Mobile-phone operator TrueMove H and fintech company TrueMoney yesterday announced their first collaboration, Suvarnabhumi Taxi Cooperative, to upgrade taxi service in Bangkok under the concept “Smart Transportation 4.0” and in line with the government’s Thailand 4.0 vision.
The service will commence in early 2018 with “Car Wi-Fi” by TrueMove H, with a Net SIM and an Internet of Things (IOT) SIM for passengers’ use in 4,000 member taxis and for paying their fare through TrueMoney Wallet.
Passengers will also enjoy “Entertainment in Car” service from True ID, a one-stop application for a variety of content.
Suvarnabhumi Taxi Cooperative has 15,000 members and partners across Greater Bangkok. The cooperation with TrueMove H and TrueMoney represents the country’s significant step towards international standard Smart Transportation 4.0.
PTTEP, Dacon aim to improve |inspection technology
PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) and Dacon Inspection Services have signed a memorandum of understanding on knowledge sharing and research and development to advance innovation in inspection technology, corrosion and integrity management and drive operational safety, sustainability and reliability to a new level in the oil and gas industry.
The agreement is aimed at developing new inspection technology, evolving existing inspection technology for offshore and onshore oil and gas operations, and ensuring that the highest levels of environmental integrity are sustained.
LIVING IN THAILAND
Privilege Card woos more members
Thailand Privilege Card Plc (TPC), the operator of Thailand Elite Card, will in 2018 focus on expanding memberships to investors, business owners, retired foreigners who intend to stay long in Thailand and also family groups as “Resident in Thailand” because these groups are expected to be major tourism revenue drivers for Thailand. TPC president Pruet Boobphakam said yesterday that these groups of people are expected to buy properties with prices ranging between Bt5 million to Bt10 million. Even if only 30 per cent of the TPC members, about 1,500, buy only 30 per cent of properties, that would bring an investment of more than Bt7.5 billion in Thailand.
Under the 2018 vision entitled “Simply Extraordinary Country Residency programme Crafted for Friends of Thailand”, TPC also plans to launch “Wealth Management” for its members by finding more partnerships to take care of Thailand residency. The products will be crafted to clearly meet residency needs.
TPC is 100 per cent owned by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Thailand Elite Card had a total of 4,877 members as of September 30 this year, since its launch in 2009.
Car dealerships expand in provinces
Kasikorn Leasing, Benz Udonthani and MB Korat Autohaus have signed financial support agreements for business expansion of both car dealerships. They said that this was in response to growing customer bases in Udon Thani and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces.
MCOT, Chinese giant join hands to exchange content
MCOT Public Co Ltd has joined hands with China Radio International (CRI), a leading Chinese media organisation, on delivering high-quality content to Chinese and Thai audiences with the aim of promoting cultural exchange and generating more revenue.
On Monday, MCOT signed the Cooperation Agreement on Content Distribution with Oriental CAMG (Asia) TV Network Limited, a subsidiary of China Radio International (CRI), allowing both companies to exchange high-quality content and expand their audience base in the two countries.
Under this cooperation, MCOT will be able to deliver more high-quality content from China to Thai audiences, the company said. Recently, MCOT allocated a specific block on 9 MCOT HD for the broadcast of Chinese series, including Novoland and Princess Agent, in response to the Thai audience’s increasing demand for Chinese content. With its comprehensive media outlets including TV, radio and online, Chinese series fans in Thailand will have now have easy access and enjoy their favourite programmess anytime anywhere, MCOT said.
CRI’s programmes to be broadcast next year on MCOT’s digital TV channels include two documentary programmes “Maritime Silk Road” and “Poetic Life Handmade in China”; two series: “The Nanny Man” and “Wind Shadow for Black Fox”; and an edutainment programme that teaches the Chinese language “Sawasdee China”.
MCOT is planning to distribute content produced by Thai producers in China as well. This is a good opportunity for MCOT to generate more revenue in the Chinese market, said Nanthasit Leksrisakul, chief strategy and finance officer of MCOT.