Smart technology in the spotlight in Hanoi

Speakers share knowledge in four sectors of smart technology. (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam has a solid foundation for information technology but must constantly strive to be globally competitive, Hajime Hotta, co-founder of Innovatube and president of Cinnamon AI Labs, said at the Hanoi technology event at the weekned. "Innovatube Frontier Summit" (IFS) is the first event in Vietnam that covers four sectors of smart technology - Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain and Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR). With the motto "Stay in front," IFS is expected to become a playground for startups and individuals who are working in the technology business to share their knowledge and experience in frontier technologies and learn how to implement them in real projects. The summit connected a network of the best Vietnam and Southeast Asia speakers in the four hottest technology fields with over 500 Vietnamese and international entrepreneurs, engineers, researchers and top tech companies exchanging ideas to have more opportunities for investment cooperation. Hajime also affirmed the significance of combining technological talent with entrepreneurship spirit. "I think any country (except China and the United States) cannot lead the global economy alone. Therefore, there should be cooperation among countries in Asia to work together to build achievements,” Hajime told Vietnam News. As regards the technology potential of Vietnam, Hajime said the country had a solid foundation for information technology but must constantly strive to be globally competitive. Although the startup aspirations of entrepreneurs were developing positively, technology enterprises were still not ready to take on the risk…... [read more]

Speakers share their knowledge in four sectors of smart technology — VNS Photo Phương Thao Viet Nam has a solid foundation for information technology but must constantly strive to be globally competitive, Hajime Hotta, co-founder of Innovatube and president of Cinnamon AI Labs, said at the Ha Noi technology event on Sunday. "Innovatube Frontier Summit" (IFS) is the first event in Viet Nam that covers four sectors of smart technology -- Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain and Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR). With the motto "Stay in front," IFS is expected to become a playground for startups and individuals who are working in the technology business to share their knowledge and experience in frontier technologies and learn how to implement them in real projects. The summit connected a network of the best Viet Nam and Southeast Asia speakers in the four hottest technology fields with over 500 Vietnamese and international entrepreneurs, engineers, researchers and top tech companies exchanging ideas to have more opportunities for investment cooperation. Hajime also affirmed the significance of combining technological talent with entrepreneurship spirit. "I think any country (except China and the United States) cannot lead the global economy alone. Therefore, there should be cooperation among countries in Asia to work together to build achievements,” Hajime told Viet Nam News. As regards the technology potential of Viet Nam, Hajime said the country has a solid foundation for information technology but must constantly strive to be globally…... [read more]

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Van Duc was speaking at a seminar to launch the World Bank (WB)’s World Development Report 2010 (WDR 2010) in Hanoi on February 4. He said climate change poses challenges to Vietnam’s sustainable development and poverty alleviation. While affirming the Vietnamese government’s efforts to cope with and mitigate the damage caused by climate change, Duc expressed his hope that ither countries and international organisations would increase support for Vietnam in this field. Under the theme of “Development and Climate Change”, WDR 2010 urges the countries of the world to act now, act together, and act in accordance with their specific circumstances on the issue because no single nation can take on the interconnected challenges posed by the problem. “Global cooperation is essential in increasing energy efficiency and developing new technologies,” says the report. The report also shows that climate change threatens all countries throughout the world, especially developing ones, which face 75-80 percent of the potential damage it will cause. “Many people in developing countries live in physically exposed locations and economically precarious conditions, and their financial and institutional capacity to adapt is limited,” says the report. The report insists that countries use clean energy and invest in adaptive measures to protect their populations and economic development from the impact of climate change. It also calls for increasing financial reserves to address the problem by the way of promoting the invention and popularisation of climate-smart technologies. “High-income countries need to act quickly…... [read more]

