Bangkok’s vision to use data on traffic and pollution

The large urban sprawl of Bangkok is home to 9 million people and cars. The city is one of ASEAN’s fastest growing and by 2020 it is expected to host another 2 million people. As it expands, urban challenges stress city resources, infrastructure and funding.

Dr. Supachai Tantikom, the Chief Resilience Officer of Bangkok is tasked with a monumental role – to build Bangkok’s resilience and ensure its continued prosperity. The key is to keep rethinking, he says. “The resilience is just lowering and keeps lowering on; a project you see today, it may be outdated in half a year.”

Infamous traffic congestion and deteriorating air quality are just two of the challenges he must address. 

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Apala Bhattacharya