Daejeon City adopts AI-based civil service kiosk capable of recognizing sign languages

By Park Sae-jin Posted : February 2, 2021, 11:34 Updated : February 2, 2021, 11:34

[Courtesy of Daejeon City]

SEOUL -- The central city of Daejeon has adopted artificial intelligence-based digital mirror civil service kiosks that can recognize sign languages and interact and communicate with citizens to lower the entry barrier for hearing-impaired citizens seeking administrative support.

Daejeon said in a statement that the operation of "Nuriview," the AI-based digital mirror kiosk, will begin on February 3. Kiosks will be deployed at public places including the city hall and subway stations with a large moving population.

The kiosk equipped with a camera and sensors detects the movement of hands to recognize sign languages. It will communicate with citizens using sound, displaying text on the digital mirror. A computer graphic image avatar model uses sign languages. Citizens can use the kiosk in a similar way to smartphones by touching the semi-transparent magic mirror display.

"We will continue to roll out administrative actions to increase the disabled's access to information using the latest technology," Daejeon Mayor Heo Tae-jeong was quoted as saying. Nuriview will help citizens gain access to services such as the reissuing of passports and a digital guidebook. At subway stations, the kiosks will display timetables for trains and provide a charging service for electric wheelchairs.
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