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Microsoft Vietnam to Turn Nha Trang Into Smart Tourism City

The administration of Khanh Hoa province recently signed an agreement with Microsoft Vietnam to turn Nha Trang into a smart tourism city.

Tuoi Tre reports that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two parties was signed last Wednesday. Under the deal, the tech giant will help transform the popular beach destination into a "smart city" focused on tourism.

"A smart city is one where its chairman can wake up each morning and be instantly informed of which streets are experiencing traffic congestion and which issues are troubling citizens," Vu Minh Tri, Microsoft Vietnam's country manager, was quoted saying at the signing ceremony.

The first step of the project will be to lay a new foundation for the city's IT infrastructure, after which Microsoft and Nha Trang officials will develop technological capabilities in education, medical services and e-government, the news source shares.

Khanh Hoa is also working with FPT to create a "Smart Travel" platform for visitors to the city. This will include information that can be accessed on any smartphone or laptop.

"When tourists visit Nha Trang cathedral, for example, they can access a database of information about the building's history accompanied by a voice narration and relevant photos and videos," Tran Viet Trung, director of the provincial department of tourism, told Tuoi Tre.

Microsoft Vietnam previously signed a "smart city" MoU with both Hanoi and Saigon.

[Photo via Xa Hoi Thong Tin]

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