Siemens AG is keen on providing air quality management solutions for Hanoi as the Vietnamese capital city is striving to improve its environmental situation, two senior executives of the Germany-based industrial conglomerate told Hanoitimes
Klaus Heidinger, head if City IT Solutions, Siemens, tipped that Siemens proposed its air quality solution to a delegation led by Hanoi Mayor Nguyen Duc Chung’s to Germany late in June.
Klaus Heidinger, head of City IT Solutions at Siemens, presents CyAM at World Cities Summit in Singapore, July 10, 2018. Photo: Minh Tuan/Hanoitimes
Siemens presented City Air Management (CyAM) at the World Cities Summit held in Singapore last month. CyAM is a cloud-based software suite with a dashboard that displays real-time information on the air quality detected by sensors across a city and predicts values for up to five days in advance. The solution simulates effectiveness of measures for improving air quality.
“Improving air quality does not need large funding. We don’t talk about a power plant or a hospital that can cost millions of euros. We talk about an investment of EUR700,000-800,000 for five years. It’s just an IT solution and does not require any big budget of the city,” said Heidinger.
“Hanoi knows what solutions we can bring to the table. The investment depends on what the city wants. We gave them an idea. The maximum value of a five-year contract is around EUR1 million, only for monitoring and forecasting,” he added.
As the second largest metropolis in Vietnam, Hanoi is facing a number of environmental problems, including air pollution and traffic jam, as the city has seen mass immigration.
During Mayor Chung’s Germany tour in June, the Hanoi government and Siemens signed a memorandum of understanding on building a smart city and smart transportation system, including dealing with traffic congestion.