Is IoT a problem solver or a problem creator in Vietnam – 26th Asia IoT Business Platform

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 12 Nov. 2018 – Asia IoT Business Platform has returned for the 26th edition of its industry IoT gathering in Ho Chi Minh City, with key local partner the University of Economics and Law (UEL). 

In 2017 at the 19th edition in Vietnam, key areas of discussion were improvement of private and public sector enterprise productivity, harnessing ICT to alleviate problems in dense cities and empowerment of a Smart City vision. 

In 2018, smart cities topics continue to be a major focus in digital transformation in Vietnam. Sentiments we heard from last year seem to be somewhat like those of this year. Undoubtedly, although the country has taken great initiatives to excel through smart cities and industry 4.0, development progression has been slow. Infrastructure compatibility and big data management were two pain points in 2017, and this year, cyber security issues seem to have made it to Vietnam’s list when it comes to enterprise digital adoption.

From left to right: Sarv Saravanan, Dr. Nguyen Quang Thanh, Dinh Duc Hung and Tran Quoc Thai at keynote panel discussion “Governments and Telcos Spearheading the Digital Wave – Current State of Development and Opportunities”

In the keynote panel discussion, when asked by keynote moderator Dell EMC the aspirations, enablement as well as the opportunities in Vietnam,

On a national level, Tran Quoc Thai, Deputy Director, Urban Development Agency (UDA) under Ministry of Construction, stated that the country’s determination to use urban development as “a source for changes and innovation, in technology and a new source for government in the coming years”. In the most recent “National Scheme for Sustainable Smart City Development In Vietnam to 2015 and to 2030” published in August 2018, Ministry of Construction has identified the top 7 priority tasks to complete by 2025:

  • Policy research
  • Setting up and maintaining urban database system
  • Developing smart urban planning
  • Attracting investment for smart city infrastructure development
  • Piloting smart city development
  • Promoting e-government
  • Capacity strengthening urban managers and professionals

On a city level, Dr. Nguyen Quang Thanh, Director of Department of Information & Communications of Da Nang felt that as a developing country, Vietnam is not in the right place to be using many advanced technologies offered by developed countries yet. He suggested that what the country really needed was the rise of more local entrepreneurs and the support of local solution providers to collaborate and overcome developmental challenges.

As telco provider, Dinh Duc Hung, Chief Representative Officer of Viettel Group mentioned to enable national and city level visions, infrastructure compatibility is extremely critical, giving credit to a good infrastructure system in Da Nang for the success of one of his smart city project implementations. 

From left to right: Nicholas Soon, Do Hoang Hai, Le Hoang Chau, Dr. Luan Quoc Hung at smart city panel discussion “The Vision of A Smarter Vietnam”

In the Smart City panel discussion moderated by DNV GL, when asked about a critical item Ho Chi Minh needs, Dr. Luan Quoc Hung, Director of Technical Department, EVNHCMC and Le Hoang Chau, Chairman of HCMC Real Estate Association both agreed that big data resources in utilities, environment and medical are important to build an all rounded smart city for citizens. In the utility industry, the 3 main area of investment for EVNHCMC now include data management, IoT and AI.

On the other hand, Do Hoang Hai, Head of Business & Planning, IT Center, Mobifone added that with the availability of data comes security issues and concerns. Enterprises which are looking into adopting IoT and other digital technologies in Vietnam should pay attention to risk management and adopt a systematic approach to managing the different levels in their enterprise infrastructure. 

Mr. Tran Vinh Tuyen, Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee at Government Keynote Address

To provide local stakeholders better understanding between business value and digital technology implementation, the conference featured international case studies covering topics including smart cities and industrial IoT. The conference will continue to welcome case studies from both abroad and local on 13 Nov., such as data-driven logistics services by Ninja Van Vietnam, smart urban mobility innovations by Catalan Government (Spain), IoT and security impacts on businesses by PayPal and many more.

We have seen similar anticipation in Vietnam as we had in Thailand when it comes to calling for collaborations to help the country build a stronger foundation to sustain the on-going developments for smart cities and industry 4.0. If you’re interested to learn more about the topics presented and the digital transformation business opportunities in Vietnam, please leave a comment below or email us at [email protected]

The event is supported by N’osairisDell EMCDNV GLNutanix, KeyReplyaddvalueASTWIDASDuosparkHexagonIntegroMacnica CytechMDSRobustelSTST EngineeringVertiv

Lynne Yang

12 November 2018

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