Vietnam’s first smart communications city will be built at the An Van Duong urban area in the central city of Hue in Thua Thien Hue province, according to the provincial people’s committee.

Costing more than $22 million on an area of 39.6 ha, the project is part of the province’s plan to develop smart urban services by 2020 and vision to 2025.

The project focuses on developing information technology, virtual reality technology, and the film industry. It will also connect local historical relics in Hue, high-quality human resources, and the tourism sector.

It is expected to attract new industries associated with tourism and businesses operating in strategic fields, promote the local economy, create more jobs, and boost sustainable urban development through the application of smart digital technologies.

Thua Thien Hue earlier set up a smart city monitoring and operations center to support its plans for smart city services development.

Since trial operations began in August 2018, the center has carried out three main functions: supervision, management and data analysis; development of a better government service; and receiving public feedback on problems relevant to construction, the environment, transport infrastructure, social order and safety, and tourism quality.

The center recently implemented a system to receive online feedback via smartphones or Facebook and other social networks.

As one of the leading localities in administrative reform and technology application, Thua Thien Hue has implemented multiple solutions to build a smart city with smart services based on e-government, according to People’s Committee Chairman Phan Ngoc Tho.