Brunei and Canadian firms ink deal on developing safety, communications network

|     James Kon     |

NUARA Group, a software development and ICT consultancy firm with offices in Brunei and Singapore specialising in the development of cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Solutions, has entered into an exclusive agreement with Canada-based RallyEngine Incorporation, following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing yesterday at the Canadian High Commission in the capital.

Witnessed by Caterina Ventura, the Canadian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, and Barbora Grexa, the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Nuara Group, the MoU was signed by Reda Jasmine binti Abdul Rahman Taib, CEO of Nuara Group, and Steve Hardy,the President of RallyEngine. After the signing, Grexa said, “We look forward to working together with Rally Engine and being part of the process of Brunei becoming a Smart Nation.

“Together with RallyEngine, we can add value by enhancing communication across all communities, increasing connectivity and ensuring safety of all citizens and residents.”
Hardy commented, “RallyEngine started around five years ago, and it’s a spin-off from the groundbreaking project ‘Missing Children Society of Canada’, where we build a mobile apps of response networks to help solve the social problem.

“From its success, there was very strong interest in applying the same mobile tools to better alert groups to rally teams and to enhance community capacity, especially during crises or emergencies and disasters.”

“We are very excited to be in Brunei, and we are impressed with Nuara Group and its team.

The MoU signing yesterday at the Canadian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam. – JAMES KON

“They seem like a great fit, and Brunei is the perfect starting point to really enter into the Southeast Asia market.”

RallyEngine is a powerful and agile resilience-as-a-service platform for alerting groups, rallying teams and enhancing community capacity for public safety.

Its suite of hosted services include mobile alerting (RealTime), incident reporting (TipLine), work/study-alone (SoloSafe) and more. It powers the University of Calgary’s UC Emergency app, and was procured by the Government of Canada to help enhance community capacity. Ventura said, “We are pleased that a Canadian company has come to Brunei and partnered with a local company, as an example of collaboration between our countries.

“This is how Canada and Brunei can work together to achieve very important goals.

When we talk about emergency management and communication, these are areas where innovation and technology play an extremely important role.

“Any opportunity to be able to collaborate and cooperate to ensure that any emergency situation should have a good communications system is a very positive move.”

“This is one of the amazing innovations that is going on in Canada, with regard to all issues, including Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and how Canadian social impact innovators are bridging the gap necessary to achieve those goals,” she added.

“We are working with Brunei Development Bank and a number of other institutions to broaden our relationship. The Governments of Brunei and Canada have clearly expressed desire to have a broader relationship in a number of sectors.”