Aware of the need for Thailand to prepare for the changing energy situation, the Asian Development Institute for Community Economy and Technology (adiCET), in Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, has launched a project to create a green community, known as “Chiang Mai World Green City.” The objective is to develop a model community that applies smart technologies and renewable energy sources into a green life style. This prototype of a green city is striving to be fully sustainable, so that it will be able to cope with the coming energy crisis and adverse impacts from climate change and global warming. Based on the concept of offering communities ideas to survive in the future, the Chiang Mai World Green City seeks to tackle economic and poverty problems, as well. It also serves as a center for organizing exhibitions on renewable energy and green technologies that are important for the environment, as well as distributing clean technology systems and organic products. The Chiang Mai World Green City is situated on an area of 500 rai, or about 200 acres, at the Saluang-Keelek Campus of Chiang Mai Rajabhat University in Mae Rim district. It is divided into three zones. Zone A: Smart Community The Smart Community combines residential, office, and business area, covering 100 rai, or 40 acres. The community business area comprises a convenient store, a restaurant, and a coffee shop. These businesses are the training centers and outlets for agricultural and local products from Chiang Mai and the surrounding communities. The Smart…... [read more]

Minister Vapaavouri made the statement on October 21 at a reception in Hanoi where representatives of the business communities of Finland and Vietnam met to discuss cooperation opportunities. Speaking at the event, Ho Chi Minh City Peoples Committee Chairman Le Hoang Quan said it has opened up a host of mutually beneficial opportunities for the city and Finland. ”HCM City is a major metropolitan area which has great potential for cooperation with Finland in fields such as smart technology, safe water, transport, environmental sanitation, education and training,” Chairman Quan said. Quan also said the city has called for expanded foreign investment in infrastructure projects, especially in the fields of urban transport and environmental sanitation, adding that local authorities are willing to create the best conditions for Finnish enterprises. For his part, the Finnish Minister stated both nations have made great strides in increasing development aid cooperation for mutual benefit in recent times. However, the two-way trade volume between the two nations remains relatively modest and there are many bright spots on the horizon for heightened investment and trade, he said.... [read more]

At CES 2017, the world’s biggest consumer electronics trade show, Bosch, the global supplier of technology and services, is focusing on the following domains: smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility and Industry 4.0. “Personalisation is a growing trend in the realm of connectivity, and we are driving this trend forward,” said Dr. Werner Struth, member of the Bosch board of management, during the company’s press conference at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. “The connected world is getting emotional. Devices are becoming intelligent companions that make everyday life easier and safer at home, in the city, in the car and at work. Bosch shapes all spheres of the connected world.” said Struth. Very few industrial enterprises have comparable expertise at all three levels of the internet of things: Bosch brings extensive experience to the table with sensor technology, software and services, and also has its own IoT cloud. This makes the company a one-stop shop for the Internet of Things (IoT). Data security is playing a central role in this. “Customers and users have full transparency and decide themselves how data are used.” Moreover, Bosch has a goal of networking 100 per cent of its electronic products and offering a connected service package for each product. The customer is the main focus here: “Connected technologies must always have a benefit”, says Struth. “It is becoming increasingly important to offer clever additional functions and services tailored to individual needs and usage habits”, said Struth. Thanks to the personalisation of products and solutions…... [read more]

The Union of the Chambers of Commerce of Emilia-Romagna together with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Viet Nam (ICHAM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with southern Binh Duong Province on November 13. According to the MoU, the concerned parties would co-operate on trade and investment promotion issues, creating a bridge between Vietnamese and Italian businesses, and particularly help Italian companies invest in Bình Dương. Italian companies who come to the province to exchange understanding, finance projects in fields such as technology, research or healthcare, or to increase partnership between regions in Italy and Bình Dương province, will receive help and support. Fulvio Albano, President of ICHAM, expressed his optimism about the MoU, saying it would open up new opportunities for businesses from both countries, not just the regions mentioned. Mai Hùng Dũng, Deputy Chairman of the People's Committee of Bình Dương Province said in his speech at the signing that at the moment, Bình Dương had attracted more than 2,800 foreign companies with total foreign direct investment of US$25.3 billion, and he believed Italy in general, and the region of Emilia-Romagna in particular, had great potential to invest further in the province, especially in area of technology. On this occasion, the Chambers of Commerce of Emilia-Romagna, ICHAM, business representatives from Torino, Italy and Bình Dương's Becamex IDC attended a conference on smart technology in agriculture, biology and food in the province. Source VNS... [read more]

