Wristwatch-type IoT devices to be provided for monitoring disabled people

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : September 6, 2022, 18:08 Updated : September 6, 2022, 18:08

[Courtesy of Yuseong District Office]

SEOUL -- A wristwatch-type internet of things (IoT)-based device will be provided to disabled people in a district located in the central city of Daejeon so that human caregivers can check whether they get on shuttle buses between their homes and worksites. The smart device can also check if they fell down.
Through a face recognition-based shuttle app and global positioning system (GPS)-based IoT devices, the district office of Yuseong in Daejeon will enable family members and caregivers to monitor disabled people working at a vocational rehabilitation facility. Two door-to-door buses with 25 seats each will be provided on September 7.
"We hope the shuttle service will create a stable working environment and stabilize employment for severely disabled people," said Jung Yong-rae, a Yuseong district official. The district office will expand the assistance service if it yields satisfactory results.
Various technologies are currently being used in South Korea to help people with developmental disabilities to meld into society and live ordinary life. KT has demonstrated a virtual reality-based job education program for people with developmental disabilities. In September 2021, a digital map information service that provides accessibility information about public facilities including museums, art halls and exhibition halls was launched by Seoul to help people with mobility problems. 
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