Services will incude LoRa-based vehicle location tracking service as well as smart street lighting and metering
SK Telecom has joined forces with Thailand’s state-owned service provider CAT Telecom to deploy an Internet of Things (IoT) network in Bangkok and Phuket. As part of its digital economy policy, the Thai Government is focusing on Phuket as its first smart city project.
Under the contract terms, South Korea’s largest wireless carrier will roll out its LoRa-based IoT network in central areas of the city and across the entire Phuket province, launch IoT services from April 2017, as well as provide technology consulting.
In Phuket, the companies will introduce LoRa-based vehicle location tracking service, and roll out more IoT services including smart metering and smart street lighting services as the government makes a concerted effort to transform the island into an innovation-driven smart city.
“SK Telecom will contribute to the growth of the ICT industry in Thailand by working together with CAT Telecom in the area of IoT, while nurturing a new ICT ecosystem by cooperating with many related companies,” said Cha In-hyok, executive vice president and head of IoT business division of SK Telecom. “Going forward, SK Telecom will collaborate with CAT Telecom in more areas to create more success stories in Thailand and other Southeast Asian markets.”
The companies will also roll out LoRaWAN in central areas of Bangkok including the Grand Palace, and offer an IoT-based location tracking service for tourists. It is hoped that the service will help to prevent people, especially children and the elderly, from going missing near the Grand Palace, where a large number of mourners are visiting to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
“Through collaboration with SK Telecom, a global leading player in the field of IoT, CAT Telecom will be able to successfully carry out the government project,” said Sanpachai Huvanandana, CEO of CAT Telecom. “[We] will work with SK Telecom to deliver the first IoT service in Thailand so as to realise a true smart life.”
Meanwhile, in a separate announcement, SK Telecom, CAT Telecom and NHN KCP, a Korean-based company involved in the payment gateway business, have also jointly announced the first payment gateway service in Thailand.
The joint venture Tree Pay is seeking to become a leading player in the Thai e-payment market.
SK Telecom and NHN KCP plan to build the payment gateway platform by utilising their online, offline and mobile payment technologies, while CAT Telecom develops business opportunities by working with the Thai government.
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