Nine U.S. smart cities-related companies highlight expertise to city officials

16:08 | 31/08/2018 Science - Technology

(VEN) - The Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and the U.S. Trade & Development Agency joined nine U.S. technology firms at the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communications on August 30 for a meeting to discuss the city’s proposed Integrated Operations Center (IOC). 

The Consulate and Department of Information and Communications co-hosted the event which included a fruitful discussion between U.S. industry representatives, city officials and local businesses regarding collaboration opportunities. U.S. firms also presented on innovative solutions that can help the city bring the development of the IOC to fruition. Representatives from the following firms participated in the dialogue: Cisco, Dell, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, Honeywell, IBM, KPMG, Microsoft, Rockwell Automation, and Xylem.

The August 30 dialogue is a follow up to a January 2018 U.S.-Ho Chi Minh City Smart Cities Dialogue that included the signing of a grant agreement between the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and Department of Information and Communication. The grant provides technical assistance to the city for an Emergency Response Center to improve citizens’ accessibility to emergency responders and enhance communication capabilities among city departments during fire, security, and heath emergencies.

This is the latest initiative undertaken by the U.S. Mission to Vietnam to promote U.S. smart city technologies and support the country’s urban development. In the past twelve months, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City have organized, under its U.S.-Vietnam Smart Cities Industry Group, several workshops and seminars for Vietnamese government officials and project owners to introduce U.S. smart cities concepts and technologies in the healthcare, energy, cybersecurity, and transportation sectors. These meetings have taken place in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Da Nang, Nha Trang and Can Tho to meet with city leaders and explore partnership opportunities.

My Phung