QR code can then be scanned at the oil palm mill and the time taken to transport the fruit to the mill will be automatically recorded while any unscanned QR codes can show the number of lost crops.

By digitalising these processes, Khor believes that the traceability and the monitoring of field operations can be drastically improved and the issues of ‘ghost workers’, missing crops and inefficiencies in transporting corps be significantly minimised – causing plantations to see potential yield increases.

Many of the firm’s customers have seen increases in their palm oil yields as a result of their increases in operational efficiency. While some increases might seem small, they need to remember that for large companies, even a 0.1 per cent increase in yield from their plantations can easily translate to millions.

While the firm’s products have demonstrated their value through their extensive client list throughout the ASEAN region, the founder notes that this is only the beginning for the digitalisation of the plantation industry.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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