Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Singapore event gives confidence to entrants from Thailand

Singapore event gives confidence to entrants from Thailand

Thai software-developers won three top awards and three merit awards at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2007 in Singapore last month.

Published on December 11, 2007

The awards were hosted by the Multimedia Development Corporation of Malaysia to increase ICT awareness in the community and assist in bridging the digital divide. Participants in the awards programme are members of the APICTA Alliance, which has 16 member countries including Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Three software-developers winning the top awards included Apinand Dabpetch, who won the research and development category for the MR Studio project.

The project is a complete tool for designers and artists without any technical knowledge to mix reality applications with barely any development time. MR Studio aims to make 3-D imaginary objects appear out in the real world, bringing computer-generated objects to life in the environment.

"The awards prove that Thai software-developers can develop high-quality projects as acknowledged by other countries, " said Apinand.

Natt Piyapramote, a student from Sarasit Pittayalai School, was the winner of the secondary student project category for his innovative project called Tanjai OCR: Input at the Speed of Thought. He said that Tanjai is optical character recognition software to make document imaging easier. It resolves unusable document images into high-contrast images, which can be used in many applications. The software is able to recognise printed Thai text with more than 90-per-cent accuracy. He also plans to develop software to support other languages such as English.

"The awards can compare projects between developers - both international and domestic - to adjust and enhance projects for further development," said Natt.

The third top award winner was AT Soft Company who won the Tourism and Hospitality category for the +IBE project. Kittikon Kannalekha, who owns the project, said the +IBE software was developed to support online travel agencies. It is an Internet booking engine, which can be integrated into websites and provide online booking capabilities. The system can do a remote sign-in to any Amadeus office around the world.

Three Thai software companies and students won merit awards.

MSL Software (Thailand) won a merit award in the industrial applications category with Textile ERP Suite.

Cyberplanet Interactive won in the media and entertainment category with its True Life project, and a student from Chulalongkorn University won the tertiary student project prize for Hum me a tune... Here comes the song.

Jumrud Sawangsamud, president of the Association of Thai ICT Industry, said the awards prove that Thai software developers have potential to create software for export.

Apichai Sakulsureeyadej, who won the merit award in the industrial application category, said the awards would create confidence amongst software-developers to produce high-standard products. The awards also increased the potential of the Thai software industry to export products.

The Nation

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