‘ICT can improve life in Brunei’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A STRONGER information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure can improve the quality of life in Brunei.

Carol Kok, Deputy Chief Representative of Huawei Brunei, made the comment while speaking to The Brunei Times on the second day of the Safe City Summit.

“Once all the (ICT infrastructure) foundation is taken care of, Brunei will be safer (and more) efficient. This will make Brunei more attractive for tourists and foreign investment,” said Kok.

Kok said from a commercial perspective of building infrastructure, the first phase is public safety, the second phase is making processes more efficient and effective, and the third phase is to look into economics and expanding potential areas of development such as moving the domestic market onto the international platform.

She added that with this platform, it can help the country move away from depending on oil and gas such as bringing in more tourists or allowing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to have a better platform to expand outside of Brunei.

She said a strong ICT infrastructure and ecosystem builds community demand for services and products which in turn will generate business. Governments can then improve the foundation of the infrastructure to cater to these demands, making the system smarter and safer.

“Everyone wins. The public gets what they want, businesses get what they want, and the country has a better and safer society.”

Eric Low, Chief Technology Officer of Huawei’s Southern-Pacific Region, said one of the improvements that can be made in Brunei is how we analyse the footage captured by CCTVs.

“In Brunei, they have to go through multiple footage of videos, making it time consuming. We can build platforms to allow us to analyse videos more effectively and efficiently,” said Low.

In the Huawei Safe City Summit demo, they were able to compress two hours of footage to two minutes and received alerts from triggers based on certain events such as a car driving in the wrong lane.

Low said this information would be useful during certain festive seasons where some places may be prone to danger such as accidents.

“With this information and knowledge, you may be able to predict and prevent any (undesirable) event from happening. A lot of people think it’s farfetched, it’s a future solution. But it’s (actually) available now.”

The Brunei Times