UBD Faculty of Integrated Technologies’ Droplet won second place and received the Special Award: Internet of Things (IOT) at the Brunei ICT Awards (BICTA) 2018 and later had the opportunity to represent Brunei Darussalam at the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) awards held in Guangzhou, China.
Droplet is developed by the students of Systems Engineering led by Reneiro Andal Virrey and developers Mohammad Azizi Saiful Rizal and Abdul Mu’iz Bin Maidi, under the supervision of Professor Dr Liyanage Chandratilak De Silva.
Droplet is an Internet-of-Things (IoT) based system that integrates a monitoring function on several environmental variables: air quality such as haze and smoke, temperature, humidity, soil moisture, and rain frequency. One of its major upgrades is the modular dynamic connective system that enables users to utilise a base unit as well as components such as camera, sensors, battery and wireless chip. It is also a controlling system that allows any facility to connect and use as automatic switch based on the set threshold of sensors’ output.
BICTA is an annual competition hosted by the Ministry of Communications and organised by the Authority for Info-Communication Technology Industry Brunei Darussalam (AITI) and the Infocom Federation Brunei (IFB). The quality and categories provided are in accordance with the standards provided by APICTA. Prior to APICTA, the team had to undergo intensive mentorship sessions about presentation, pitching skills, finance, marketing and branding for one month, arranged by AITI.
During the competition itself, the students had the opportunity to witness creations of other participants from different countries and build connections for potential collaborations. The experience has also increased the students’ ICT awareness in the community in preparation for future global market’s ICT solutions. Both events are a platform in developing more advanced ideas for young entrepreneurs towards ‘Brunei 2035 Vision’.
“We are indeed grateful to UBD for this experience and to Professor Dr Mohammad Ayub Sadiq for his relentless support. Our involvement in these events is a catalyst to become more aggressive in maximizing the technology and innovation in the field of both business and technology. It has inspired us to be more creative and at the same time be more aware of the current trends and demands of the community and of course, our environment.” according to Reneiro Andal Virrey.
Professor Liyanage explained that the team is continuously optimising Droplet. One of its newest features is the integration of AI technology that will allow Droplet to record the sound of the surrounding for automatic sound recognition. For example, Droplet can act as an early warning solution in a particular area where illegal loggers are prohibited by detecting the sound of the chainsaw. The team is also testing the standalone system that allows packet of data to be transferred wirelessly over another Droplet unit creating a self-sustained bridge of network that extends connectivity, notwithstanding the lack of internet or poor 3G signal, until it reaches an internet-enabled Droplet.
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