Universiti Brunei Darussalam and IBM Drive Smarter Energy

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, Tuesday, June 25, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) 
Using analytics, researchers will design smarter energy solutions for homes,
communities and grids in Brunei  
IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a new research agreement with Universiti Brunei
Darussalam (UBD) to explore smarter ways to conserve and consume energy in the
country. IBM will collaborate with UBD to better understand energy usage and
supply in buildings to enable efficient allocation of resources and distribution
of power.  
With the new engagement, UBD and IBM intend to explore how a variety of
long-term and dynamic factors affect energy consumption patterns. Long-term
factors include building materials and the geometry of buildings while dynamic
factors involve smart sensing and analytics, persuasive user-interfaces and
incentives and dynamic energy ratings of appliances.  
Based on analytics, algorithms for optimal real time energy load monitoring and
storage management will be investigated to help make homes greener. In addition,
the research will model load flow in Brunei's grid, and study phenomena like
“power swing” that leads to blackouts, to enable the grid to be more
reliable.  
This research will play a vital role in capacity and skills development of
Bruneians, to support Brunei Darussalam's "Vision 2035" of a dynamic and
knowledge-driven natural resources-based economy. 
“Effective energy policies and planning are vital. This includes ensuring that
the financial, technical capability, infrastructure and skills are made
available, and all this takes time to establish. Research and development needs
to be part and parcel of this growth potential,” said YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd
Yasmin Hj Umar, Minister of Energy, Brunei 
The collaboration builds upon the ongoing relationship between IBM Research and
UBD which has seen the two partners engaged in integrated, high resolution,
national-scale modeling research involving weather modeling, climate modeling,
flood forecasting, crop modeling, and renewable energy modeling in the region. 
“Our collaboration with UBD has already witnessed significant progress in
identifying some of Brunei's natural resource modeling challenges, and we expect
the relationship to continue to develop new insights into how Brunei can use
energy more efficiently. We are glad to partner with UBD in this new research
engagement,” said Ramesh Gopinath, Director, IBM Research – India. "By
combining education and innovation, UBD can help strengthen the local
infrastructure, maintain a sustainable economy and improve quality of life." 
The UBD IBM Centre has been instituted to serve as a catalyst to help UBD to be
amongst the Top 50 ranked universities in Asia by 2015. To support this
research, a Blue Gene/P supercomputer (the first in the ASEAN region) has been
installed in UBD and actively used by UBD IBM Centre researchers.  
About Universiti Brunei Darussalam 
For more information, visit http://www.ubd.edu.bn 
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Media contact details 
Rahul Anand,
IBM External Relations,
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rahuanan@in.ibm.com 
Anita Devasahayam, Brand and Communications Manager,
IBM Malaysia,
DL: 603 2301 2996 M: +6012 2770 568,
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