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Seoul's smart city platform based on 'citizens as mayors' philosophy

The city is showcasing its platform and e-government initiatives at CES 2020. These tools aim to provide citizens with the same real-time access to information as the mayor.

Seoul policy-makers will have a real-time view of what’s happening in the city
Seoul policy-makers will have a real-time view of what’s happening in the city

Seoul’s metropolitan government is showcasing its smart city platform and open government services at consumer tech show CES 2020 in Las Vegas this week.


Under the theme of “Seoul smart city and smart life”, it will be joined on the Seoul pavilion stand along with 20 technology start-up companies demonstrating their products and services.


Smart city platform


The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) claims its smart city platform is the world’s first digital administrative system.


Powered by information and communication technologies, the platform enables policy-makers to have a complete real-time view of what’s happening in the city and communicate directly with their staff in the field, according to SMG.


The intent is to provide citizens with the same real-time access to information as the mayor on transportation, disasters and air quality.


Based on the administrative philosophy that “citizens are the mayors”, SMG has publicly deployed the platform to its mobile website and digital information kiosks in metro stations.


The intent is to provide citizens with the same real-time access as the mayor to information on transportation, disasters, air quality, consumer prices, day-to-day matters and other available big data.


Among the start-ups exhibiting smart city technologies are:

  • Irisys: provides biometric recognition technology in digital door locks and access control systems. Infrared light-based facial recognition and iris recognition technology can be used for contactless access.
  • Hancom Mobility: enables efficient parking reservations with sensors providing real-time occupancy information with dedicated apps for drivers and parking space owners.
  • Cube AI: creates a valet parking system with cameras sensing space and software guiding movements of the car.
  • Dash Company: invented a shared micro-mobility station that can help organise, charge, maintain and allow P2P lending of mobility devices.
  • Thirdeye Robotics: has developed a fixed-wing drone, Thirdeye JI-HO, that it claims combines benefits of both rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. It can take off and land vertically while also hovering in mid-air. The Thirdeye GCS enables smartphones and tablets to serve as controllers without a dedicated LTE chip.
  • Enernet: enables remote power meter tracking with power line communication technology. Its advanced metering infrastructure system helps manage the national power grid, provide consumer energy efficiency solutions, prevent theft and conduct demand response
  • Luple: uses AI to find the link between lighting and human behaviour. Not only providing reactive lighting for ideal environments, it also aims to impact human biorhythms to improve motivation, concentration, productivity and overall wellness with various lighting settings.

In December, the Metropolitan Government announced its plans to deploy an enterprise-grade city-wide Internet of Things network. It is part of a larger plan by the city to increase its connectivity offerings and create one of the world’s first hyper-connected cities by 2022.


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