Thailand will build $37 billion smart city in EEC

The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), Thailand’s showcase development zone, will be getting a new $37 billion smart city within the next ten years, after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha approved the investment plan for the project last week.

The EEC is home to businesses and industries specializing in advanced technologies, research and development, digital development and those that are environmentally friendly. The Corridor has already drawn billions of dollars in investments from international and domestic companies, making it  the Kingdom’s premier and preferred location for new and advanced businesses.

While the new smart city has yet to be given a name, it will be located in Chonburi province about 100 miles east of Bangkok. The EEC encompasses three provinces just east of the Thai capital and has international airports, high-speed rail links, deep-sea ports and cutting-edge infrastructure.

Has not been mentioned about as much are the attractions of living in the Corridor, which has many green areas and beaches. To heighten the appeal of the zone to the tech-types and younger generation that work or will be working there, the government will now build a smart city for those making the EEC their home.

Smart cities use advance technologies such as the information and communications technologies (ICT), the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and digital technologies to make infrastructure and services more efficient and responsive, improve the quality of government services, and provide a higher quality of life and welfare for those living in them.

While the EEC’s smart city is a new venture, Thailand has been making 15 other cities in the Kingdom smart, including the cities and towns of Khon Kaen, Phuket, Chiang Mai and sections of Bangkok.

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