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NUS and ST Engineering are collaborating on a S$9 million, multi-year advanced digital technologies research programme to further their common goals of building a people-centric, smart future for Singapore and beyond.

Research efforts of this new programme will focus on technologies related to Smart Cities covering five areas: resource optimisation and scheduling; prescriptive analytics; decision and sense-making; reasoning engine and machine learning; as well as digital twin.

The research areas are aligned with NUS’ efforts as a driving force behind smart city innovations, leveraging its deep expertise that crosses over multiple domains and faculties.

Professor Chen Tsuhan, NUS Deputy President, Research & Technology, said, “This new collaboration will combine NUS’ expertise in the science of cities with ST Engineering’s industry knowledge to co-create people-centric Smart City solutions that will form the foundational systems to bring about not just impactful, but radical, change to the lives of people in Singapore and the world.”

The two key research projects are:

Enterprise Digital Platform (EDP)
As the backbone of smart city solutions, the EDP is a flexible, modular and scalable artificial intelligence (AI) platform that will support all the AI methodological areas, enabling the synthesis of disparate data sources and other internal or external systems, to orchestrate cross-vertical data and insights from customers and partners.

All AI models derived from research projects under this programme will be integrated onto a common AI engine stacked within the EDP, paving the way for future-ready platforms that catalyse technology transformation and create new information-based revenue streams.

Urban Traffic Flow Management
In this project, researchers develop algorithms tot alleviate traffic congestion by using a holistic urban traffic flow smoothening approach based on traffic data analytics and AI technologies.

Examples include traffic state estimation and prediction, in addition to effective active traffic control and management strategies identification and implementation.

This will have future applications as autonomous vehicle technologies, 5G infrastructure and machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies start to mature and proliferate.

These research areas support ST Engineering’s focus on developing differentiated and people-centric, smart city solutions that meet the present and future needs of cities around the world.

“This collaboration with NUS will allow us to delve deeper into the application of AI in new domains to catalyse the pipeline of next-generation technologies and solutions that address the evolving urban challenges that cities will continue to face,” said Mr Harris Chan, Chief Digital Officer and Chief Technology Officer at ST Engineering.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology’s Digital Hub in Zamboanga City recently bagged the champion prize for the e-employment category of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2020. The hub was selected as one of 72 champion entries out of over 800 competitors from around the globe.

According to a press release, the award was given to DICT’s Mindanao Cluster 1 (MC1) Digital Hub, which serves as a learning, innovation, and co-working space facility and is open to the public round-the-clock. The Field Operations Office of DICT MC1 covers the Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, and the Zamboanga Peninsula, where the hub is located.

The digital hub project team was instrumental in this achievement for MC1, with Hub Manager Lanie Maturan at the helm, Dario Avergonzado as the Trainer, and Angel Chua as Communications Officer, the release noted. The hub aims to achieve three main goals:

  • Provide access to ICT resources and opportunities
  • Provide training on ICT skills
  • Provide a facility for digital workers

Director Maria Teresa M. Camba stated that through the champion project, the department was able to equip thousands with ICT skills to land online jobs wherever they are, even at home. The department’s efforts to empower the countryside with digital skills are reaping huge benefits, especially now that it is more advantageous to work from home.

In 2019, the hub served over 2,500 users and trained more than 700 users with digital skills training since its creation. The facility likewise allows freelance workers to earn a collective sum of PH₱ 1.5 million (US$ 30,983) per month to uplift the local economy.

The Digital Hub is the only entry from the Philippines awarded as champion, after successfully passing the stages from nominations for the shortlist and the final voting process. “We are proud of this achievement and are pleased that our solutions had been recognised by industry leaders, practitioners, and peers as a viable ICT solution for sustainable development. We promise to live up to the expectations of the global community to develop and implement smarter solutions as we hone the benefits of the digital economy for our citizens,” the DICT Secretary, Gregorio B. Honasan II, said.

The country has announced its plan to go completely digital through its Full Digital Transformation Act of 2020, which mandates all government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), instrumentalities, and local government units (LGUs) to adopt a digital plan that aligns with the Philippine Digital Transformation Strategy 2022.

