Smart city development shapes up to be one of the most ambitious plans for the capital city, Photo: Le Toan Nguyen Duc Chung, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, said that the capital is poised to become a smart city based on key technologies of Industry 4.0. To this end, besides state funding, the city will have to raise resources from the business community. “We will reclassify public services towards opening more opportunities for private investors to join in those services they are capable of offering, thus mobilising financial sources to feed the plan,” he said at last week’s Asia-Oceania Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO) Smart City Summit 2018 in Hanoi. “In addition, we plan to maximally outsource services related to software as well as infrastructure of technology businesses, from data centres and security services to channel and other services to raise resources and talents to serve our smart city development plan,” he added. … [Read more...] about Hanoi opens doors to smart city future
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Dang Hung Vo. — Photo dantri.com.vn Dang Hung Vo, former deputy minister of Natural Resources and Environment, speaks to the Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times) newspaper on the advantages of developing smarter and more sustainable urban areas. In your opinion, what benefits will the proposal to develop a smart and sustainable urban area bring about for the Vietnamese real estate market? Through this proposal, the Vietnamese Government wants to demonstrate its deep concern for the people’s quality of life and to more effectively utilise the country’s natural resources and the application of technology for the betterment of the Vietnamese people. When the people’s living conditions have been improved, it will become a driving force to promote the development of the real estate market and smart cities. Living in smart cities, inhabitants will enjoy a modern life with lower costs thanks to the application of artificial intelligence. In the field of … [Read more...] about Smart urban areas are right for VN
A few days ago, I got stuck in the middle of a traffic jam caused by a small marketplace on the roadside. I was suffocating when I heard some motorbike taxi drivers gossiping as they fidgeted with their phones. “Smartphones can now do lots of things, right? Even birth registration.” “They are building smart cities, men.” “Will smart cities make the traffic better?” The chit-chat was drowned out by the rumbling of motorbikes moving slowly like no-one was in a hurry. Then I was a bit astonished by what the motorbike drivers just said. It turns out the story of smart cities is spreading more widely than had been expected. It is not confined to the urban elites but has also become a talking point among ordinary citizens. Like how seaports used to mushroom in the recent past, building smart cities has become a fever from north to south, with workshops and seminars taking place in every corner. I have a feeling that cities are scrambling for fear of … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, cities are scrambling to be smart. But can it solve pressing problems?
Youths visit startup models (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – As Vietnam’s economic hub, Ho Chi Minh City boasts advantages to develop startups, with its science-technology resources accounting for 25 percent and the number of operating businesses taking up 50 percent of the country’s, while its labour productivity is 2.5 times higher than the national average. More than 760 startups are operating in the city, accounting for more than 42 percent of the country’s total. Among those, 49 percent have found sponsors and investors. According to experts, Vietnam ranks third in the number of startups in Southeast Asia. However, the social impact startup ecosystem lags behind compared to regional countries like Thailand and Malaysia. To solve this challenge, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Citi Foundation are implementing the “Youth Co: Lab Vietnam 2018” initiative. It aims to seek the next generation of … [Read more...] about HCM City wishes to lead in startup activities
Smart homes and smart cities do not need to be costlyBy Ngoc Tran Tan Kee Hau, Executive Director of Antik Technology – PHOTO: NGOC TRAN The Saigon Times had an interview with Tan Kee Hau, Executive Director of Antik Technology, a Slovak high tech company, on smart homes and smart cities. He was recently in HCMC for a new tech exhibition. The Saigon Times: What do you mean by smart homes? - Tan Kee Hau: In a smart home, today, you are able to control many home appliances using connected technology. Actually, you can also control them using TV to control. So, while you are sitting on the sofa watching TV, you can control your home appliances. If I am away from home, can I control those appliances via a smartphone? - It is possible. But you need the internet. Your smartphone needs to be connected to the internet. And you can control everything, even if you are 1,000, 10,000 kilometers away from home. Please give details. What are we controlling with your system? … [Read more...] about Smart homes and smart cities do not need to be costly