By The Nation
The event brings decision makers from the private and public sectors to network and discuss expectations for the future of Thailand’s industrial development.
The theme for Delta’s first industry summit-Innovations for Smart Cities-aims to inspire ideas and spur conversation on the best ways to drive Thai cities towards a more data-driven, intelligent digital economy.
Smart cities leverage Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to collect data and improve the quality of life for urban dwellers. The government’s Thailand 4.0 initiative aims to develop smart cities to harness the country’s unique advantages and facilitate a leapfrog in economic development.
“Smart cities are the best answer to the challenges and opportunities of the modern world,” said Delta president Hsieh Shen-yen. “Societies wishing to succeed in the current global landscape must make conscious, intelligent use of opportunities from technology. As global citizens, we must create ideal work environments and lifestyles that fuel sustainable economic growth,” he said.
Programmes to develop smart cities are underway in Phuket, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen.
The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) revitalisation plan for the industrial cities of Chachoengsao, Chon Buri and Rayong also prioritises smart industry and business development.
While these pilot programmes may be transforming the provinces, the sheer scale of Bangkok presents many challenges for the capital’s shift to a smart city. Still, the metropolitan government is making efforts to change by incentivising green buildings, modernising public transit and expanding IT systems. The enhanced One Bangkok district aims to further boost intelligence in urban infrastructure.