Innovative educational metaverse called the ‘aniverse’ is 25 per cent complete

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A project to develop an “aniverse” – a revolutionary educational metaverse which is expected to transform Thailand’s education system – is currently 25 per cent complete.

Innovative educational metaverse called the ‘aniverse’ is 25 per cent complete

The project to troubleshoot issues and reduce social inequality was launched in January under cooperation between consumer electronics manufacturer Anitech and digital service provider Creative Digital Living.

As of Tuesday, the project had garnered cooperation from government and private agencies, such as the Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Ministry, blockchain developer xChain and as many as 17 universities.

Creative Digital Living executive chairman and co-founder Pitchyen Hongpakdee said the aniverse is being developed under a four-phase plan.

The educational metaverse plan, which went into operation in January, will run until December next year. The development is currently in the second phase spanning July to December this year.

The company has cooperated with universities to enable 500,000 lecturers and students to access the metaverse, Pitchyen said.

Innovative educational metaverse called the ‘aniverse’ is 25 per cent complete

“We believe that in the future we can find a way to attract dropouts and low-income students back to school in the digital world,” he said.

The partnership with xChain will help reduce transaction fees in the metaverse, making the community as perfect as possible and creating opportunities for all users, Pitchyen added.

Meanwhile, Creative Digital Living Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Ampornsak Angkatavanich said the aniverse features two systems – a Learning Management System and Edu GameFi to troubleshoot limitations in offline and online classes, and combine the worlds of learning and gaming.

Ampornsak said the aniverse also has an artificial intelligence system that enables students to discover their identity and reduce the teaching preparation for lecturers by up to 20 per cent.

Innovative educational metaverse called the ‘aniverse’ is 25 per cent complete

“With a massive online role-playing game system, students can create their virtual avatar to complete missions in a learning space to obtain non-fungible tokens and experience points,” he said.

Students will also be able to study and work in the metaverse, which will enable them to enter the labour market when they turn 18, Ampornsak said.

Innovative educational metaverse called the ‘aniverse’ is 25 per cent complete

The company will offer free land on the metaverse to the 17 universities that participated in the project by August this year, he added.

Published : August 03, 2022

By : THE NATION

Metaverse on the board’s agenda

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As visionary technologists and strategists consider an expanding scope of possible use cases for the metaverse, the board has a role in guiding conversations with a sharp focus on strategy and risk.

Metaverse on the board’s agenda

Concepts that were once only found in science fiction and video games are breaking through the boundaries of reality and entering the physical realm, with the potential to change many aspects of business and personal interactions. The metaverse is the next-generation internet, with content that has progressed from text to graphics to video to immersive digital interactions. It is a type of digital interaction in which linked virtual experiences mimic those of the real world.

Two key drivers of the metaverse are advancing technology which promoting connectivity and immersive experiences through high-speed advanced networking, and people are spending more time than ever before interacting with digital systems and socializing in digital environments, especially expedited by the pandemic. For businesses, in order to prepare metaverse adoption, edge computing capabilities, faster connectivity, servers, networking hardware, devices – headsets, gloves, improved cameras, sensors, and other peripherals, are required to power this ecosystem.

The metaverse has the potential to change existing business models in a variety of ways in the near future. Consider the range of possible applications as the metaverse evolves:

  • Work, collaboration—To improve the transition to hybrid working arrangements by providing people with virtual working environments that enhance interactions. Imagine virtual meetings where people show up via their avatars and engage in conversations that are more lifelike.
  • Manufacturing, logistics—Companies can use digital twins to emulate manufacturing and logistics processes within the metaverse, which may enable lower-cost predictive planning and maintenance.
  • Education, training—Online experiences combined with avatars could expand the possibilities for learning and collaboration. A single avatar could move fluidly between spaces, from lecture hall to science laboratory to operating room. Medical students might train on a single avatar before using their skills on live patients.
  • Consumer—Businesses and consumers could operate in a space where people are living, working, and shopping in a virtual world, which could expand the potential scope of interactions and transactions.
  • Government, public sector—The metaverse offers a platform for civic engagement and for government officials to be more accessible to their constituents. City meetings and public events can be held virtually. Even city halls and embassies can be virtualized. This could lead to broad questions about how organizations can cost-effectively deliver services and where physical structures are even necessary.
  • Health, well-being—The current focus on telehealth can evolve to virtual care to recreate the in-person experience. The metaverse could unlock health care innovations, from mental health and pain management to surgery, fitness, physical therapy, and patient care. Home gyms can get another significant upgrade.
     

The board’s role in metaverse discussion

Boards may even benefit from exploring their possible uses to familiarize themselves with the technology and better understand its applicability to the broader organization. For instance, a board meeting wearing a pair of glasses that overlays physical surroundings with digital information. Wearing these glasses, the meeting agenda could be overlaid on the wall, and board documents could be overlaid with data sources or the recency of information to provide additional context. At a shareholder meeting, a gaze on a specific audience member could produce a biographical sketch of the person—background and context that might be important when the person approaches a microphone to speak.

