Building smart cities – trend of Industry 4.0

Update: 16:53 | 16/07/2018
Vietnam has made progress in applying applications of the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) in various areas of life, including smart urban development.
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According to Le Quoc Huu, Chief Architect of Smart City of mobile network operator Viettel, the Vietnamese Party and Government have given clear directions on using the advantages of Industry 4.0 and developing information communication technology (ICT) infrastructure.

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Huu, who also joined a smart urban development project in Vietnam, said the Government has been stepping up the building of e-government recently.

Most public services are now online (88 percent), he said, adding that major ICT and telecom groups such as Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), Viettel, FPT and CMC Corporation have been setting up departments specialising in studying and developing technological applications and smart urban area solutions.

Vietnam has several advantages for the work, such as good telecommunication infrastructure and a high rate of internet users (54 percent of the country’s population).

In 2016, Vietnam ranked 79th among the 139 countries in networked readiness index (NRI) and stood third in terms of telecommunications affordability.

However, there are still difficulties in building smart urban areas, especially limited capital and lack of international standards, Huu said.

He referred to public-private partnerships as an effective way to mobilise social investment, particularly from enterprises, to build smart cities.

At the recent Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo 2018 in Ha Noi, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Vietnam is ready to overcome any challenges ahead, moving forward to grasp opportunities presented by Industry 4.0.

He said Vietnam has been researching new global technologies – such as the Internet of Things, big data and artificial intelligence – to improve its competitiveness and boost innovation.

To optimise opportunities and minimise negative impact of Industry 4.0, the Vietnamese Government is determined to build long-term plans and concrete policies. 

The country also needs the support of development partners, businesses and international experts with the wave of scientific-technological breakthroughs as well as its increasing integration into the world, he added.

Themed “Vision and Development Strategy in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the event was attended by Government officials and nearly 1,800 representatives from localities, domestic and foreign experts, businesses and embassies.

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(Source: VNA)