SKT collaborates with state agency to upgrade management system using IoT technology

By Park Sae-jin Posted : July 16, 2020, 16:56 Updated : July 16, 2020, 16:56

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SEOUL -- SK Telecom, a top mobile carrier in South Korea, will work with K-Water, a state water resource development and management agency, to upgrade a water management system and its infrastructure using Internet of Things technology and set new management standards.

IoT devices such as sensors fitted with short-distance radio communication models are hooked onto a network controlled by an IoT gateway that sends and receives data from devices to a server. IoT sensors are widely used in factories and power generating facilities to detect machine malfunctions and irregular activities.

SK Telecom (SKT) said in a statement on July 16 that SKT and K-Water would build IoT-based water supply infrastructure and a system for management. New IoT-based water management technology standards will be set and the demonstration of the new infrastructure and management system will begin later this year.

"Through the partnership, we will combine water management technology and information communication technology to lead the smart water supply market," a K-Water official was quoted as saying. The official said that K-Water and SKT would jointly develop new water welfare services.

The two companies will analyze data, such as the number of phone calls and the amount of water used for a new water supply-based care system to upgrade social welfare services for the disadvantaged. The system will check a sudden drop in the number of calls or water usage based on findings that such data could reflect how a person is doing.

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