Trinh Thanh Thuy, Editor in Chief of Viet Nam News Viet Nam News While talks about The Fourth Industrial Revolution, smart cities and digital connection become trendy, Trinh Thanh Thuy suggests that we should make our existing communities smart first to ensure no one is left behind. People are talking industry 4.0 and 5.0, and of high flying, but in these efforts to build a smart digital environment a serious lack of attention is being paid to those on the ground, or more accurately, lack of orientation and measures for improving the life of those classified as poor and destitute. Even last week with the adoption of the ASEAN Smart Cities Framework by ASEAN leaders in Singapore, although it is quite comprehensive with beautiful concepts and promised “that no one is left behind”, the focus is mainly on the “urban centres”. Meanwhile at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Papua New Guinea with the theme … [Read more...] about Smart communities could be the smartest way forward
Why smart home is needed
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?
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
Last week we asked Viet Nam News readers to comment on a contentious plan by the Viet Nam Electricity Corporation to raise its prices if Viet Nam Coal and Mineral Industries Group was given permission to double its coal prices. Following are some comments received: Effe Mow, Singaporean, USA Next week: Because of Tet, the column will not run for a week. It will resume on February 19. Thank you for your co-operation over the last 12 months. We wish you health, happiness and success in the Year of the Tiger! Any price increase will have to be accompanied with measures to circumvent its effects. In Singapore subsidies are given to families on lower incomes to maintain social stability. The proposed increases in Viet Nam could harm business, but the Government must balance economic performance against social equity. When Singapore achieved independence in the 1960s, its government decided to maintain the ex-colony as an economic stronghold. To attract foreign investments, power at … [Read more...] about Residents need protection from big power price rises
Seminar seeks ways to develop organic vegetables The development of eco-friendly agriculture and ways to boost the production of organic vegetables were the major topics of a seminar held in Hanoi on May 8. The seminar was jointly held by the Vietnam Farmers’ Association (VFA) and the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development. Speaking at the event, VFA Vice President Ha Phuc Mich said organic agriculture is seen as the most effective way to ensure sustainability of the ecosystem and organic vegetables are a sought after agricultural product. Delegates at the event stressed the increasing consumption trend of organic vegetables worldwide, especially in developing countries, thanks to their benefits to human health and the environment. They also discussed a broad range of issues regarding the production of organic vegetables in Vietnam such as differences between the production of organic vegetables and their chemically grown counterparts, the … [Read more...] about SOCIETY IN BRIEF 9/5