OpenGov Asia reported that the bill promotes a zero-contact policy and facilitates the ease of procedures. It is meant to streamline government services in accordance with the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018, the Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop Act, and several other related laws. Further, the e-Gov Master Pan and the related e-Gov and Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) programs have been launched to integrate digital technologies and improve the delivery of services.

As the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for digital transformation in governance is urgent. Contract tracing and the distribution of aid would be more efficient if data were harmonised and digital systems put in place more comprehensively, which is what the proposed bill aims to do.

State-owned network provider Viettel’s Laos unit, Unitel, was honoured with two prizes including the Innovation in Public Administration Services and the Innovation in Consumer Products and Services at the 2020 Asia Pacific Stevie Awards.

The awards recognise Unitel for expanding new services and updating technologies to support the Laos Government during its digital transformation. The Laos Ministry of Science and Technology chose Unitel to act as a consultant to build e-government and smart healthcare projects. The agreements were under its national digital transformation strategy.

Additionally, Unitel has handed over a civil status management program to the Lao Ministry of Home Affairs. According to a press release, thanks to this program, all citizenship data has been uploaded to the system, improving the capacity to manage data and information about people, and helping reduce administrative procedures. This is the first time that Laos has implemented the management of electronic civil status instead of the registration of civil status as before.

Unitel was the first unit licensed by the Central Bank of Laos to officially deploy mobile money and is also the only company developing this service in the country, offering a new secure and quick payment method for more than six million people. This field is expected to generate 30-50% of Unitel’s telecoms revenue in the future.

The General Director of Unitel, Lưu Mạnh Ha noted that with the advantages of digital transformation in Vietnam and Peru, Unitel has quality resources to bring a better life to the people in Laos. In the first half of the year, with financial revenue reaching 101% of the plan, Unitel continued to be the top telecom company in Laos, accounting for 57% of the market share.

Founded in October 2009, the Viettel subsidiary operates across all 17 provinces and cities in Laos and has led the market for eight consecutive years. It is also the Laos government’s partner in implementing the country’s key e-government systems.

Last year, Viettel planned to roll out 5G technology in Laos. This was Vietnam’s third overseas launch of the service. The country aims to expand this list to four Southeast Asian nations. Viettel had been testing 5G in Myanmar and Cambodia through local arms.

As OpenGov Asia reported, Unitel became the first operator to offer the 5G technology in Laos. In 2019, Unitel boasted 6,000 3G and 4G base stations, covering 95% of the country. It commanded more than half the local market with about 3 million subscribers. In February 2019, Unitel helped introduce SIM cards to Laos, which led the country to rank 7th out of 10 ASEAN member states in terms of advanced telecommunications services.

In the same year, Viettel broadcast its first end-to-end 5G network in Ho Chi Minh City, offering the public a chance to experience 5G services for the first time. The organisation said it had set up 5G base stations in Ward 12 in the city’s District 10.

This year, following Vietnam’s digital transformation plan, both 4G and 5G mobile network services and smart mobile phones will be universalised, and more than half of the country’s population will be making use of electronic forms of payment.

Open Gov Asia recently had the opportunity to speak with the Co founder of RESYNC, a cloud-based energy management solution, Dr Jyantika Soni. RESYNC have been shortlisted for this years DBS Foundation Social Impact Prize at the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (LKYGBPC) will be awarded to the most innovative business plans / start-ups / early-stage ventures that address pertinent urban challenges faced by cities of today.

“The grid and buildings are evolving faster than ever, with localised generation using solar on their rooftops, electric vehicles in their parking, dynamic pricing from the grid, and a ton of data that can be collected without knowing how it can be utilised. The more troublesome thing is one user is seldom the same as another.”

RESYNC looked at how the grid was changing in areas which lack infrastructure and other expanding urban areas such as Singapore. They looked at diversification and the huge reliance on unsustainable sources of energy and the changing dynamics in the grid required a modern solution and that’s when RESYNC was incepted.

“We saw that multiple mixes of energy in the ecosystem can be very disruptive to the grid and at RESYNC we’re trying to solve that using an AI driven energy cloud which will ensure reliability and resilience to whatever source you are connected to” said Dr Soni.

