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Thaicom, PTTEP units to develop drones for farming

Nov 05. 2019
Anant Kaewruamvongs, third from left, Thaicom's CEO, and Thana Slanvetpan, third from right, ARV's General Manager.
Anant Kaewruamvongs, third from left, Thaicom's CEO, and Thana Slanvetpan, third from right, ARV's General Manager.
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Thai Advance Innovation Company Limited (Thai AI), a subsidiary of Thaicom, will cooperate with Robotics Ventures Company Limited (ARV) on the development of cost-effective and easy-to-use drone technology for the agriculture sector, the Thai satellite operator has announced.

ARV is a subsidiary of PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP). 

By leveraging smart farming technology, the agro drones will contribute to a more sustainable agriculture ecosystem, resulting in less impact from chemicals, lower production costs, and improved quality of life for farmers. It will also boost international competitiveness of the local sector.

Anant Kaewruamvongs, Chief Executive Officer Thaicom, said Thai AI and ARV share the same objectives to solve the problems in Thailand’s agricultural sector. The partnership aims to sustain Thailand's leading position in APAC’s agricultural sector and improve productivity through the development and marketing of smart farming technology that benefits the ecosystem and people making a living out of farming.

"And, as we are defining our new vision and making inroads into new business areas, we have begun investing in smart digital solutions for a better life. Our subsidiary Thai AI plays an important role for us in the expansion of our business into new markets and in creating strategic partnerships with next generation smart technology companies such as ARV,” he added.

Thana Slanvetpan, general manager of ARV, said the company is very excited to welcome Thaicom as a partner. "We share the same goal of a better future through the development of smart technology. ARV’s know-how and vast experience in both hardware and software drone technology make this partnership ideal for business growth and helping farmers improve agricultural productivity”.

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