Seongdong-gu, one of the capital’s autonomous districts, said that the rate of vehicles complying with the stop line has increased by six percent after installing smart crosswalks at 31 locations with a high risk of traffic accidents. In addition, those smart crosswalks are equipped with lights that brighten the entire crosswalk, which helps prevent car accidents at night.
Seongdong-gu also designated “smart school zones” in the areas near schools in an effort to display vehicles that violate the speed limit and their current speed on the electronic boards. It aims to raise drivers’ awareness to keep to the speed limit. The district office said this implementation has made 94 percent of cars passing through the smart school zones stay within the speed of 30km per hour.
Another autonomous district Yangcheon-gu has replaced about 85 percent of security lights at the small alleys with smart ones to strengthen its residents’ safety. Also, it has installed the “parking keeper” devices at 160 parking spaces dedicated to the disabled. When non-disabled people-drive car parks in this dedicated parking space, the parking keeper device lights up with voice guidance. Such an effort improves the mobility handicapped’s right to travel.
Besides, these two districts launched four new smart city services: right-turn notification at the corners near elementary schools; GPS-installed wristbands for persons with developmental disabilities; AI speaker-using SOS emergency rescue and contact-free care services for senior citizens living alone; and smart bus stops where people can get away fine dust, heatwaves, and cold waves.
Lee Won-mok, Director-General of Seoul’s Smart City Policy, said, “These smart city services help solve various inconveniences in a swift way our citizens may experience in their daily lives.” “We will test-operate these smart city services in Seongdong-gu and Yangcheon-gu and expand them throughout the city in order to make Seoul a safer and more convenient smart city.”