Phuket to become Thailand’s first smart city, Chiang Mai to follow

Phuket-old-townPhuket City, the capital of Phuket province and of the island of the same name, will be turned into an innovation-driven “smart city” this year in a pilot project to promote digital-related investment and further development of the tourism industry. It will be the first smart city project in Thailand, to be followed by the northern town of Chiang Mai in 2017.

The move is part of the government’s digital economy policy, Jeerawan Boonperm, chairwoman of the Software Industry Promotion Agency (Sipa), told the Bangkok Post.

Thailand’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry assigned the agency to implement the project. The government also allocated 100 million baht ($2.7 million) to Sipa to develop the digital infrastructure and a data center in Phuket.

The development of the Phuket Smart City project has also been supported by South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, which is sharing its knowledge and development experience for innovation-driven smart cities.

South Korea is known for having created what has been named “the world’s first smart city” of Songdo, a urban area built from scratch on reclaimed land near the county’s main Incheon airport and some 65 kilometers southwest of Seoul.

South Korea has proposed investing in core ICT infrastructure projects including smart cities and centralised data centers in Thailand. It also wants to enhance the competitiveness of local small and medium-sized enterprises and tech start-ups. Jun Sung-soo, Incheon’s vice mayor for administrative affairs, formally agreed to enter into a cooperation agreement with Thailand’s ICT Ministry to develop such smart city projects in Thailand.

In detail, the development of a smart city would start with hard infrastructure such as data centers and data networks, then continue with the implementation of soft infrastructure, service infrastructure, digital economy promotion and common digital services and eventually enable initiatives centered on e-commerce, e-education, e-industry and e-government.

According to the ICT Ministry, Phuket and Chiang Mai have been chosen to be a pioneer smart city because of their “technology readiness, location and internationalism.”



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Phuket City, the capital of Phuket province and of the island of the same name, will be turned into an innovation-driven “smart city” this year in a pilot project to promote digital-related investment and further development of the tourism industry. It will be the first smart city project in Thailand, to be followed by the northern town of Chiang Mai in 2017. The move is part of the government’s digital economy policy, Jeerawan Boonperm, chairwoman of the Software Industry Promotion Agency (Sipa), told the Bangkok Post. Thailand’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry assigned the agency to implement the project....

Phuket-old-townPhuket City, the capital of Phuket province and of the island of the same name, will be turned into an innovation-driven “smart city” this year in a pilot project to promote digital-related investment and further development of the tourism industry. It will be the first smart city project in Thailand, to be followed by the northern town of Chiang Mai in 2017.

The move is part of the government’s digital economy policy, Jeerawan Boonperm, chairwoman of the Software Industry Promotion Agency (Sipa), told the Bangkok Post.

Thailand’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry assigned the agency to implement the project. The government also allocated 100 million baht ($2.7 million) to Sipa to develop the digital infrastructure and a data center in Phuket.

The development of the Phuket Smart City project has also been supported by South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, which is sharing its knowledge and development experience for innovation-driven smart cities.

South Korea is known for having created what has been named “the world’s first smart city” of Songdo, a urban area built from scratch on reclaimed land near the county’s main Incheon airport and some 65 kilometers southwest of Seoul.

South Korea has proposed investing in core ICT infrastructure projects including smart cities and centralised data centers in Thailand. It also wants to enhance the competitiveness of local small and medium-sized enterprises and tech start-ups. Jun Sung-soo, Incheon’s vice mayor for administrative affairs, formally agreed to enter into a cooperation agreement with Thailand’s ICT Ministry to develop such smart city projects in Thailand.

In detail, the development of a smart city would start with hard infrastructure such as data centers and data networks, then continue with the implementation of soft infrastructure, service infrastructure, digital economy promotion and common digital services and eventually enable initiatives centered on e-commerce, e-education, e-industry and e-government.

According to the ICT Ministry, Phuket and Chiang Mai have been chosen to be a pioneer smart city because of their “technology readiness, location and internationalism.”



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