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  • Fourth Industrial Revolution for all: “Smart City Seoul” where every citizen is connected through safety and innovation

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    • Seoul aims at becoming a smart city that solve diverse social problems in the city
    • The key to be a successful smart city is to promote public platform-based citizens’ engagement
    • Seoul is utilizing AI, IoT and blockchain technologies to carry out diverse projects to solve the inconvenience of the citizens
    • Seoul is expanding its public services that satisfy every citizen, taking care of the socially underprivileged and creating a well-connected city across generations

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, November 28, 2018 – It is the “smart city” where utilizes advanced technologies to solve diverse social problems. For instance:

    “Mr. A, 65, living in Geumcheon-gu, Seoul, starts his day with the Kid’s On-and Off The Bus Notification Service application on the smartphone. He uses it to check out the location of the bus his grandson is on board.”

    “Ms. B, 27, used to be reluctant to go out because she had difficulties in catching a taxi. However, now she often visits a shopping center in Nowon-gu with an ease by using the Call A Taxi for the Disabled application.”

    “Thanks to the Care Service for Seniors Living Alone application, Mr. C, 45, who lives in Eunpyeong-gu, monitors the pulse rate, respiration rate and movement of his 70 years old mother with dementia so that he is able to cope with any emergency situation.”

    “Ms. D, 35, always returns home late and takes frequent business trips. She uses the Home IoT system to light off, close a gas valve, and monitor her home CCTV when she is out. It is the perfect system for the one-person household like Ms. D since it is safe and energy-saving.”

    Aiming at enhancing the value of citizens’ lives, the Seoul Metropolitan Government is using innovative technologies to take care of the socially underprivileged and to create a well-connected city across generations.

    Such a move is a global trend. The world’s leading cities are actively embracing the fourth industrial revolution and smart city policies as a solution to the low-growth era. Now, the smart city is not a matter of choice, but an essential strategy for a city.

    London and Singapore are implementing their smart city policies, such as “Smarter London Together” or “Smart Nation” respectively, to expand and verify core technologies related to the fourth industrial revolution in the city. They are promoting growth and development, while emphasizing innovation in existing ones, not just applying new technologies. This is also the way Seoul’s smart city pursues.

    In order to effectively push ahead with smart city policies, it is important to implement strategies that integrate existing policies and programs into spaces and promote public platform-based citizens’ engagement. This is the key to be a successful smart city.

    To this end, the Seoul Metropolitan Government presents a future vision of its public service through the introduction of new technologies. In particular, Seoul is utilizing AI, IoT and blockchain technologies so as to carry out projects in the transportation, safety, and environment areas to solve the inconvenience of the citizens.

    Detailed programs in each technology are as follows:

    Seoul as a city of IoT

    • · Services for the socially underprivileged: call taxi management for the handicapped, indoor air quality measurement service for daycare centers, care service for senior citizens living alone, etc.
    • · Social safety services: fire detection system for traditional markets, “safe return home” service, on-and-off the bus notification service for kids, Automated External Defibrillators (AED) check-up solution, etc.
    • · Locally customized services: Smart public libraries, smart energy management, smart crosswalks, IoT Street Lap, etc.
    • · Environment services: IoT smart trash cans, automatic classification for recycling, energy management service for small and medium stores, location-based weather information app service, etc.
    • · Tourism services: smart information for city tour bus, information service for Cheonggyecheon History & Culture, map service at Children’s Grand Park, etc.

    Seoul as a city of AI

    • · AI investigator: Artificial intelligence technology is introduced firstly in Korea to investigate crimes against the livelihoods of the public, such as illegal loans and multi-level sales. AI learns illegal patterns among diverse online contents and automates repetitive tasks, increasing the investigators’ performance effectiveness
    • · AI monitoring: AI detects vulnerable areas for senior citizens’ welfare, estimates the budget required for new and extended welfare facilities, and efficiently monitors tap water’s supply and consumption (“Smart Water Grid”)

    Seoul as a city of blockchain
    – 98.4 billion Won to be injected for the following five programs to foster the blockchain ecosystem

    • · Creating a blockchain complex: Seoul Global Blockchain Center (accommodating up to 120 companies) and the base for blockchain startups (accommodating 73 startups)
    • · Training blockchain professionals: Seoul Blockchain College (760 beneficiaries)
    • · Support for blockchain unicorn companies: Blockchain Seoul Fund (100 billion Won)
    • · Support for blockchain MICE industry and strengthening blockchain governance: 24.8 billion won to be invested in 14 programs for innovative administrative services
    • · Realize the direct democracy through citizen participation, document-less online verification system, integrated management of mileages, etc.

    With the Basic Information Service Plan made in 1998, the Seoul Metropolitan Government started its information technology project. Now, Seoul is the number one city in the world’s e-government, and has excellent smart city infrastructures, through which it is expanding its public services that satisfy every citizen.

    Seoul aims at becoming a smart city that changes the citizens’ lives: a city where children can grow healthy, a city where citizens feel safe and comfortable, and a city where underprivileged people are also happy.