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KE Group builds partnership with Plug and Play with eye on smart cities project

Sep 10. 2019
Kaveepan Eiamsakulrat
Kaveepan Eiamsakulrat
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By The Nation

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Thai property firm KE Group has announced a strategic partnership with Plug and Play, a global innovation platform, as the group aims to climb aboard the new smart cities programme in Thailand.

Through the partnership, KE Group intends to leverage Plug and Play’s global ecosystem to identify the latest cutting-edge technologies to drive innovation across its business units.

“As one of Thailand’s largest real estate developers, we see the need to constantly strive for innovation. Plug and Play’s established global network will allow us to gain access to the latest technologies and identify key strategies that we can implement in our business units,” said group executive chairman Kaveepan Eiamsakulrat.

“Plug and Play’s inaugural programme in Thailand will focus on the smart cities theme that will bring together key players in real estate, energy and sustainability, mobility and the Internet of Things, and digital health,” said Shawn Dehpanah, vice president, APAC, Plug and Play.

“Our demand-driven and stage-agnostic approach provides corporate partners with unique access to solutions catered to solve their pain points and welcome the consumer-driven digital era. Our tested and best-in-class methodology will assist to facilitate a scalable platform for collaborations between start-ups and corporations based in Thailand and connected to our regional and global networks,” he said.

In harmony with the government’s Smart Cities Project, which aims to establish 100 smart cities nationwide by 2022, Plug and Play aims to provide its partners with horizontal access to its global ecosystem of start-ups across the United States, Europe and Asia. With more partners set to join its smart cities platform in Thailand, Plug and Play will continue expanding its reach within the thriving innovation scene in the region, the firm said.

The official launch of Plug and Play’s programme in the country will take place on September 17. The event will showcase panel discussions from industry experts, as well as start-up pitches from the company’s global ecosystem.

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