Thailand’s State Railway Onboards IoT/Blockchain

Announcements, Blockchain, Group, Innovation, News | August 17, 2017 By:

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and Thailand Post are reportedly looking to improve their services through technology. Both state-owned operators will reportedly develop and apply blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) technology as early as this year’s end.

SRT chief information officer Sirima Hiruncharoenvate said that the approval from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission on the 800-900 megahertz spectrum for a wireless railway communications system has enabled the SRT to continue its work on the IoT plan.

Dedicated IoT devices in trains will help inform travelers in stations of any possible train delays. In the event of an accident or breakdown, the device will also help authorities stop any approaching trains in time to avoid disasters.

“It will also improve the logistics service of goods delivery,” Hiruncharoenvate said.

Thailand Post director Thitipong Nandhabiwat predicts that blockchain technology may be implemented by the end of this year or shortly thereafter. Blockchain technology can also be used to add a layer of security to the delivery of high-value parcels, he said.

“Blockchain is secure and trusted, as only authorized persons are allowed to open parcels,” Nandhabiwat said.