The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will be introducing its “Safety Call for Entry Control” services starting on Thu, Jan. 7, 2021. With this service, only a phone call will be required to check the entry to 72 facilities that are mainly used by the digitally disadvantaged groups who are not able to use QR codes, including public institutions, welfare centers, medical institutions, and traditional markets.
Each facility will be given a six-digit number (14****) and visitors can have their visit automatically recorded by calling this number. Safety Call is intended to expand the methods of entry control, added to the QR code and handwritten visitors’ log.
The number of each facility will be announced on a banner or signboard in the facility. The phone call will be a collect call so there will be no charge for the caller. The six-digit numbers that will be used for the entry control can be used as the numbers for the civil affairs offices of each autonomous district after the COVID-19 crisis.
The SMG is pursuing this service according to the results of the survey of demand for phone-call-based entry service that was conducted targeting autonomous districts and businesses in Dec. 2020. The SMG has plans to expand its “Safety Call for Entry Control” services after implementing it at 72 facilities first and conducting a satisfaction survey.