High-Speed Airport Link Auction Now Ongoing

For those looking to head to a modern hotel in Rayong from one of Thailand’s nearby international airports, the news of a the government’s plan to build a new high-speed railway that’ll connect the Eastern Economic Corridor to the Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-tapao via a high-speed railway.

The planned development’s Terms of Reference (ToR) has recently been revealed on the 25th of May, 2018, with the costs expected to hit around 224.54 billion baht. According to the Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said that private firms that are interested can buy the To R starting on the week following the joint announcement. The plan was revealed via a cooperation with the EEC Office, the Transport Ministry and the State Railway of Thailand.

The participating private firms are scheduled to submit their bids over the following weeks, with winning bids to be revealed by about July.

The railway project will involve Bangkok’s Airport Rail Link, which currently runs from Suvarnabhumi Airport in the Samut Prakan province, extending the line to connect it to Don Mueang airport in Nothern Bangkok, as well as the U-tapao Airport in the Rayong Province.

The extended route will stretch a total of 220km, while the new train can now hit a top speed of 250KpH.

The route will have nine stations, the northernmost Don Mueang, Bang Sue, Makkasan, Suvarnabhumi, Chachoengao, Chon Buri, Sri Racha, Pattaya, and U-tapao as the southermost station. Currently, Bang Sue-Don Mueang is under consideration by the State Railway of Thailand, whilst the Suvarnabhumi-U-Tapao currently under study.

If the project is completed in accordance to the schedule, the project will be operational within the next five years.

Uttama Savanayana, Industry Ministry, said that bidding for the third phase of the Laem Chabang port and the extension for the U-tapao airport, will start soon.

Deputy Secretary-General of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), Wichayayuth Boonchit, said that the Thailand EEC will be a huge help in boosting the private investments in the country.

The BoI is aiming for a total of 720 billion baht in investment applications, an increase from 2017’s 640 billion, with investment applications within the EEC aimed at 300 billion, 10 billion up from the last year’s number.


ECIA Issues Warning Regarding Counterfeit Parts

The US’s Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA), has issued a warning via its Chief Counsel, Robin Gray, regarding counterfeit electronic parts, which have become more problematic during component shortages, regardless of industry. The ECIA encourages the electronic industry to stick to the authorized channels for parts, as well as to report any counterfeit activity or product to the Depart of Justice.

ECIA, it says, is working on keeping an eye on the electronic industry is going through thanks to component shortage, which has hit the industries most reliant on multi-layer ceramic capacitors, such as automotive parts manufacturing. Counsel Gray says that the ECIA is working on dealing with these problems, though these conditions are expected to persist for the most of 2018.

The ECIA’s biggest concern is that customers will turn to alternative, and less-than-legal sources for their components in order to meet their production quotas, which they say is understandable, but puts a lot of people , and the industry itself, at risk, as it means that counterfeit components might get into the supply chain.

The DOJ, meanwhile, have expressed concerns about public health and safety when it comes to dealing with counterfeits, releasing a fairly lengthy statement attach to a grant proposal for law enforcement, saying that counterfeit products are becoming more and more widespread and sophisticated, thanks, in part, to the internet. The statement says that these counterfeit products are invading any industry they can, from counterfeit pharmaceuticals to counterfeit automotive parts, and they are putting consumers across the country at risk.

As a result of the DOJ’s increased awareness of the issue at hand, they have stepped up their enforcement. The DOJ has been making inquiries on any companies suspected of selling counterfeit electrical components. One such inquiry led to an arrest having been made in Orange County, California, with charges being leveled against Rogelio Vasquez, owner of PRB Logics Corporation. The charges were related to selling old integrated circuits made to pass as new.

The case will be prosecuted by the Cyber & Intellectual Property Crimes Section’s Assistant United States Attorney Lisa E. Feldman, whilst the complaint seeking forfeiture of the seized funds was filed by Assistant United States Attorney Steven R. Welk, the Chief of the DOJ’s Asset Forfeiture Section.


Useful Tips For The First Time Visitor To Bangkok

One of the perks of living in Thailand where the weather is always warm is being able to experience rooftop dining in Sukhumvit with the backdrop of a picture-perfect city. Both locals and expats enjoy the experience of good food and wine in a very convenient location. The intimate and chic restaurant sets the mood for an enjoyable evening.

Bangkok is a city that you will love to explore because of several attractions suitable for a business or leisure traveller. There are temples, shopping malls, rooftop dining restaurants, canal rides and bustling markets. However, since Bangkok is a big city, it also has its share of scams which you can avoid by doing a little research.

In Bangkok, there is a tourist price and a local price. While you cannot avoid the tourist price, make a research on the best locations where you can save money. It is also wise to know beforehand the present exchange rates for the Thai baht.

There are many third-party booking sites with very attractive prices for accommodations. Make sure though that it is not so far from the city. Booking through third-party websites can be dangerous if you do not have direct access to where you will be staying because you might not get your money back if you want to transfer to a better hotel. If you book directly with a hotel website, there are many discounts and perks offered.

When you are in a strange place, always be extra careful with your belongings. Big cities mean more pickpockets. Invest in a fanny or money belt that you can wear underneath the clothing; otherwise, try to place your bag in front and not at the back where it is easier for criminals to access.

Avoid taxis so that you will not be overcharged. Bangkok has reliable public transport where you can ride for a cheap price. It is also guaranteed to bring you safely to your destination.

If you are going to eat out, a better option is rooftop dining in Sukhumvit where you get more value for the money paid. It might be more expensive than ordinary restaurants but the view of the city in late evening and the delicious food and drinks are definitely worth it.


