Swinburne Sarawak signed MOAs with SAINS
KUCHING: Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus and Sarawak Information Systems Sdn Bhd (SAINS) signed two memorandums of agreement (MOAs) on ‘High performance network video recorder and video management system’, and ‘Framework for effective and sustainable rural ICT adoption in Sarawak through leveraging community informatics and in-situ human capital development’ during the 19th International Conference on Transformative Research in Science and Engineering, Business and Social Innovation from June 16-19.
The first agreement is to develop a high performance network video recorder that will be able to acquire and store up to 100 channels of H.264 surveillance video feeds in full resolution simultaneously as well as real time streaming of live surveillance video of up to 25 channels.
The second is to develop a framework that comprises of methodologies and analytical methods adopted from or based on the Rural ICT Guided Home-based Technopreneur (RIGHT) program.
The five-day conference that ended June 19 was organised by the Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS), a non-profit organisation from the USA formed to provide an international home for advanced integrative thinkers at a professional level.
The conference was hosted by Swinburne Sarawak and it focused on the development of social, technological, and cultural transformation that leads to the complex development of ‘Smart Innovative Societies’ (theme of the conference) and the delegates consists those from Malaysia, Norway, the Netherlands, Canada, Europe, Japan, South America, Turkey, the UK and USA.
Smart Innovative Societies represents regions around the world that are moving towards the adoption of integrated technology and science. These societies enjoy the benefits of technology to improve the lives of their inhabitants while remaining harmonious with natural environments. They respect the beneficent cultures and traditions that developed from their unique history.
The highlight of the conference were workshops and paper sessions that had been discussed publicly by speakers from academia and industries with the attendees on topics around major themes, including Applied Science and Technology, Renewable Energy, Software Engineering, ICT Entrepreneurship, Effective Healthcare, and Sustainable Development.
According to Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, Second Minister of Finance and Minister of Local Government and Community Development Sarawak, the conference is indeed timely and sits very well with the goals of the state government who had worked tirelessly to transform Sarawak into a highly skilled and knowledge-based economy.
“This conference relates us to renewable energy, ICT entrepreneurship, software engineering, sustainable development and effective healthcare and the importance of integrating these disciplines and industries to improve the socio-economic status of the community in both the rural and urban areas,” Wong said. He was representing Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem.
In Sarawak, perhaps one of the most ambitious and talked-about initiative in transforming the state into a high income industrial powerhouse is the implementation of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy, or SCORE.
The areas that comes under SCORE has an abundance of natural resources, including clean and safe renewable resources such as hydropower that offer commercial users clean energy at competitive rates.
In view of this, the 2008-2030 development plan for SCORE focuses on developing the energy sector and targets the 10 priority industries (aluminium, glass, steel, oil-based, palm oil, fishing and aquaculture, livestock, timber-based, marine and the tourism industries) for growth that will complement the development plan and provide downstream opportunities for SMEs.
Affordable renewable energy is one of the main attractions of foreign investors to Sarawak to set up plants of Samalaju, Samajaya and other industrial zones in Sarawak. Electrification of rural areas has also taken off the ground quite rapidly in recent years. Various innovative energy resources such as solar panels have been deployed in some of the remotest places of the State.
The benefits of this development will impact the whole of Sarawak and give communities in the rural areas employment opportunities as to participate in the State’s primary goal that is in becoming a high income state on par with the wealthier states in Peninsular Malaysia by 2020.
Wong added that “It is the hope and commitment of the Sarawak government to improve the quality of life of its people for the long term by creating more high income jobs and building a strong economy in line with the national mission and the key tenets of the State’s ninth Malaysia plan.
“We believe one of the ways this can be achieved is through SCORE. We are of the view that it will be a win-win situation for both Sarawak as well as for the industries that invest in SCORE. I am confident the Corridor will help to establish long-term business confidence in the region and help Sarawak become the destination of choice for business investment.”
Apart from SCORE, software industries in Sarawak have also been gradually expanding being one of the major focus of the state, and through the Sarawak State Planning Unit that acts as an ICT unit, the state contributes striving efforts on the development of software industries in Sarawak. Hence, this conference is also beneficial in attracting more international interest to our local software engineering talents.
In addition to the sustainable focus of development projects in the state, innovative agricultural practices are also constantly being introduced.
Wong added, “You will be pleased to know that healthcare is one of the top three budget items in the country. We are committed in providing good medical care to all Malaysians. In fact, the latest World Health Organisation ranking places Malaysia’s healthcare system at No.49 in the world.”
The conference is seen as one of the best way for professionals to further develop plans for future developments including in the field of information technology, where today we are deeply depended on the advanced technology in our daily lives including in retails, social networks, supply chain, education, biotechnology, banking and marketing, and it is rather appropriate that this conference does help in bringing forth leading ideas that are transformative in character, ideas that may radically change our thinking.
SDPS believes the future will rest on the science of how we combine the deep knowledge of the disciplines in finding integrative and sustainable solutions, solutions that will provide new possibilities never imagined before.
Also present during the opening of the conference were Fellow of SDPS and President of Texas A&M University-Commerce Dr Dan Jones, SDPS President Dr Sang C. Suh, Sarawak Information Systems Sdn Bhd (SAINS) CEO Dato Teo Tien Hiong, Sarawak Energy Bhd General Manager of R&D Dr Chen Shiun who represented the company CEO Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit, and Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Swinburne Sarawak, Professor Anthony Cahalan.