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Vietnam's Danang begins makeover into 'smart city'

FPT aims to tackle traffic jams while revamping farms and hospitals

Danang looks to become a technology hub, attracting companies from Japan and the West, while the Vietnamese city's beach resorts draw more attention as a spot for international conferences.

HANOI -- Vietnamese information technology leader FPT looks to turn Danang into a "smart city" in two years, focusing on fields such as agriculture, medicine, energy and traffic.

The company plans to spend 15 billion Vietnamese dong ($658,000) on pilot projects in the country's third-largest metropolis over the next year, aiming to begin smart city operations in 2020. FPT and the city of Danang signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday.

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