SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, July 13, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced its plan to complete building the “public IoT network” across the capital by 2023. The city government also plans to establish an “operation platform” in the city hall which will work as the central command center.
The network is the core infrastructure for efficient management and maintenance of increasing types of IoT services and the provision of complex services of a smart city.
Once Seoul has its IoT networks in every corner of the city, it will collect immense data via IoT sensors. The data will be from various sectors, such as transportation, safety, environment, health, facilities, crime prevention, and disaster. Also, data transmission among the SMG and its 25 district offices will be available.
Once the installation is done, the SMG and its district offices will be able to transmit the data collected through IoT networks in a fast manner, promptly provide related services, or use the data by turning it into big data, processing, and fusing it. In addition, the IoT services that were provided through the existing mobile networks will now be offered through public networks, removing the burden of service fees.
Replacing the mobile networks with the city’s own networks is expected to substantially reduce the IoT service fees that have been consistently increasing.
For instance, services that Seoulites’ may find practical—such as “remote meter readings of the water supply” through IoT sensors, “IoT fire detection” through electricity monitoring of traditional markets, and “IoT prevention of dying alone” through motion-detecting sensors in senior single households—can be implemented across Seoul.
Going forward, the SMG aims to introduce many different kinds of services that can improve Seoul citizen’s quality of life by providing the data to startups and research institutes.
In total, Seoul will install 421km of Long Range network (LoRa regional network) of IoT throughout the city within 2021. The “operation platform” will be established in the city hall to watch over and direct the overall operation of the IoT networks. The operation works include seamless collection and distribution of data collected via sensors across the city and real-time management of the base stations and network equipment.
In addition, 1,000 “LoRa base stations dedicated to IoT,” which relay data by using public facilities, such as community centers, will be constructed by 2023. In detail, the SMG has a plan to install the stations in 19 districts in 2022 and 3 more in 2023.
Three districts—Eunpyeong, Guro, and Seocho—will begin to provide test services in safety, administration, and environment sectors this year with the IoT networks.
The three districts will offer different test services: safety management of dangerous facilities in Eunpyeong (safety), smart lighting system in Guro (administration), and fine dust forecast & warning in Seocho (environment). Already, 195 LoRa base stations based on S-Net are installed in the three districts. The stations are in charge of the test services and receiving and transmitting a variety of IoT service data.
Lee Weon-Mok, Director General of Smart City Policy Bureau, said, “We are expecting a considerable increase in object-to-object communications as well as people-to-people communications in the future. In this regard, the S-Net will serve as a core infrastructure connecting the whole IoT network in Seoul. Therefore, it will be something beyond mere communication welfare.”
|Test services of IoT network: 1. Smart Lighting System(Guro)|
|Test services of IoT network: 2. Safety Management of Dangerous Facilities (Eunpyeong)|
|Test services of IoT network: 3. Fine Dust Forecast & Warning (Seocho)|