Banchang Smart City from the software point of view: Q&A session at BSM Rayong

Left: Poramintr Sangsaksittirot Right: Vorachet Jaroensawas

Poramintr Sangsaksittirot (Deputy Permanent Secretary at Banchang Subdistrict Municipality) Interviewed by Vorachet Jaroensawas – 28.06.2021  Rayong, Thailand

“Like other companies in Thailand, we admire the pilot Smart City project led by Banchang Subdistrict Municipality (BSM) and several parties. Many media channels and companies who desire to be part of smart city have visited BSM and experience how the pilot project is done. At the end of the day, we (Script-Conductive) have the opportunity to visit the BSM office and talk with one of the main project leaders K.Poramintr, Deputy Permanent Secretary.  At this time, we don’t have discussion topics related to the achievement in the past years, but the next step they are going to plan for software aspects of this Smart City project. This article is Q&A from the software point of view.”

Vorachet: From the software infrastructure service point of view, What do you think if BSM will provide a software infrastructure for external software developers and academic researchers. I believe that they are interested in smart city application development and look for data & computing services.

Poramintr: We are aware of the collaboration with developers and researchers in the near future. With our approach in the initiative of the smart city project in Banchang, the back-office systems and the essential data management are included and shared some part of the dashboard with parties such as Banchang Police Station. It allows the system operators to perform essential data collection and monitoring tasks. It enables the parties to work together in realizing the mutual use cases that fit BSM resources and their operations. We have pilot smart city apps. We manage the development in collaboration with universities. The work is aimed at enhancing the existing services provided by BSM, which is the potential to provide impactful service for Banchang city. Providing API/OpenData consistent with the security point of view for the Banchang smart city project will need to conform to regulatory requirements and standards here. With help from the parties, we will be active in the software services soon.

 

Vorachet: At this time, BSM is being a smart city infrastructure enabler. What do you think about the next two roles; (1) Platform & Application Development Enabler and (2) Data Access Enabler

Poramintr: Platform, applications, and data access are an essential part of our services. We are looking for strong support when the software service is ready for smart city application developers. Our infrastructure comes with the essential software applications and data services, where we have a framework to provide common features and extension points. The pilot infrastructure and the 5G network help demonstrate the new performance we never experience with prior technologies. From the operation point of view, once the data is being collected, monitored, and ready to be processed by specific applications, the service is often composed of the sequence of tasks operated by two or more different operators. The 5G network helps realize real-time use cases and the foundation for IIoT & Digital Twin. Our stakeholders are aware of the possible applications and look at many solution spaces where modern technologies can help digitalize things for a better operation and a better life for Bangchang city.  

Vorachet: Since Banchang has the potential to facilitate many aspects of the development for smart city implementation, especially the experience and the reason learned from the project. There will be a need for collaboration with non-vendor stakeholders. Are you interested in joining the collaboration with academia and commercial application developers?

Poramintr: Of course, we do support all the possible collaborations that align with our project objectives and the scope of our office. We are located in the one of important industrial areas in Thailand, and at the moment that Thailand is going to realize EEC. Collaboration with academia and professionals is always important from our point of view. Recently, for example, we have collaboration with universities in the early stage in encouraging education programs for MRO job opportunities, where the MRO tasks can be offered by a technician who graduates from local technical colleges together with the relevant bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline for advanced skills. Many universities are going to expand the education facility to support this picture and we help support if BSM can be part of the development.