On June 22, 2023, BIOMATLINK Company Limited led a team to demonstrate the use of the National Continuously Operating Reference Stations Data Center (NCDC) in agricultural technology at the Agri Demo Day held at a temporary demonstration site in Khlong Niyom Yatra Subdistrict, Bang Bo District, Samut Prakan Province. This collaborative project between Thailand and Japan, known as “the Project for Capacity Development and Promotion of Utilization of NCDC,” aims to provide highly accurate and stable coordinate reference data services through a network of CORS stations. The project involves the participation of various organizations, including the Royal Thai Survey Department, Department of Lands, Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning, Hydro Informatics Institute (Public Organization), GISTDA, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (Thailand), and private sector partners.
Dr. Thanika Chintanapunt, CEO of BIOMATLINK Co., Ltd., highlighted the importance of accurately identifying the coordinates of planted cassava varieties using this automated system. Such precise data aids in planning, service provision, monitoring, quality control, health management, and more accurate yield predictions. Moreover, it helps to mitigate cost-related issues and challenges arising from imprecise service locations.
During the demonstration, BIOMATLINK showcased agricultural machinery, specifically small tractors equipped with automatic planting devices capable of simultaneously plowing, planting, and fertilizing. These machines were accompanied by tracking devices with NCDC data and a GNSS receiver that precisely provide the coordinates of the planted cassava point. The demonstration commenced with the automatic tractors entering the designated area to provide their services, and their availability status was displayed at BIOMATLINK’s central control center. As the automatic tractors began their operations, the tracking devices transmitted coordinates to the central system, enabling real-time monitoring of the services rendered. The system promptly displayed the coordinates of the planted cassava varieties as soon as the planting process took place. The central control center provided detailed information regarding the work, including the route taken, location of planted cassava varieties, quantity of crops planted, distance covered, and more. These data were processed to improve the accuracy of yield forecasts.
By reducing service costs through the utilization of machinery and employing technologies for high-quality monitoring and accurate yield predictions, BIOMATLINK believes that the quality of agricultural products can be enhanced, while farmers can increase their income through reduced production costs. This, in turn, contributes to an improved quality of life for the farmers under the care of BIOMATLINK, according to the CEO’s statement.