Research projects get boost with MoU

Izah Azahari

Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and ANIAN Sdn Bhd (ANIAN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance smart agriculture and smart environment in Brunei through research projects at the Main Conference Room of UTB yesterday.

Acting Vice-Chancellor of UTB Haji Ady Syarmin bin Haji Md Taib signed on behalf of UTB while Managing Director and Co-Founder of ANIAN Nicolas Guillou signed on behalf of ANIAN.

Principal officers from UTB and officers from ANIAN were also present.

UTB is collaborating with Wireless and Photonic Network Research Centre (WiPNET) and Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP) of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Mimos Berhad in Malaysia, Faculty of Forestry at Bogor Agricultural Technology (NICT) Asia Center in Thailand, IPB University in Bogor Indonesia, and Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi (BPPT) Indonesia on a project titled ‘NAPC: Networked ASEAN Peat Swamp Forest Communities’ which is an Internet of Things (IoT)-based solution for peat swamp forest monitoring, targetting the environmental and agricultural issues.

This project is funded by the ASEAN-ICT Virtual Organisation projects of 2018 from National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan.

Acting Vice-Chancellor of UTB Haji Ady Syarmin bin Haji Md Taib (R) and Managing Director and Co-Founder of ANIAN Nicolas Guillou during the signing ceremony. PHOTO: IZAH AZAHARI

Through the MoU, ANIAN will provide UTB with LoRaWANTM (Long Range Wide Area Network) outdoor and/or indoor gateways and to provide and administer LoRaWANTM network coverage for the NAPC: Network ASEAN Peat Swamp Forest Communities, Smart Agriculture project, and UTB’s IoT lab.

ANIAN will also provide technical support to UTB staff and students in terms of knowledge transfer and provide work placement opportunities for the students during their studies as well as employment opportunities for the students during their studies as well as employment opportunities following their graduation.

UTB also receives funding and technical support from Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) and ANIAN for the Smart research projects that will be the first of its kind to be deployed in Brunei.

ANIAN is a Communications Solutions provider and Systems Integrator. The company is principally involved in providing integrated IoT, Information Technology (IT), business intelligence (BI) and communication solutions to implement Smart Nation projects for various industries including Water, Agriculture, Transportation, Energy, Oil and Gas, Utilities, Telecommunications, Finance, Property Management and Health care for both Government and commercial clients.

ANIAN is currently deploying a LoRa based communications network to facilitate IoT implementations across Brunei territory which will allow universities, government and private sector to undertake projects for Smart City, Smart Agriculture, Smart Building and Smart Environment use cases.

The deployment of smart tech-nologies is part of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 in Brunei and is in line with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s vision and the Brunei Vision 2035 initiative that aims to make Brunei a truly Smart Nation by 2035.