AI, IoT and pedestrian traffic: what smart cities will look like in Thailand

The transformation of human settlements into smart cities is part of the ambitious Thailand 4.0 digitalization program already underway in the Kingdom. It will attract investment and create many jobs. We talk about the key points of the strategy and its impact on the economy.

AI, IoT and pedestrian traffic: what smart cities will look like in Thailand

The Thailand 4.0 program was announced before the pandemic and the country started to implement it.

The situation with COVID-19 showed how exactly digitalization can be useful for the city. In the early stages of the pandemic, Thailand relied on both 5G networking technology and 5G devices to keep public health services running.

On the road to the fourth industrial revolution (or Industry 4.0), Thailand is transforming into a country that is based on values ​​and innovation and takes into account future economic trends. One of them is urban modernization.

Smart city concept, according to Bangkok Post dailyis a key element of the Thailand 4.0 policy that the country is pursuing as part of its 20-year development plan. The country seeks to enhance the digital capabilities of its urban governance ecosystem, while maintaining Thailand’s unique social fabric and improving the quality of life for its citizens. What’s more, the plan also provides further incentives for local residents to participate in the city’s development.

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As part of this initiative, the National Charter of Thailand (NCT) was to plan the sustainable development of the country’s cities. NCT has developed a plan to create Smart Blocks, 0.25 square km experimental zones in communities that will implement smart infrastructure, such as the use of sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT), to collect data and feedback from residents for wider technology adoption …

6 out of 23 municipalities (Chiang Mai, Nakhonsavan, Udon, Khon Kaen, Rayong and Patong) are already developing smart blocks. These zones will use universal smart poles with built-in IoT sensors. They will allow:

  • collect traffic data,
  • make zones more convenient for residents.
Priority is given to pedestrians, followed by cyclists, public transport users and finally motorists.

How will this affect Thai business?

With the development of smart cities in Thailand, investment flows will increase and the number of jobs in various modern industries will expand. Program initially provided for creation of over 475 thousand jobs. There will be many technological developments in areas such as IoT, AI, big data and energy efficiency. The changes will also affect the relevant city departments, ranging from waste management to power plants, to design and smart building.

One of the key features of the smart city concept is to improve connectivity between devices, places and transport infrastructure. It requires basic technologies such as sensors, cloud computing and a stable internet connection. All this is already being implemented as part of the Thailand 4.0 digitalization program.

Some experts predict that Thailand’s IoT market will grow to $ 2.19 billion by 2030.

According to a recent study Asia IoT Business PlatformThailand ranks first among all ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for Enterprise IoT Implementation.

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