Local artificial intelligence company WISE AI made Malaysia proud when it won two medals at the prestigious ASEAN ICT Awards 2019 last week.
The ceremony was held in Vientiane, Laos on Oct 24, 2019. Malaysian Minister of Communications and Multimedia Gobind Singh Deo was among the dignitaries who were present at the event.
WISE AI won a silver medal in the Startup Company category, behind Singapore’s Tessaract Technologies. Laos’ Goteddy Trading and Sole won bronze.
With its headquarters in Malaysia and offices in Singapore and Thailand, WISE AI is the preferred facial recognition enabler in Southeast Asia due to its laser focus on analysing Southeast Asian faces.
WISE AI co-founder and business director Justin Goh said: “The win is not just for the company. It is also recognition for Malaysian businesses and for the start-up environment here.
“It is also recognition that Malaysia has the talent for deep technology and we have the capability to compete internationally.”
WISE AI also won a bronze medal in the Research and Development category for its Reunite application.
Reunite is a facial recognition tool powered by an artificial intelligence mobile application that will increase the chances of parents finding their missing children.
Indonesia’s ATM Sehat won gold for its self-titled application with Thailand’s Ingarage Assistive Technology (Maker Playground) placed second.
“We are extremely proud to be the only Malaysian AI company to be a finalist in two categories of these prestigious awards.
“It shows a Malaysian company has what it takes to excel in the artificial intelligence field,” said Goh.
“We are pushing for Reunite as it is part of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative to find missing children. We hope the relevant authorities will have a look at the application.”
Goh said the company was delighted to be presented with one of the awards by Gobind, adding that WISE AI would continue to push boundaries and exhibit Malaysia & its potential in deep technology.