U-Tapao Prepares for 5G Technology

1st Feb 2020

U Tapao Airport

U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport will be soon equipped with fifth-generation (5G) services and artificial intelligence (AI) robotics to improve its services to customers.

In a statement last week, the airport’s management said it teamed up with Advanced Info Service (AIS) for the development of Smart Airport Terminal to the next level. The collaboration covered the application of Thailand Smart Airport, flight and airport information on mobile applications, and Smart Video Analytics Solutions that are able to recognize faces and objects within the airport.

The plan will be applied to U-Tapao’s second passenger terminal.

Developing a 5G technology network within the terminal would enhance its management capabilities, and support AI robotics’ services of providing information and interactive multimedia to passengers as well as guiding them through a so-called Guide & Go.

AIS is a leader of a 5G technology rollout. It boasts of high-speed networks and a handful of personnel supporting Smart Airport Terminal solutions.

“The government realizes the potential of U-Tapao Airport under commercial management and this is in line with the development of a new airport area in the EEC (Eastern Economic Corridor) project,” U-Tapao Airport General Manager Kitchpon Rienglekjamnong said.

“In the past, the company has cooperated with Advanced Wireless Network Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of AIS to develop digital service, computer systems, and communication systems to provide services in the second passenger terminal. This has led to the further expansion of this cooperation to develop the potential of 5G technology,” he noted.

For his part, AIS Chief Enterprise Business Officer Yongsit Rojsrikul said: “AIS is ready to be a joint developer of Smart Airport Terminal solutions with the government and partners, with the potential for digital technology and the upcoming 5G network, including skilled personnel.”

“When 5G arrives, we are willing to support the development and expansion of new digital solutions in the airport sector and create a model 5G project for the aviation industry,” he noted.