To succeed in the innovative and creative industry, a country must nurture talent and provide a supportive environment. The innovative technology and creative industry has the potential to support Brunei’s economic diversification and create job opportunities, and is therefore a vital industry in Brunei.
Brunei’s SPN 21 Education System places Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and creativity as one of the core elements in the education curriculum. The government makes continuous effort to nurture ICT skills and creativity to foster the nation’s progress and economic growth.
Digital Media and Internet of Things In Brunei, the mobile phone penetration rate has increased to 125.5 per cent, whereas the broadband penetration rate of mobile phones has increased to 121.2 per cent. The government encourages local digital media startups to explore the Internet of Things (IoT).
IoT connects devices, systems, software and people so they can share information about their state and external environment. BI Intelligence, a research service, has estimated there will be more than 24 billion IoT devices across the globe by 2020 – about four devices for every person.
As the milestone draws closer, more than USD6 billion will flow into IoT solutions and industries such as application development, connectivity, data storage, device hardware, security and system integration. The investment will generate USD13 trillion by 2025.
Consumers, governments and ecosystems will benefit from these IoT spinoffs. This includes agriculture, banks, connected homes, defence, food services, hospitality, healthcare, infrastructure, insurance, logistics, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, retail, smart buildings and transportation.
Schneider Electric brings big data and IoT to data centres with EcoStruxureTM Digitisation, the process of converting information from a physical format into digital, is becoming more important as digital transformation unfolds around the globe.
Digitisation’s productivity gains depend on clean and reliable electrical power, and because computing power is fueled by electricity, the stability of the power infrastructure that generates, transmits and distributes electricity directly impacts the business continuity. Even simple devices have microprocessors, so the growth in device intelligence raises demand for clean power and electrical infrastructure to support increased connectivity.
In fact, information technology (IT) is projected to have twice the impact on power consumption as electric vehicles by 2035, which will also quadruple its consumption in the same span of time.
“Power industry is experiencing a paradigm shift as the energy world goes through decentralisation, decarbonisation, digitisation with exponential increase in consumption of electricity,” said Schneider Electric Country General Manager, Brunei and East Malaysia, Rehan Fatmi. “We are leveraging on advances in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cyber security technologies to transform the power management industry. By acting on data in real time from any number of IoT- enabled sources, our customers can improve operational and energy efficiency and bring their operations directly into the future.”
To address these needs, Schneider Electric has developed EcoStruxureTM – an architecture that offers open platform to partners and end users so they can develop and integrate digital solutions.
EcoStruxure Power is a digital architecture for energy management in buildings. It delivers enhanced value to professionals in the power industry, including contractors, consulting engineers, panel builders and their end customers. With open integration, real-time operations and analytics and increased levels of cyber security, the next generation architecture enables power-users to make the most of new opportunities created by intelligent devices and digitisation to deliver improved reliability, safety, efficiency, sustainability and connectivity for customers across multiple industries.
Such technologies are used in small and medium scale buildings. With limited staff on site, EcoStruxure Power
provides simple cloud-based tools to automate maintenance operations and quickly apply corrective action in case of an outage. For example, facility or property managers can receive automatic outage notifications and monitor energy consumption through a simple dashboard. One Schneider Electric customer managed 30 per cent savings by installing connected panels, monitoring, and applying corrective actions based on an analysis of the received data.
The IT industry solution providers need to offer more than just IT systems in their solutions — they need to provide modern power and energy components. In other words, it is not just IT that awaits transformation. Critical power equipment must be upgraded too. Not only does this dual transformation offer end users enhanced reliability and availability, it also provides firms selling into IT-intensive markets with new revenue generating opportunities.
Schneider Electrics solution for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) known as EcoStruxure IT helps customers optimise infrastructure performance and mimimise risk by:
• Providing visibility across the entire data centre ecosystem
• Delivering insights with data-driven recommendations to improve availability
• Enabling 3rd party integrations in an IoTenabled open architecture and platform
EcoStruxure IT revolutionises DCIM by delivering a cloud-based architecture purposebuilt for hybrid IT and data centre environments. The vendor-agnostic architecture delivers a new standard for proactive insights on critical assets that impact the health and availability of an IT environment with the ability to deliver actionable real-time recommendations to optimise infrastructure performance and minimise risk.