This is where RESYNC comes in and solves the problem with a simple goal in mind. They figure out how to run a customer’s energy system at the lowest cost possible while maintaining reliability and sustainability when or if applicable. Taking into account your energy assets, both generating like solar and battery and consuming like air-conditioning and electric vehicles, grid pricing, and your appetite to keep your energy supply carbon neutral.

“It is not just about controlling where your energy is coming from but how you are consuming it as well” added Dr Soni

Our machine learning algorithms figure out your evolving consumption patterns and run it through an optimization algorithm to run your electrical systems at optimal cost and energy-efficiency. Using our on-ground real-time control, we provide action on the insights generated by the machine learning algorithms. And all of this can be visualized and analysed from our platform.

RESYNC provides sustainable solutions through forecasting, load shifting and developing a long term energy saving plan.

It is extremely important to forecast and to understand the demand profile of the business. If the only way you get to know about your peak usage is through your electricity, then you are already too late to take corrective actions. It’s essential to be able to forecast, with reasonable accuracy, your maximum consumption.

Load Shifting – with an established platform of ongoing measurement and management, businesses can take energy savings to the next level. Most business have peak as well as off-peak hours. By spreading the electricity usage over longer durations, businesses can lower their maximum energy demand. And RESYNC’s Energy management system solution will help automate this process without compromising on the operating activities.

A comprehensive long-term energy saving plan enables much better capital investment decisions. Armed with detailed data and realistic energy consumption estimates, managers can rationally weigh the benefits of energy-efficient new equipment versus their purchase costs and other related expenses  such as decommissioning and disposal cost, production downtime, etc.

Business continuity through the pandemic and future plans

The business has been successful even during the pandemic, “the plug and play aspect really plays to our advantage especially during these times when movements are really restricted but the technology is not.” They are able to ship the product and bring customers on remotely

RESYNC are involved in many projects across Asia such as India Singapore and Indonesia. They operate in the B2B area selling technology to reliable energy developers, for example, Sembcorp in Singapore. Many of the companies they are working with already work with government to improve real time energy efficiency. So far they have been making strides towards many strategic partnerships with utility providers in the region.

In the future they hope to expand to Europe and further in Middle East. They are currently in discussions in the Middle East, regarding energy monitoring for smart buildings. In Europe they have been a finalist for Seedstars and they have deservedly been  a recipient of many awards internationally. And now shortlisted for this years DBS Foundation Social Impact Prize.

In the first quarter of 2020, the Department of Justice Western Australia awarded a tender to MFS to roll out their new Workforce Management System over a 12-month period. This new workforce management platform, powered by a proprietary cloud-based system, allows for replacing rostering and time and attendance processes to be replaced with a single, seamless solution.

The advanced scheduling programme will be rolled out to over 3000 employees at correctional centres and support locations throughout the state. The new suite will help the Department manage Prison Officers, Youth Custodial Officers and Nurses as well as have the ability to expand it to other employee groups on demand.

Matthew Negus from the Department of Justice Western Australia said the aim was to “reduce the department’s reliance on manual forms, provide staff with a system to set their availability for extra shifts, view rostered shifts, request swaps, and book leave whilst providing management clarity and ensuring our people are paid accurately and on time”.

To achieve this, the department explored contemporary, market-leading workforce management solutions that would facilitate compliance with multiple complex industrial awards, agreements and departmental policies. The package had to cater to the special needs of their 17 unique facilities and also be scalable to adapt to future changes.

The legal system has been also working in other areas to adopt tech-enabled initiatives to bring about efficiencies and safety.

Electronic filing in the civil jurisdiction of the Magistrates Court has been made available and includes filing documents on matters commenced prior to this March. There are some exclusions to this initiative that include Restraining Order applications, Extraordinary Driver’s Licence applications and Protection and Care matters.

The Court’s ECMS is the electronic case management system for managing proceedings in all Western Australian courts and tribunals and is available through the eLodgment system on the eCourts Portal for use by the legal profession, government agencies and self-represented litigants.

Proceedings in the Court’s civil jurisdiction are commenced by filing originating documents. Once commenced other documents can also be filed using the ECMS. Filing fees are paid online and all court orders and listings can be accessed electronically by parties to the proceedings.

Benefits of eLodgment include the ability to lodge civil procedure applications and forms electronically; access court documents and court orders 24/7; view online all civil procedure matters that individuals or clients are linked to and receive court documents and court orders electronically.

