WORLD Digital economy spurs Thailand’s economic restructuring, upgrade

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Digital economy spurs Thailand’s economic restructuring, upgrade

By Sun Guangyong | People's Daily app

14:52, June 22, 2018

Bangkok (People’s Daily)- Located in Sriracha, Chunburi, a coastal province in Thailand, the country’s first digital park is a 15-minute drive from the country’s largest Laem Chabang Port.

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Thailand’s first digital innovation park in Sriracha, Chunburi Province (Photos: Sun Guangyong/People’s Daily)

With an input of 10 billion Baht ($320 million) and a floor space of 132 million square meters, the digital park was established by the government in March to boost the development of the country’s frontier industries, including robotics, aerospace, logistics, digital business, bio-fuel and bio-based chemicals.

The park is composed of three parts: a digital innovation center, an R&D hub and a lodging zone. The digital innovation center focuses on fields in the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, mechanical automation, cloud computing and advanced sensing technology.泰国地理信息与空间技术发展署的空间技术实验室中心是首个数字创新园的一部分.JPG

The space technology lab center of the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency of Thailand is located in the country’s first digital innovation park.

Anond Snidvongs, Executive Director of the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, pointed to one of the satellites displayed on a huge LED screen, saying “Thailand has nine satellites.  This near-earth satellite acquires geographic data from the earth and space. The acquired data is applied on fields like climate, transportation, health care and flood control. And Thailand is cooperating with the US, Australia and China.”

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The satellite control center of Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency.

An Internet of Things institute is also based in the digital park. “With the help of big data, vessels entering and leaving the Laem Chabang Port have been managed more efficiently. We are building a smart city in the park to make it more habitable,” an official of Thailand’s Digital Promotion Agency said.

“The results of Thailand’s first digital innovation park will not only be applied to the Eastern Economic Corridor, but to the whole country as well as Southeast Asian countries such as Laos and Cambodia to promote development in the frontier industries of the region,” said Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand.

(Compiled by Li Lei)



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