HCM City to study for­eign coun­ter­parts

Viet Nam News - - NATIONAL -

HCM CITY — HCM City should learn lessons from ma­jor cities in de­vel­oped coun­tries on how to be­come a smart city, speak­ers said at an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence held yes­ter­day in the city.

Nearly 200 del­e­gates, in­clud­ing those from the US, Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia, Thai­land and the Philip­pines, dis­cussed ways to help HCM City build a smart city.

David Koh, Sin­ga­porean re­searcher at the Cam­bo­dian In­sti­tute for Co­op­er­a­tion and Peace, said the Sin­ga­porean ap­proach could be adopted by HCM City.

“Open your door to tech­nolo­gies that can help you build a smart city,” he said. “A smart city is de­sired all over the world be­cause of a few im­per­a­tives: green­ness, com­pe­ti­tion, and ef­fi­ciency.”

The process to achieve a smart city can take many years. How­ever, even though a smart city will rely heav­ily on tech­nol­ogy, it might ig­nore or side­line the hu­man el­e­ment on which de­vel­op­ment should be cen­tered, ac­cord­ing to Koh.

“All of us are fa­mil­iar with an SMS sent from one room to the next when a brief walk to talk to the per­son would do,” he said.

Smart cities are driven by data col­lec­tion from dif­fer­ent types of sen­sors, in­clud­ing co-or­di­na­tion and in­te­gra­tion of dates and de­liv­er­ies to con­sumers, and mon­i­tor­ing of pub­lic ser­vices.

The suc­cess of smart cities will come from the will of the Gov­ern­ment to bring re­sources of dif­fer­ent de­part­ments and in­ter­ests to bear on de­vel­op­ment.

Good gov­er­nance is the most im­por­tant fac­tor in achiev­ing ef­fi­ciency, ac­cord­ing to Koh.

He noted that Sin­ga­pore had al­ways been on the cut­ting edge of trends, es­pe­cially tech­nol­ogy, which had been im­por­tant in its suc­cess and busi­ness growth.

Nguyeãn Thaønh Trung, vice chair­man of the Vieät Nam Father­land Front Com­mit­tee in HCM City, said that HCM City aimed to be­come a smart city in the near fu­ture by im­ple­ment­ing IoT (the In­ter­net of Things), Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence (AI) and Big Data.

The city faced chal­lenges such as flood­ing, traf­fic jams, un­sta­ble com­pet­i­tive­ness, in­ad­e­quate in­fra­struc­ture, and lim­ited re­sources for de­vel­op­ment, among oth­ers, he noted.

To be­come a smart city, the south­ern city should de­velop an open data ecosys­tem and build a cen­tre for the sim­u­la­tion of fore­casts for de­vel­op­ment strate­gies, as well as an in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity and safety cen­tre, ac­cord­ing to Trung.

Health­care, food safety, and so­cial order and safety will all ben­e­fit from a smart city ap­proach.

“It’s also im­por­tant to raise res­i­dents’aware­ness so they can pre­pare and adapt to live in a smart city,” he said.

Phan Thò Hoàng Xuaân, dean of the Fac­ulty of Ur­ban Stud­ies at the Univer­sity of So­cial Sciences and Hu­man­i­ties, said un­der a Gov­ern­ment plan, HCM City would be­come “a civilised, mod­ern and hu­mane city” with a high qual­ity of life.

Un­der the plan, the city’s Dis­tricts 2 and 9 will be de­vel­oped into “creative ur­ban ar­eas”.

Be­sides Sin­ga­pore, the city should learn from the ex­pe­ri­ences of Seoul, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Shang­hai in build­ing smart cities, she said.

Philippe Leonard, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Smart Cities Coun­cil of Europe, said: “A smart city is not a tech­no­log­i­cal is­sue. It’s about us­ing tech­nol­ogy to make a city smarter. A smart city im­proves the qual­ity of life.”

“Smart cities have res­i­dents who em­brace cre­ativ­ity and an in­clu­sive so­ci­ety and ad­vanced ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

“Such cities also in­clude smart mo­bil­ity (clean and non­mo­torised op­tions), smart econ­omy (in­no­va­tive en­trepreneur­ship), smart Gov­ern­ment (ap­pli­ca­tion of ICT and e-Gov­ern­ment) and smart liv­ing (green plan­ning and build­ing and green en­ergy),” he added.

Sin­ga­pore tar­gets be­com­ing a smart na­tion by 2030, Seoul by 2030, Bangkok by 2032, Kuala Lumpur by 2020, and Shang­hai by 2050.

Top Euro­pean smart cities in­clude Lon­don, Paris, Am­s­ter­dam, Geneva, Copen­hagen and oth­ers.

The sem­i­nar was or­gan­ised by the Vieät Nam Father­land Front Com­mit­tee in HCM City in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Vieät Nam Union of Friend­ship Or­gan­i­sa­tions, Vieät Nam-South­east Asia Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion and the Univer­sity of So­cial Sciences and Hu­man­i­ties. — VNS

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