Da Nang turns to IBM to transform city water and transportation systems

Da Nang turns to IBM for water, transport systemsVietnamese seaport City of Da Nang launches smarter water and transportation initiatives to improve quality of life for citizens

Da Nang, Vietnam’s fourth largest city, has one of the highest population growth rates in the country. Because of the subsequent strain on resources, government leaders in Da Nang are turning to technology to increase the manageability and efficiency of the city’s systems.

Using IBM’s Intelligent Operations Center, the Da Nang government will address two of the most significant issues impacting life in the city – transportation and water. The solution provides a summary of events and incidents through maps, dashboards and alerts, allowing city personnel to track trends, forecast demand and better manage the city’s infrastructure and assets.

Smarter Water

Ensuring access to high quality water for more than 1 millions citizens, tourists and industry is vital to Da Nang’s sustained growth. To keep up with increased demand, Da Nang Water Company (DAWACO), the city’s water utility provider, is implementing a program of expansion and modernization at its water treatment facility. It will use IBM Smarter Cities technology for real-time analysis and monitoring of the city’s water supply.

Smarter Transportation

To combat traffic congestion Da Nang is investing in its public transit network and expanding its new Bus Rapid Transit system. At the heart of the operations is a new traffic control center with which city officials can monitor traffic and control the city’s traffic light system through a dashboard.

Vice Chairman of Da Nang City People’s Committee Phung Tan Viet and IBM Smarter Cities Business Unit Executive Poh Wah Lee discuss the ability to monitor and predict traffic patterns in Danang,

“Da Nang is leading the way among Southeast Asian cites, moving quickly to build plans and adopt technology to create a more sustainable, efficient community for their citizens,” said Michael J Dixon, general manager, IBM Smarter Cities. “By starting with focused, practical areas such as water and transportation, city leaders are taking a strategic approach to building a Smarter City.”

Da Nang has a long-term plan to become an environmentally and economically sustainable city. In subsequent phases, Da Nang’s leaders plan to apply technology to transform other areas such as public safety, flood management and food safety.

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