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'Smart Box' for remote villagers in Thailand


27 July 2012

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In an attempt to increase national accessibility to government information and services, Electronic Government Agency (EGA),Thailand, will introduce Smart Box’ to connect remote villagers.

The Smart Box will enable remote villagers especially farmers to access real-time agricultural information. The streaming data will be customised to suit interest and benefit of people in particular provinces, areas, and type of cultivation. The types of information include weather forecast, and market price for rice, rubber, tapioca and etc.

The EGA is preparing to launch the pilot project of Smart Box in Nakhon Nayok-a chosen province to be the first Smart Province of ICT Ministry.

Apart from providing necessary agricultural information, the Smart Box will be able to read Smart Card ID and provide personal data and social welfare benefits attached to each citizen.

The Smart Box has a similar shape to cable TV box, featuring pre-set Intranet connected to the Government Information Network (GIN), and wi-fi reception. Initially, it will be installed in the community ICT center, houses of village chiefs or sub-district heads where there is fine connection of internet.

The units of Smart Box will be ready for distribution in the next 3-4 months. The price per unit is between THB 3,000 - 4,000 (US$ 95-126) depending on the specification that the EGA will finalise.

The EGA will showcase the Smart Box in Bangkok International ICT Expo 2012 organised by ICT Ministry during August 3-6 in Bangkok.

 
Source : FutureGov

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