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Get ready to adopt AI in your logistics business

Published April 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Get ready to adopt AI in your logistics business

Tech April 15, 2019 01:00

By Special to The Nation

Artificial intelligence (AI) plays an increasingly central role in this era of transformation, with many industries having already successfully adopted AI.


For example, the engineering and manufacturing industries uses AI in their production lines to help streamline production and maintenance through image recognition and conversational interfaces.

In the automotive industry, AI is being called upon extensively to enhance the self-learning capabilities of autonomous vehicles. Following the successful use cases for AI in the consumer world, all eyes are on the potential of AI to transform the industrial sector. A recent joint collaborative report by DHL and IBM examined the implications and use cases for the logistics industry in 2018. In “Artificial Intelligence in Logistics”, the world’s leading logistics service provider joined with an AI innovator to evaluate the potential of AI in logistics. The report revealed how it could be best applied to transform the industry, giving rise to a new class of intelligent logistics assets and operational paradigms.

While AI is already ubiquitous in the consumer realm, as demonstrated by the rapid growth of voice assistant applications, DHL and IBM found that AI technologies are maturing rapidly, allowing for additional applications for logistics. These can help logistics providers enrich customer experiences through conversational engagement and even anticipate new orders before the customer places the order.

With the help of AI, the logistics industry will shift its operating model from reactive actions to a proactive and predictive paradigm, which will generate better insights at favourable costs in the back office, operational and customer-facing activities.

For example, AI technologies can use advanced image recognition to track the conditions of shipments and assets, bring end-to-end autonomy to transportation or predict fluctuations in global shipment volumes before they occur. AI is able to augment human capabilities and fundamentally extend human efficiency in terms of reach, quality and speed by eliminating mundane and routine work, thus enabling the logistics workforce to be shifted to more meaningful and value-added work.

By leveraging AI into core processes, companies can invest more in strategic growth imperatives to modernise or eliminate legacy application systems. This can make existing assets and infrastructure more efficient, while providing the workforce with time to enhance their skills and capabilities.

Although the trend of AI is prevalent in consumer-facing applications and clerical enterprise functions and will redefine the structure of the logistics workforce in the future, a skilled workforce remains the key to unlocking the potential of the logistics supply chain as talented people are still a major driver in the industry.

While logistics companies at the digital forefront would attract technologically savvy millennial talents, it is important to also ensure that current employees with valuable experience are provided with the necessary training to keep up with digital processes.

Chananyarak Phetcharat

is managing director of DHL

Express Thailand.


No easy RIDE for road warriors

Published April 13, 2019 by SoClaimon

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No easy RIDE for road warriors

Tech April 13, 2019 01:40

By Asina Pornwasin
The Nation Weekend

Grab,GOJEK and Lalamove fight for market share in an evolving transport and shopping digital environment

Thailand is one of the markets with the highest growth potential in the region for ride-hailing and on-demand food delivery businesses as Singapore-based Grab, the  GET app backed by Indonesia’s Gojek, and Hong Kong-based Lalamove fight intensely to gain market share in the Kingdom.

Grab: from ride hailing to super app

Launched as a ride-hailing service, Grab has grown to become Southeast Asia’s “decacorn”, a startup valued at over US$10 billion as it transforms into a super app for people’s everyday lives. It now offers not only on-demand transport but on-demand food and service delivery in 336 cities in eight countries including Thailand. In Thailand, Grab’s service is available in 18 cities within 16 provinces.

Grab boasts 9 million drivers and merchants across Southeast Asia, and the platform has been downloaded 144 million times, with about half of that number accounted for by Thailand.

Tarin Thaniyavarn, country head of Grab Thailand, said the platform serves the daily needs of Thai people. At the first quarter of 2019, the company had grown 17 times over the same period in 2018, and is committed to continue its rapid growth, said Tarin. The star performers are the ride-hailing and food delivery services.

The Thai market potential has so far been limited by transport regulations. If those limitations were unlocked, the growth of the ride-hailing sector in Thailand would be dramatically increased, said Tarin.

After six years in the Thai market, Grab’s current strategy is to market its on-demand transport service as a platform for tourists. The company successfully trialled the service in Buri Ram, and other provinces, last October during the MotoGP Buriram event. Some 200,000 tourists in the province travelled using Grab’s service.

