We are excited to welcome the Department of Information and Communications from Ha Noi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Duong and Hai Phong to our upcoming Asia IoT Business Platform, taking place on the 29-30 November in Hanoi, Vietnam. As they will be sharing their experience and future direction with regards to the respective smart city projects at the panel, here is a quick update to catch you up on the latest happenings in the soon-to-be smart cities in Vietnam.
As the first city in Vietnam to officially embark on the "smart city" project (before the term was cool), Danang collaborated with IBM in their "IBM Smarter Cities" programme to address social issues such as traffic jams and environmental pollution. Viettel recently signed a memorandum to help Danang further develop infrastructure for smart city solutions in areas such as: air control, water management, garbage collection and meteorology, energy, earthquake and tsunami warning, floods, erosion, sewage, lakes, dams and bridge management systems. Honeywell is another partner who has committed to Danang's vision of an environmentally green and sustainable smart city. Danang aims to be the first smart city of Vietnam by 2025.
Hồ Chí Minh City
The economic capital of Vietnam, HCMC, is on track to (also) become the first smart city of Vietnam. The city recently signed a deal with Altai Technologies and ETN Singapore to provide free WiFi for District 1 - the city's central business district. A smart city advisory board has been created, consisting of experts including Microsoft Vietnam, hoping to create a comprehensive strategy for the city to address issues such as flooding, traffic jam, education and healthcare.
The actual capital of Vietnam, Hanoi planned to invest USD 3 billion (in 2012) to develop the city into an "intelligent" city, focusing on transportation, healthcare, education, environment and urban development. 73% of public schools have been equipped with Internet connection to assist online learning, while trials for Intelligent Transport System have been in place. With the Metro line expected to be operational by 2020 and continuous urban transformations taking place, Hanoi is expected to continue its strategy to become Vietnam's intelligent capital city.
A small province 60 km to the west of Hanoi, Hai Duong is at the beginning stage of research for smart city solutions. Faced with similar problems as other cities such as traffic, environmental pollution, digitising government... Hai Duong's Department of Information and Communications is seeking consultancy and solutions from vendors and cities with more experience in the subject to formulate an applicable strategy for the city and its countryside.
Known for being a port city, Hai Phong is emerging as the new destination for foreign investment, attracting USD 2.66 billion in the first 8 months in 2016, 5 times higher than the same period last year. Key verticals of the city include mechanical manufacturing, shipbuilding, the support industry, seafood processing and the production of equipment, electronics, cement, steel, fertiliser and high-quality consumer goods. It has a long-term partnership with the International Cleantech Venture Finland, that helps the city with green energy, and the city continues to explore opportunities and case studies to come up with a more comprehensive smart city plan in the upcoming phase of development.
Get the opportunity to connect with officials from these cities and more in Hanoi at the end of November. Drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
UPDATE: we are looking for moderator for our Smart Cities panel, which features panellists from the abovementioned cities. Let me know if you are interested to lead this exciting discussion.