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  • Seoul Subway Line 2 to Introduce ICT-based Smart Stations

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    The “smart station” system, which began its pilot program in April 2018 in Gunja Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), will now be introduced to the stations along Line 2. Seoul Metro will establish smart stations in all 50 subway stops on Line 2 by March 2020, in order to integrate dispersed station management information that will be managed based on ICT. The pilot smart station in Gunja Station demonstrated that the system enhanced safety, security, and management efficiency. For example, the time taken for station patrol decreased from 28 to 10 minutes on average while the response time to unexpected situations dropped from 11 to 3 minutes on average. Based on these results, Seoul Metro decided to expand the establishment of the system.

    When the smart station is introduced, integrated station management will be available in the fields of security, disaster, facilities, and customer service based on a single system, as the 3D map, IoT sensors, and advanced CCTV will all be working as one. The 3D map offers station officials a glance at the interior of the station. In case of emergency, such as a fire, the 3D map helps the officials grasp the situation more precisely and three-dimensionally for prompt response, compared to the existing planar map.

    The advanced CCTV offers two-megapixel quality and is equipped with the function of object recognition so it can alert in real time when there is a fire in the station or a trespasser in a restricted zone. As the advanced CCTV depicts the inside of the subway station in a three-dimensional way, it offers a virtual patrol on CCTV screens that display each location.

    ▲ The 3D map of Gunja Station where it is possible to check the location of CCTVs, lighting fixtures, air quality sensors, firefighting equipment, and more.

    Seoul Metro will introduce smart stations to subway stops along Line 2 by improving existing integrated monitoring systems. Additionally, the functions of the smart station established in Gunja Station will be enhanced. Major improvements will include services for vulnerable and weak subway users, such as automatic detection of wheelchairs that will notify station officials, and launching a mobile service in order to allow the station officials to monitor the station in locations other than the station office.