“In Buri Ram, there are only 15 taxi vehicles, and 100,000 individual vehicles. Our solution was to help turn the existing [transport] infrastructure into a [transport] facility to serve tourists. During the trial period, 220 Grab vehicles helped transport 15,000 tourists over a week-long period and helped create transport spending of around Bt600,000,” said Tarin.

He said the project’s success will serve as a model approach for other tourism cities throughout Thailand, helping create economic benefits for the local cities and distribute the income to local people. This model is to help create economic for local cities and diffuse the income to local people. Meanwhile, tourists will get peace of mind from a secure service, standard prices and convenient payment that comes with the standard ride-hailing service.

“We will bring this model to negotiations with the government. This model addresses traffic problems in the city, diffuses revenue to local people and facilitates tourists [visiting] cities across the country. Tourism contributes around one-fifth of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) each year. We will expand this model in 16 cities in eight provinces [where we have] service footprints,” said Tarin.

He said the company is resisted in Thailand, despite having contributed to the country through paying income tax, having collaborative projects with the government such as a co-marketing campaign to promote tourism in emerging provinces with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and collaborating with the local government administrations in Buri Ram to offer on-demand transport during the MotoGP Buriram event.

Under the super app concept, Tarin said, Grab has moved beyond on-demand transportation to also emphasise its on-demand delivery services for food, groceries, and parcel delivery. Thais place around 10 million orders monthly for all kinds of Grab service.

Grab Food, an on-demand food delivery service, has become the rising star business for Grab Thailand with 40-times growth in 2018. It received more than 3 million orders and completed transactions last year.

“We piloted Grab Food in 2017 before official launching it in 2018, and became the market leader in the third quarter of last year. In the first quarter of 2019, we also surged in our growth. In only one week during the Chinese New Year in 2018 in Thailand we delivered 800,000 dishes to people,” said Tarin.

The company partnered with Central Group to expand its Grab Food merchant base and to offer a multi-stop food ordering service with Central Restaurant Group. Currently, Grab Food is available in only Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen, but this year it will expand its on-demand food delivery service to at least another six cities in its footprint. It also plans to offer new service innovations such as Grab Kitchen, scheduled to roll out in the third quarter of this year. It aims to expand collaboration across food-supply chains to strengthen the food delivery ecosystem.

Additionally, Grab Express, an on-demand parcel delivery service, launched in July 2018, and is growing as e-commerce and on-demand logistics services become increasingly popular. Meanwhile, the Grab Pay payment and financial services, a joint investment between Grab and Kasikornbank, and Grab Reward, a customer relationship management (CRM) platform, are also on track to expand this year.

Aggressive investment

Region-wide, the company plans a rapid expansion throughout Southeast Asia and has announced plans to raise US$6.5 billion (Bt206.6 billion) in capital by the end of this year. Grab will also seek to invest aggressively, with a commitment to make at least six investments or acquisitions across the region in 2019.

Underpinning Grab’s growth is the backing of SoftBank and other key strategic investors who have put in over $4.5 billion in Grab’s current Series H round. Last month, Grab secured a $1.46 billion investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund. Grab’s partnership with SoftBank runs deep, and the two companies have been working together since 2014.

Anthony Tan, Grab’s co-founder and CEO, said that the support from strategic investors like SoftBank and others, will allow Grab to grow very aggressively this year across verticals of payments, transport and food.

“At our current growth rates, we expect to be four times bigger than our closest competitor in Indonesia and across the region by the end of the year. As we grow to become the leading super app in Southeast Asia, we see massive opportunities to expand our business and continue to serve our customers, driver-partners and merchants across Southeast Asia,” said Tan.

Grab president Ming Maa said that among other key markets, Indonesia in particular will see Grab invest a significant portion of fresh proceeds. Grab’s Indonesian business is expanding rapidly, with revenue more than doubling in 2018. GrabFood is experience rapid growth in that nation, operating in 178 Indonesian cities, up from 13 at the start of last year, and with delivery volumes growing almost 10 times in 2018.

“In line with the tremendous transformation that Southeast Asia is currently undergoing, the opportunity is ripe for us to further grow in domains like healthcare and financial services among others. We are set to make at least six investments or acquisitions this year, and raise $6.5 billion in total capital by the end of the year,” said Maa.

GET: a second choice for super app 

GET is an on-demand multi-service application developed for Thailand, driven by a Thai founding team and backed by Gojek’s technology, expertise and investment. GET provides a range of services, including on-demand transportation (GET Win), food delivery (GET Food), parcels (GET Delivery) and financial services (GET Pay).

