dtac debuts the first IoT based agricultural solution

This solution will support farmers through the use of technology, as well as build upon the Thai government’s digital ambitions.

Written: May 2017

dtac has joined forces with Thailand’s Department of Agricultural Extension (DOAE) and the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) to develop the internet of things (IoT) based agricultural solution, called dtac’s Precision Farming.

The move has marked the first step of partnership between a private company and government agencies in Thailand in order to transform the agriculture industry. The aim is to equip farmers with the technology they need to face challenges, such as climate change, plant disease and soil moisture.

Agriculture plays important role in Thai economy

“Technology plays a vital role across industries, including agriculture. However, the agriculture sector’s contribution to Thailand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has fallen from 32% in 1960 to 10% last year, according to data from the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB). Since labour in agriculture accounts for 26% of our population, this poses a major threat to our sustainable economic development,” said On-uma Rerkpattanapipat, Head of Corporate Communications and Sustainability, dtac.

One-year pilot project now launched

To address the problem, dtac and its partners have launched one-year pilot project that introduces this IoT based solution to monitor, analyze and predict the factors affecting cultivation. The result is a more precise farming system that should help increase crop yields, control quality of agricultural products and reduce production costs.

dtac provides connectivity and cloud computing

For the solution, dtac is responsible for the wireless internet connectivity and cloud computing, while NECTEC will develop and research on sensory system with the aim to look for indicators of planting standards. DOAE will recruit 30 eligible applicants nationwide to take part in the trial periods. Their farms must be located within a 300 kilometer radius of Bangkok, and have high value of plant species, such as cherry tomato, melon and organic vegetables.

Reducing inequalities among Thai farmers

“This partnership  encourages young farmers in Thailand to  adopt efficient use of technology .  and provides farmers with access to information they otherwise would not have. The initiative is another example of how Telenor supports the UN Sustainable Development Goal #10 Reduced Inequalities,” adds Mai Oldgard  SVP and Head of Telenor Group Sustainability .