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  • Seoul Adopts AI& IoT Safety Management to Prevent Construction and Building Accidents

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    • Smart monitoring system where AI analyzed CCTV footage of construction sites detects risks and automatically gives the alarm
    • Safety inspection platform for buildings using IoT and blockchain identifies risk factors of old buildings and prevent accidents
    • Integrated safety management information system inspects and manages buildings and construction sites that are likely to cause accidents

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, September 24, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is introducing a Smart Safety Management system to private small and medium construction sites and dilapidated buildings. Smart Safety Management is a new type of safety management system using AI, IoT, and blockchain technologies. With the help of these technologies, it detects risk factors early without wasting money and personnel. The plan aims to avert disaster by identifying risks in advance and taking swift actions.

    In the past, city officials had to inspect only a limited number of sites due to a lack of workforce, but the safety management paradigm has shifted with the adoption of the new system. Now, Seoul will switch to preemptive and real-time safety management., which will allow the city to rapidly and efficiently handle risks increasing every year.

    The new system has plenty of measures. First, an “intelligent monitoring system (CCTV+AI)” will be introduced in private small and medium construction sites. Its AI will analyze CCTV footage of construction sites and automatically warn when risks are detected.

    For instance, when AI finds workers without a hard hat or safety hooks, heavy vehicles getting too close to workers, or a worker trespassing on access control areas, it sends warning messages to the supervisor’s phone.

    Starting from May 2022, the SMG will run the system first in four small and medium-sized private construction sites of each district (approximately 100 locations in total). By running the pilot program, Seoul will test the system’s efficiency and performance. If it is proven enough, it will advance related AI technologies from 2023. Then, the SMG will gradually introduce the system to all small and medium construction sites around the city.

    Second, a “blockchain-based platform inspecting dangerous buildings’ safety” will be established this November. This platform uses technologies combining IoT and blockchain to automatically identify the risk factors of an old building and prevent accidents.

    When IoT sensors attached to the building measures the inclination and cracks in real-time, blockchain networks save and analyze the data to prove its accuracy and examine changes to the structure. If any risk is detected, it sends out warning messages to the municipal district and the building owner so that they can take preemptive measures. Also, buildings’ current status and other real-time data will be available on computers and smartphones. As the blockchain completely blocks falsification, the city can keep the record transparent.

    Seoul will apply this platform to 120 old private buildings over 30 years old or given low safety from December. The city government plans to expand the plan to 900 dilapidated buildings from 2022.

    Third, an “integrated safety management information system” will inspect and manage private construction sites and old and risky buildings within the capital. The establishment of the platform will be completed in April. Once completed, it will be used in devising an effective response system to accidents.

    Each organization’s information about private construction sites and outdated buildings can be checked at once. When accidents happen, messages will be sent to related parties within 30 seconds, which is significant progress given that it used to take 5 to 10 minutes before. In addition, paper-based safety record keeping will go digital, enabling systematic and efficient history management.

    The main features of the integrated safety management information system are ▴ information about private construction sites and old and risky buildings in the city ▴ CCTV+AI on construction sites and real-time monitoring of IoT data ▴ record management of safety inspection ▴ information management of construction sites and users ▴ rapid spread of accident information.

    “The city government has worked on improving safety management of dilapidated private buildings as well as private construction sites, putting priority on our citizens’ safety,” said Kim Seong-Bo, Director General of Housing & Architecture Headquarters. “By applying innovative technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to construction administration, we will enhance the efficiency of safety management of private construction sites and buildings and ultimately prevent accidents.”

    Seoul Adopts AI& IoT Safety Management to Prevent Construction and Building Accidents
    integrated safety management information system blockchain-based platform inspecting dangerous buildings’ safety