“The growing complexity and diversity of critical data centre environments coupled with reduced budget and staff have led to a management challenge for data centre professionals. The first step in overcoming this challenge is through a cloud-first management strategy. EcoStruxure IT provides global access and insights to data centre environments from anywhere, at any time on any device,” said Schneider Electric Executive Vice President, IT Division, Dave Johnson. “Bringing this level of visibility and access to our customers will enable them to benchmark their entire IT ecosystem while providing trend analysis, intelligent maintenance and more, all the while reducing risks and increasing efficiency.”
To date, 1,400 customers are connected on EcoStruxure IT platform, managing 140,000 assets. Every day, 300 million data points are captured, and EcoStruxure IT modernises how customer data centres are managed, operated, and maintained.
Supporting Technopreneurs and Innovators
To support the innovative and creative industry, the Innovative, Technology and Creative Industry Division (ITCID) was established in December 2015. They advocate the development of high technology and knowledge-based industries in Brunei through foreign direct investment and innovation from local businesses.
The government has set up an incubation centre called iCentre to assist budding technopreneurs and product innovators. The iCentre provides working space, capacity building programmes and startup assistants. In addition, the iCentre collaborates with local and regional agencies to provide workshops on starting a business, market validations, and fundraising.
Knowledge Hub (popularly called K-Hub) supports the multimedia and creative industry through programmes and activities that run in partnership with Microsoft and Sesame World Technology.
Awarding Creativity and Innovation The nation’s highest competition award for creativity and innovation is the Crown Prince CIPTA Awards. Fittingly, CIPTA is a Malay word which means “create” and CIPTA stands for ‘Creative and Innovative Product and Technological Advancement Awards’.
The CIPTA competition is sponsored by Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd and coordinated by the premier technology-based tertiary education institution in the country, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Divided across several demographic and institutional divisions, the CIPTA competition has been making a push towards producing creative and innovative designers, especially youth, in science and technology to diversify Brunei’s economy.
The CIPTA competition is open to participants from other ASEAN countries. In 2017, the competition received 47 entries, 10 of which were from other ASEAN countries. It is hoped the participation of other ASEAN countries will inspire local competitors and set a new benchmark of quality for future CIPTA awards.
As a global powerhouse focussed on electrification, automation and digitalisation, Siemens is one of the world’s largest industrial manufacturing company. Siemens set up its office in Brunei in 1998 as a telecommunication company known as Siemens Advance Engineering Pte Ltd, Brunei Branch.
In November 2018, Siemens and the Ministry of Development held the Joint Technical Seminar on Operations Intelligence Platform and Smart Water Meter Data Management System. The seminar aimed to share knowledge regarding new technologies employed in building and asset management. It acted as a platform for strategic collaboration in developing mechanisms for sharing cost savings from new technologies in asset management programmes among the various agencies involved. In this knowledge-sharing platform, experts addressed problems related to assets, especially when implementing such technologies.
“Digitalisation, connection and connectivity is very important these days. How you maximise your assets, production, manufacturing, go-tomarket; we have to embrace it,” said Siemens Country Manager (Brunei) Kamaljit Singh Gill.
A key focus of the event was Siemens XHQ Operations Intelligence, a digital platform designed to bridge the worlds of operations technology and information technology. The main objective of XHQ is to help end-users or operators to improve asset integrity and operational efficiency by integrating and contextualising operations and business data together. With real-time data integration, XHQ translates into meaningful information to improve operations performance.
The topics covered during the seminar included ‘Why data is important to operations and how to utilise that data to support operational decisions’; an introduction of the XHQ Operations Intelligence Platform; and ‘How XHQ can help to improve asset performance and operation efficiency’. The event also saw a ‘Use Cases’ presentation and a live demonstration on XHQ.
The joint effort between the Ministry of Development and Siemens Pte Ltd is in line with the ministry’s core strategy to expand collaborative networks with strategic partners of the ministry, as stipulated in the Strategic Plan 2018-2023.
Siemens has a long history with Brunei companies, which began in 1972 with its development of boil-off gas compressors for a Liquefied Natural Gas system in the oil and gas industry. Since then, Siemens has been contributing to the growth and development of Brunei. They installed the country’s first digital telecommunication switching system, provided product systems and solutions across many industries in Brunei and introduced healthcare equipments. In 2011, Siemens installed the Verio 3-Tesla MRI system for the radiology department at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital.
In the hospital environment where saving lives is imperative, digitalisation can be utilised to control and monitor advanced equipments such as a CT scan machine. In August 2018, the Jerudong Park Medical Centre introduced the Dual Energy SIEMENS Definition Edge CT Scanner.
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