Even though these ideas might seem far in the future, they are accessible now. The list of uncertainties, potential risks, and opportunities for boards to understand and explore related to the metaverse is considerable:

  • Business models—Radical new ways of working and interacting may lead to new business models and opportunities, some of which are yet to be defined.
  • Ecosystem management—Platform and technology selection in the metaverse may be a complex exercise for many companies, especially in the early stages of evolution.
  • Inclusivity, social policing—Providing an inclusive experience and managing participants’ behaviors is already challenging in some virtual environments, as it can be in physical environments.
  • Security, privacy—The metaverse likely introduces new cyber vulnerabilities and risks related to digital identity and fraud. Businesses and governments are likely to focus on protecting personal information while also identifying and addressing emerging cyber risks.

Questions for the board to consider asking:
1. What is our company’s business case for pursuing the metaverse? What opportunities does the metaverse present for our company’s growth, innovation, and talent experience?
2. Should our organization pursue metaverse adoption and development on its own, or are there any alliances, partnerships, industry associations, or other enterprise relationships that might be leveraged as we consider opportunities?
3. What controls or processes are in place for our company to explore the opportunities and risks associated with new domains such as the metaverse?
4. Should we consider standing up a technology committee to drill into opportunities and risks associated with emerging technologies underpinning our company’s performance?
5. What policies or processes do we already have in place with respect to digital assets and digital currencies? Do they need to be reconsidered?
6. What risks might ensue from each potential use case, including the ethical implications of new technology and digital experiences?
7. What risks might ensue from becoming an early adopter versus a follower?
8. Who has regulatory authority over the metaverse, and how might that affect our opportunities to leverage or exploit the metaverse?
9. What are our peers doing with respect to leveraging or investing in the metaverse?
10. What processes do we have in place to monitor the evolving metaverse environment and continually reevaluate opportunities and risks?
Metaverse might illustrate a tremendous and promising business opportunity and open up new ways to interact and replicate stimulations with less limitation. However, similar to any emerging technology, the benefit comes with risks that businesses must explore in each use case. Therefore, it is vital that the board of directors has a responsibility to help companies remain focused on how this period of transition in the evolution of technology can be leveraged to achieve the company’s strategy and mission, and to collaborate with related parties to drive the company to the next chapter.

Dr. Suphamit Techamontrikul
Chairman of Audit & Assurance | Deloitte Thailand

Metaverse on the board’s agenda

Sources:

Deloitte US | On the Board’s Agenda: What’s all the buzz about the metaverse?

Published : July 21, 2022

By : THE NATION

New mobility concepts can solve Southeast Asia’s traffic woes

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Among the most unique reminders of the global pandemic of 2020 and 2021 were images of peacefully empty traffic arteries in cities around the region and around the world.

New mobility concepts can solve Southeast Asia’s traffic woes

Anotorious problem over decades, vehicle congestion and pollution intensified in Southeast Asia’s metro areas with increased economic intensity.

Efforts to boost alternative forms of transport or even rethink the way in which we design cities haven’t produced any visible results in most countries, unfortunately.

In many parts of the region including Bangkok, traffic jams during peak hours are back, as many workers head back to the office after mostly working from home over the last two years. For the longest time, Bangkok has been well known for its traffic snarls as much as its nightlife and food fare.

But there is light at the end of the highway tunnel, with Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) as a concept.

Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) is an idea that combines the different possibilities with the objective to build a more efficient transportation system for better user experience. This is both in the interest of local governments and its citizens.

Getting public and private entities to work closely together, however, can create something that’s even more powerful, which can be termed as “Beyond MaaS”.

The technological progress, the remarkable speed at which people have adopted the internet and how businesses have digitized are creating opportunities for new mobility concepts. 

New services have emerged, from ride-hailing to bike-sharing. Along the way, large amounts of traffic data are being generated and made available to the public via dedicated apps. 

Our cities are suffering 

Priorities and needs are changing over the years. 

Cities have been primarily places to work and do business. 

These days, the quality of life, safety and security and entertainment options also play a part in attracting people to a city. A high standard of healthcare also benefits the local population, but hospitals have now also become businesses themselves bringing in a new type of tourists. A basic need of citizens and visitors alike is the air quality, infamously terrible in many of Southeast Asia’s cities. 

A study by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air found that the drop in traffic during the lockdowns in Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Bangkok significantly brought down the levels of NO2, which causes inflammation in the respiratory system, intensifying symptoms of asthma and chronic pulmonary disorders. Annual mean levels of air pollution in many countries in the region often exceed by more than five times the limits set by the World Health Organisation, the report further stated. 

Commuters in many cities endure hour-long traffic jams on a daily basis, greatly due to a lack in public infrastructure. Jakarta opened the first 10.5 kilometres of its new Mass Rapid Transit system only in 2019 and still mostly relies on buses and motorcycles. 

