Denis Brunetti - President for Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos, Ericsson
Across ASEAN over past decades, the old economy was driven by traditional inputs such as low cost land, labour, and natural resources. However, in the new economy, the inputs that drive also create the next wave of investment and associated socioeconomic growth will be science, technology, and innovation.
In this new economy, the underlying enabler is digital infrastructure as much as the physical infrastructure. Digital infrastructure comprises secure, smart, scalable, and superior performing 5G networks. Indeed, 5G networks have become the critical national infrastructure that underpins and enables socioeconomic growth through the digital connectivity it provides people and industries, such as manufacturing, transport, healthcare, energy, and more besides.
All industries become more efficient and productive through digital connectivity provided by 5G, and this is the foundation of smart cities. Through the widespread availability of 5G network coverage across Vietnam from 2021, Ericsson believes that Vietnam will continue to become the destination of choice for most companies around the world that seek investment opportunities in ASEAN.
Coupled with its educated and dynamic workforce, political stability, and growing middle class, Vietnam’s strategic decision to target high-tech foreign investment clearly provides a significant and compelling platform for continued growth.
Phong Nguyen - Chief AI Officer, FPT Software
We are currently living in a 4.0 society where people and devices are connected to each other through the internet, generating huge datasets that can be leveraged to help a city become smarter. For instance, smart cities enable the Internet of Things devices to fetch data from various locations and allocate energy in a more efficient way.
They could also utilise technology solutions to provide citizens with more relevant healthcare services. Via home monitoring devices, patients could be treated and advised remotely by doctors. In mobility, transport services powered by artificial intelligence become more efficient and convenient with a range of applications such as smart traffic lights, autonomous vehicles and ride-hailing services.
A smart city is where its facilities and infrastructure system are digitalised and connected to each other, enabling different types of smart applications. We can use AI, big data, and Data Sciences to make our life easier so people could focus more on their well-beings. That is our vision about the future of smart cities.
At FPT, we have projects and technology solutions directly involved in smart cities such as the Internet of Things, 5G, embedded devices, Data Analytics, and AI.
David Jackson - CEO, Colliers International Vietnam
As urban populations grow, so do the issues of urban living from lack of resources, over-population, and social and economic imbalance.
A smart city is an urban area that uses different technologies to collect data. The insights from the data are then used to manage assets, resources, and services efficiently.
Smart cities being created through AI and the Internet of Things can assist in tackling these issues. New smart cities are designed for optimal use of space and resources and improve the overall experience of life.
According to the Smart City Index, one of the best methods to determine whether a smart city is actually smart enough is to examine its transport and mobility parameters. Smart transport and computer-controlled mobility services are the key to reducing the number of vehicles on the road and, as a result, creating less pollution and resource burdens.
Smart city development is crucial in developing countries like Vietnam. Increasing electronic government development will go a long way to promote and improve processes and reduce corruption.
With good government strategies and planning development, lessons can be learned from other cities. Vietnam has 97 million people; to effectively improve their lives, monitoring and improving efficiencies can help Vietnam improve its output and quality of life.