Pinya Nittayakasetwat, co-founder and chief executive officer of GET, said it is expanding services to cover all of Bangkok’s districts in response to growing demand. GET will soon be operating in all 50 districts in Bangkok, offering GET Win, GET Food and GET Delivery. GET officially launched its services in February and after just one month, the company saw 65-per-cent growth in user numbers, with the total number of its app downloads exceeding 300,000.

“We are a super app, we offer a platform to users that includes food, messenger, transportation, and payment,” sums up Pinya.

GET is continuing to improve its service quality, including tweaks to service speed and price. Currently, more than 10,000 drivers are registered on the GET platform.

GET was founded with the goal of using technology to improve people’s lives in Thailand, by providing access to products and services, creating more value for society by promoting efficiency and productivity, and improving financial inclusion.

GET aims to offer a choice that benefits Thai consumers. Users have more choices and that has forced GET’s rivals to improve their quality of service and reduce their prices.

The ride-hailing penetration rate in Thailand is only 3.6 per cent of the total population, while food delivery is only 1.6 per cent. Other Southeast Asian countries – Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia – have double-digit penetration. Taiwan has 60 per cent penetration in food delivery. For Thailand, it is expected to grow to double-digit participation.

There are two key reasons for the adoption lag in Thailand. The first issue is that government regulations are not yet open to ride-hailing; the second is that Thais have more specialised needs that require innovation in food delivery services.

“Thailand remains a market with a lot of room to grow, and the competition is good for the market and for consumers and the supply chain and government,” said Pinya.

In Thailand, only middle- to upper-income people can order food via apps due to the need to pay a Bt60 delivery service fee. GET’s mission is to offer innovation in food delivery service in order to lower that price point to reach the larger market of lower-income people and to let them to

MOBILE AND IT Jaymart marks 30th birthday with campaign

Published April 13, 2019 by SoClaimon

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MOBILE AND IT Jaymart marks 30th  birthday with campaign

Tech April 10, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

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To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Mobile and IT shop Jaymart Plc has launched its latest campaign, “Complete Care for You & Your Device PLUS Chance to Win Big Prizes”, targeting sales growth of up to 25 per cent in the second quarter of this year from the same period last year, the company’s chief executive officer, Adisak Sukhumvitaya, said yesterday.

 Under the campaign, customers can exchange items bought within 30 days of purchase.

Accident coverage for both buyers and devices are also available and buyers, moreover, stand a chance of winning gold items weighing 457 grams.

On top of this, customers will get 30 points for their Enjoy Card on the 30th day of each month. After purchases, customers will get 30 JFIN coins. This special campaign will run from April 9 to July 9, Adisak said.

Scientists set to unveil first picture of a black hole

Published April 13, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Scientists set to unveil first picture of a black hole

Tech April 06, 2019 14:47

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The world, it seems, is soon to see the first picture of a black hole.

On Wednesday, astronomers across the globe will hold “six major press conferences” simultaneously to announce the first results of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), which was designed precisely for that purpose.

It has been a long wait.

Of all the forces or objects in the Universe that we cannot see — including dark energy and dark matter — none has frustrated human curiosity so much as the invisible maws that shred and swallow stars like so many specks of dust.

Astronomers began speculating about these omnivorous “dark stars” in the 1700s, and since then indirect evidence has slowly accumulated.

“More than 50 years ago, scientists saw that there was something very bright at the centre of our galaxy,” Paul McNamara, an astrophysicist at the European Space Agency and an expert on black holes, told AFP.

“It has a gravitational pull strong enough to make stars orbit around it very quickly — as fast as 20 years.”

To put that in perspective, our Solar System takes about 230 million years to circle the centre of the Milky Way.

Eventually, astronomers speculated that these bright spots were in fact “black holes” — a term coined by American physicist John Archibald Wheeler in the mid-1960s — surrounded by a swirling band of white-hot gas and plasma.

At the inner edge of these luminous accretion disks, things abruptly go dark.

“The event horizon” — a.k.a. the point-of-no-return — “is not a physical barrier, you couldn’t stand on it,” McNamara explained.

“If you’re on the inside of it, you can’t escape because you would need infinite energy. And if you are on the other side, you can — in principle.”