Malaysia, with a strong car manufacturing sector, has traditionally and still favours individualised means of transport.

Managing the transition

Planning for a more sustainable future doesn’t mean the end of the car industry. 

The solution comes with the CASE technologies, which stand for connected, autonomous, shared, and electrified. They represent the profound change the sector is currently undergoing.

The region’s leading car manufacturer Thailand expects 30% of its output to be electric by the end of this decade, according to a roadmap published last year.

Vietnam is creating with VinFast a national electric vehicle (EV) champion that plans to conquer the United States and Europe. Indonesia, the world’s largest producer of nickel, which is a key component in lithium batteries, is also aiming to become an EV production and export hub.

Indonesia is also home to the ride-hailing giant Gojek which boasts over 190 million app downloads according to its website. 

The firm is leveraging its vast amounts of traffic data offering a multimodal journey planner called GoTransit. By raising rates for busy times and roads, ride-sharing services are able to reduce congestion. 

Specific carpooling apps, such as Singaporean Ryde or the Paris-based BlaBlaCar, allow private car owners to offer empty seats to fellow travelers. In Thailand, there is Haupcar, an advanced self-service car rental, also known as car sharing via smartphone, that allows anyone to drive or share cars at any time.

Connected cars will also boost security. Advanced driver assistance technology – already in use today – keeps vehicles on track when the driver falls asleep. 

It can be very beneficial to countries like Indonesia and Malaysia with high rates of traffic accidents. Fully autonomous driving, which is being trialed in designated areas such as university campuses, can be applicable in smart cities and for certain use cases—for example at airports and amusement parks—before they are rolled out to the entire town.
 
How do we get there

In order to smoothly implement and enjoy the benefits of “Beyond MaaS,” the government sector with its land transport, urban development authorities, and related ministries should take the lead and seek active collaboration with private entities. 

Singapore’s public transport provider SMRT trialed autonomous vehicles with local university Nanyang Technological University. The service is integrated with several other modes of transport like shuttle buses, bike sharing, and e-scooters on a single platform. The university also joined forces with automotive parts manufacturer Continental to develop autonomous robots that communicate with food delivery services for last-mile deliveries. NTU also partnered with leading global supplier to automotive sector Schaeffler to accelerate innovation in the areas of future mobility, robotics and Industry 4.0 in the Share@NTU project which refers to a new phase in industrial revolution, focusing heavily on interconnectivity, automation, machine learning and real-time data.

The process requires a long-term vision and roadmap that includes considerations on public transport, investments in road infrastructure, and necessary vehicle taxes.

Key challenges for the governments though will be to keep budgets balanced during this transition. But it also needs to provide support to the domestic automotive industry while creating alternative sectors that can absorb the labour force and guarantee continuous economic growth. 

By implementing the concept, Southeast Asian countries are not only upgrading their national infrastructure, but also solving several environmental and social challenges, including public health, people movement, housing, social equality, and national security.

Instead of collapsing our cities, the car becomes a part of the social infrastructure supplementing other forms of transportation. It is no longer “sold” but “used” for a fee. 

The new mobility offerings finally achieve what they are expected to do – serving people.
 

By Yuma Ito, Partner at Arthur D. Little

About the writer

Yuma Ito is a Partner at global management consultants Arthur D. Little and manages the Singapore office. He advises manufacturing companies on growth strategies, business expansion strategy, mergers and acquisitions, change management, and organizational effectiveness.

New mobility concepts can solve Southeast Asia’s traffic woes

Published : July 20, 2022

By : THE NATION

World RoboCup promises giant leap for digital economy

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Robot armies from 45 nations have descended on Thailand to compete in World RoboCup 2022 and deliver industrial solutions for the digital economy and smart city.

World RoboCup promises giant leap for digital economy

The tournament kicked off on Thursday at Bitec Bangna Exhibition hall, co-hosted and organised by Mahidol University’s Faculty of Engineering, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, the International RoboCup Federation, and WHA Corporation Pcl.

Peter Stone, president of the International RoboCup Federation, explained that the World RoboCup had originated with the objective of promoting global research and development in robotics, starting in 1997.

He added that World RoboCup 2022 will feature teams with over 3,000 participants from 45 countries around the world, including the USA, Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China and Thailand.

World RoboCup promises giant leap for digital economy

All competitors will battle it out with their diverse range of robotic solutions, showcasing various forms of cyber-intelligence.

Finalists will receive plaques, and certificates will be presented to competition entrants, giving them international-level professional opportunities in the robotics industry.

The event has two categories — Major League and Junior League (RCJ).

World RoboCup promises giant leap for digital economy

The Major League has four sub-categories: a robot football tournament (RoboCupSoccer), a rescue robot competition (RoboCupRescue), a competition for a domestic home robot for personal service (RoboCup@Home) and a contest for robotic arms used in industry (RoboCupIndustrial).

