KT partners with Hyundai Engineering to establish smart city in Osan

By Park Sae-jin Posted : March 22, 2021, 09:41 Updated : March 22, 2021, 09:41

[Courtesy of KT]

SEOUL -- South Korea's leading telecom company KT has partnered with Hyundai Engineering, an engineering and construction company, to create a data network ecosystem ideal for the next-generation city infrastructure utilizing artificial intelligence, big data, and cloud computing.

KT said in a statement on March 21 that the company signed a memorandum of understanding with Hyundai Engineering to establish a smart city network infrastructure in Osan some 45 kilometers (27.9 miles) south of Seoul. The city government joined hands with Hyundai Engineering to establish a smart city complex.

A smart city is an urban complex where everything is connected via wireless and cable data networks. Based on AI and big data, control towers monitor the complex in real-time to make citizens' life more convenient. A smart city system can prevent safety accidents, improve the flow of road traffic, and manage power using an AI-based power management system.

KT participated in various state city digital formation projects that aim to turn populated areas into smart city blocks. "We will contribute greatly to the establishment of the Osan smart city through synergy created by Hyundai Engineering's development capability and KT's AI, big data, and cloud technologies," KT Enterprise head Shin Soo-jeong was quoted as saying. 

Smart city systems are tested in South Korea webbed with super-fast mobile data communication networks. The central city of Sejong was designed as a testing ground for smart city technologies. Through a four-year test project that began in 2017, Sejong with more than 360,000 residents will see if smart city technologies can improve various aspects of living such as transport, education, safety, health, energy, and ecology.
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