Thailand’s CAT Telecom has selected Actility’s ThingPark Wireless LPWA connectivity platform to power a national IoT communication network rollout across the country.
The rollout will begin with a smart city solution for Phuket which will be followed by a deployment in 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.
The operator’s president Colonel Sanpachai Huvanandana said: “CAT Telecom is determined to develop a LoRaWAN network to support IoT services in line with the Government’s Thailand 4.0 agenda. The key factors in developing true smart cities, such as we are pioneering with the city of Phuket, are infrastructure and services. These smart services 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.”
Wisut Kaewbangkapom, Deputy General Manager ICT Solutions Business of Teo Hong Silom Co., Ltd (THS), comments: “We are confident and ready to deliver innovative solutions to CAT Telecom, to stimulate IoT activities and benefit everyone nationwide”.
“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 findings 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.