| Khal Baharulalam |
IT WAS yet another rewarding night for Teleconsult Sdn Bhd after having securing the Royal Patron Award at the Brunei ICT Awards (BICTA) 2014 held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) yesterday.
This recognition means Teleconsult has notched another milestone, this time with its ‘SkyEye’ project earning it first place in the ICT Industry category, on top of the Royal Patron Award, dubbed the prestigious award of BICTA.
SkyEye, a project which utilises drones to develop high definition aerial capture and processing technologies ‘focussing on automation to minimise manual labour input,’ earned its award based on the practicality of the project, which ensures quality consistency, whilst at the same time producing high definition videography of mobile cell towers and rooftop sites.
Teleconsult developed the project in a bid to allow for fast, accurate and safe inspection of existing and potential Telcomm installations. Relatively less costly, the project is also an alternative to the slow, more expensive and dangerous method that requires physical presence at such installations.
In an interview with the Bulletin, Haji Julian Johari Haji Abdul Ghafar, in his capacity as director of Teleconsult, expressed gratitude for having won yet another Royal Patron Award, particularly after taking home the award in 2010.
“Receiving the Royal Patron Award a second time is an honour and privilege for us,” he said, adding that the incredible team of developers had played their respective roles in the success of SkyEye.
He later revealed that SkyEye bodes well for the company in its own entity, particularly since inspecting towers is part of Teleconsult’s core business.
Teleconsult through its sister company, PT Teleconsult Nusantara, currently has three SkyEyes deployed, undertaking a very large Telecommunications Tower Survey and Audit for one of the main mobile operators in Indonesia. It hopes to replicate similar projects locally.
Meanwhile, in the School Project category, Chung Hwa Middle School (CHMS) was named the winner twice, ranking in third and second places respectively with the projects entitled ‘Green Wave’ and ‘Heritage of South East Asia.’
Green Wave, an Android application developed by a team of secondary school students led by Jan Ee Ning, 15, was inspired by ongoing environmental issues. With initiatives and plans to preserve the environment in the pipeline, the team of over a dozen CHMS students developed the application to raise awareness among both locals and foreigners on the current global crisis.
Commenting on the idea that was hatched nearly four years ago, Jan Ee Ning shared that while the Green Wave concept had been there, the execution of the project had begun earlier this year, before going into submission for the BICTA 2014.
She revealed the application had been tested by CHMS students and ‘results have been very fruitful. ‘
“It has been such an honour to have represented our schools and to win this,” she added.
Meanwhile, Seyrence Lee, 15, and his team bagged second place in the School Project category, with the ‘Heritage of South East Asia’ project.
Inspired by his recent trip to the rainforest in Sarawak, he noted that the navigational struggles he faced during the trip provided ideas for the project’s foundation.
Heritage of South East Asia is an Android application aligned towards tourism. It furnishes users with a guide to selected locations. It is well-equipped with directory information, provides outlooks on certain places and boasts ‘unique stand-out features’ offering users everything from the history to the ecology of selected locations.
Sharing the same sentiment as his fellow winning schoolmate, the 15-year-old revelled in the pride they had brought to their school, adding that it has been “a very great learning experience” after having both teams represented the school and acknowledged for their hard work.