On May 18, Ho Chi Minh City held a meeting to instruct districts and Thu Duc city to build a smart city management center to unify the building of a common platform and data link.
Mr. Lam Dinh Thang, Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communications, Deputy Head of the City’s Steering Committee for Digital Transformation, said that the city’s leaders advocate accelerating digital transformation very quickly and drastically. This year, the central goal is to build a faster and more effective digital government. The city also requires a specific digital transformation product, which fundamentally changes operations and data, bringing many benefits to people and businesses.
Currently, many localities just stop at the level of applying IT to work. Meanwhile, digital transformation must reach the level of fully technology-driven leadership both locally and in the city.
“A city with a large population and diverse components like Ho Chi Minh City, without data, cannot be optimally managed,” commented the Director of the Department of Information and Communications.
Mr. Lam Dinh Thang, Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communications, spoke at the meeting. (Photo: Hai Dang)
“Many local units are very strong, but the city as a whole is still fragmented,” commented Mr. Thang. Therefore, many places have built a database, but other localities cannot use it, and city leaders have not been able to connect. In the long-term, if each locality goes in different directions, it will lead to a decrease in investment efficiency, making it impossible to synchronize data. Mr. Lam Dinh Thang assessed that many districts have been proactive in digital transformation in the application. Using technology, training, investing in facilities to serve the operation, there are still some problems. The biggest limitation is that the city has strong potential and has many leading businesses, so there is a situation where some “strong people do” lack of synchronization and connectivity.
The fact that localities invest by themselves in some items also causes duplication and overlap. Therefore, in the near future, the whole city must use the same platform, must have a data connection.
The director of the Department of Information and Communications cited as an example that Ho Chi Minh City has built the 1022 switchboard to receive and handle complaints from people, so other localities do not need to build their own systems. The whole city uses this platform, connecting with each other so that the leaders can understand every reflection of the people, see the processing speed of each facility.
When the data is relatively complete, the system will have an analysis and evaluation feature to help districts not have to make reports, changing the way of administration between the city and the locality.
In order to achieve the goal of connection and interconnection, Mr. Lam Dinh Thang said that the city leaders strongly directed each locality this year to have a smart city operating unit at the grassroots, with good results. synchronous connection. Leaders of the Department of Information and Communications recommend that localities can outsource support services to build operating centers.
Mr. Le Quoc Cuong, Deputy Director of the Department of Information and Communications, said that localities can mobilize social resources when investing in smart urban management centers.
Regarding investment, Mr. Le Quoc Cuong – Deputy Director of the Department of Information and Communications – said that some items of the city will provide funding, but in other items, the locality should mobilize social resources. Units need to consult the Department of Information and Communications to ensure the synchronization and efficiency of investment, coordination among executive components, and effective use of the operating center to serve leadership.
When the data is shared, Mr. Le Quoc Cuong believes that there is a change in the way of thinking about reporting and synthesizing. This creates a two-way interaction between the city and the locality, both the city and other localities can understand the information in the area.
The Deputy Director of the Department of Information and Communications acknowledged that the initial implementation of the shared platform may not be perfect. However, the unification of opinions between the city and the districts will help to connect data, increase investment efficiency, and avoid spreading.
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