2020-10 Smart City Handbook: Thailand
Unless cities are well planned and managed, urbanisation exacerbates poverty, overcrowding, congestion, pollution. Public services quickly become inadequate
and inaccessible. With two thirds of the world’s population due to live in cities by 2050, resolving the challenges of our cities is critical to resolving the issues of our future including climate change, health, resource depletion, poverty and waste.
Smart cities are citizen-centric. Contrary to some popular perceptions, smart cities do not always have to be ultra-high-tech. Instead, smart cities prefer ‘practical technology’ that fosters people’s wellbeing and livelihood. The key to a successful building of smart cities, therefore, is the understanding of the demands and needs of residents ‘from within.’