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it has signed an agreement to acquire U.S. automotive electronics firm Harman International Industries Inc. for about US$8 billion, source from the Yonhap. With the deal, Samsung will secure "a significant presence in the large and rapidly growing market for connected technologies, particularly automotive electronics, which has been a strategic priority for Samsung," the company said in a statement. Samsung will buy Harman for $112 per share in cash or the total equity value of approximately $8 billion, according to the statement. Kwon Oh-hyun, vice chairman of Samsung, said Harman "perfectly complements Samsung in terms of technologies, products and solutions, and joining forces is a natural extension of the automotive strategy we have been pursuing for some time." The deal, which would mark the largest-ever buyout of a South Korean company, is the first major acquisition by Samsung since the company's heir apparent, Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, joined the board of the electronics giant last month. About 65 percent of Harman's $7 billion of annual sales are automotive-related and its order backlog for this market at the end of June this year was approximately $24 billion, according to the statement. The fast-growing market for "connected car technologies" is expected to grow to more than $100 billion by 2025. Harman is a leading maker of connected car solutions, with more than 30 million vehicles currently equipped with its connected car and audio systems, Samsung said. Sohn Young, chief strategy officer of Samsung, said in the statement…... [read more]

The Mekong Delta region seeks to improve agricultural production and seafood processing by increasing partnerships with countries that have expertise in advanced technologies, the director of the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Can Tho chapter has said. Speaking at the fourth annual Mekong Delta Investment Conference that began yesterday in Can Tho, Vo Hung Dung said the delta region “has great demand for agricultural mechanisation and smart technologies development”. With favourable conditions for agriculture, the delta “plays an essential role in the country’s socio-economic development,” he added. The conference aims to promote cutting-edge technologies and improve cooperation between delta firms and foreign partners in hi-tech agricultural trade and investment. The event, which ends on Sunday, is also showcasing agricultural technology machinery and equipment from Japanese companies. Yuichi Nishizawa, of Tokyo-based Vox Trading Co. Ltd., which exports rice powder mills, said the conference was a platform for his company to introduce smart technologies in food processing. Truong Quang Hoai Nam, vice chairman of Can Tho People’s Committee, said the Mekong Delta had an advantageous geographical position and abundant natural resources, and that the business environment had improved since 2009. The region supplies more than 90 per cent of the nation’s rice and 50 per cent of seafood, as well as many other agro-forestry-fishery exports every year. In the next 10 years, the region’s economy is expected to achieve a high growth rate, supported by the rapid improvement of transport and electronics as well as low labour costs and an…... [read more]

Viet Nam News Bồ Xuân Hiệp CẦN THƠ - The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta region seeks to improve agricultural production and seafood processing by increasing partnerships with countries that have expertise in advanced technologies, the director of the Việt Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Cần Thơ chapter has said. Speaking at the fourth annual Mekong Delta Investment Conference that began yesterday in Cần Thơ, Võ Hùng Dũng said the delta region "has great demand for agricultural mechanisation and smart technologies development". With favourable conditions for agriculture, the delta "plays an essential role in the country's socio-economic development," he added. The conference aims to promote cutting-edge technologies and improve cooperation between delta firms and foreign partners in hi-tech agricultural trade and investment. The event, which ends on Sunday, is also showcasing agricultural technology machinery and equipment from Japanese companies. Yuichi Nishizawa, of Tokyo-based Vox Trading Co. Ltd., which exports rice powder mills, said the conference was a platform for his company to introduce smart technologies in food processing. Trương Quang Hoài Nam, vice chairman of Cần Thơ People's Committee, said the Mekong Delta had an advantageous geographical position and abundant natural resources, and that the business environment had improved since 2009. The region supplies more than 90 per cent of the nation's rice and 50 per cent of seafood, as well as many other agro-forestry-fishery exports every year. In the next 10 years, the region's economy is expected to achieve a high growth rate, supported by the rapid improvement of…... [read more]




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