In other developments, the Victorian Government has joined the Commonwealth Government’s National Driver Licence Facial Recognition Solution. The National Driver Licence Facial Recognition Solution (NDLFRS) will protect Victorians from identity theft, prevent crime and improve road safety and ID verification. The Victorian data uploaded to the NDLFRS technology will be available to approved Victorian Government agencies for use.

Under an Intergovernmental Agreement, the states and territories agreed in October 2017 to participate in the Commonwealth Government’s NDLFRS to share and match identity information – although none have yet signed onto the scheme in full.

The NDLFRS is hosted on a Department of Home Affairs platform. It is part of the Commonwealth Government’s national Identity Matching Services. The Identity Matching Services helps prevent identity crime, one of the most common crimes in Australia. The Identity Matching Services help organisations to verify identity in a way that is secure, fast and private.

The Belt and Road Advanced Professional Development Programme in Power and Energy (the Programme), organised for the third consecutive year by the Silk Road International School of Engineering (SRISE) in partnership with power corporations from Mainland China and Hong Kong, was completed on 2 September 2020.

SRISE was set up jointly by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU) in 2017, to promote collaboration in higher education and scientific research among the Belt and Road countries and regions, Mainland China and Hong Kong, and to nurturing diversified talents for global development.

The theme for this year’s programme was “High-quality, Sustainable, Resilient Power Grid for Green and Smart Living”. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, a series of web-based activities including talks and interactive webinars hosted by experts from State Grid, XJTU, PolyU and HK Electric was launched in mid-August to replace field trips and seminars held before.

Despite participants being unable to visit the power facilities in person, they benefited from the convenience of the internet to connect and interact with speakers and participants, and to share the latest industry knowledge of power and energy.

A total of 12 talks and webinars were held during the eight-day training, attracting a record of nearly 150 industry professionals from 26 countries and regions, including senior executives from enterprises and government agencies, as well as veteran academics and researchers.

Since all activities were held online, we were able to accommodate more participants this year than in the past. Countries/regions that they represent include: Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau; participants from European countries included in the Belt and Road initiative, such as Romania, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Ukraine, as well as Brazil, Chile, Panama, Russia, South Africa and Nigeria also joined the event via the internet.

The three-year programme has generated over 5,300 hours of interaction, establishing a communication platform which connects power and energy managers from among the Belt and Road countries/regions. Additionally, the programme has contributed to nurturing future industry leaders and has facilitated the urban development of the countries/regions involved.

The Programme aims to support the Belt and Road Initiative and respective policies of the Nation and Hong Kong by strengthening relations, knowledge exchange and collaboration among the Belt and Road countries and regions; serving as a platform for technology exchange between industry professionals and researchers, and as a driving force to foster collaboration between governments and enterprises.

Moreover, the aim is to enhance the electricity infrastructure of the Belt and Road countries and regions to promote integration with international standards.

The Chief Secretary for Administration of the HKSAR Government stated that in Hong Kong enterprises and professionals have been participating in several Belt and Road energy projects, both in the traditional electricity generation sector as well as in renewable energy production and smart grid.

The HK government is keen to see more of the city’s multi-talents joining hands with their Belt and Road counterparts. They are confident that there are ample opportunities for collaboration in the energy services sector and the wider context of capacity building.

The Dean of Faculty of Engineering of PolyU concluded the three-year programme stating that electricity is a major energy source; it is pivotal for a country or region to maintain its sustainability and stability. PolyU is committed to combining the expertise and industry experience of universities in Mainland China and Hong Kong, working towards effective knowledge transfer.

As the university excels in the engineering discipline, they will continue to contribute expert knowledge to support the training of professionals from the Belt and Road countries and regions.

The Vice President, Xi’an Jiaotong University remarked that the Belt and Road Advanced Professional Development Programme in Power and Energy’ was the debut university-industry collaboration project coordinated by the Silk Road International School of Engineering.

Over three years, more than 200 professionals in power and energy sector across the globe have been trained in both theory and practice.