A golf ball on the moon

At its centre, the mass of a black hole is compressed into a single, zero-dimensional point.

The distance between this so-called “singularity” and the event horizon is the radius, or half the width, of a black hole.

The EHT that collected the data for the first-ever image is unlike any ever devised.

“Instead of constructing a giant telescope — which would collapse under its own weight — we combined several observatories as if they were fragments of a giant mirror,” Michael Bremer, an astronomer at the Institute for Millimetric Radio Astronomy in Grenoble, told AFP.

In April 2017, eight such radio telescopes scattered across the globe — in Hawaii, Arizona, Spain, Mexico, Chile, and the South Pole — were trained on two black holes in very different corners of the Universe to collect data.

Studies that could be unveiled next week are likely to zoom in on one or the other.

Oddsmakers favour Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the centre of our own elliptical galaxy that first caught the eye of astronomers.

Sag A* has four million times the mass of our sun, which means that the black hole is generates is about 44 million kilometres across.

That may sound like a big target, but for the telescope array on Earth some 26,000 light-years (or 245 trillion kilometres) away, it’s like trying to photograph a golf ball on the Moon.

Testing Einstein

The other candidate is a monster black hole — 1,500 times more massive even than Sag A* — in an elliptical galaxy known as M87.

It’s also a lot farther from Earth, but distance and size balance out, making it roughly as easy (or difficult) to pinpoint.

One reason this dark horse might be the one revealed next week is light smog within the Milky Way.

“We are sitting in the plain of our galaxy — you have to look through all the stars and dust to get to the centre,” said McNamara.

The data collected by the far-flung telescope array still had to be collected and collated.

“The imaging algorithms we developed fill the gaps of data we are missing in order to reconstruct a picture of a black hole,” the team said on their website.

Astrophysicists not involved in the project, including McNamara, are eagerly — perhaps anxiously — waiting to see if the findings challenge Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which has never been tested on this scale.

Breakthrough observations in 2015 that earned the scientists involved a Nobel Prize used gravitational wave detectors to track two black holes smashing together.

As they merged, ripples in the curvatures of time-space creating a unique, and detectable, signature.

“Einstein’s theory of general relativity says that this is exactly what should happen,” said McNamara.

But those were tiny black holes — only 60 times more massive than the Sun — compared to either of the ones under the gaze of the EHT.

“Maybe the ones that are millions of times more massive are different — we just don’t know yet.”

CLOUD boom spurs collaboration

Published April 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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CLOUD boom spurs collaboration

Tech April 06, 2019 13:01

By Asina Pornwasin
The Nation Weekend

True IDC and inet find global partners to seize on opportunities amid heady growth

WITH Thailand undergoing a digital transformation, digital economy and digital-native IT initiatives are the key forces in spurring a move by organisations to cloud computing.

Aiding this shift, two giant Internet data centre service providers have joined with global partners to bring global cloud services to Thailand.

According to Frost & Sullivan research in 2017, revenue in the cloud computing service market in Asia Pacific this year is forecast to reach US$24.6 billion. The market is expected to grow with an compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28.4 per cent to hit US$50.8 billion in 2022.

In Thailand, the cloud computing service market in 2019 is expected to reach US$156.9 million and will continue to grow with a CAGR of 31.5 per cent; it is on track to reach US$341 million in 2022.

True IDC has partnered with Tencent, while Internet Thailand (INET) has joined with VMWare to offer advanced cloud services on Thailand.

True IDC and Tencent are introducing an interactive and artificial intelligence-enabled cloud platform, offering a complete range of cloud platform services to the public and private sectors.

This collaboration puts Thailand among Tencent’s 25 cloud infrastructures centres. Chang Foo, chief operating officer of Tencent Thailand, said that Thailand has enjoyed rapid growth in the digital economy and that is why Tencent has established a centre in Thailand to support the cloud platform.

This collaboration will deliver a global cloud experience with a full array of vertical solutions and cutting-edge technology, including facial recognition, smart retail solutions and a content delivery network.

It is the interactive and AI-enabled cloud platform that will drive Thai business to have access to high quality cloud services and help to strengthen the digital infrastructure of the nation, which is key to the economy in this digital age.

“We have a big team with 300 people in Tencent Thailand and together with local partner True IDC, we can localise and customise AI-enable cloud services to Thai customers,” said Foo.