The Junior League (RoboCupJunior or RCJ) is for youngsters from 14 to 19 years old to show off their inventions and innovations. All can be seen from July 13-17 at Bitec Bangna Hall EH98-100.

Jackrit Suthakorn, dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University, and chairman of the 25th edition of RoboCup 2022, said that the tournament’s objective is to stimulate exchange and growth of research into cybernetic technology, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems.

“We also aim to train expert personnel with capabilities in AI and robotics, by stimulating the domestic development of engineers, entrepreneurs, inventors, researchers and students,” Jackrit added.

World RoboCup promises giant leap for digital economy

Besides the World Robocup 2022, the organisers also will display a number of robot and AI exhibitions, showcasing products in the categories of smart equipment, robots, and electronic control systems, as well as innovations in artificial intelligence and autonomous systems from leading global robotic technology firms.

The event will demonstrate innovation updates in various fields, such as medical, logistics, and the development of industrial estates, public infrastructure, agriculture, and energy on digital platforms.

Meanwhile, the event provides a “Robotics Startup” and pitching session, giving opportunities for startups to consult national-level experts, building networks of private sector firms, investors and leading universities, both inside Thailand and abroad, to promote the robotics industry.

Also, participants can listen and exchange ideas on various aspects of robotic technology with international experts and academics via an academic forum called RoboCup Symposium.

World RoboCup promises giant leap for digital economy

Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, Minister of Digital Economy and Society, said robotics is a crucial opportunity for Thailand to create startups of use in industry, building huge economic value for the country, which can be an incentive for investment from all over the world. Thailand has now greatly increased its potential in robotics and must continue to grow from the current prototype stage.

“The government has put in place policies to promote startups and give them the capabilities to compete internationally, for example, a 10-year break on capital gains tax for both Thai and foreign investors investing in Thai startups in the 12 target industries,” Chaiwut added.

The Digital Council of Thailand forecasts that the capital gains tax break will attract increased investments in startups of 320 billion baht in 2026, generating both direct and indirect employment and creating over 400,000 positions, as well as strengthening the domestic economy with a value of 790 billion baht.

Danuch Tanterdtid, the Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, noted the event was a golden opportunity to enhance the educational sector, particularly with regard to engineering courses in robotics and associated technology, as well as Thai startup businesses, that will create career opportunities for the quality engineers driving Thailand into the future.

He believed that by preparing Thai students from a young age and encouraging startups, the country will smoothly enter the age of economics driven by innovation, or the Innovative Economy under the Thailand 4.0 model, which has the objective of sustainable economic development.

The robotics industry is currently valued at more than 350.4 billion baht. The global market is expected to grow to 1.7 trillion baht in the next five years, confirming the importance of the industry to Thailand’s economy in the future.

Jareeporn Jarukornsakul, chairman and group CEO of WHA Corporation Pcl, expressed confidence that innovation in robotics and autonomous systems developed by the competitors from Thailand and 44 other countries will advance every sector, including manufacturing.
 

Published : July 14, 2022

By : Nongluck Ajanapanya

‘NFTs an opportunity to invest and connect with experts’

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Apart from ownership of digital assets, investing in non-fungible tokens (NFTs) also gives investors connection with experts who share similar interests with them, Piyaphan Wongyara, CEO and founder of investment consulting firm Stock2morrow said on Friday.

'NFTs an opportunity to invest and connect with experts'

He made the remarks at a press conference about the launch of BullMoon Club NFT, the company’s latest NFT buy-sell platform, at Jim Thompson Art Centre in Bangkok’s Pathumwan district.

He said the company’s NFT will focus on building a community, which will act as a gateway that familiarises investors and businessmen with the new type of digital asset investment.

He added that the NFT is driven by three important pillars — utility, community, and art — which are contributing factors to liquidity and propelling continuous growth.

'NFTs an opportunity to invest and connect with experts'

“BullMoon Club NFT members will be welcomed with privileges, including having the ownership of digital assets, receiving knowledge shared by experts, getting great experiences from events, and making new like-minded friends in the community,” he said.

“The privileges also extend to chances to become business partners and receive privileges from future business networks.”

Piyaphan WongyaraPiyaphan Wongyara

Citing data from revenue impact firm MarketsandMarkets, Piyaphan said NFT market size is expected to grow 4.5 times or equal to US$13.6 billion by 2027 compared to the current $3 billion.

He pointed out that factors like trends from influencers and gaming community, as well as high demand for NFT artwork would contribute to the growth of the NFT market for the next five years.

“Although NFT value has fluctuated recently, it is a good sign of ‘digital assets’ being revolutionised, meaning only digital assets with high quality and credibility will continue to have low risk and low fluctuation,” he said.

However, he advised investors to do a thorough research and create a good investment plan even though NFTs can generate profit in the long term.

