Qualcomm Vietnam Company Limited has launched a new research and development (R&D) facility in Hanoi.
The new office of Qualcomm (Photo tapchicongthuong.vn)
It is also the company’s first R&D facility in Southeast Asia. The new office will address requests from partner companies as well as government agencies.
With a large area and number of engineers and developers, the new facility will help meet the growing demand for high-quality products and services in Vietnam.
It will also provide high-end testing services to Qualcomm Technologies’ domestic manufacturers including VinSmart, BKAV and Viettel, to develop and manufacture high-quality equipment quality meeting international standards.
Thieu Phuong Nam, Country Director of Qualcomm Technologies in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, said the launch of the new office was the next step for cooperation between Qualcomm and the Vietnamese technology industry.
With an enhanced technical team and an expanded facility, the firm will be able to take advantage of new opportunities, helping their original equipment manufacturers to patent, develop and commercialise ‘Make in Viet Nam’ devices to meet international standards, said Nam.
The new facility consists of three laboratories.
The radiofrequency lab supports various development activities including design evaluation and calibration.
The second is for power consumption and performance metrics testing.
The last one is an image service laboratory providing services on adjusting and testing cameras and gauging image quality.
As a leader in wireless technology, Qualcomm has worked in the Vietnamese mobile ecosystem for years.
The company established its first office in Hanoi in 2003 and then in HCM City in 2014./.
Smart City Asia 2020 slated for September 3-5
The 2020 edition of the international forum and exhibition Smart City Asia will take place in HCM City from September 3 to 5, heard a press conference held by the Vietnam Digital Communications Association (VDCA) in Hanoi on July 14.
At the press conference
About 200 stalls from nearly 100 domestic and foreign exhibitors are expected to be opened.
Due to COVID-19, businesses and experts worldwide in smart city development will be connected online.
The event is being co-organised by the VDCA and the Exporum Co. Ltd under the auspices of the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Vietnam Innovation and Digital Transformation Institute, and the HCM City People’s Committee.
VDCA Vice Chairman Nguyen Lam Thanh told the press conference that the event will afford domestic and foreign experts the chance to share their experience and technology to build smart cities, as well as introduce “Make in Vietnam” products in the field.
The discussions will focus on international experience, the development of infrastructure for smart urban areas in Vietnam, safety and security, breakthrough technology, and smart production amid Industry 4.0.
On display at the exhibition will be public lighting technology, equipment for smart building construction and management, smart education, and housing, among others.
According to the organising board, around 160 exhibitors have registered to attend.
Smart City Asia 2020 will be held in parallel with the International LED/OLED & Digital Signage Show 2020, with Vietnam’s leading lighting enterprises taking part./.VNA
UNESCO launches programme seeking innovative ideas for ocean without plastic in Vietnam
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in cooperation with the Cu Lao Cham – Hoi An World Biosphere Reserve officially launched in Hanoi on July 14 a call for Youth Innovative Ideas for an Ocean without Plastic.
A landfill in Cu Lao Cham (Photo: UNESCO)
The programme, within the framework of the Youth and Innovation 4 Ocean Initiative implemented by UNESCO in partnership with the Coca Cola Foundation, aims to promote the key role of youth in the sustainable development of Vietnam.
About 8 million metric tonnes of plastic are discarded into the ocean annually with a significant amount originating in Asia, including Vietnam, UNESCO said. At this rate, by 2050, the ocean is on track to contain more plastic than fish.
It is with this in mind that UNESCO is launching the Youth Innovative Ideas for an Ocean without Plastic Programme to provide training and mentoring to groups of youth and young professionals to empower them to use their creative energy and talent to develop solutions in the areas of collecting, sorting, treating, recycling and reusing of plastic waste.
Through the programme, young people will have the opportunity to propose ideas, receive trainings by experts, acquire on-field implementation experience and receive financial and technical support to implement their initiatives at the Cu Lao Cham – Hoi An World Biosphere Reserve, as well as to participate in other related national and regional initiatives of the Organisation.
Awards include three first prizes valued at 70 million VND (about 3,000 USD) which will support the implementation of ideas, and three runner-up prizes valued at 10 million VND.
The programme will engage youth and young professionals aged between 18-30 across Vietnam. Candidates can be formed in groups of up to five people, and gender equality will be a key consideration.
Application forms and ideas should be submitted via the link https://bit.ly/38IKe5s before 25 August 2020.
The results of the competition will be announced in mid-September 2020, and the Mentoring Programme at the Cu Lao Cham – Hoi An World Biosphere Reserve is foreseen for the end of September 2020 with the final round to be held in Hanoi in November 2020.
The Youth Innovative Ideas for an Ocean without Plastic Programme is under the framework of the Youth and Innovation for Ocean Initiative carried out by UNESCO, in partnership with Coca Cola Foundation.
It links to the Organisation’s Regional Plastic Initiative, which aims to support innovative and practical solutions contributing to build a circular economy and towards the sustainable development of the ocean./.VNA
‘Queen of primates’ through the lens
The red-shanked douc langurs, recognized as ‘queen’ of the primate species, have always been the inexhaustible inspiration of photography and wildlife lovers.
There are more than 400 individuals of red-shanked douc langur living in Son Tra Peninsula, central Da Nang city.
The red shanked douc langur, first known in 1771, is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Covering over 4,400ha of land, the Son Tra forest habours hundreds of animal species, including the red shanked douc langur which is indigenous to Indochina.
If there are any threats to the langurs, they will immediately report to the authorities.
The forest provides the most abundant food supply for the red shanked douc langur between April and June, when trees change their leaves.
The langurs live in groups and always follow the ‘discipline’ of the leader.
International trade on the species is prohibited by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – CITES.
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