GHL, Thai Post launch e-payment project, senior citizens to benefit
By Digital News Asia February 7, 2013
- Post@Home to ease delivery of pensions to 6.5 million Thai senior citizens and 800,000 village health volunteers
- Service to be extended this month to include electricity and water bill payments; more features down the road
ELECTRONIC payment solutions and services provider GHL Systems Berhad (GHL) has announced that its subsidiary GHL (Thailand) Co Ltd (GHL Thailand) was recently appointed to manage an end-to-end mobile solution by Thailand Post Co Ltd.
The Post@Home service is in line with Thai Post’s efforts to facilitate the monthly delivery of pensions to 6.5 million Thai senior citizens and more than 800,000 village health volunteers, GHL said in a statement.
“The Post@Home pilot launch in early January 2013 has already delivered payments to recipients in two provinces,” said GHL Thailand country head Amphol Suwantherangkoon.
“The service has helped Thai senior citizens and volunteers receive money on time without having to go to the bank.
“In February, the service will be extended to include electricity and water bill payments, and later, the disbursement of disabled and veterans monthly compensation payment. Thai Post will steadily enable more and more postmen to offer the service throughout the year,” he said.
The Post@Home service uses an information management system called “Home Cash” that enables postmen with mobile terminals to verify recipients’ identities, record payments and also print receipts. The mobile appliance terminal is securely connected online to the database via a GPRS network.
Post@Home services have been developed and applied in many of the Thai Government’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) projects. The end-to-end managed services for the Post@Home service is provided by iSystech.
Commenting on the deal, GHL’s group chief executive officer Raj Lorenz, said, “I am very pleased that we have partnered with Thailand Post on this project. This is in line with our regional expansion plan, which aims to increase the proportion of the Group’s international income from 20% to 50% by 2015.”
Raj said that the company would continue its Asean focus, particularly in countries that have high cash utilization and a large younger population, as these markets have great growth potential to convert to electronic payment.