Supparat Sivapetchranat Singhara Na Ayutthaya, managing director of True IDC, said that it is expected to enable organisations, ranging from state agencies to financial institutions and enterprises, to have a strategic option to provide cloud solutions within the country on a global cloud platform.

In Asia Pacific, the key sectors for cloud computing include media, government, and small and medium-sized businesses. In Thailand, the key customers are telecoms, government, banking/finance/insurance, manufacturing, and education.

He said True IDC’s revenue growth in 2019 will beat the market’s growth. In 2018, its cloud business was 63 per cent higher than market’s growth of 25 to 26 per cent. Its data centre business grew 26 per cent, against the market’s growth of 14 to 15 per cent.

Meanwhile, INET and VMware are offering cloud services to organisations in Thailand. As the first VMware cloud provider in Thailand to offer the service, INET will offer VMware HCX Cloud Services that to empower organisations to transform legacy on-premises data centres into modern, multi-cloud environments for quicker

app delivery and accelerated go-to-market.

Morragot Kulatumyotin, managing director of INET, said that Thailand is rapidly transforming into a digital economy. INET is committed to providing the necessary tools for organisations to modernise their IT infrastructure and become more connected while digitalising their operations, Morragot said.

“We believe that VMware’s best-in-class solutions will empower our customers to do so with ease and agility, building a flexible yet secure digital foundation required to excel in digital transformation,” said Morakot.

Sanjay K. Deshmukh, vice president and managing director for Southeast Asia and Korea at VMware, said that Thailand is ready to take

off and benefit the cloud computing services.

In line with the Thailand 4.0 vision, many Thai organisations are quickening their pace of digitalisation and modernising legacy IT systems. Information technology services spending in Thailand saw an increase of 9.2 per cent to reach Bt92.6 billion in 2018, according to research firm IDC.

Deshmukh said that VMware’s partnership with INET is set to advance Thailand’s 4.0 blueprint further by riding on the shift towards hybrid- and multi-cloud environments, thereby enabling Thai organisations to embrace innovation and operate at scale.

Spending on the rise

The digital economy accounts for more than 61 per cent of Thailand’s gross domestic product. Spending is expected to reach Bt470 billion by 2021. Around 60 per cent of Thailand’s IT spending will be on third platform technologies by 2022, it is estimated.

Therefore, 70 per cent of the top 100 Thailand organisations will mitigate lock-in through multi-cloud/hybrid technologies by 2023. The Eastern Economic Corridor is expected to be Asean’s biggest digital innovation hub and it seeks to promote development of automotive intelligent electronic systems for advanced smart appliances, the Internet of Things and wearable electronics.  Thailand’s ambitions to be a world-class medical hub will see Thailand become a leading destination for pharmaceuticals and medical devices as it becomes a world-class provider of medical care.

Ekpawin Sukanan, country manager for Thailand at Vmware, said that the new VMware HCX offering will be a game-changer for organisations looking at adopting modern data centre architectures by enabling seamless mobility at an unprecedented scale.

“INET is a well-known ICT infrastructure provider. We believe ICT is well-placed to help usher Thai organisations into the hybrid and multi-cloud universe, enabling them to capture new business opportunities and catalyse growth in the digital economy,” said Ekpawin.

Skills strategy needed, Microsoft says

Published April 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Skills strategy needed, Microsoft says

Tech April 06, 2019 12:54

By The Nation Weekend

Thailand urgently needs a workforce skills development plan to take advantage of the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) as workers skilled in such fields will be in demand for the jobs of tomorrow.

AI technology brings with it game-changing capabilities for businesses and consumers alike. In this ever-changing world, it is increasingly difficult to think of any job or field that is untouched by technology. Many students today will graduate into a job market full of roles that do not even exist today, said Dhanawat Suthumpun, managing director of Microsoft Thailand.

“With many businesses already interested in the potential of AI to drive their capabilities to new heights, it is vital that they also invest in the future of not only technology but also their people in order to create lasting, sustainable change,” said Dhanawat.

A Microsoft and IDC joint survey of 101 business organisations in Thailand has revealed key gaps in available and in-demand skills across the Thai workforce as the country continues its progress into a future driven by artificial intelligence.

The study shows that almost half of Thai businesses surveyed had yet to carry out any workforce skills development plan to take advantage of the capabilities of AI.

The study also shows that only 20 per cent of Thai businesses have developed and fully implemented comprehensive plans to develop a truly AI-ready workforce, while 32 per cent have begun partial implementation of their plans. However, 48 per cent of organisations surveyed have yet to take any action in this matter, with 21 per cent having no plans to do so at this point.

