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UK and Thailand partner to help create smarter cities

The Smart City Handbook is part of a series of planned activities announced to support the UK and Thai governments’ joint work on smart cities.

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Thailand was also chosen as a focal market under the UK’s Tech Export Academy
Thailand was also chosen as a focal market under the UK’s Tech Export Academy

The UK government and Thai Ministry of Digital Economy and Society have launched a Smart City Handbook as part of plans for broader cooperation between the UK and Thai governments on smart cities.

 

The handbook sets out to outline the smart cities landscape across Thailand as well as providing examples of some UK smart city projects and expertise.

 

Key challenges

 

The UK government believes urbanisation is one of the key challenges of the century. In a statement, the UK government said the country is seeking to create the cities of the future through urban planning and the integration of smart technology with open data and user-centred design. Recent research suggests that almost a third of the UK’s urban areas with populations over 100,000 currently have planned programmes labelled as smart.

The UK is seeking to create the cities of the future through urban planning and the integration of smart technology with open data and user-centred design

The handbook is part of a series of activities announced to support Thai-UK joint work on smart cities. Other activities the UK is planning include:

  • Ongoing projects under the UK’s Global Future Cities programme with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to create an improved flood management system for Lad Phrao; to plan a data centre to support the collection and use of data for decision-making in Bangkok; and to create a development masterplan for the Khlong Bang Luang region and Bang Wa BTS Station
  • UK-hosted smart city workshops in Chiang Mai, Chonburi and Khon Kaen
  • Thailand was also chosen as a focal market under the UK’s Tech Export Academy for Asia Pacific which will see 30 British smart city companies undertake a trade mission to Thailand next year
  • Earlier in June 2020, the Digital Trade Network was announced with Thailand regarded as one of the focal markets. The three-year pilot programme seeks to enhance the UK’s digital tech capabilities as well as support digital trade and investment opportunities in Thailand.

“I hope the launch of the Smart City Handbook and the on ground expertise as part of the Digital Trade Network will provide the foundations for future cooperation, sharing of experience and expertise between the UK and Thailand in areas of smart city,” said Brian Davidson, Her Majesty’s ambassador to Thailand.

 

“We look forward to hosting the British companies for the Tech Export Academy trade mission next year.”

 

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