SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, November 7, 2019 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that it will invest 28.9 billion won by the end of 2021, starting with 10.9 billion won this year for the Smart Seoul Data (“S-Data”) project, the first step of infrastructure set-up where big data can be utilized to solve administrative, industrial and urban issues.
In the S-Data, administrative data from 518 kinds of systems operated by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and urban data from the S-Dot (IoT sensor) are collected, stored, analyzed and processed. The total data volume is almost four peta bytes, same as 4 million movies of 1 GB each. The Seoul Metropolitan Government has opened over 5,400 data sets from 2012 to October 2019 on the Open Data Plaza so far.
All public data collected in the S-Data will be used as information to develop policies of Seoul in various areas including transportation and safety, and public services that will be frequently used by citizens. For instance, data on Korean traditional houses can be combined with information on hospitals, fire-fighting facilities or ambulances to be used for the preparation for fire or other emergencies.
Not only administrative agencies but also businesses and citizens can access and utilize the data through the Open Data Plaza, the Big Data Campus and the Digital Mayor’s Office. Especially the convergence data being produced by the public-private cooperation on big data are expected to add value to the digital industry and boost data economy.
For example, information on subways and buses, real estate, customer turnover of private telecommunications service providers and store sales can be combined to develop the “commercial development index” showing the current status of commercial zones in Seoul. If this index can be used when financial support or benefits are provided to small businesses, it will help boost the economy for low income citizens.
The S-Data will be one of three pillars of infrastructure along with Smart Seoul Network (S-Net) and Smart Seoul Data of Things (S-Dot) which will lead the smart city of Seoul. To deal with possible concerns over privacy issues, Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to set up security system to protect privacy and strike a balance between security and utilization.
* S-Data (Smart Seoul Data): A big data storage where all data of Seoul will be stored, analyzed
* S-Net (Smart Seoul Network): It will be set up and used for “public WiFi and public IoT
* S-Dot (Smart Seoul Data of Things): 2,500 sensors will be installed throughout Seoul to collect data on various phenomena (e.g., fine dust, noise, wind, night lights, etc.) and citizens’ behaviors (e.g. flow of people and vehicle, etc)