AITI gallery to showcase Brunei-made RFID applications, solutions

by Azaraimy HH, BB 21 Sept 2010

The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI) of Brunei Darussalam yesterday awarded a contract to John Harith Technology Sdn Bhd to develop and maintain Brunei-made Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) applications and solutions for AITI’s Showcase Gallery project.

The signing ceremony between AITI and John Harith Technology took place yesterday at the Seri Kerna Hall of the AITI office in Anggerek Desa. Present to witness the signing as guest of honour was the CEO of AITI, Awg Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin.

Under the contract, John Harith Technology will supply, develop, deliver, install, commission, train, and provide warranty and maintenance to the Brunei-made RFID applications and solutions.

According to AITI, the foundation project is aligned with AITI’s vision to adopt and develop RFID applications and solutions in Brunei for economic growth and sustainability.

The RFID showcase gallery will serve as a platform for AITI to showcase an exciting array of RFID applications and solutions, with emphasis on the fact that they are Brunei-made. The gallery is to be located on the ground floor of the AITI Building, at Block B13, Kg Anggerek Desa.

“Being aware of RFID that has emerged as a vibrant technology, the RFID showcase gallery will create an opportunity for the local industry to gain the insights and instill awareness of the efficacy of RFID as a useful tool in the real environment,” AITI stated in a press release.

The objectives of the project, according to AITI, are not limited to demonstrating the potential RFID usage to organisations and consumers, as the project is also expected to provide the transfer of knowledge and know-how for the industry through training for local resources and developers.

Signing of behalf of AITI were its Deputy CEO Pg Hj Md Salleh bin Pg Hj Ali, and Assistant CEO Julianah binti Hj Ali Ahmad. John Harith Technology was meanwhile represented by Mr Lim Wan Kee, General Manager, with IT Manager Mr Chow Chung Fatt as witness.

AITI said it is hoped that the RFID Showcase Gallery, which is targeted to be completed in 6 months, would consequently drive RFID adoption in both the government sector and private industries in Brunei Darussalam, thereby creating a pool of skilled and knowledgeable local expertise in RFID.

RFID refers to a small electronic device that consists of a small chip and an antenna. The typical chip is capable of carrying 2,000 bytes of data or less.

The RFID device serves the same purpose as a bar code or a magnetic strip on the back of a credit card or ATM card; it provides a unique identifier for that object. And, just as a bar code or magnetic strip must be scanned to get the information, the RFID device must be scanned to retrieve the identifying information.

AITI said four RFID ‘solutions’ will be showcased at the gallery. They are, namely, Point of Sales (POS), Vehicle Tracking, Logistics/Asset Tracking and Document Control.

Through the Asean Telecom-munications Regulatory Council (ATRC) channel, radio frequency spectrum allocation for RFID has been harmonised for some countries including Brunei Darussalam, Singapore and Malaysia.