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Island-wide closed-circuit television (CCTV) could well become a realisation as part of the Phuket Smart City project, officials announced yesterday (Nov 10).

A meeting overseen by Phuket Governor Sophon Suwannarat yesterday was held to set urban development goals which would see widespread implementation of innovative technology, including CCTV cameras across the island.

Governor Sophon explained that numerous agencies will need to align and work together in order for the project to become a successful realisation, including the Phuket Provincial Police, Southern Region Digital Economy Promotion Office and local government.

Collectively, they have been requested to plan work on best-practice connectivity which would include establishing a central command centre to oversee all services and activities in Phuket as part of the Smart City initiative.

A key component of this is the use of CCTV, which officials said is a convenient and efficient way to manage safety measures for citizens and tourists by being able to use facial recognition software and associated systems to capture and analyse car license plates.

Pracha Asawatheera, Director of the Digital Economy Promotion Agency, Southern Region, commented that the Smart City initiative is driven by the vision of “Livable city, happy people, for sustainable tourism” and is supported by various Smart City promotional zones in Phuket, including: the Phuket City Municipality Smart City Project; Patong Smart City Project; Srisoonthorn Smart City Project; Prince Tinikon Valley Project by Phuketpiwat Co., Ltd; and Mai Khao Wellness City Project by Anuphas and Sons Co., Ltd.

Additionally, Mr Pracha explained that there is a cooperation agreement project known as the Phuket Smart City Technical Assistant Package, which sees collaboration in important infrastructure, technology and communications issues between the Digital Economy Promotion Agency and the United States Trade and Development Agency.

Amorn Suksawat, Chief Marketing Officer of Chalong-based Finstable Capital Company Limited, then confirmed that his company is organising an international seminar between Dec 6-8 that will focus on “digital tokens and national blockchain infrastructure”.

The seminar, supported by the National Office of Economic Promotion, will focus specifically on the implementation of a digital wallet initiative in Phuket, a key component of the Smart City project, Mr Amorn explained.

Finally, Pol. Col. Thanet Sukchai, Phuket Provincial Immigration Superintendent, reiterated the importance of the white housing project for foreigners whereby notification of residence whilst on the island is mandatory as per Section 38 of the Immigration Act.

Pol Col Thanet said the scheme had so far proved a success with 411,312 registering their residence whilst in Phuket and that it is an initiative that is soon to be extended across the whole of the country.

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Quelle/Source: The Phuket News, 11.11.2023

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