Data as the Life-line of a Smart City
Publish date 22-12-2019 13:50

In the morning on 23rd October, the Da Nang People’s Committee cooperated with the Viet Nam Software Association (VINASA) to organize Smart City Summit 2019 with the theme of “Building a smarter and safer city through digital solutions”. The event had the participation of Mr. Phan Tam - Deputy Minister of Information and Communications; Mr. Huynh Duc Tho – Chairman of the City People’s Committee together with more than 500 representatives who are leaders of international smart cities, scientists and IT enterprises.

Using the people as a foundation to build a smart city

Delivering a speech at the Conference, Mr. Huynh Duc Tho – Chairman of the City People’s Committee said that: “The implementation of building a smart city is a common trend in the world. That is also a target and solution that Da Nang is aiming at. This is a mission that the Politburo nominated to Da Nang City as stipulated in Resolution No. 43 on the building and development of Da Nang City until 2030 with a vision to 2045. Of which, by 2030 the City has to reach the target of completing the building of a smart city in synchronous association with other smart urban networks in the homeland and ASEAN countries”.

Mr. Huynh Duc Tho – Chairman of the City People’s Committee delivering a speech at the Summit

Chairman Huynh Duc Tho stated, since the end of 2018, Da Nang has implemented the building of a smart city through the dissemination of overall knowledge on smart city and the approval of the project on building a smart city in Da Nang for the period of 2018 - 2025, with a vision to 2030. Da Nang defined that a smart city is not only to transform the management and operation from traditional modes based on data and technological solutions but also one of the master projects in the City’s socio-economic development.

Delivering a speech at the Conference, Mr. Truong Gia Binh - Chairman of VINASA gave congratulations to the government and people of Da Nang City for being awarded the ASOCIO Smart City 2019 in August 2019. That was an acknowledgement and high appreciation for Da Nang’s efforts in the process of building and developing the City to become a smart and livable city in the region and the world.

Within the Conference, the talk-show titled “Building a smart city, the leader’s vision”, the representatives of provinces and cities and IT enterprises showed their points of view in relation to the issues on smart city building.

Mr. Le Trung Chinh – Vice Chairman of the City People’s Committee stated that the building of a smart city must obtain the people’s consent; establish a regime and policy focusing on technical elements, including IT and digital data; and also, take advantage of the support of the Central Government, localities and enterprises, etc.

Mr. Phan Thien Dinh – Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Thua Thien Hue Province shared: “Upon building a smart city, we do not put the matter of technology on top but we are concerned with which benefits a smart city would bring to the people, how we could realize the people’s demands, and how to let the people understand our city needs to be developed. Hence, the people and government together build a smart city. Building a smart city with the people standing outside cannot be successful”.

Mr. Phan Thien Dinh stated that during the process of a smart city’s building and development, helping the people understand and control the process is an important thing. In addition, the government should not stop enhancing capacity and satisfying the people’s demands.

Representatives of provinces, cities and IT enterprises showing their points of view in relation to issues on smart city building

Mr. Chalermluck Kebsap – Mayor of Patong City (Thailand) affirmed: “A smart city must put the people on top, not technologies. The consent from the Central Government to the localities will make a significant role in smart city building”.

The Mayor of Patong City explained, the building of a smart city must be evident; the people have to clearly understand the technologies applied upon smart city building. Also, a smart city must bring security to the people: personal security and information security. The government must guarantee reasonable policies and take responsibility for using the people’s information.

As stated by Mr. Mai Hung Dung – Standing Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province, upon smart city building, Binh Duong Province put specific targets for each year and actively changed for suitability to each period; and also, effectively used the funding and simplified the process to obtain the greatest effectiveness.

Concluding the meeting, Mr. Truong Gia Binh – Chairman of VINASA confirmed: “A smart city is a road that every city must traverse. Each city must put specific targets and routes for implementation which use the people as a foundation to carry out related works”.

Data is the life-line of a smart city

In the speech “Overview on big data for a smart city”, Mr. Vu Minh Tri – General Director of VNG said that the use of technologies to enhance the City government’s service quality serving the people and enterprises in such areas as administration, service provision, medical health and education, etc. is a reason for the formation of a smart city.

According to Mr. Vu Minh Tri, big data takes an important role in smart city development. Thereby, there are five types of data: internal data; external data; data provided by the people; open data; data from devices and equipment. These data will be updated, collected, settled, analyzed and stored by Cloud Computing. From these data, service providers will develop useful applications to bring value to users.

Steven Furst – Strategic Consulting Manager, Architect in Digital Transformation (FPT Information System) affirmed: “Data is the Life-line of digital transformation"

As part of the matter in relation to data, Mr. Steven Furst – Strategic Consulting Manager, Architect in Digital Transformation (FPT Information System) affirmed: “Data is the Life-line of digital transformation". Without data and digital transformation, some areas will not be operated well”.

He said that digital transformation is a process including various components. In smart city building, digital transformation provides many useful things and supports people in dealing with issues on transport, population, infrastructure, etc.

Mr. Nguyen Quang Thanh – Director of the Da Nang Department of Information and Communication stated that Da Nang presently has 80 databases on various fields. These data provide users with accurate, timely and secured information.

Mr. Nguyen Quang Thanh said the collection of data depends on specific localities. Da Nang is presently using 02 models: a distributed model and a gathered model. The E-Government model is a gathered one and the data in this model are strictly political.

To develop a data system, Mr. Ngo Dien Hy – General Director of VNPT Technology Company stated that IT can be rented for data development on the principle of guaranteeing information safety and security.

Cooperation promotion activities outside the Meeting: Production exhibition and introduction, IT solutions for a smart city, business matching, etc.

Wee Ken Jin - Director of Government and Enterprise Sectors (Maddox Corporation) stated that technologies are not separate resources. To develop data systems, the cooperation between State and private agencies is essential. The parties shall mutually cooperate to gain specified international criteria based on the parties’ agreements and information security.

Steven Furst – Director for Strategic Consultancy stated that the roles of State and private agencies are rather important in data use. Data will bring usefulness to everyone if it is used with the correct purposes and security. The important thing is that the parties mutually agree upon sharing information so that the data system is always in the status of share availability when necessary.

Smart City Summit is an initiative of VINASA cooperating with provinces and cities and international IT enterprises organized annually since 2017. The meeting’s aim is to share strategic vision and experience on smart city building of domestic and regional cities. Thereby, the Summit provides suitable solutions on the management, planning and development of smart cities.