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  • Seoul to Create 44 Indoor “Smart Gardens”

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    • Seoul created six “smart gardens” at hospitals and public places last year and now plans to raise the budget by ten times to increase the number of the gardens to 38 by the end of this year
    • At smart gardens, indoor plants can be maintained by automated systems with a new paradigm.
    • The city will introduce IoT, Wifi, and touch panels to utilize a system that automatically controls watering, lighting, and ventilation by detecting plants’ conditions.
    • Seoul expects that medical staff and workers, and citizens can reduce their stress by enjoying the green and pleasant indoor atmosphere around the year.

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, February 19, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government said it will create up to 44 “Smart Gardens” by the end of this year inside the 34 institutions where citizens can get refreshed indoors. The gardens are where people can enjoy greenery inside a building all year round. More specifically, a smart garden is an indoor garden equipped with an automated watering, lighting, and ventilation control system for inside plants.

    The city announced its plan to meet the growing demands for refreshing places for citizens who get to spend more time indoors instead of going outside due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To start a smart garden, the city will plant inside plants, such as a parlor palm, at public places, including hospitals, industrial complexes, or parks, and make them maintained by automated systems.

    Medical staff and workers, as well as citizens, will be able to get refreshed and relieve their stress by enjoying greenery throughout the year.

    Last year, the Seoul Metropolitan Government built up six smart gardens of 130.87 square meters by planting 4,766 plants of 15 varieties at five hospitals and public institutions for the first time.

    This year, the city plans to add 38 places at 29 institutions by increasing the budget more than ten times (to 1.14 billion won). Industrial complexes, such as the Magok Industrial Complex, will be added to the list currently covering medical centers and public institutions only.

    The city plans to introduce IoT, Wifi, and touch panels to utilize a system that automatically controls watering, lighting, and ventilation by detecting plants’ conditions.

    Choi Yun-Jong, Director-General for Green Seoul at the city government, said, “We monitored the smart gardens built up last year and found out that they make the maintenance easier, the conditions of plants better, and visitors happier.” He added, “We hope many medical staff and workers, and citizens stressed out from the prolonged pandemic can reduce their stress by enjoying the green and pleasant indoor atmosphere.”