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Hanoi Starts High-Tech Program to Manage Parking Lots

Hanoi’s public parking areas are going digital.

In an effort to improve the efficiency of Hanoi’s parking lots, the capital’s People’s Committee recently approved a pilot program to implement a computerized system and automatic devices managing the city’s parking areas.

According to Vietnam News, the scheme will be carried out by the Hanoi Car Park Exploitation Company, which will map out all available parking lots in the city and install necessary management software as well as CCTV systems. Vehicle owners will also be able to search for and book parking spaces in advance from their mobile devices.

The high-tech project will start with three parking lots, one on Tran Nhat Duat Street in Hoan Kiem District, one on Nguyen Cong Hoan Street in Ba Dinh District and another on Tran Hung Dao Street.

Pham Van Duc, deputy director of the company, told the news source that the program is likely to encounter some issues financially. The overhead cost for implementation is around VND50-60 million (US$2,193-2,631), including the rent. However, the initial permission only permits his firm to operate for three to six months.

“If each parking area is not permitted to operate for a longer period, a minimum of five years, it will be difficult for the company to recover their investment capital,” he told the news source.

[Photo via Vietnam News]

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