It will provide support in areas such as smart cities, public safety, smart grid, finance, education, transport, and internet service providers
Global ICT solutions provider, Huawei, has launched OpenLab Bangkok to provide one-stop ICT infrastructure support for enterprises as well as facilitate Thailand’s drive towards digital transformation.
With a total investment of US$15 million and located at the G Tower, the OpenLab Bangkok is the seventh of Huawei worldwide labs with others in such locations as Munich, Singapore, Johannesburg and Dubai.
The OpenLab Bangkok will facilitate Huawei’s joint innovation and solution launches with its customers and partners in Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, from various sectors including smart cities, public safety, smart grid, finance, education, transport, and internet service providers. It will offer an open platform and data centre resources as well as help to build an industry ecosystem and provide an ICT training service.
According to David Sun, president and CEO of Huawei in the Southeast Asia region, the company will continue to make contributions to Thailand in many areas including through working together with the public and private sectors, and research organisations.
The OpenLab Bangkok will offer ICT training (800 persons/year); ICT career certification (500 persons/year); and proof concept testing (150 persons/year). It is also expected to welcome visits from more than 20 batches of ICT start-up companies annually.
Among the OpenLab Bangkok’s collaboration projects are the Provincial Electricity Authority’s Power ICT Solutions Innovation Project; the Royal Thai Police Public Safety eLTE Trunking Joint Innovation Project; and the King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang’s Smart City Start-up Cooperation Project.
Partners stationed in the Bangkok OpenLab include more than 40 international and local partners including SAP, Microsoft, Honeywell, Bombardier, Oracle, Accenture, and INFOSYS.
Huawei has also helped to develop a digital roadmap to help propel the country into the digital economy and achieve its vision of Thailand 4.0. The roadmap has been developed from a realisation that digital technologies can drive socio-economic development and economic growth of countries, and that Thailand should more actively promote development and adoption of digital solutions to help achieve prosperity, stability and sustainability.
It includes recommendations on how Thailand can best leverage digital technologies to tackle three very important issues for the country: manage an aging society, improve the agriculture industry and develop the tourism industry. Thirty-nine initiatives are identified covering these three sectors, as well as four ICT-enablers: broadband infrastructure, cloud infrastructure, innovation, and human capital.
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