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Thailand to roll-out national IoT network

The state-owned telecoms company wants to develop a LoRaWAN network to support IoT services in line with the Government’s Thailand 4.0 agenda

CAT Telecom wants to help Phuket become a world class smart city
CAT Telecom wants to help Phuket become a world class smart city

CAT Telecom has chosen Actility’s ThingPark wireless LPWA connectivity platform to power a national IoT communication network roll-out, kicking off with a smart city solution for Phuket and soon to be followed by Bangkok. Actility is partnered with local system integrator and communication network specialist Teo Hong Silom Group to support the deployment and scale-up of the network.

CAT Telecom is the state-owned company that runs mobile communications, data communications and applications services across the country. It wants to develop a LoRaWAN network to support Internet of Things (IoT) services in line with the Government’s Thailand 4.0 agenda.

Colonel Sanpachai Huvanandana, president of CAT Telecom, explained that the smart services offered will include smart metering, smart buildings, smart lighting, smart parking, smart farming, smart logistics and smart tourism. “These services require a data communication infrastructure which covers a long distance, uses low energy and cuts the operating cost, all of which are major advantages of the LoRaWAN wireless network,” he said.

CAT has also launched a LoRaWAN IoT by CAT platform to support the commercial sector in developing an innovative industrial IoT services. Currently the company is testing a tracking service combining GPS and IoT communications enabling cars, motorbikes, dump trucks and coaches to be tracked across the province.

In Phuket the service is supporting tourism, with a speed-boat businesses deploying the tracking technology to ensure the safety of their customers by installing trackers on their boats and providing tracking wristbands.

CAT is also working with its alliance partners to support the smart tourism campaign through the Smart Phuket 4.0 mobile application, Beacon devices that accurately inform tourists and foreigners in the province about product deals and tourist attractions, and Digital Signage, locating restaurants, tourist spots, accommodation, hospitals and the locations of key governmental offices.

“In the future, the information on the behaviours and activities of tourists will be aggregated by a big data platform," adds Colonel Huvanandana. “It will greatly benefit the business owners and city administration in. They will be able to perform deep analysis of consumer behaviour, and also improve the quality of life and the safety of the local citizens, improve all aspects of city management in all aspects and make Phuket a world class smart city.”

CAT Telecom will use its learnings from the Phuket project to create a transferrable business model and technical solutions to accelerate the deployment of smart cities in 18 provinces across Thailand, including the Bangkok region, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Nan, Saraburi, Nakhon Nayok, Prachinburi, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Maha Sarakham, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani and Nakhon Pathom. and the three provinces in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), namely Chonburi, Rayong and Chachoengsao.

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