Authorities in Lam Dong Province in Vietnam’s Central Highlands have introduced a seven-year plan to turn its provincial capital of Da Lat, a famous tourist destination, into a smart city.
The plan will be executed from 2018 to 2025, the provincial People’s Committee announced during a ceremony on Tuesday, as part of a series of activities marking the 125th anniversary of Da Lat.
According to Phan Van Da, deputy chairman of Lam Dong, the project is aimed at utilizing information-telecommunication technology and other means to improve living conditions of local residents and operation efficiency of the municipal administration, promote the city’s socio-economic development, and enhance its competitiveness.
|Leaders of Lam Dong Province introduces the plan during a ceremony on December 25, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
The project will focus on different fields such as e-government, urban planning and land management, smart lighting system, public Wi-Fi network, tourism, hi-tech agriculture, e-learning system, e-medial record, smart parking, and e-transport tickets.
Authorities are expected to install surveillance cameras across the city, along with a monitoring center, for traffic, order, and security management.
A system will be established to regularly examine the environmental quality of the air, water, groundwater resources, and soil.
A software program will also be designed to give early warnings of potential pollution.
|Delegates review the project at the event. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
In terms of tourism, a specialized mobile app will be provided to give information on the city’s places of interest, accommodation and eateries with delicious food.
The city has recently launched free Wi-Fi networks across its inner areas, including the city flower park, Hoa Binh Market and Lam Vien Square.
An intelligent street lighting system will be designed to save 60-70 percent on electricity use and is connected with the free Wi-Fi networks and security cameras.
Da Lat is one of the country’s first cities to build themselves into smart cities.
It now ranks third out of 63 provinces and cities nationwide in terms of applying IT in building e-government, according to the Vietnam News Agency.