Factor Effecting on Smart City Case Study of Tha Khong Municipality

  • Jaruwan Kittinaraporn Faculty of Mass Communication , Ramkhamhaeng University
Keywords: Smart city, Participatory Communication


        This study was a mixed methodology both quantitative and qualitative methods. These were 1) to study the factors that lead to smart city of Tha Khong Municipality and 2) To study the predictive factors affecting the development of Tha Khong Municipality community to Smart city

        The qualitative results found that 4 stakeholders found problems in common, including 1.The non-classified waste disposal / the waste area near the community 2.The roads are full of potholes 3.There is a lot of garbage in houses / riverside / roads, frequent power failure / water does not flow and air pollution from cars / trucks 4.Mental health problems of children / people in the community are not able to manage things in the community by yourself.

        However, they suggested that quantitative research results, researcher divided the data presentation into 2 parts;

        Part I: The analysis of the descriptive statistics found that the sample group agreed that various problems in the community affected the daily life of the people in the community at a high level. When considered in detail, the sample found the problem of having a lot of waste in houses / riverside / roadside affected the daily life the most, followed by the roads that were full of potholes and the next is to dispose of non-classified wastes / restricted areas near the community. The sample group agreed that should be resolved to be able to improve the quality of life and there are a channel to distribute products from the community, followed by the roads that were not full of potholes and the next one was less large truck / or limited time for trucks limited amount of time together with having appropriate waste disposal locations. In the next 5 years, the sample group agreed with the development of the community of Tha Khong Municipality to develop into a smart city. When examined in detail, it was found that the sample wanted to see the Tha Khong Munic- ipality community develop into a smart city in terms of waste management and waste disposal ethic were the most appropriate, followed by increasing the rights of local authorities / people in the community to have the power to manage various things in the community by themselves and later on was to develop and connect tourism routes in the community such as temples, museums, food markets, community shops etc.

        Part II: Inferential analysis found that 4 factors affecting of the community of Tha Khong Mu- nicipality in order to develop into smart city in the next 5 years consisted of 1) having proper waste disposal sites 2) having knowledgeable tourist sites such as museums 3) having internet signal which coveraged throughout the community and 4) having connecting routes to other provinces, which all 4 factors that could affect the development of community councils to develop into smart city in the next 5 years.


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