The Managing Director of HK Electric stated that to combat climate change and promote a green future for Hong Kong, HK Electric will build 3 new gas-fired generating units with the first one already commissioned earlier this year. In addition, they have launched a ‘Virtual Reality Training Centre’ which simulates a real working environment by using virtual reality technology. Engineers can learn and share their experiences with industry counterparts from Belt and Road countries and regions through this year’s theme talks held online.

The DBS Foundation Social Impact Prize at the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (LKYGBPC) will be awarded to the most innovative business plans of start-ups or  early-stage ventures that address pertinent urban challenges faced by cities of today.

In addition to the evaluation criteria for the LKYGBPC, qualifying applications for the DBS Foundation Social Impact Prize are also assessed on:

  • Clear identification of the social / environmental problem
  • Creativity in addressing the identified challenge statement and stakeholders involved
  • Ability to measure the social / environmental impact created
  • Scalability and sustainability of solution and impact

The award worth SGD 150,000 includes prize money of up to SGD 100,000 and post-competition support, such as:

  • Access to DBS Foundation’s capacity building programmes
  • Brand awareness and marketing features on DBS Foundation’s website, brand campaigns, media stories etc.
  • Use of DBS premises when in Singapore for launch or community events
  • Network and connection to DBS Foundation’s social enterprise alumni community and partners

One of the start-ups to be shortlisted this year is SenzIQ Pte Ltd.

OpenGov recently had the opportunity to have a virtual chat with three of its founders Mr Azeem Khan, Mr CH Kong and Professor Rajesh Balan to find out more about their solution, its technology, how their products will improve sustainability, and plans for the future.

Back to where it all began

SenzIQ Pte Ltd has an interesting story, it all began with researchers at the Singapore Management University’s (SMU) LiveLabs Urban Lifestyle Innovation Platform, or LiveLabs for short.

LiveLabs was launched on 5 November 2012 and was funded by the National Research Foundation Singapore and run via the Interactive Digital Media Programme Office.

LiveLabs was conceived as a testbed to trial research prototypes in real-life environments. It ran for seven years, from 2012 until 2019

Among the technologies developed at LiveLabs, the one that received the most traction was the LiveLabs Indoor Location Tracking & Analytics solution, which allows venue operators to conduct indoor analytics of how people move inside indoor spaces using just Wi-Fi.

They have turned data from smartphones, wearable devices and the physical environment into powerful insights using advanced sensor technology and real-time analytics.

The technology from LiveLabs is now entering a new phase, in the form of a new startup founded by Professor Balan to commercialise the technology, called SenzIQ Pte. Ltd. Professor Balan is the former LiveLabs co-director, and is SMU Associate Professor of Information Systems.

Understanding how people move through spaces

Mr CH Kong, CMO of SenzIQ says it has one mission: “help businesses understand how people move through their spaces”.

To do this they can track each individual’s movement across space and time in an indoor location. This data is aggregated to understand how people utilise and move indoors.

SenzIQ is an Indoor Location Tracking & Analytics solution, which allows venue operators to conduct indoor analytics of how people move inside indoor spaces using just Wi-Fi.

The solution provides both retrospective insights, such as heat maps, visit durations and group sizes; and predictive insights, such as the locations they are likely to visit next.

The Technology

The system utilizes the enterprise Wi-Fi networks of businesses to monitor the location of Wi-Fi based devices such as mobile phones and laptops.

The technology uses public Wi-Fi networks to track the location of smartphones in real-time as they move around. The data is fed back to a dashboard that building owners can then use to understand how people interact with the space and manage their operations and logistics accordingly.

The devices are a proxy for the person in most cases therefore tracking the Wi-Fi device provides an insight into the movement of the person carrying that device.

The unique proposition of the technology is that it is a pure software play, and this enables it to work with most enterprise Wi-Fi networks without infrastructure augmentation or modification.

Optimising buildings and office spaces and analysing traffic flow at events

Based on this technology, they have developed two separate products. One deals with space analytics and the other with event analytics.

The space analytics product helps offices understand the usage of key spaces such as meeting rooms, suggests measures to improve the utilization based on actual occupancy and proactively implement approved measures.

“For example, in a university, it is very important to figure out where to put your seminar rooms, meeting rooms and study spaces, and to know whether your meeting rooms are underutilised or over utilised,” Professor Balan said.

The event analytics product helps event organizers study, compare and contrast and run what-if analysis of layouts and movement traffic patterns during events.

