All of HCM City’s 24 districts will have Internet of Things (IoT) broadcasting stations installed this month, making the city the first place in Viet Nam to be fully covered with an IoT network.
IoT is a system of interrelated computing devices and machines with the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.
Connected devices, smart devices and others are embedded with electronic components, software, and sensors with computer network connection capability, making it possible for them to collect and transmit data. According to domestic newspapers, Military telecom giant Viettel Group is set to announce the completion of IoT and 5G infrastructure helping HCM City become a smart city.
Around 1,000 Narrow Band – Internet of Things (NB-IoT) broadcasting stations have been activated, covering the whole city, the media reported. NB-IoT technology is capable of disconnecting a device when it is inactive. Thus, the contact time of the terminal is extended to five years without the need for changing the battery.
Viettel is also accelerating the process of developing a platform using NB-IoT technology-related services for its customers. It will perform services like smart parking, air quality monitoring, location tracking, and metering devices.
With IoT technology developing strongly, other provinces and cities in the country will also have full NB-IoT coverage soon.
Viettel was quoted on Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times) as saying that after HCM City it would cover Ha Noi. Nearly 500 NB-IoT broadcasting stations have been installed and activated in Cau Giay District and some suburban districts.
Tao Duc Thang, deputy general director of Viettel, said the company planned to take IoT technology to every province and city in the country. "Successful deployment of NB-IoT is how we realise Viettel's mission, demonstrating our commitment and effort to create a smarter society."
Viettel is not the only company in the race to offer IoT technology to customers, with several service studying and developing infrastructure for it.
VNPT is investing in IoT by developing a Smart Connected Platform, and hopes to serve customers in smart transportation, smart tourism and smart agriculture.