KUALA LUMPUR: In late 2014, when the devastating floods ravaged the East Coast, cutting off power supply and communication affecting tens of thousands of people, help came in the form of a radio system developed years earlier.
It enabled authorities, including the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF), Fire and Rescue Department, police and other agencies, to coordinate relief efforts more effectively despite the trail of destruction left by the floods, the country’s worst in more than three decades.
The communication platform was developed locally by Kuala Lumpur-based Sapura Secured Technologies, part of the Sapura Group.
“We developed a single unified tetra platform for government agencies to communicate internally and also to enable inter-agency communications,” said Zarif Hashim, the company’s chief executive officer.
Unlike commercial telcos, the tetra platform has its own network with over 600 sites nationwide.
It ensures seamless, secure and reliable communication during critical times.
A major beneficiary of the technology is the government, due to its efficiency and cost savings as there is no longer a need for multiple networks for each agency.
Zarif said Sapura is driven by a “zeal for uncompromising quality” in developing state-of-the-art defence hardware and software.
The company also produces military radio devices used by the Malaysian Armed Forces, in assets from tanks to frigates to command centres.
It was one of hundreds of firms which took part at the recent Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition 2019 (LIMA ’19), where it launched the TRC 5200 radio.
The TRC 5200 is a more secure and robust radio with a much longer range.
“The TRC 5200 took two years to develop, but really, it is the result of our 20-year pursuit of mission-critical technologies.”
Zarif said Sapura has developed complex systems that meet NATO standards.
This includes the Unified Command and Control (UC2) system.
The system provides a unified command and control system for the armed forces’ three branches, namely the army, air force, and navy.
Another one of Sapura’s main specialties is its System of System Integration (SOSI) process, where complex communication systems are simplified and integrated into older communication platforms.
“As a result, it ensures that all legacy defence systems and platforms procured by the government can be connected to the new digital world.
“This way, we are able to preserve the lifespan of these assets, thus maximising its utilisation.”
Sapura’s technology was also critical during the Ops Daulat, launched in the wake of the invasion of Lahad Datu by an armed militant group from southern Philippines.
“Our involvement in Ops Daulat and many other operations is a testament to our commitment. It is what we have always done, and what we will continue to do.”
Zarif attributes the company’s success to its employees.
“I’m blessed that everyone here is committed to going beyond what is expected of us, we don’t just see customers as clients but partners, we want to be in the front line supporting them.”