THE Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) was recently awarded a research grant amounting to about RM1mil from the Multimedia Grant Scheme (MGS) for its proposed product “Fileshield”.
Fileshield is a software product that would allow network administrators and parents to scan the hard disk drives and external drives of computers for image files with pornographic content.
When completed, the software would be similar to anti-virus software products and would benefit businesses, home users and educational institutions.
APIIT managing director Dr Parmjit Singh said that the grant not only represented a commitment to the objectives of the Multimedia Super Corridor but was also a contribution towards research that would add value to society.
While most pornographic blocking software works by either denying access to a list of known websites, Fileshield will utilise image-producing techniques to establish whether or not pornography is present.
The project will be developed over a period of one year and is expected to be completed by the end the year.
APIIT’s R&D unit was established in 1998 with the goal of becoming a nationally recognised centre in certain niche areas of computer science.
It was successful in developing the Malaysian Sign Language Guide in collaboration with the Malaysian Federation for the Deaf, and in 2001, won a merit prize in the Asia-Pacific Information Communication & Technology Awards for its “Teach Yourself Malay” project.
It had also been involved in developing a system to automatically verify handwritten signatures on bank cheques for a local firm.
APIIT is the first in the education sector to have twice won the award, administered by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC).