The speakers at the session with the theme ‘Creating digital apps to bring digital technology into life’.

These are two of many solutions created by Vietnamese technology firms are helping solve specific problems in Vietnam.

On December 11, a session with the theme ‘Creating digital apps to bring digital technology into life’, an event within the framework of the fifth National Forum on Digital Technology Businesses Development in Vietnam, was held in Quang Ninh.

In modern times, businesses and institutions are shifting from the traditional business model to a flexible model, under which the process is automated and optimized, with cloud infrastructure used, and conducted based on data and IoT applications.

However, Vu Hong Chien, Director of FPT Quy Nhon Center for Artificial Intelligence Research and Application, pointed out that during the transformation process, businesses face challenges such as requiring large investments and changes in culture. organizational culture, data quality, knowledge and awareness, safety and security. 

To overcome difficulties, institutions’ leaders and workers have to have deep knowledge and awareness in exploiting digital technology for operations and business. Leaders can only be determined to go digitized if they can be truly aware of the valuable role of digital technology businesses, such as cutting costs, increasing revenue, and creating new products.

FPT has launched akaCam solution, a platform that analyzes videos to help convert video data from Camera IP into structured information which is processed and analyzed in order to support businesses to switch into flexible business models.

akaCam can satisfy the diverse monitoring needs of warehouses, factories and retail stores, transaction offices and shopping centers. akaCam is also being used within the framework of Project 06 to deploy AI security cameras at public facilities. Therefore, the number of workers in charge of controlling entries/exits and security guards can be cut, and the time for analysis and reporting can be shortened.

Discovering and handling overloaded vehicles is also a serious problem in Vietnam. Reports show that the total cost for the highway system maintenance is very high, VND30 trillion in 2023, and the figure increases by 10 percent per annum. This is partially attributed to overloaded vehicles.

In 2013-2023, the control of overloaded vehicles was implemented with mobile weighing stations. With portable scales, 3.1 million vehicles have been examined and 268,000 violation cases have been discovered.

However, the solution poses a lot of disadvantages. It needs many staff, consumes a lot of time, and operates manually with high operation costs. More importantly, the solution cannot settle the basic problems of overloading.

To settle the problem, Elcom has developed Elcom smart ecosystem, of which the automatic weighing system called eWIM is an important part. eWIM operates automatically and processes data in a digital environment. 

The solution helps detect 100 percent of violation cases, protect transport infrastructure and save 75 percent of resources, thus cutting operation cost by 80 percent, and improving awareness of people in traffic. Particularly, it provides the data that serve  management, planning, forecasting of state agencies, and optimizing road surface and construction work design.  

In other countries, speed cameras are used to control vehicle speed. However, the solution is useless in Vietnam, where motorbikes are a dominant means of transport. Therefore, in this case, a Make in Vietnam solution is needed to solve the Vietnamese problem.

It’s not easy to bring digital technology into life

Talking about the system that helps check legal documents, Dang Minh Tuan, head of CMC ATI, an arm of CMC Group, said it is not a simple process. 

Checking legal documents is a difficult task which requires the participation of legal experts, while technology engineers only have basic knowledge.

CMC had to contact experts and lawyers to ask them help analyze and understand legal documents. It also had to invite natural language processing experts. In other words, the project on developing legal document checking system requires cooperation from many parties, especially justice officers.

Technology firms all said that they hope they can get support from the government to design solutions to solve specific Vietnamese problems like foreign firms receive from their governments. 

Technology firms want support in communications and policies to encourage businesses to use Make-in-Vietnam products. 

Thai Khang