Nguyen Huu Tuat, founder and CEO of FastGo Vietnam Trailblazing in foreign markets To this day, Nguyen Huu Tuat, founder and CEO of FastGo Vietnam, is still gripped by an unshakeable sense of pride when recalling the app’s roll-out event in Myanmar in late December 2018. This was a significant leap for the truly Vietnamese ride-hailing app which only came into being in mid-June 2018, making it the very first local firm in the field to drop anchor in a foreign market. FastGo was launched in the middle of last year by FastGo Vietnam, which belongs to privately-held NextTechGroup, after three years of software development and incubation. Its launch was hailed by market observers as a smart move in the right time to make use of good market conditions after Uber withdrew (March 2018) and drivers and customers were looking for more options. “The Vietnamese ride-hailing market is very up-and-coming and might reach billions of US dollars and promises robust development. That … [Read more...] about FastGo: Quick steps on home ground, solid steps in foreign turf
Why smart home is needed
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
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
In one or two years, 5G technology will be ready for deployment in Viet Nam, according to Ericsson’s head of network solutions in Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. Speaking at a seminar in HCM City on Friday, Lars Werner said that 5G is the next step in the evolution of mobile communications and will be a key component of the networked society. Previous generations of mobile networks addressed consumers predominantly, while 5G will serve consumers and multiple industries. 5G offers massively improved data throughput, low-power networks to support Internet of Things (IoT) and much lower latency (the delay between sending and receiving signals) to enable clever remote-control scenarios. 5G also provides wireless connectivity for a wide range of new applications and use cases, including wearables, smart homes, traffic safety/control, critical infrastructure, industry processes. As a result, it will also accelerate the development of the IoT. For instance, 5G networks offer … [Read more...] about Viet Nam to get 5G in two years