Pornapa Sodsai: Khon Kaen gets the public involved in ‘Smart City’ project

IN a bid to keep the urbanisation of Khon Kaen province on track, the Nakhon Khon Kaen Municipality has played the “Smart City” card to get all parties involved in city design and development, as well as applying the three pillars, namely municipality, people and academics, with the backing of academic research.

In a move to implement the "smart city" concept, Khon Kaen University (KKU)'s Research and Development Institute hosted eight brainstorming sessions since last July and presented forum comments as well as back-up study results to some 500 attendees at the council's special meeting on February 26.

Mayor Theerasak Teecayuphan said the eight public forums had tabled 43 urban innovation projects for feasibility studies, while allowing participants to voice opinions and recommendations for the municipality to improve its pilot urbanisation project, namely "Smart City & Creative Space". The project requires development on three fronts, namely creative traffic and transport; creative economy; and creative space.