CityNews – 17 February 2020, Chiang Mai Municipality Offices
As part of the long-term drive to make Chiang Mai a “smart city”, Chiang Mai Municipality and Chiang Mai University (CMU) have signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) to use technology and the “Internet of Things” (IoT) to address traffic problems Chiang Mai residents face daily.
Deputy Mayor Lt. Gen. Phanu Rojanawasu and Assistant Professor Doctor Anucha Phromwangkhwa of the Facility of Engineering, CMU, announced the installation of parking sensors in the Nimmanhaemin and Sirimangkhaljarn Road areas. Using the IoT to communicate, they will combine their output with CCTV footage to provide significant data for analysis to produce recommendations for solutions. 113 sensors will be installed by the end of February, with 52 installations complete as of the 17 February.
The Deputy Mayor confirmed that this is just the first step in Chiang Mai’s city management and progress to become a “smart city”. Nimmanhaemin and Sirimangkhaljarn Roads were chosen as the pilot project location as they are notorious for their traffic problems. They will expand the project to other areas of the city in due course.