Vietnam seeks EU smart city know-how

Ho Chi Minh City requires Europe’s experience and solutions to create smart cities, a conference heard on June 30.

Speaking at the “Cyber security, Internet of Things and Connected Services towards a smart city” conference, organised by the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham), Vo Quang Hue, vice chairman of EuroCham, said: “The Smart Cities subject is one of great importance for EuroCham Vietnam. EuroCham believes its members have a lot to offer for Vietnam’s sustainable development.”

“The relevant know-how developed and tested in Europe, and all over the world, needs no introduction and we are very keen to promote contacts between the relevant companies and the Vietnamese Government for business opportunities that can produce concrete results in terms of a smart future for Vietnam’s cities.”

Philip Hung Cao, security solution consultant at Palo Alto Networks, fears that cyber security could be a nightmare for a smart city.

“All parts of a connected city, including field components, data transmission network, data processing, data aggregation connectivity and smart processing of a smart city face the threat of attack.”

He listed all the possible threats to smart cities, such as eavesdropping/wiretapping, unauthorised use/access, tampering/alteration, theft, distributed denial of services (DDos) and loss of reputation due to hacking, besides hardware failure/multifunction, software error, operator/user error, electrical and frequency disturbance/interference, end of support obsolescence, acts of nature and environmental incidents.

To avoid these security threats, he suggested seven solutions: building a risk-based approach to cyber security; setting clear priorities; defining minimum ICT security baselines; sharing and co-ordinating threats and vulnerability information; building incident response capabilities; boosting public awareness, education and workforce training; and enabling public, private and academic co-operation.

Guru Mallikarjuna, vice chairman of EuroCham’s information communication technology sector committee, and managing director of Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Vietnam, said: “Internet of Things is the basis for a broad smart city competency and by 2020 four billion people will be connected with 25 million applications, 50 trillion gigabytes of data and 25 billion intelligent systems.”

He also listed the challenges and solutions for mobility, energy and security, the three pillars of a smart city.

The challenges facing mobility are the need to reorganise/revitalise existing infrastructure and having a connected and efficient public transportation system, he said.

The solutions are intelligent parking, fleet monitoring and management and intelligent traffic management, he said.

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Source: Nhan Dan