Thai organisations lauded for tech development

Thai organisations lauded for tech development

Five local organisations have been praised for applying technology to bolster their operations at an awards ceremony held by the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO), a non-profit agency that supports IT industries in 24 countries.

The organisations consist of Internet Thailand Plc in the category of outstanding tech company; the National Blood Centre (NBC) of the Thai Red Cross Society in the category of outstanding user organisation; the Royal Thai Police in the category of digital government; King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) in the category of EdTech; and the Assistive Technology and Medical Devices Research Center (A-MED) in the HealthTech category.

"The recognition of these five organisations for international awards is to inspire others to embrace IT and digital capability," Supak Lailert, president of the Association of Thai ICT Industry, said at the recent award ceremony.

"We are connecting with the international network to widen opportunities for our ICT community."

Pawinee Kupatawintu, deputy director of the NBC, said her agency is responsible for providing a safe and sufficient blood supply from donors to patients across the country.

The organisation uses cloud-based technology for the Thai Red Cross Blood Information System.

"We use the new local system which has replaced the foreign software system. The new system enables the sharing of data among blood centres in hospitals. If we find a problem with the blood, it can be recalled immediately," she said.

With data sharing, donors can be alerted if they donate blood earlier than a three-month period or a problem is found in the blood.

Wantanee Phantachat, advisor to A-MED, said its cloud-based system plays a key part in supporting home isolation during the pandemic.

A-MED applied this system to Thammasat University Hospital and then reached out to 300 clinics under the supervision of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

The system also helps hospitals and clinics receive reimbursement for costs from the National Health Security Office, she said.

Siridech Boonsang, dean of the Information Technology Faculty of KMITL, said the university has the capacity to provide training in skills in computer science, computer engineering and IT to nearly 700 personnel per year and supply to industry.

It also has supercomputer facilities to support research in artificial intelligence technology.

Morragot Kulatumyotin, managing director of Internet Thailand, pointed out that the company has its own data centre and supports the needs of local business users and their move towards digital transformation.

The Royal Thai Police has been recognised for its iLert You mobile application that allows users to send emergency notifications to the police.

The app allows users to take photos and communicate to supply the necessary information while it will locate the nearest police station and send notifications regarding the reported incidents to the closest station.

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