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  • Free Public Wi-Fi Throughout Seoul

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    By 2022, Seoul will be a data-free city where anyone can access free public Wi-Fi wherever they go. The public Internet of Things (IoT) network will be extended to all areas of Seoul for the use of shared parking, smart streetlamps, disappearance prevention, and other citizen-related services that utilize IoT sensors.

    The 12 million overseas tourists who visit Seoul each year will be able to access public Wi-Fi for speedy searches of travel information on their smartphones. It is anticipated that this expansion will contribute to convenient traveling and increased satisfaction.

    Seoul announced the Smart Seoul Network (S-Net) Promotion Plan that details a meticulous establishment of a smart city infrastructure throughout all of Seoul, and the city will actualize universal communication welfare and guarantee basic communication rights. A total of KRW 102.7 billion will be invested in this project over a three-year period (2020-2022).

    As the smartphone has become essential in citizens’ lives and both data and Wi-Fi have come to be a crucial existence, this project is expected to reduce the burden of communication costs. Through this project, Seoul will get a head start in responding to the demands for a communication infrastructure that is expected to rise explosively in the future.

    By 2022, the Smart Seoul Network (S-Net) will be constructed, creating a city communication network that will stretch 4,237 km throughout Seoul. Organizations have established communication networks in the past for administrative duties or facility management, but this will be the first case in the world where a communication network will be constructed throughout an entire metropolis like Seoul.

    Based on the communication network, Seoul will expand the zone of public Wi-Fi that currently covers 31% of living zones to 100%. The public Internet of Things (IoT) network will also be extended through all of Seoul. Once the public Wi-Fi and Internet of Things (IoT) is established, a hyper-connected city will be completed where all people and things are connected to a network.

    The additional public Wi-Fi access points (16,330) that are scheduled to be installed will first be installed in bus stops, transportation facilities, CCTV supports, autonomous district networks, and other existing city/district facilities to reduce costs.

    “Smart City Seoul” policies like “shared parking” that utilizes attached IoT sensors, the “smart streetlamps” that automatically alert the police when crisis is detected, and the “IoT disappearance prevention” that utilizes the locations of children and elders with dementia will be implemented throughout the city of Seoul. It is anticipated that the speed of city data collection and use for the creation of citizen-related policies will pick up.