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RSI to support sustainable development in Southern Thailand

The ICT Dev Group of RADARSAT International (RSI) has announced that it has been awarded a contract for the first phase of its Andaman Environmental Resource Information Network (AERIN) project in Southern Thailand. This phase involves a feasibility study that will examine and assess the potential design and implementation of AERIN as well as technology transfer and training. Awarded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the contract is valued at CAD 585,000.

AERIN will be conducted in partnership with Versatile Mobile Systems (VMS – Vancouver) and Thailand’s National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC).

Increasing economic development and tourism in the Phuket region of southern Thailand has caused degradation to the environment and coastal resources. AERIN will provide Government of Thailand stakeholders a means to monitor and manage the development of the Phuket environment in a sustainable manner.

The interface of AERIN will be a web portal, which will provide access to a geographic information system (GIS) where various data from local and national agencies, the Internet, and Earth-observation satellites will be stored.

R. Shawn Burns, Director of the ICT Dev Group said “AERIN will support the Government of Thailand’s goal to alleviate the Digital Divide by improving the access, availability, and quality of environmental information, enabling stakeholders to make better informed resource management decisions.”

This multilingual platform will have layered access levels to information and decision support tools. Custom applications will be created for key project stakeholders and include pollution and coastal zone monitoring, and land use sustainability.

This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).