DST’s Acting CEO Radin Sufri Radin Basiuni (L) exchanging documents with UTB’s Acting Vice-Chancellor Haji Ady Syarmin Haji Md Taib (R). Image: DST

DST is working with Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) to conduct more research on smart farming and environment projects, which could further improve Brunei’s agriculture sector as an important revenue source.

Both parties recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to officiate the partnership, with DST being represented by its Acting Chief Executive Officer Radin Sufri Radin Basiuni and UTB by its Acting Vice-Chancellor Haji Ady Syarmin Haji Md Taib.

Research projects to be conducted under the collaboration include the ‘Peatland Project’, which is to monitor Peat swamp areas at Badas for the Networked ASEAN Peat Swamp Forest Communities and the ‘Paddy Project’ which is the mesh-topological low power wireless network platform for small irrigation system at Wasan.

Both projects are funded by ASEAN ICT Virtual Organisation projects of 2018 from National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Japan. Results and analysis from the project will be used to improve greatly the means of farming in Brunei.

DST’s Manager and Project Coordinator Freddie Ting said: “Emerging technologies in this digital age and the move towards the 4th Industrial Revolution are set to change and improve on Smart Cities.

“Agriculture is currently using these new technologies for smart farming, creating what we now call Smart Agriculture with the use of data and analytics to improve farming methods,

“Data and analytics have many benefits, and agriculture has more data than almost any other industry. Farmers around the world are using data and analytics to increase food production to help meet the ever-growing global demand,” he added.

DST, he said, is pleased to support UTB in their smart agriculture initiative which uses sustainable technology to increase both the quality and quantity of farming products.

He also added that DST will support the nation’s objectives to implement smart city solutions to delivering real, long term benefits for businesses and citizens alike.

Senior management members and staff of DST and UTB posing for a group photo. Image: DST

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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