Ba Ria-Vung Tau gears up smart city building

(VOVWORLD) -  The Ba Ria-Vung Tau provincial People's Council has adopted a smart city development project from now until 2022 with a direction to 2025 and a vision toward 2030. The project, part of the Government's sustainable smart urban development plan until 2025, aims to basically complete administration and state management apps and other apps to serve businesses, residents and visitors.

Ba Ria-Vung Tau gears up smart city building - ảnh 1

Ba Ria-Vung Tau province is known for its stunning beaches and architecture.


Under the project, Ba Ria-Vung Tau will become a smart city by applying information and communication technology in six areas - smart management, smart economy, smart traffic, smart environment, smart citizens, and smart life. All will greatly benefit local people, businesses and administration.

Vung Tau city will be the first locality in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province to build a legal foundation, technical infrastructure, and database for smart city development.

Nguyen Trong Thuy, Head of Vung Tau City’s Urban Management Section, said that by 2022 the city will deploy the software to manage land, urban area, environment, traffic, and tourism to help residents and visitors access information conveniently.

“At least we need to digitize the data on land and housing. Applications should be used for smart tourism,” said Thuy.

He took an example, “Visitors to Vung Tau should be provided with apps that can help them access information about tourist attractions, landscapes, and restaurants. State agencies can also monitor the number of guests staying in the hotel system through the apps.”

To that end, Tran Dinh Khoa, the municipal Party Secretary, underscored the need to create breakthroughs in the deployment of IT in management and administration.

He said that following the success of the smart city management model of Da Lat city in Lam Dong province, Vung Tau city plans to spend more than 3 million USD to pilot several applications in the next 3 months.

He said that between 2023 and 2025, Ba Ria-Vung Tau will develop and deploy smart applications in fields that serve people and businesses and, after 2025, will expand the system across the province and to the remaining fields.

IT management experts say that to realize the target, there remains a lot of work to do.

With its advantages in infrastructure, the province can make full use of ICT and other means to promote competitiveness and innovation and streamline the management apparatus of urban government.

Do Ngoc Vinh, Deputy Director of the Advice and Support Center for Evaluating the Effectiveness of IT Investment, called on Ba Ria-Vung Tau to improve the quality of the living environment and stimulate socio-economic growth with a people-centered apporach so that everybody can benefit  from it and get invovled in the investment, building, supervision and management of a smart city.

Vinh said, “To build a smart city, you need to get people to contribute. Smart applications should first be deployed in areas Vung Tau has advantages in and public feedback will then be collected to improve the project."

According to Nguyen Truong Thang, Director of the Institute of Information Technology of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, building a smart city is a long-term process, requiring close coordination among agencies.

Social capital should be mobilized to provide more utility to people, said Thang.

“You can use the state budget or funding from businesses to provide electricity, water, healthcare, waste treatment, and education services. Private businesses or state-owned enterprises can take on the task so that people can have convenient services," said Thang.

With its experience, technology platform, financial potential, and human resources, Ba Ria-Vung Tau has what it takes to build a smart city that can bring greater convenience and safety to residents and visitors.