Thailand needs 3-pronged collaboration to overcome crisis, Telenor researcher advises

BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News Network): Apart from applying technology, a collaboration between government, academia and mobile operators is necessary to deal with pandemics, Dr Kenth Engø-Monsens (pic), a research fellow with Telenor Group, said on Friday (Oct 15).

He was speaking at the “Preparing for the Next Pandemic: Learning from Managing Covid-19 in Thailand and Norway” webinar.

The virtual forum was organised by the Thai embassy in Oslo, Thailand’s National Innovation Agency, Dtac and Norway’s Telenor Group in a bid to exchange knowledge on ways of dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.

During the webinar, Engø-Monsens said Norway has applied big-data technology to track potential Covid-19 patients. However, he said, the country respected people’s privacy and ensured that no personal information leaked out of the mobile operator’s data warehouse.

He also offered Thailand a three-step guideline on preparing for the next pandemic:

• Create collaboration between the government, academia and mobile operators

• Research, evaluate and test models in advance

• Create legal contracts, data specifications, a list of whom to contact, etc, before the net pandemic.

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