Adoption of IoT in Thailand gains momentum in the consumer and business sectors
The adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Thailand has been growing faster in the consumer and business sectors.
The significance of IoT lies in its being an emerging global technology that enables digital transformation, according to Mr Panutat Tejasen. Mr Panutat is a pioneer in the maker community who observed that the adoption of IoT will happen much faster than the time it took for personal computers or mobile phones to be adopted.
According to him, Thailand is advanced in terms of network availability, making the country one of the IoT leaders in the ASEAN.
Moreover, the declining prices of IoT-related components such as sensors, processors, and IoT gateways contributes to the scaling up of the implementation of IoT. There is also a community of software developers and hardware makers who are stimulating the growth of IoT.
Precision farming is a strong real sector base for the country and that is what Thailand should focus its IoT adoption on. Tourism, especially smart cities, can also benefit as technology can be applied to sustainable development that gives visitors a better experience.
In line with that, Mr Panutat furthered that IoT can be maximised too for environmental monitoring and waste management, bike sharing, city monitoring, indoor mapping navigation, smart bus stops and a whole lot more.
AIS Chief Technology Officer Kriengsak Wanichnatee said that all the parties in Thailand are enthusiastic about IoT adoption for consumer technology. Application of IoT in consumer technology would include smart homes and smart parking. Organisations involved in infrastructure management, such as smart logistics, smart cities, smart farming and smart environment are also excited.
AIS shared that it is ready to support IoT through the development of technological networks like the NB-IoT and eMTC (enhanced Machine-Type Communication). NB-IoT focuses on energy-saving for devices and distant communications while the eMTC is suitable for supporting mobile IoT such as connected cars and new voice-controlled IoT devices.
Total Access Communication Plc (DTAC) Head of Strategic Transformation Thibaut Girard explained that the development of the 5G network will fuel IoT adoption. DTAC is currently developing technology and partnership models that will help build the IoT ecosystem and provide support for those wanting to launch the IoT solutions in Thailand.
DTAC aims to be an accelerator of IoT innovation in Thailand by fostering new innovative solutions through partnerships with startups, SMEs and large firms.
A recent announcement that was released highlighted how establishing the right ecosystem is essential in order for IoT to take off in any ASEAN country. If Thailand were to maximise its benefits, then it should focus its IoT solutions to the sector that contributes the largest to its economy, which is manufacturing.
An announcement that was released earlier highlighted a survey conducted by Asia IoT Business Platform wherein Thailand led among the ASEAN countries with the most number of enterprises that are exploring and/or implementing IoT to boost their productivity and innovation.