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Writer Invest Seoul Day18-11-08 16:45 View414


The ‘Future Smart City of Seoul,’ with public services provided through advanced new technologies.


What will the smart city of Seoul look like in the future, when urban problems are solved and quality of life is improved by new ICT technologies? On October 23, a seminar was held by The Seoul Institute with the theme: ‘Envisioning the Future of the Smart City of Seoul.

The seminar was held to mark the 26th anniversary of The Seoul Institute, a think tank devoted to discovering and developing new Seoul Metropolitan Government policies that reflect the needs of the times. Participants in the seminar shared with citizens the vision and direction of the smart city which will be prepared to resolve Seoul's pressing problems.


In the keynote speech titled ‘The smart city: testing a city of the future,’ Jeong Jae-seung, dean of the Graduate School of Future Strategy at KAIST, said, “The factors that make a city unsustainable include depletion of energy, environmental pollution, destruction of the ecosystem and traffic congestion,” and defined the smart city as "a city which becomes a sustainable platform that provides creative opportunities for the happiness of its citizens.”


<Suggestion of a living lab for the test application of new technologies and direct experience and development of the smart city>

Lim Hee-ji, senior research fellow of The Seoul Institute, proposed a strategy to integrate and connect the existing policies and projects mainly based on the space of implementation; the establishment of an exclusive organization to support the active participation of citizens based on a public platform, which is the key to the success of the smart city; and promoting Seoul as the core cluster in the 4th industrial revolution and designating Seoul as a national model complex for the preparation of a future growth engine.

Kim Won-ho, the senior research fellow of The Seoul Institute, presented the future image of the public services of the Seoul Metropolitan Government to be achieved by the adoption of new technologies. In detail, he introduced the measures which will be taken in the areas of transportation, safety, and environment in the smart city with the core technologies of artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and big data to resolve the inconveniences being suffered by the citizens of Seoul. Dr. Kim Won-ho explained, “It is essential to digitalize the activities of the city by expanding the use of IoT sensors at public facilities, and accumulate these as common data and then make a cloud database together with the existing data of Seoul Metropolitan Government, which will be open to the public. The big data will be established by combining the public sector and private sector data, to solve urban problems.”


<To prepare for the social problem caused by differences in the smart capacity of the consumers of the smart city>

In a presentation titled ‘Linking the promotion of new industries with urban regeneration,’ Kim Muk-han, research fellow of The Seoul Institute, emphasized the importance of startups in the formation of the smart city and said that it is important to prepare policies that support the creation of an environment that will enable the growth of the startup companies necessary for the smart city by fostering new industries in the smart city, expanding the space for innovation and constructing an innovative district.

Byeon Mi-ri, senior research fellow with The Seoul Institute, spoke about the meaning of the expectations and concerns regarding the future smart city with the theme ‘Finding the future of the next generation in the smart city’ and analyzed that “The smart city has been positioned as the future of the city, with 58% of Seoul residents aware of the smart city concept.”


Seo Wang-jin, president of The Seoul Institute, said, “It is time to think comprehensively in order to make a human-oriented smart city rather than simply following the speed of technological progress. We intend to propose a vision and philosophy of the smart city of Seoul that considers technology and the humanities, the public and the private sector, and even the people of future generations who will enjoy the new environment. I hope this seminar held to mark the 26th anniversary of The Seoul Institute can set the proper direction for the smart city of Seoul.” 





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