EIT envisions 'smart future' for Thailand

EIT envisions 'smart future' for Thailand

Children enjoy playing with robotic hands to pick up objects during the EDUCA 2017 Fair at Impact Arena Hall at Muang Thong Thani Exhibit and Convention Centre near Bangkok in October. (Photo by Supakit Buyam)
Children enjoy playing with robotic hands to pick up objects during the EDUCA 2017 Fair at Impact Arena Hall at Muang Thong Thani Exhibit and Convention Centre near Bangkok in October. (Photo by Supakit Buyam)

The Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) predicts that robotics and artificial intelligence will become part of infrastructure projects, home-building and utility services in the future.

Thanet Veerasiri, president of the EIT, said urban living trends will move towards "smart living", and future urban life and housing are likely to become increasingly modernised and convenient.

People's homes in the era of Thailand 4.0 will have efficient online systems and technology to help reduce energy consumption, Mr Thanet said.

Future housing must be conducive to mobility and mass transportation, he said at a press briefing for an exhibition to mark National Engineering Day.

The theme for the exhibition, which runs from Nov 16-18 at Queen Sirikit National Conference Centre, is "Engineering 4.0".

"Using digital innovation and automation can help us manage our resources wisely. It can also help us manage services more efficiently," Mr Thanet told the media.

The technology expected to be more prevalent in homes and cities include robots that can assist fire-fighting operations and rescue missions, computer programs and online applications that help bolster home security and monitor elderly citizens, to name but a few.

Issara Boonyoung, honorary president of the Housing Business Association, said future housing will consist of mainly housing estates and condominiums where residents can share facilities.

The demand for estates will continue to go up and will lead to use of robotics in construction to overcome uncertainties posed by a labour workforce and bring down costs.

Currently, 75% of construction labourers are migrant workers.

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