Kuna WittayathanakornKuna Wittayathanakorn

Meanwhile, Kuna Wittayathanakorn, co-founder of Bullmoon Club NFT, said Thai investors were considered leading NFT buyers in the world with about 5 million people purchasing NFTs.

He expected more company brands to use NFTs in marketing.

“If we don’t study NFTs right now, it will play an important role in our daily lives in the future,” he said.

'NFTs an opportunity to invest and connect with experts'

In the first phase on July 25, BullMoon Club NFT will release a limited number of only 5,500 artworks and allow 5,000 member registrations.

For more information on investing with BullMoon Club NFT, please visit https://bullmoon.stock2morrow.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/bullmoonclubnft.

Published : July 09, 2022

By : THE NATION

The Nation, Block Mountain, and MetaverseXR invite you to “Thailand Metaverse Expo 2022”

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The Nation, Block Mountain, and MetaverseXR invite you to join Thailand’s largest Metaverse event of the year “Thailand Metaverse Expo 2022” from August 19-21 at GMM Live House, 8th floor of CentralWorld shopping centre in Bangkok.

The Nation, Block Mountain, and MetaverseXR invite you to "Thailand Metaverse Expo 2022"

The Nation is holding “Thailand Metaverse Expo 2022” in collaboration with blockchain and digital asset event organiser Block Mountain and MetaverseXR, a leading world expert in virtual reality creation and management in Metaverse.

Metaverse is a virtual world that people can spend their time and live their lives in to do a myriad of activities including shopping, relaxing, socialising as well as doing business. It is estimated that the value of Metaverse will jump from currently US$36.7 billion to $947 billion by 2030 and that people will spend more time in Metaverse than they do in reality.
 

The “Thailand Metaverse Expo 2022” will have three zones, namely the Experience Zone, Competition Zone, and Conference & Workshop Zone.

In the Experience Zone, participants will get first-hand experience in Metaverse through the use of VR glasses and controllers to interact with objects and move around in the virtual world. Over 20 booths have been prepared for participants, where companies will showcase their products and services related to Metaverse.

The Competition Zone gives student contestants a platform to present their business plans or innovative ideas for products, services, or community building in Metaverse. Teams with the best start-up ideas will be selected to win scholarships worth 200,000 baht in total.

In the Conference & Workshop Zone, experts in technology, business, product development, and Metaverse trends will take the stage in various seminar sessions throughout the three-day event. Topics of discussion include “Why Metaverse is the Next Big Thing in Web 3.0”, “Now and Next Metaverse Technology”, “Big Players”, “Metaverse Trend and Movement”, “Rule & Role of Government Agencies, Infrastructure & Network”, and “Thailand’s Status in the Metaverse”.

Published : June 24, 2022

Prime Minister presides over Thailand 5G Summit 2022, joining domestic and international partners to drive 5G as Thailand’s key digital infrastructure

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June 16, 2022, Bangkok – The Prime Minister of Thailand presided over the opening ceremony of Thailand 5G Summit 2022 under The 5G Leader in the Region concept, joining partners to drive 5G as Thailand’s key digital infrastructure and promote applications of 5G technology through business potential and commercial readiness, including building a better society with 5G technology – aiming to drive Thailand as the ASEAN Digital Hub and announcing the 5G Technology Alliance in the country. These actions will create up to 5 billion baht in economic value through new business opportunities. Participants will learn from and experience 5G technology showcases free-of-charge, from today to June 17, on the 22nd floor, Centara Grand Hotel and Bangkok Convention Center at CentralWorld.

Prime Minister presides over Thailand 5G Summit 2022, joining domestic and international partners to drive 5G as Thailand’s key digital infrastructure

H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Thailand presided over the opening ceremony of Thailand 5G Summit 2022 under The 5G Leader in the Region concept. The event was co-hosted by the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa), The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES), along with partners from the private sector such as Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) APAC 5G Industry Community.

Thailand 5G Summit 2022: “The 5G Leader in the Region” aims to drive 5G as the country’s key digital infrastructure by promoting applications of 5G technology for an economic and social push towards the goal of becoming the ASEAN Digital Hub. Focusing on readiness and business potential in each sector including ‘use cases’ as well as building a better society with 5G technology. This event also aims to increase knowledge, convey experience and best practices for commercial applications of 5G technology to all stakeholders and ensure efficiency. It also promotes the development of Thailand’s 5G technology business ecosystem and will drive the ‘Thailand 5G Alliance’ to increase Thailand’s future economic value.

Prime Minister presides over Thailand 5G Summit 2022, joining domestic and international partners to drive 5G as Thailand’s key digital infrastructure

H.E. General Prayut, delivered the keynote themed as The 5G Leader in the Region, saying: “The government has assigned The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society to lay down the policy framework and action plans to promote applications of 5G technology and manage the telecommunication infrastructure that supports 5G technology. This framework also encourages new product and services development based on 5G infrastructure, promotes continuing usage and a digital industry ecosystem from infrastructure deployment. Additionally, it also promotes collaboration between the public and private sector, through companies such as Huawei, to commercially drive Thailand’s 5G technology development in every industry and elevate Thailand’s competitive advantages towards the Thailand 4.0 era.”