Michael Araneta, associate vice president of IDC Financial Insights, said that it also saw strong recognition and relatively widespread recognition of the workforce as an important element for the future of businesses.

Around 77 per cent of Thai businesses surveyed indicated that they would at least invest evenly on employee skills and AI. Companies and their employees are also in agreement over the employer’s central role in reskilling the workforce.

Both sides also share the same perspective when it comes to the future impact of AI on their jobs. Both business leaders and workers expect the technology to empower them to perform better or more efficiently in their roles, so they foresee the emergence of new, knowledge-based jobs. Only 5 per cent of business leaders and 13 per cent of workers believe that AI will take over jobs previously done by humans.

Thai business leaders participating in the study named creativity, digital skills, and analytical or statistical skills as the most valuable skills among employees in the future. They also predict that these three skills as well as the ability to carry out scientific research and development will be in shortage over the next three years.

There is the gap between the expectations of business leaders and employees in choosing important skills to develop for the future. Executives in Thai organisations believe that a strong workforce will need more than just technical skills, with project management, leadership and people management, and creativity being the three skills with the highest gaps between leadership and employee perspectives on their importance.

Furthermore, employees also feel more sceptical about their organisations’ cultural readiness for AI adoption.

Elevated to top priority

Dhanawat said that Microsoft has made skills development a top priority for people of all ages. Through initiatives such as the Hour of Code, #MakeWhatsNext, and the Imagine Cup competition.

“We are empowering next-generation talent with the right tools and skills to create something special out of technology. Developers looking to get started with AI can also take advantage of free resources available from programmes such as the Microsoft AI School,” said Dhanawat.

Most Thais happy to go cashless in shift to digital payments, says Visa

Published April 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Most Thais happy to go cashless in  shift to digital payments, says Visa

Tech April 06, 2019 12:51

By The Nation Weekend

Four out of every five Thais tried going cashless in 2018 as confidence in digital payments grew, a dramatic jump from 50 per cent the previous year.

The 2018 “Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes” study tracked payment habits and attitudes and explored emerging topics related to payments among 4,000 consumers in eight Southeast Asian countries, including 500 in Thailand.

The study showed that Thai consumers generally prefer digital payment methods such as cards, mobile apps and QR payments.

Suripong Tantiyanon, country manager for Visa Thailand, credited the shift in preference and the rise in confidence to industry players and the government, which have actively promoted e-payments as part of the national agenda.

“We also believe the increased preference for digital payments can be attributed to the proliferation of payment forms and acceptance points,” said Suripong.

Consumers can make payments with a wider range of connected devices and payment applications on phones and wearable devices.

“QR codes meanwhile offer merchants in traditionally cash-based sectors a fast, cost-effective and secure digital-payment solution,” he said.

The study found that two in five Thais carried less cash than they did two years ago, compared to 26 per cent in 2017. They said they did so for security reasons, because they were making more payments digitally and because using cash was often a bother.

The study also showed that, of those who tried going cashless, more than half could manage a day without cash and 45 per cent could last without cash for more than three days.

Confidence growing

In terms of future expectation, more Thais are confident about the country becoming a cashless society. Nearly one in three is confident that this will be a cashless society within three years, compared to 11 per cent who said so in 2017.

“The findings are encouraging,” Suripong said. “We believe we’re on the right track and it’s important to help more consumers and merchants embrace the benefits of digital payments. At the same time, we’re committed to collaborating with all stakeholders in the payment industry as we continue transforming Thailand into a cashless society.”

Facebook seeks tab to promote ‘high quality news’

Published April 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 23, 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a press conference in Paris./AFP
(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 23, 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a press conference in Paris./AFP

Facebook seeks tab to promote ‘high quality news’

Tech April 02, 2019 22:02

By Agence France-Presse

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Facebook is working on a “news tab” that could be used to financially support “high quality and trustworthy” journalism, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Monday.

Zuckerberg made the comments in a video conversation about the future of technology and society with Mathias Doepfner, chairman of German-based media giant Axel Springer.

Zuckerberg said he sees interest in building a product separate from its personalized feed that would serve people who want news from professional media.

“We want this to surface high quality and trustworthy information,” Zuckerberg said in the video.

“There’s a lot of people who have a demand (for) more news.”

