Thailand announces “Smart Band” mandatory tracking device for foreign tourists who visit the country during Covid-19 pandemic

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Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, in collaboration with Thai startup companies, is developing a “Smart Band” and its application to be used for tracking foreign tourists who would visit Thailand during the Covid-19 global pandemic.

The cabinet committee, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-O’Cha, has approved of the so-called “Smart Band” digital wristband under the responsibility of the Digital Ministry, following the weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday, October 28.

PHOTO: National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT)

The smart device will be distributed for individual foreign visitors and will track their locations and measure the body’s temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate. If the tourist has a body’s temperature above 37.5 degrees celsius, it will immediately alert nearby medical officers for primary health assistance.

The wristband can also help the wearers with various problems, including asking for special assistance at their Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) or Alternative Local State Quarantine (ALSQ) and asking for directions when they get lost, according to the Ministry.

The “Smart Band” will be developed and initially applied to a limited group of incoming tourists traveling under Special Tourists Visa (STV) on November 1 onwards. It is unclear how long one would need to wear the smart band while a tourist. It was also not announced what the exact cost would be for tourists, if any, for the band.

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