UTB’s Acting Vice Chancellor Haji Ady Syarmin Haji Md Taib exchanging documents with Anian’s Managing Director and Co-founder Nicolas Guillou. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) has partnered with communication tech firm Anian to further enhance its research capacities for its ongoing Smart Agriculture and Environment projects.

Anian will be providing UTB its long range wide area network (LoRaWAN) facilities, which may allow devices to be operated single-handedly via internet connection from a distance.

This capacity is expected to help the university’s Networked ASEAN Peat Swamp Forest Communities (NAPC) project and Smart Agriculture as well as to properly operate its Internet of Things (IoT) laboratory.

The NAPC which saw participation from various bodies across Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand aimed to utilise technology-based solutions to monitor peat swamp forests while also encourage involvement from communities in doing so.

Stakeholders involved in this project include various departments and sections from the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC), Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Development.

Anian’s Managing Director and Co-founder Nicolas Guillou explaining some of the network devices to UTB’s Acting Vice Chancellor Haji Ady Syarmin Haji Md Taib. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Besides giving technical support, Anian will also be providing work placement opportunities for UTB students during their studies, and provide employment opportunities following their graduation.

Anian is also one of the funders for UTB’s Smart research projects, the other being Authority for InfoCommunications Technology Industry (AITI).

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed earlier today to officially mark the start of this partnership. Signing on behalf of UTB was its Acting Vice Chancellor Haji Ady Syarmin Haji Md Taib while Anian was represented by its Co-founder and Managing Director Nicolas Guillou.

Anian is a communication solutions provider and systems integrator that is principally involved in providing integrated IoT, Information Technology (IT) and business intelligence to implement smart nation projects for various industries.

The firm is currently deploying a long ranged communications network to facilitate IoT implementations across the sultanate, which will allow universities as well as stakeholders in the government and private sectors to undertake projects for smart city, agriculture, building and environment.

The Bruneian | BRUNEI-MUARA

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