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HCM City, Vietnam scales up smart city development project

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The Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee has urged all its districts to conduct programmes on smart city development, with specific targets, roadmaps, and implementation measures suited to the characteristics of the individual locality.

According to a press release, in the first phase of its smart city development, the city selected districts 1 and 12 to pilot the project. There have been some accomplishments after more than two years, including the application of cutting-edge technologies in administration, the chairman of the committee claimed.

This was a crucial foundation for scaling up the project in the remaining 22 districts, he said in a meeting last week.

The committee is planning to set up a council to study the results of the project in the two districts to ensure effective implementation in other districts.

The 22 districts need to submit their programmes on smart urban development for approval by next month. Each district must exert all efforts to push up smart city initiatives to help the administration operate effectively and enhance people’s quality of life.

The chairman of the District 1 People’s Committee said the district has built a model intelligent operation centre that integrates eight systems: smart security camera system, smart firefighting system, smart urban administration, smart healthcare, smart education, smart tourism, online public services, and information security operations.

It also carried out digital transformation and interconnected information with the city management databases.

For online public services, District 1 has already adopted a non-paper registration process in various sectors such as economy, labour, internal affairs and education. Online registrations increased by four times last year, the chairman noted.

As part of the city’s smart city development project, District 12 has adopted a geographic information system (GIS) solutions for urban planning and environmental resource management, the chairman of its People’s Committee said.

It helps monitor land usage and detect illegal construction.

The district has improved administrative operations using administrative document management software, which allows the public to monitor administrative procedures in real-time, he added. It has also adopted online public services in various sectors.

The deputy director of the city information and communications department explained that the districts need to build co-ordinated data systems and connect their information with the city database.

Smart city development programmes in districts need to provide convenient public services to individuals and businesses.

Last month, the committee said AI would create the foundation for the smart city.

As OpenGov reported, the city has for many years spearheaded the country’s economic development, contributing 24% to its GDP, 18% of industrial production, and 16% of exports.

The rapid development of technologies during the fourth industrial revolution with technologies such as big data, AI, and the internet of things offer a great opportunity for the city to carry out its plans to become a smart city.

In collaboration with the World Bank, the city had organised a conference on domestic and international experiences in AI research and application last September, which made recommendations for building the foundation for an AI application eco-system in 2019 through 2025.

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