SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 10, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government said it had completed the installation of a total of 26 “Smart Poles (S-Poles)” in six areas, including Seoul Plaza, Sungnyemun Gate, and around Cheonggyecheon Stream.
S-Poles are aimed at integrating road facilities, such as streetlights and traffic lights, throughout the city. They are core infrastructure in Seoul’s bid to transform Korea’s capital into a “Smart City,” featuring information and communications technology (ICT), such as public wireless access points and smart closed-circuit cameras.
S-Poles not only act as road facilities but also combine wireless APs, intelligent CCTVs, the Internet of things (IoT), smart crosswalks, and other urban technology. Each Pole will feature area-specific technology in addition to its basic functions. For instance, S-Poles at Seoul Plaza, open-air public space in front of Seoul City Hall, feature the city’s public WiFi called “KkachiOn” access points. Those near Sungnyemun Gate, also known as Namdaemun, Korea’s National Treasure No. 1, carry QR codes with which users can access information on cultural assets.
The city plans to expand S-Poles’ installation to neighborhoods, including Guro-gu and Dongjakgu, and further enhance the service by the end of this year. It is planning to set up upgraded SPoles that can recharge drones and electric vehicles. Drones will be able to recharge from the upper part of the S-Poles while sending back data to its control towers, which would help authorities monitor potential disasters and emergency rescue efforts. S-Poles can also be used to crack down on parking violations.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government reviews its plan to replace or set up new and existing road facilities and integrate them with these S-Poles. Brand new S-Poles and replacements will help improve the urban landscape, cut down on replacement costs by making use of existing facilities, and ensure the safety of the public.
“Smart Poles, located at Seoul Plaza, Cheonggyecheon Stream, and other areas, help effectively consolidate the somewhat elaborate road facilities, not only retaining their innate functions but also highlighting various smart technological features,” said Lee Won-Mok, Director General of Smart City Policy at the city government. “These S-Poles are expected to improve urban landscapes and enhance the safety, welfare, and convenience for our Seoul citizens. They will
also serve as charging stations for drones and electric vehicles, bringing the city one step closer to becoming a Smart City.”