Seoul Metropolitan Government has unveiled an ambitious blueprint to turn the nation's capital into a leading smart city through the use of big data and information and communications technology (ICT).
The city government on March 13 announced that it will pursue 18 strategic projects slated for completion by 2022 in public administration, traffic systems, public safety, the environment, social welfare and the economy.
To provide new and better services for residents, municipal authorities plan to combine core technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including the internet of things (IoT) and big data, with ICT and city administration data.
A combined 50,000 IoT sensors will be installed throughout Seoul by 2022 to collect information on fine dust and help shape policy toward nighttime safety.
To improve the traffic system, a shared parking service using IoT sensors will check parking availability, allowing users to make reservations and pay parking fees through a smartphone app. This system will see pilot operations begin this year at 500 spaces and will be expanded to 3,000 by 2022.
For boosting public safety, 17,820 intelligent closed-circuit TV cameras will be equipped throughout the capital by 2021. Using big data and artificial intelligence, the cameras will constantly check for incidents such as physical altercations or arson and alert police or firefighters of dangerous situations in real time.
Another innovation set to debut in 2021 in Seoul is 3-D virtual reality technology to digitally recreate the city's overall environment and predict urban change.
For the silver generation, a pilot welfare service from this year will monitor 1,000 senior citizens living alone with IoT plugs that check power consumption. The number will be increased to 4,000 elderly by 2022.