“Thailand 5G Summit 2022 will be the starting point for domestic and international collaboration. It also showcases the telecommunication infrastructure that supports 5G technology in Thailand, which contributes to the development of digital startups and a digital workforce. This collaboration will expand technology and digital innovation, drive economic competitiveness and the digital economy, which will promote Thailand as an investment hub, and the 5G technology leader in the region with telecommunication infrastructure that supports 5G applications. The government would like to thank depa and Huawei for implementing the Thailand 5G alliance. I believe that the cooperation from this alliance will help enable Thailand to become the leader of 5G technology.” said General Prayut.

Prime Minister presides over Thailand 5G Summit 2022, joining domestic and international partners to drive 5G as Thailand’s key digital infrastructure

H.E. General Prayut also announced the strategic ‘Thailand 5G Alliance’, joined by depa, representatives from government agencies, and the private sector, as well as industrial associations such as The Office of the Digital Economy and Society Commission (ONDE), The Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), The Federation of Thai Industries, Advanced Info Service Plc. (AIS), True Corporation Plc. (True), Thai IoT Association and The Telecommunications Association of Thailand Under the Royal Patronage to promote and drive 5G applications in the industrial sector to increase the country’s economic value through service system upgrades for public health, security, education, transportation, factory management and modern agriculture – aiming to elevate people’s quality of life equally and efficiently.

Prime Minister presides over Thailand 5G Summit 2022, joining domestic and international partners to drive 5G as Thailand’s key digital infrastructure

Mr. Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, Minister of Digital Economy and Society, said: “Technology development and digital innovation play a pivotal role in increasing digital applications in various sectors. Digital technology development trends are foundations of industry and digital services. 5G technology is a key infrastructure component for the country’s future economic and social transformation. The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, through depa, is joining forces with partners to organize Thailand 5G Summit 2022, which has also received excellent cooperation from Huawei.”

“The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society hopes that Thailand 5G Summit 2022 will open up digital opportunities for businesses and people, demonstrate the country’s potential and readiness in digital applications to increase business advantages for Thai entrepreneurs. This summit will also promote a digital workforce and digital startup development to elevate economic competitiveness for Thailand to become an investment hub and regional leader in 5G technology,” said Mr. Chaiwut.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin, President/CEO of depa, said: “5G technology is an important digital infrastructure component with the ability to be a fast wireless network that supports Person-to-Person and Machine-to-Machine communication effectively. Therefore, 5G can lead various technology developments to provide digital services to the public sector. Thailand 5G Summit 2022 was made possible by strong collaboration from the 5G Technology Alliance, and participants will find examples of 5G applications in the industrial sector to spark new ideas, increase knowledge, convey experiences, and best practices for commercial applications of 5G technology for digital startups, developers, Thai entrepreneurs, and personnel.

“Depa predicts that Thailand 5G Summit 2022 will create up to 5 billion baht in economic value. It is an important collaboration between the public and private sector such as Huawei, including private supply chains and more than 60 domestic and international investors to help support the country’s development. This summit will help create a workforce, build digital standards, and share commercial 5G technology knowledge efficiently. It will coordinate between the government, the private sector, and educational institutions both domestically and internationally to solve issues, define solutions and set regulations for 5G applications to support the country’s development,” said Asst. Prof. Dr. Nuttapon.

Prime Minister presides over Thailand 5G Summit 2022, joining domestic and international partners to drive 5G as Thailand’s key digital infrastructure

Mr. Simon Lin, President of Huawei Asia Pacific, said: “Global 5G rollout is progressing quickly, and the 5G pioneers in the Asia Pacific region have crossed the 16% chasm into the golden age. In this transformative process, 5G has become a key enabler for enriching people’s life, accelerating industry digitalization, and expanding economy scope.”

“Huawei always considers Asia Pacific as our strategic market, and we are committed to becoming the key contributor to the digital economy in the region. Towards this goal, 5G connectivity plays a crucial role,” said Mr. Lin on the topic of unleashing the values of 5G to embrace a better green digital life.  “As Thailand rapidly emerges as a 5G leader in the ASEAN region, we will continuously support Thailand’s 5G success through three key areas: Build leading 5G infrastructure, Drive 5G industry application, and Create 5G industry and talent ecosystem.” said Mr. Lin.

