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Saigon Adds Real-Time Traffic, Flooding Updates to Zalo

Saigoneers who use the Zalo app will have access to visual data from hundreds of traffic cameras to make an informed decision on their traveling route in the city.

According to Zing, Saigon’s municipal departments have collaborated with Zalo to make their traffic data more accessible to local commuters via the official account Thong Tin Giao Thong TPHCM (Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Information). Users can follow the page with their Zalo account to get access to the service, though it’s only available in Vietnamese for now.

To check out the traffic or flooding situation at a specific location in town, message #cam followed by the street or neighborhood name to the Thong Tin Giao Thong TPHCM account. For example, #cam Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai or #cam Bến Thành. The app will reply with suggestions of traffic CCTV cameras in the area, and then an image taken in real time from the selected camera.

The news source shares that the list of cameras available for viewing come from a total of 685 CCTVs on roads from five different agencies: the HCMC Department of Transport (414 cameras), VOV Traffic (155 cameras), Urban Drainage Company (34 cameras), the Security Center of Nguyen Hue Walking Street (34 cameras), and the Long Thanh-Dau Giay Highway (16 cameras).

Thong Tin Giao Thong TPHCM is a traffic update project that Saigon authorities launched in January 2017 with a mobile application and a website. The platforms give real-time traffic information such as congestion, road closures or flooding to commuters to help them make better travel decisions.

[Images via Zing]

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