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Nokia: Hanoi & HCMC welcoming of new ideas

Released at: 17:43, 17/04/2017

Nokia: Hanoi & HCMC welcoming of new ideas

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Nokia releases "The Smart City Playbook", identifying the optimal approach for the development of smart cities.

by Van Dao

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are among the Top 10 cities in the world in absorbing new ideas, Mr. Harard Preiss, Director of Nokia North Asia, said at the recent launch of the company's "The Smart City Playbook" on April 12.

He added that this is a sign that these cities are ready to apply new technology in collaboration with network operators and ministries such as the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) to deploy smart cities.

A challenge for Vietnam in building a smart city, he went on, is identifying priority sectors. Vietnam is beginning the construction of smart cities around the country and it is important to identify prioritized options when implementing the plan.

“The Smart City Playbook” is a report that recognizes the optimal approach for smart cities. Although it did not mention Vietnam, a representative from Nokia said that research on the strategies and development of 22 cities around the world will provide specific guidance to Vietnamese leaders.

These strategies have been successfully applied in many cities in the process of building smarter, safer, and more sustainable cities and will be useful for Vietnam.

The report identified three routes to support countries like Vietnam in developing smart cities safely and sustainably.

With the “anchor” route, the city first chooses to deploy a single application to solve an urgent issue, such as traffic congestion, then gradually expands to other applications.

With the “foundation” route, cities construct the necessary infrastructure to support applications and smart services in various sectors.

Another route is “Beta city”, with the city deploying multiple applications at the same time to test their effects before deploying in the long term.

“There is a tendency to move factories from other countries to Vietnam and the Philippines,” said Mr. Danial Mausoof, Director of Marketing and External Relations at Nokia Asia Pacific & Japan. “Vietnam is also very respectful of industry and can therefore consider it a priority area for smart city development.”

The Vietnamese Government has been turning the concept of a smart city into a national priority, encouraging domestic and international companies to work together to support the plan.

At the same time, the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as Industry 4.0 are also considered great opportunities to promote the development of the country as well as the development of intelligent cities.

Initially, 15 cities were oriented towards smart cities, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, and Da Nang. The big question, however, is how to build a smart city.

“Nokia can help the government, through the MoIC, to develop appropriate policies and strategies or share lessons learned in building smart cities,” Mr. Preiss.

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