Prime Minister presides over Thailand 5G Summit 2022, joining domestic and international partners to drive 5G as Thailand’s key digital infrastructure

Mr. Julian Gorman, Head of GSMA, Asia-Pacific Region, said: “The establishment of the 5G Alliance is a significant milestone for Thailand as it is the first alliance to develop the 5G ecosystem in Southeast Asia. GSMA APAC 5G Industry Community is pleased to collaborate with Huawei, the leading global ICT company, to drive applications of 5G technology in the Thai industrial sector to the maximum potential.”

Prime Minister presides over Thailand 5G Summit 2022, joining domestic and international partners to drive 5G as Thailand’s key digital infrastructure

The event also provides participants with various seminars, with targeted industry experts in the country – both Thais and foreigners. There will be keynote sessions and industry forums regarding applications of 5G technology in the Thai industrial sector including an exhibition showcasing commercial 5G technologies and innovations. The exhibition area is divided into three zones: Zone 1: 5G Smart Manufacturing & Logistics, showcasing 5G factory automation solutions, reconnaissance and inspection drones, and intelligent lifting robotic arms; Zone 2: 5G Smart Medical, showcasing smart mobile clinic vehicles with 5G solutions, bedridden patients’ health check box and 5G Smart Ambulance; Zone 3: 5G Smart City showcasing smart screening points and street lightings, AI camera systems for safety improvement and an intelligent operations center that acts as the brain and central nervous system in smart cities.

Thailand 5G Summit 2022: “The 5G Leader in the Region” will be held on June 16 & 17, on the 22nd floor, Centara Grand Hotel and Bangkok Convention Center at centralwOrld. Participants can join panel discussions and enjoy 5G technology showcases at the event free of charge.

Published : June 16, 2022

By : THE NATION

Translucia and Australia’s Two Bulls to launch Metaverse R&D Centre in Melbourne

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Translucia Global Innovation, a subsidiary of T&B Media Global (Thailand), announced the launch of the Metaverse Research and Development (R&D) Centre in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday to research new technologies to connect the real and virtual worlds more harmoniously.

Translucia and Australia’s Two Bulls to launch Metaverse R&D Centre in Melbourne

The company is moving ahead with the Translucia metaverse with vision and philosophy to ensure that it will share happiness with visitors around the world and create economic opportunity.

The initial results of this long-term development is expected to come in the latter part of this year.

Jwanwat Ahriyavraromp, founder and CEO of T&B Media Global and TransluciaJwanwat Ahriyavraromp, founder and CEO of T&B Media Global and Translucia

Jwanwat Ahriyavraromp, founder and CEO of T&B Media Global and Translucia, said the cooperation with Two Bulls, a leading specialist in gamification design, innovative education and entertainment technology in Australia, will help develop this hub to become one of the world’s largest metaverse research centres.

He added that establishing such a research hub, which is one of the world’s few specialised research centres, is another milestone in T&B’s metaverse project.

Translucia and Australia’s Two Bulls to launch Metaverse R&D Centre in Melbourne

“Translucia is delighted to found the Metaverse R&D Centre to develop the Translucia metaverse and gather the world’s top experts in metaverse development,” he said.

“The experience and expertise of our partners are vital to bringing dreams to life. We want Translucia to be more than a virtual world that everyone knows.”

He added that Translucia metaverse will be a world of happiness and smiles, where everyone can live, work, and enjoy business, socialising, and entertainment in new ways, moving seamlessly between the real and virtual realms.

James Kane, CEO of Two BullsJames Kane, CEO of Two Bulls

James Kane, CEO of Two Bulls, said the Metaverse R&D Centre is a unique Thai-Australian collaboration for a new type of pioneering metaverse initiative.

“Working with Translucia has created many opportunities,” he said.
“I think the Metaverse R&D Centre will be a great way to attract metaverse visionaries, helping Translucia fulfill its incredible vision and benefiting the world, introducing people to the concepts of the Translucia metaverse with its fresh perspective, unlike any other metaverse we have seen.”

Translucia and Australia’s Two Bulls to launch Metaverse R&D Centre in Melbourne

Translucia partnered with leading specialist companies in March. Two Bulls is a key partner that will play a vital role in developing and managing the Metaverse R&D Centre, gathering data and studying metaverse user behaviour to delight visitors.

Pellar Technology is another core partner, bringing blockchain technology to support cryptocurrencies, digital assets and entire economy activities in Translucia and the real world.

Translucia and Australia’s Two Bulls to launch Metaverse R&D Centre in Melbourne

The establishment of the research centre was welcomed by government organisations in Thailand and Australia.

The Australian government has described Translucia R&D cooperation as a great opportunity for business ties between the two countries to grow through jointly developing cutting-edge metaverse technology for sustainability and well-being.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s Digital Economy Promotion Agency said the agency is ready to support and encourage startups, developers, and entrepreneurs in Thailand to help develop applications and services for Translucia.

Translucia and Australia’s Two Bulls to launch Metaverse R&D Centre in Melbourne

Published : June 15, 2022

By : THE NATION

Radical surgery turning Thai travel sector into medical tourism hub

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No industry crashed harder than tourism during the Covid-19 pandemic when the engine powering about 12 percent of Thai GDP was shut down by travel bans and lockdowns.

