Bangkok lands at 75 in smart city index

Bangkok lands at 75 in smart city index

Bangkok was ranked 75 out of 102 cities worldwide in the smart city rankings, according to IMD Smart City (SCI) Index 2019.

It was the first edition of the index, jointly commissioned by World Competitiveness Center’s Smart City Observatory, under the IMD Business School in Switzerland and Singapore, and Singapore University of Technology and Design.

The top 10 smart cities are Singapore, Zurich, Oslo, Geneva, Copenhagen, Auckland, Taipei, Helsinki, Bilbao and Dusseldorf.

The SCI focuses on how citizens perceive the scope and impact of efforts to make their cities "smart", balancing “economic and technological aspects” with “humane dimensions”.

“Smart cities are growing and blossoming in all parts of the world. Economic realities cannot be ignored: cities in poorer countries face disadvantages, which will require specific actions to correct along the path towards smartness,” said Arturo Bris, director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center.

In response to Thailand landing in 75th position, Christos Cabolis, chief economist of IMD Business School in Switzerland, told the Bangkok Post residents of Bangkok responding to the survey placed the structures of the city “below the mean of the group of cities that Bangkok is compared with.”

“Big challenges of the city are issues related to mobility as well as air pollution,” said Mr Cabolis.

The availability of green spaces and general cultural activities can be improved upon, he said.

Even though Bangkok residents appreciate the online scheduling and ticket sales for public transport, these major challenges are not satisfactorily addressed by technologies on the whole, he said.

“Yet employing smart technologies to address available opportunities and schooling is where Bangkok fares either around the mean or above. This is crucial for the future,” said Mr Cabolis.

Bruno Lanvin, president of IMD’s Smart City Observatory, indicated smart cities could help attract investment, talent and trade, but it is also important to look at the long-term aspirations of citizens in the cities.

“Without citizen support and engagement, smart cities may not be sustainable,” said Mr Lanvin. “The SCI intends to fill a gap by being a reference and tool for action to build inclusive and dynamic cities.”

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