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