Zuckerberg said he believes as many as 10 to 15 percent of Facebook users would be interested in a dedicated news tab.

The news tab would be created in a way to compensate news organizations whose content is selected, he noted.

“We’re not going to have journalists making news,” he said.

The comments marked a new direction for Facebook, which has been accused of enabling the spread of misinformation and hoaxes on its “news feed” that contains posts from friends as well as other content personalized for users.

Zuckerberg reiterated that Facebook did not want to be a “publisher,” a longstanding position it has taken to avoid being considered a media company, but was willing to be a partner for the sector.

“It’s important to me that we help people get trustworthy news and find solutions that help journalists around the world do their important work,” Zuckerberg said in a post accompanying the video.

Zuckerberg said any news tab would require “curation” or selection, without offering details, and that he would hope to build this in consulation with news organizations.

He noted that details of this new product were still being studied but that he sees a possibility that it could help news organizations struggling with the transition to digital content.

“There is a real opportunity in a separate news service to have better monetization for publishers than we have in news feed,” he said.

“Facebook could potentially have a direct relationship with publishers to make sure their content is available.”

Hong Kong partners with Ping An Technology for e-ID system

Published April 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Hong Kong partners with Ping An Technology for e-ID system

Tech April 02, 2019 18:21

By China Daily/ANN

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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government announced it would team up with Ping An Technology for the establishment, support and maintenance of Categories A and B for an electronic personal identity system, in the latter’s effort to assist the HK SAR government in building an e-ID system.

The HK SAR government will provide e-ID to all Hong Kong residents to enable them to conduct online transactions via unique electronic identification, promote a new economic service model directly to citizens and provide key electronic infrastructure for Hong Kong’s smart city project.

In this way, Hong Kong residents don’t need to carry ID cards with them. Furthermore, using Ping An’s technology, they can complete online transactions in an easier way, boosting the facilitation of e-commerce.

Ericson Chan, CEO of Ping An Technology, said: “The combined scheme of Ping An Cloud deployment and face recognition was key for Ping An Technology to win this project. The e-ID project is the framework for building a smart city in Hong Kong. Participation in the project is conducive to helping Ping An Technology further develop overseas practices for smart cities.”

With 99.8 percent accuracy and minimum wave amplitude, its facial recognition technology has reached a world-leading level. In addition, the technology has been widely and deeply applied in more than 200 fields, including airport security, community intelligent management, financial risk control, medical insurance, social welfare security, railway facilities connection and a series of high-security areas.

At present, facial recognition technology has been integrated into Ping An’s identity verification platform, integrating many artificial intelligence algorithms such as biopsy detection, optical character recognition and voiceprint recognition. The platform service has been extended to Southeast Asia and other overseas areas.

Market insiders said application of the face recognition technology into the e-ID system offers convenience to residents, in that a person’s identification can be verified and the docking of the technology with other online platforms promotes the facilitation of online transaction.

Lotte Accelerator invests W1.5b in shared kitchen startup

Published April 1, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Lotte Accelerator invests W1.5b in shared kitchen startup

Tech March 30, 2019 11:54

By The Investor/ANN

Retail giant Lotte’s startup accelerator arm Lotte Accelerator announced on March 29 that it has invested 1.5 billion won ($ 1.31 milliom) in shared kitchen service startup Simple Project.

“We see that an increasing number of people will use food delivery services, instead of going to a restaurant. This trend is already being reflected in the sales growth of delivery startups such as Baedal Minjok. We thought that the demands for shared kitchen services would also surge with this trend,” Kim Young-duk, managing director of Lotte Accelerator told The Investor.

Established in 2015, Simple Project was the first to move into the shared kitchen market in Korea. The shared kitchen service offers cooking facilities and space for anyone who wants to start a food business but does not have the assets to open their own restaurant.

Lotte Accelerator also believes that Simple Project has enough competitiveness to compete with foreign competitors like City Storage Systems’ Cloud Kitchens, which is managed by former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and is preparing to enter Korea next month.

“We think that Simple Project’s case is similar to shared office operator Fastfive, which is competing well against WeWork that is aggressively expanding presence in Korea.” Kim said. He added that the shared kitchen market will grow drastically, thus it would be impossible for a single firm to take up all the market share. “As long as Simple Project becomes one of the top 5 shared kitchen operators, we think that it would be meaningful,” Kim added.

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