Firms team up to develop the first mini smart city in Viet Nam

Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021 15:38

The signing ceremony took place in Ha Noi on Tuesday. — Photo courtesy of Phenikaa Group

Phenikaa-X Joint Stock Company, a member of Phenikaa University in Ha Noi, will work with Viettel Networks and Qualcomm to build a mini-smart city within the Phenikaa University campus, following a Memorandum of Understanding inked between the three sides in Ha Noi on Tuesday.

The Phenikaa University Smart Mini-City Campus project, the first of its kind in Viet Nam, will contribute to the development of smart cities across the country, according to the Government's strategy to 2030, as well as to the global development of smart cities.

The project is expected to turn the Phenikaa University campus into the first smart and innovative mini-city in Viet Nam, equipped with many IR 4.0 technology products such as digital maps, autonomous guided vehicles, intelligent robots, cameras, drones, virtual reality devices and AI-enabled devices.

Phenikaa University's learning initiatives will be operated via a digital platform; the management and operation of facilities such as schools, buildings, hospitals, libraries, smart traffic, parking areas, etc. will also be comprehensively changed.

For the project, Phenikaa University and Phenikaa-X will provide AI-enabled technology products such as digital maps, autonomous guided vehicles and intelligent robots, as well as solutions that assist in the management and operation of the above facilities.

Viettel Networks will deploy a 5G connectivity infrastructure and mobile edge computing, while Qualcomm will provide chips and 5G device modules. The 5G networks will be accessible throughout the entire Phenikaa University campus.

In addition, Viettel Networks and Qualcomm will provide R&D support to Phenikaa-X for the latter to develop new products for the project, and to promote the development of smart city solutions and 'Made-in-Viet Nam' products in the future.

“The Phenikaa Mini-Smart University Campus project continues to affirm the innovation strategy and effectiveness of Phenikaa Group and Phenikaa University within the field of technology, and towards making Phenikaa a leading innovation centre in Southeast Asia," said Ho Xuan Nang, General Director and Chairman of Phenikaa University.

"By leveraging 5G and modern technology applications, we believe that the project will create a strong push for Viet Nam, which will contribute to creating a high-quality life for the community, as well as promote the development of the national digital economy,” he said.

"We are excited to be part of the Phenikaa Mini-Smart Campus project as it shows how 5G can have a real and visible impact on the everyday lives of Vietnamese people. This technology will be the foundation that will enable Viet Nam to develop technology solutions and products that will help people have a more convenient and smarter life,” said Thieu Phuong Nam, General Director of Qualcomm Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar.

For his part, Le Ba Tan, Deputy General Director of Viettel Networks, said he hopes that the Phenikaa mini-smart city will spread the spirit of innovation to many other organisations and localities across Viet Nam, contributing to the national digital transformation strategy. — VNS

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