How An Embedded Computer Works?

An embedded computer is incorporated into another device. It is not used as a standalone computer nor is it recognised as a computer device. However, they manage the quality and functionality of the device. For this reason, there is a rising need for embedded computers. It means a rising number of computing power, integration and connectivity on technology.

Everyday products and places are eventually the result of computers being embedded. It has become a major trend where an embedded computer is integrated into a device that doesn’t need a computer anymore. Consider the changes taking place with modern cars. They are taking over the basic functions like the navigation and braking systems. So here are markets that are benefiting the usage of embedded computers:

  • Healthcare

Healthcare technology has been an emphasis to most hospital and care facilities. This technology is now used as a tool to enhance patient satisfaction and to emphasise patient centered care. For this purpose, embedded computers are incorporated in many healthcare devices like the pacemaker and medical wearables.

  • Consumer Electronics

Embedded computers have played a vital role in the development of consumer electronics. Just think about cameras, televisions and phones that are now considered ‘smart’. Their added features are a result to modern technology, which are actually results of embedded computers.

  • Industry

Industrial applications have improved to be more efficient due to embedded computers. These systems are not integrated in factory controllers, paint mixing machines, and even traffic lights. They have made jobs in the industry simpler and more convenient.

Another example of the usage of an embedded computer is the ATM machines. Because of it, the machine can dispense money to everyone accessing it.

  • Home Electronics

Home intelligence and automation are the results of the incorporation of embedded computers. An intelligent home owns home appliances that don’t require inputs from humans. One example is the self-regulating thermostats, which can be controlled using an application. There is also the washing machine, dishwasher and the overused microwave.

  • Offices

An office environment will need computers to be able to function well. However, we are not talking about the standalone computers, but the embedded computer integrated to your calculator, clever office phone and wireless printer connected to your desktop PC.


Aprilia RSV4 Engine Will Power Wolf GB08 Thunder

In the world of motorcycle racing, Aprilia motorcycles are well-known for their exceptional record, with 294 Grand Prix wins earned by these motorbikes. One of the more recent iterations, the Aprilia RSV4 has already managed to make a name for itself with seven world titles acquired throughout a span of six years.

Now, the V-Four engine that has powered this award winning model is now making its way to another Italian racing machine. The odd bit? It’s not a two-wheeler. The new, Formula X single seater machine, the Wolf GB08. The 65 degree V4 engine will power the machine, which will debut at the Italian Sport Prototype Championship 2018.

Thanks to their “Factor Works” program, Aprilia Racing have been developing their technology into new, more powerful Aprilia motorcycles and Superstock machines. The 2017 iteration of the Aprilia RSV 4 R FW-GP, an upgrade of the standard RSV4, boasts 250 bhp and is considered a street-legal track performance motorcycle and a good taste of the MotoGP experience. That power is what Aprilia brought into the design of  the Wolf GB08 Thunder.

The company Wolf made its debut in the world of motorsports back in 1976 when Canadian Walter Wolf founded his own racing firm, Walter Wolf Racing. The group has participated in Formula 1 and Formula 3 in the past, and was recently acquired by the Italian team, Avelon Formula. The original Wolf GB08, built in 2010, has a record consisting of several championship wins.

The newest iteration, the Wolf GB08 Thunder, was made by Aprilia, bringing in the manufacturer’s histories of victories, with 21 titles and 147 Grand Prix races for the development of the new machine. The group managed to design the 4,999.6cc engine, placing it at a 65° angle between the vehicle’s banks, creating a stable chassis that became the center of the design for the vehicle.

Its entry at the Italian Sport Prototype Championship is part of a contract with Wolf Racing Cars and the promoters of ACI Sport, consisting of at least six events just in 2018, the first of which would happen in the 1st of June at the racetrack of Monza.


Warehouses With Multiple Levels A Growing Trend In Sydney

A new trend is emerging in Sydney in the form of strata warehouses with multiple storeys. This is good news for companies of commercial painters in Sydney as their list of clients grow with the trend. The reason for this new trend is because of the shortage of land available to developers to be used for industrial purposes. In addition, the prices of land in the area are also increasing. In fact, the city has seen an increase of 17 per cent in the last 12 months.

According to the recently published Industrial Research and Forecast Report, Collier International which is known to be a commercial agent said that strata properties with multi-storey are already a rising trend. The growth is most evident in northern and southern markets of Sydney where there is a shortage of land. The north market comprised 3 per cent of the total industrial area available in the city of Sydney while the south market accounts to only 13 per cent of the total.

According to Sass J-Baleh, Colliers International’s associate director of research and author of the report, the land available in those two markets are limited therefore it is expected that there will be growth in the demand for industrial strata developments with multiple levels. This is an attractive option because the floor space will be maximized better as well as the market values. This is becoming more important as majority of small businesses are aiming to have a space close to the central business district.

One of the most recent industrial estate is the Taren Point with 13 levels located in the south and developed by Financial Review Rich Lister Bob Ell’s Leda Holdings. The ground floor of the building is composed of self-storage unit while the upper levels have showrooms and warehouses.

Colliers International’s managing director of industrial, Malcom Tyson, explained that these types of warehouses are not a new trend in Sydney but it is making a comeback because there is limited zoned land available for industrial use. He added that majority of the companies renting these spaces are tech businesses and pharmaceutical companies because they require small warehouses near the CBD. These new properties will require commercial painters in Sydney due to the number of storey.