Since both products are part of the workflows of the businesses utilizing them, it is expected these products to become a key component in the value.

With the use of these technologies, venue partners such as malls, convention centres, office campuses and airports, will enable businesses to customize and deliver relevant location specific messages to their customers.

This personalized location specific incentives allow customers market leadership through innovative technology driven solutions.

“From our own research and research papers published by Gartner and others, we know this is likely to be a potentially huge market worldwide. Indoor location tracking technologies alone is estimated to be worth USD $12B by 2021.”

“So far the technology has been deployed in major university campuses in Singapore, including SMU, in malls as well as at the Suntec Convention Centre, and at tourist attractions such as the Singapore National Museum and on Sentosa Island”, said Professor Balan Rajesh, Co-Founder, SenzIQ Pte Ltd.

Space optimisation driving sustainability

By analysing the use of public and private spaces, ‘Smart Buildings’ can use these data insights to reduce energy consumption, optimise the functionality of the space and identify opportunities to make the building more productive and efficient. This all leads to creating more sustainable spaces and buildings.

This is an attractive solution to organisations wanting to reduce their carbon footprint, to building developers wanting to reduce costs and create a more sustainable option, and for many existing large premises wanting to better understand how they can use their space more effectively and efficiently.

The next stage

Years of research has been done, many  many years of expertise has been invested into the technology, the products and now starting the business – the next stage now is to accelerate the solution to market.

With the HSBC-SMU Sustainability & Innovation Grant, the funding can be used to do just that – fast track the SenzIQ journey to developing their sustainable solution and business model.

The Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA) officially launched the Vietnam Smart City Award 2020, on 7 September.

According to a press release, the award promises to contribute to accelerating the construction and development of sustainable smart cities in Vietnam as well as to the process of national digital transformation, the realisation of goals and orientations, and state guidelines and policies. The Vietnam Smart City Award will be held annually starting from 2020.

The Vietnam Smart City Award 2020 aims to honour and encourage the units that have been contributing to making the cities of Vietnam smart. The award also creates a driving force for technological innovations in parallel with the innovation of mechanisms and policies to help cities become more valuable, vibrant, and competitive through sustainable development, the release noted.

The award will cover four groups, including:

  • Cities belonging to six types of urban centres in Vietnam, according to the provisions of Decree No. 42/2009 / ND-CP
  • Real estate projects, urban areas, and smart buildings
  • Business parks
  • Technology solutions for smart cities, real estate projects, and industrial zones.

The units participating in the Vietnam Smart City Awards 2020 will undergo three rounds of evaluation and voting, including the preliminary selection, presentations and actual assessment, and general selection.

The evaluation council is comprised of prestigious and highly qualified experts from the Ministry of Construction, the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and senior experts in the fields of planning, architecture and construction, management, socioeconomics, technology, telecommunications, innovation startups, and journalism.

The Chairman of VINASA, Truong Gia Binh, said that smart cities are one of the best ways to serve people and businesses. The Smart City Award has been organised to encourage and motivate the building of smart cities in Vietnam. This will also be an important launch pad to promote economic and social development.

The Vietnam Smart City Award 2020 will receive applications from now until 10 October. The awarding ceremony is expected to be held on 17 November, during the 2020 Vietnam Smart City Summit.

Earlier in August, Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Information and Communications signed an agreement with the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) on technical assistance to build a smart city operations centre.

The signing took place at the Ho Chi Minh City – US Business Summit: Driving Partnerships and Innovation for the Future. The event was co-held by the Municipal People’s Committee, the US Consulate General, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (AmCham), HCM City Chapter, as OpenGov Asia had reported.

The smart city operations centre is among four pillars in a plan to transform Vietnam’s southern economic hub into a smart city in the 2017-2020 period and with a vision towards 2025. It is the centre of control, or the “brain”, of a smart city. It will collect and analyse real-time data and information to help decision-makers govern, plan, and shape the future development of HCM City.

The project on technical assistance for the building of the smart city will be carried out by US-based Winbourne Consulting. It has a total investment of more than US$ 1.4 million, close to US$ 1.2 million will be provided by the USTDA in the form of non-refundable aid, while the remainder will come from Winbourne Consulting, according to the agreement.

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