Mayor Park Won-soon of Seoul gave a keynote speech on the “Values and Visions of Smart City Seoul” in the Special Session of CES (Consumer Electronic Show), the world’s largest home appliances and ICT fair that takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States.
He delivered a five-minute speech in English, getting across his message that the core value of Smart City Seoul is the “sustainable innovation centered around the people.” He introduced the smart city technology and policies of Seoul that are innovatively changing the lives of citizens to the international audience.
As a representative example, the mayor introduced the plan of Seoul for building a municipal communication network throughout the city and constructing free public Wi-Fi. The city is narrowing the digital gap and guaranteeing basic digital rights through the scheme. He also introduced the city’s plan to collect the city’s data with several thousands of IoT sensors throughout the city and renovate public services based on the data.
Following his keynote speech, Mayor Park participated in a discussion with an international panel. He introduced the “Owl Bus,” of which the course is optimized based on the big data related to traffic, the “5G Convergence Self-Driving Testbeds,” established in Sangam as the first of its kind in the world, and the “Village Stores Commercial Zone Analysis Service,” which uses 10 billion data per month, including those on the consumption and floating population.
After the special session, at 2:30 p.m. (local time), Mayor Park Won-soon demonstrated how the “Digital Mayor’s Office” works at the Seoul Promotional Booth in CES Tech West, showing how Seoul is improving the efficiency of major decision-making in the city using its smart technology. He took examples of checking and responding to disaster and accident occurrence, air quality in real-time, and traffic conditions. In the morning, he took a look around the event halls of CES, the arenas of global companies’ cutting-edge technologies.
Next, the mayor visited the booths of participating Korean companies in the Seoul Promotional Booth to experience for himself the innovative products they submitted and promoted them to buyers to encourage the companies.
At 8 a.m. (local time), Mayor Park met with Gary Shapiro, the president of Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and the organizer of CES, in order to seek the ways for exchange and cooperation between the organization and Seoul.
As invited by President Shapiro, at 7:15 p.m. (local time), Mayor Park participated in the banquet, “Leaders in Technology,” and had time to expand the network of top leaders from around the world in the fields of cutting-edge technologies.
At 6 p.m. (local time), he will give a congratulatory speech at the “MK Business Forum—CES 2020” that will be held at the conference center on 1F in the MGM Grand Hotel. He has plans to advertise the diversifying ecosystem of startups in Seoul to over 250 individuals, including CEOs of global home appliance companies and communication companies, CEOs of startups in Silicon Valley and South Korea, and IT experts.