Be­ing smart and get­ting it right in the city

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HAØ NOIÄ — Af­ter work­ing the fields of science and tech­nol­ogy for more than two decades, award-win­ning Dr Nguyenã Thò Thanh Nhanø knows only too well the so-called smart city sys­tem is noth­ing new.

The model has al­ready been tried and tested in many coun­tries. But the se­cret is get­ting it right in the sur­round­ings where it will be cre­ated. Then watch­ing it evolve, ma­ture and grow into the best smart city that fills the needs of the com­mu­nity it serves.

Af­ter at­tend­ing many con­fer­ences and work­shop on smart cities or smart na­tions, Nhaøn re­alised that most of the mod­els can­not clar­ify how they ben­e­fit dif­fer­ent groups of peo­ple in the so­ci­ety, or even when they can, they can­not do it thor­oughly. There has been al­most no in­struc­tion on the im­ple­men­ta­tion in de­tails as well.

“In Vieät Nam, there are some places where smart man­age­ment mod­els of traf­fic, health care and ed­u­ca­tion are ap­plied, but there has been no syn­chronous and in­te­grated sys­tem,” Nhaøn said.

“That’s why I built a smart na­tional model based on the specifics of sup­port­ing fea­tures for dif­fer­ent ben­e­fi­cia­ries, and an­a­lysed the so­lu­tions to be im­ple­mented to re­alise the model of smart na­tion.”

Af­ter lots of toss­ing and turn­ing at night as well as se­ri­ous re­search and de­vel­op­ment, Nhaøn came up with what she hopes will an­swer all the ques­tions raised.

“Cov­er­ing the con­nec­tiv­ity model is the wide range of smart util­ity and ap­pli­ca­tions based on big data, real-time in­for­ma­tion, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, pre­dic­tive an­a­lyt­ics.

“These all form an in­te­grated man­age­ment cen­tre at all lev­els, re­al­is­ing the multi-di­men­sional in­ter­ac­tion model and ben­e­fits to more than 20 groups.”

Ex­plain­ing her con­cept, Nhaøn said these groups in­clude lead­ers, man­agers, pro­fes­sional agen­cies, re­searchers, doc­tors, pa­tients, teach­ers, stu­dents and vis­i­tors.

In fact, she said, just about peo­ple from all walks of life.

“The world has al­ready ap­plied the smart na­tional model for a while, our job is to learn ex­pe­ri­ence and put into prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tion,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Nhaøn, her sys­tem has many dif­fer­ent parts based on the ex­pe­ri­ence of pro­grammes that have been suc­cess­fully ap­plied in many coun­tries around the world in­clud­ing Is­rael, some Euro­pean coun­tries, South Korea and Sin­ga­pore.

“I even stud­ied failed mod­els to make sure I didn’t make the same mis­takes,” she said.

Nhaøn’s model even­tu­ally built a smart na­tion where peo­ple would be able to di­rectly use all pub­lic ser­vices, free train­ing pro­grammes and spe­cial poli­cies that give pri­or­i­ties to the peo­ple.

Peo­ple’s is­sues and spe­cific rec­om­men­da­tions to the Gov­ern­ment can be re­solved with­out wast­ing time wait­ing for cum­ber­some pro­ce­dures.

Stu­dents in ev­ery corner of the coun­try will ben­e­fit from en­roll­ment in kinder­garten to univer­sity pro­grammes, or in­stead of exam prepa­ra­tion classes, they can take classes on­line with the best teach­ers, be able to find sam­ple lessons, prac­tise exam ques­tions.

And if that’s not enough, the sys­tem can even self score and self as­sess. Doc­tors and pa­tients will have a sim­i­lar di­ag­nos­tic in place, link­ing them to ex­perts across the globe.

Nhanø said AIC has made the stepby-step sched­ules for dif­fer­ent phases.

“It’s im­pos­si­ble to say a big, am­bi­tious plan can be im­ple­mented in a short pe­riod of time.

“But we are striv­ing so that in 2019 some ba­sic util­i­ties will be de­ployed in some spe­cific ar­eas,” Nhaøn said.

“Im­ple­ment­ing the smart coun­try model will cre­ate a break­through for Vieät Nam in the fu­ture, and es­pe­cially for those in so­ci­ety who ben­e­fit from what I would like to do.”

Nhaøn’s hard work has been paid off as the model has won the World’s Best Smart Na­tional Con­cept and Model award at the Global Smart Cities Con­test 2018 in Lon­don ear­lier this month.

Ac­cord­ing to the World’s Smart Cities Or­gan­i­sa­tion, the In­sti­tute of Con­trol Sciences of the Rus­sian Academy of Sciences and the Nor­mandy French Tech as­so­ci­a­tion, who judged the con­test, Nhaøn’s model stood out from other 300 en­tries be­cause of its com­pre­hen­sive sys­tem that con­nects cen­tral agen­cies, min­istries and cities with grass­roots es­tab­lish­ments like schools, hos­pi­tals and busi­nesses.

Euro­pean smart-city ex­pert Sarolta Be­senyei, head of the jury board, said that they were im­pressed with AIC’s pro­ject be­cause it sug­gested not only a con­cept and model but also so­lu­tions to build smart na­tions.

She ex­plained that the model could bring the spe­cific ben­e­fi­cia­ries from the smart ideas, not only to help lead­ers, busi­nesses, for­eign in­vestors, civil ser­vants and also aim to serve the peo­ple, some in­dus­tries such as re­searchers, jour­nal­ists, doc­tors, teach­ers, stu­dents, lawyers, or judges.

Mar­tin Yates, Chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer of DELL EMC’s South Asia and Emerg­ing Mar­kets, said he was pleased to see amaz­ing in­for­ma­tion and in­no­va­tions flow­ing from Nhaøn’s AIC that “can trans­form Vieät Nam.”

He also com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing the needed tech­nol­ogy and sup­port to en­able the joint suc­cess be­tween his com­pany and AIC. — VNS

Dr Nguyeãn Thò Thanh Nhaøn (left) re­ceives World’s Best Smart Na­tional Con­cept and Model award at the Global Smart Cities Con­test 2018 ear­lier this month in Lon­don. — VNS File Photo

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