Australia sponsored one million USD for 4 digital transformation projects in Vietnam, within the framework of a cooperation program with the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Digital transformation projects that received nearly A$1.4 million in funding (approximately $1 million) were selected from nearly 70 proposals as part of the third year of the Innovation Partner Program’s funding round. Vietnam – Australia Innovation (Aus4Innovation) is co-operated by the Australian government with the Ministry of Science and Technology, according to the announcement of the Australian Embassy in Vietnam on September 9.
With advanced technologies developed and tested in Australia, the projects are expected to have a positive impact on the innovation ecosystem and socio-economic development in Vietnam.
The first project is to apply augmented reality (AR) technology to improve medical examination and treatment in remote areas. This initiative aims to improve the effectiveness of support between central health professionals and less experienced health workers in remote areas of Vietnam. Complicated and urgent cases will be better supported for treatment. The project is implemented by the University of Tasmania and Bach Mai Hospital with a budget of 387,245 Australian dollars (nearly 286,000 USD).
The second project is smart eye technology to improve sugarcane productivity. The project will develop a system using drones and artificial intelligence of things (AIoT) technology to help Thanh Hoa farmers continuously monitor nutrient content and pest status in sugarcane fields. , thereby improving productivity and reducing production costs. The project is implemented by the University of Wollongong and VIGREEN Technology Company with a budget of A$300,000 (more than $221,000).
Next is the project of applying technology in search and rescue, aiming to strengthen search and rescue in natural disasters in Vietnam with the latest technologies, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). , artificial intelligence (AI) and remote sensing. The project is implemented by the University of Technology Sydney and Le Quy Don University with a budget of 440,000 Australian dollars (nearly 325,000 USD).
Finally, the project of managing the ecosystem environment with AI technology. The project will bring together leading experts in artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), environmental technology and biological conservation to support environmental management in Tram Chim National Park. . The project is implemented by the University of Wollongong and Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology with a budget of 250,000 Australian dollars (more than 184,000 USD).
Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie expressed his pleasure to continue supporting initiatives to help Vietnam solve pressing issues in socio-economic development.
“During the economic recovery period after the Covid-19 pandemic, promoting international cooperation projects in science and technology such as AI or IoT becomes extremely important, especially in the medical fields. , disaster response, sustainable agricultural development and natural resource protection. Applying digital transformation in these fields will create long-term positive impacts,” the ambassador said.
Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Bui The Duy also said that Covid-19, with increasingly complex developments globally, further showed the important role of digital transformation in socio-economic development, and at the same time appreciate projects that receive funding from Australia.
The Aus4Innovation program has launched two funding rounds in 2019 and 2020, with 8 selected high-tech projects. This third round of funding is conducted in the context of the increasingly complex Covid-19 pandemic, in order to support Vietnam’s early sustainable recovery.
The Aus4Innovation program is implemented in the period 2018-2022, with a total budget of 13.5 million Australian dollars (nearly 10 million dollars) to help strengthen the capacity of Vietnam’s innovation system, prepare for the future. hybrid technology and digital economy.