Cen­tre set up to mon­i­tor drones dur­ing Cre­ma­tion pe­riod

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AIR FORCE CHIEF ACM Chom Rung­sawang yes­ter­day said his of­fice had set up a cen­tre to mon­i­tor the use of drones dur­ing the Royal Cre­ma­tion cer­e­monies at the re­quest of a joint com­mand for the Royal Cre­ma­tion of the late King.

The cen­tre would put up a sen­sor sys­tem and de­ploy pre­ven­tive ap­pli­ances, or “air guards”, to mon­i­tor use of drones dur­ing the cer­e­mony, Chom said.

The Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of Thai­land has is­sued a com­plete ban on launch­ing drones dur­ing the cer­e­mony sched­uled be­tween Oc­to­ber 25 and 28 at the cre­ma­to­rium venue in Sanam Luang.

Chom said the only le­gal drones would be those reg­is­tered with the Na­tional Broad­cast­ing and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Com­mis­sion and the CAAT, op­er­ated only to take still pho­tos or videos for news re­ports.

Their op­er­a­tion will be closely mon­i­tored by au­thor­i­ties to en­sure the drones re­main within the per­mit­ted zone.

He was speak­ing after pre­sid­ing over re­li­gious rites at a replica of the Royal Cre­ma­to­rium set up at Tu­patemi Air Force Sta­dium in Pathum Thani prov­ince.

Repli­cas have been erected in every prov­ince across the coun­try so that peo­ple are able to join the cre­ma­tion cer­e­monies for the late King, to be held in Bangkok on Oc­to­ber 26.

Chom said the con­struc­tion of the replica at the sta­dium was al­most com­plete. The site’s area will be re­con­fig­ured to ac­com­mo­date more than 100,000 peo­ple.

Mean­while, PM’s Of­fice Min­is­ter Orm­sin Che­vap­ruek yes­ter­day checked the readi­ness of a me­dia cen­tre for jour­nal­ists as­signed to cover the Royal Cre­ma­tion in the main au­di­to­rium at Tham­masat Univer­sity. The me­dia cen­tre will of­fi­cially open on Mon­day af­ter­noon but jour­nal­ists will not be al­lowed to use it un­til the fol­low­ing day, Orm­sin said.

Dur­ing the full re­hearsal of the Royal fu­neral on Oc­to­ber 21, jour­nal­ists will cover the event from an area pre­pared for them, Orm­sin said, but they would not be al­lowed to do live broad­casts. The me­dia cen­tre will be re­spon­si­ble for the live broad­cast.

Mean­while, act­ing Public Re­la­tions Depart­ment di­rec­tor- gen­eral Lt- Gen­eral Sansern Kaewkam­n­erd re­it­er­ated that live broad­casts would not be al­lowed at this Sun­day’s re­hearsal.

Tele­vi­sion me­dia will be per­mit­ted to broad­cast live dur­ing a set pe­riod but not for the whole event.

Speak­ing about the Oc­to­ber 21 full re­hearsal, Sansern said me­dia that con­ducted live broad­casts would be stripped of their cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Au­thor­i­ties were con­cerned that they could not pro­hibit peo­ple who wanted to broad­cast live dur­ing the re­hearsals, but they may face dif­fi­cul­ties due to sig­nal jam­ming dur­ing the event.

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