When electronic devices become smarter and have the ability to communicate with one another, other than human communication, high-speed internet needs to serve a higher volume usage and ensure users with a secure system. As everything is interactively connected, the most important thing is how to utilize large data sets to serve specific purposes. It is necessary to analyze those data sets with Big Data Analytics to use the data for further development.
In actuality, some organizations have started managing big data volume, especially business sectors that have a large customer base. An in-depth data analysis needs to crystalize raw data to obtain useful data. In addition to big data volume, now in the digital era, there are various types and sources of data other than certain types of sources in each organization’s internal system. Now sources of data are available everywhere including social media and open blogs and they become more important when new data is updated every split second. As a result, new technologies are required to serve big volume and various types and sources of data and quickly perform data processing to promptly serve demand of both public and private sectors and ensure better quality of life.
Data processing, a key to Smart City development
Nowadays, the word ‘Smart City’ usually refers to a system that is operated by data of the city’s residents, which is obtained from sensors or data storage devices installed around the city. Every time when we are on roads carrying our smartphone, we will create new data without using it.
The infrastructure of Smart City will perform data processing, such as our starting point and destination, speed, going by bus or train and information about traffic jams, to enable the city to manage its infrastructure and systems more effectively.
However, Smart City is equipped with CCTV system, facial analysis system and vehicle registration reading system. These systems always create new data even though users are not carrying any electronic devices. By just travelling on roads, users generate new data into these systems.
Phuket Smart City begins applying Big Data for city development
Phuket Smart City or a special promotion zone project for digital economy has been implemented by Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) under supervision of Ministry of Digital Economy and Society. DEPA has joined forces with public and private sectors and international alliances to operate the project following the implementation strategy in order to serve the government’s investment promotion policy in special economic zones. Relevant organizations have applied Big Data technology to manage the city’s data and promoted Phuket as Smart City in terms of trade and investment.
Dr. Nuttapon Nimmanpatcharin, DEPA Director, said that Phuket Smart City Project has clear operations which can be divided into three phases as follows:
Phase 1: Applying Big Data to the data analysis process to turn the province into Smart City in various aspects such as Smart Economy, Smart Tourism, Smart Health and Smart Living. Smart City management emphasizes an integration of data acquisition in the form of statistical survey data and real-time data based on Internet of Things technology such as Sensor and CCTV as well as social media data analysis to enable the city to manage its data more intelligently.
Phase 2: e-Government which facilitates access to the government’s services, especially investment promotion, business startup, and approval process. It also provides an open data system among government agencies to enable policy data analysis and utilization for better management.
Phase 3: Enhancing Smart City’s sustainability by focusing on utilization from digital preparedness with the collaboration of the private sector and local organizations. DEPA will coordinate with CEO’s of each province, or governors, to plan for sustainable integration. The central government will manage infrastructure, content and Big Data, whereas local organizations that may be a province or city will be responsible for management and eService and eMarket place will be managed by stakeholders.
In addition, DEPA has created an ecosystem of Startups in Phuket to ensure the sustainable development of Smart City. These operations will result in stronger confidence, more investment, convenience and safety and attract more investors and flows of digital workers and Digital Talents overseas as well as promote exports via eLogistic, eMarketplace and ePayment.