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IT businesses to support Hanoi in smart city development

Vietnamese information technology (IT) and telecommunications businesses have pledged to boost the development of Hanoi’s smart city, e-government, and database of land.

This is the commitment made by the tech firms at a meeting with Hanoi’s leaders and representatives from the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), a press release has stated.

At the meeting, Viettel, VNPT, CMC, and FPT introduced their services, which meet the orientations of the city’s authorities on IT and telecommunications development.

At the meeting, the Chairman of CMC, Nguyen Trung Chinh, said that Hanoi’s adoption of science and technology and IT are the driving force for development.

Domestic enterprises and large foreign tech groups also fully endorse this policy, the release said.

With its advantages of building smart surveillance camera systems, CMC is committed to making the city’s video surveillance system smarter for the efficient operation of the whole transport system of the capital city.

A representative from FPT said the business has piloted a smart traffic control centre in Ho Chi Minh City by connecting 200 stoplights into a smart network and is implementing this model in Hanoi on a trial basis.

It would be more effective connecting all traffic control centres at district level into one city-level centralised system. However, Hanoi has not been able to allocate funding for this purpose the representative noted.

The military-run Viettel group has considered Hanoi as its main client in the construction of telecommunications infrastructure and the provision of solutions for its application in the fields of IT, health, education, and e-government. Viettel hoped that a smart control centre model, successfully implemented by the company in the central city of Hue, would be replicated in Hanoi.

Support for Hanoi’s infrastructure

As the city’s digital infrastructure for smart city building has been in the early stages, Hanoi needs to improve its essential infrastructure, such as a data storage hub, connection and a digital network for city government transactions, CMC’s Chinh said.

FPT has also implemented a smart transport centre for Hanoi on a small scale due to a lack of funding. With enough financial resources, the group will be able to implement the model citywide.

Additionally, it can also help Hanoi build smart hospitals and solve security issues.

For its part, VNPT, another giant tech firm, said IT development for social insurance is another field in need of digitisation and that VNPT can support the city in social insurance digital conversion.

The Hanoi-based group also expressed hope to cooperate with the city in building a general architecture of IT applications from the city-level to that of district and ward on social insurance.

The country’s ICT industry posted an average annual growth of 26.1% in the 2015-2019 period, according to the latest report by MIC.

In the past five years, the industry has continued to be the major economic sector of the country, with an estimated revenue of US $110 billion in 2019, a year-on-year increase of 9.8%.

The ICT industry also contributed US $2.1 billion to the state budget and over 14% of total GDP, creating over one million jobs, as OpenGov reported earlier.

There are four concentrated ICT zones nationwide, of which three are operational, namely Quang Trung Software Park in Ho Chi Minh City, Danang Software Park in Danang, and Cau Giay IT Park in Hanoi with an occupancy rate of 95%.

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