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BSB Tuesday, September 06, 2016. DES and DSTINCOMM were awarded 2nd Runner Up in the BICTA ICT Award 2016. The award was presented by His Royal Highness Pengiran Muda Mahkota Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Ibni Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah.
The joint DES-DSTINCOMM ICT Project presented the Smart Meter which is the first Smart Nation initiative in Brunei Darussalam. It is also the first in the ASEAN region and leverages on ICT Infrastructures, namely Cloud, Networking and Communication. The Smart Metering provides a synchronized platform for information to be captured through 2-way remote communications solutions – both automated and on demand. This provides opportunities to engage end-users to be more conscious of their consumption and hence improve efficiency, conservation and sustainability. It not only enables the collection of data and data analytics to be done in real time but also enables more accurate billing and revenue leakages. It also makes it possible to manage consumer's electricity purchases and usages through the web portal, mobile apps as well as banking services. This initiative is only at feasibility stage, of which proof of concept is yet to be carried out and concluded.