Radical surgery turning Thai travel sector into medical tourism hub

Now, the government has turned to medical tourism to lure back international tourists and spark another travel boom that lifts the Kingdom into post-Covid prosperity.

Thailand abandoned its Test & Go” quarantine protocol on May 1, enabling vaccinated travelers to enter freely and opening the door for a travel-starved world. Tourism officials expect to see 7-10 million international foreign arrivals in total this year as restrictions ease.

However, that figure is still only a quarter of the 40 million tourists Thailand received before the pandemic in 2019. With the economy desperately in need of a booster shot, authorities are gambling on medical tourism – powered by blockchain – to restore Thailand’s battered travel-and-hospitality industry to health.

Leading this effort is the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), whose graduate schools serve economic and social development.

On May 27, NIDA’s Graduate School of Management laid out the opportunities and obstacles to building a medical tourism blockchain platform in Thailand.

NIDA is convinced that fast-advancing blockchain technology is the key to rapid tourism recovery and turning the country into medical treatment destination.

“Thailand’s long tradition of hospitality, gorgeous scenery and rich cultural history all contribute to the country’s appeal,” noted Assoc Professor Danuvasin Charoen, Director of NIDA’s Centre for Business Innovation. “In the healthcare industry, we have tremendous potential. As a result, we should work to establish ourselves as a medical tourism hub,” he added.

NIDA is spearheading development of the hub by building an online platform that offers tourists easy-to-access medical and travel information.

Thai tourism chiefs have welcomed the focus on technology as a way of boosting the Kingdom’s post-Covid tourism appeal.

“Tourist behaviour has changed recently due to Covid, so businesses must adapt to the post-pandemic market by using technology to meet the wide variety of demands,” according to Association of Thai Tourism Marketing president Kitti Pornsiwakit.

Assoc Professor Danuvasin Charoen, director of NIDA’s Centre for Business InnovationAssoc Professor Danuvasin Charoen, director of NIDA’s Centre for Business Innovation

The challenge now is to create a platform with travel operators that answers both the tourism and medical needs of international travellers.

This is where blockchain will play a crucial role.

“Blockchain-powered platforms allow doctors to create profiles of international patients without the help of major hospitals,” said Dr Akkawit Hannawachok, a specialist in travel medicine. Medical tourists can use these platforms to consult doctors directly. “These channels will be used in the future to collect [patient] information and track their treatment,” Dr Akkawit added.

Blockchain technology can provide centralised data on each patient’s treatment in the past, present, and future, he added.

Dr Akkawit Hannawachok, a specialist in travel medicineDr Akkawit Hannawachok, a specialist in travel medicine

Published : June 13, 2022

By : Varunsuda Karunayadhaj

Thailand needs ‘collaboration boost’ to get space mission off ground

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A House committee on space affairs is calling for more research funding and international collaboration to boost the number of Thai aerospace engineers.

Thailand needs ‘collaboration boost’ to get space mission off ground

Bhumjaithai Party MP Settapong Malisuwan, chairman of the subcommittee on space economy and security, said development of Thailand’s space sector is being hampered by lack of international collaboration and transparency.


State agencies developing Thailand’s space industry do not share information with the public, he said, meaning young Thai students and engineers don’t get access to the field.

“While agencies such as Nasa have built systems that allow students and farmers to readily access open data, Thai space authorities make it impossible for the public to obtain such information,” Settapong said.

He urged private sector investment in scholarships and education to bridge the knowledge gap, adding that boosting collaboration with international agencies such as the US Space and Rocket Center and Nasa’s SERVIR: Connecting Space to Village initiative would also benefit all Thais.

SERVIR’s Mekong centre, run by USAID and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, uses satellite images and ground measurements to create water resource maps, drought forecasts, and other online data tools that are used by Thai farmers.

Thailand needs ‘collaboration boost’ to get space mission off ground
Thailand needs ‘collaboration boost’ to get space mission off ground

Settapong’s move comes after the Cabinet last year approved the Space Affairs Act to lay foundations for the country’s space economy, including a seven-year mission to the moon announced in December 2020.

He said he will also urge the House committee on communications, telecoms, digital economy and society to meet with Dan Irwin, Nasa SERVIR’s worldwide programme manager, to discuss ways to expand cooperation.

“I am hopeful that we can expand our worldwide collaboration with Nasa in order to promote and build Thailand’s new space industry,” Settapong said.

His subcommittee also sees international collaboration as a way of launching student projects involving small satellites or CubeSats, as well as larger commercial projects such as low-Earth orbit satellite (LEO) networks.

Thailand needs ‘collaboration boost’ to get space mission off ground
Thailand needs ‘collaboration boost’ to get space mission off ground

Published : June 10, 2022

By : THE NATION