South Korean City of Seoul Works Toward Becoming a ‘Smart City’ in 2015

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nist buildingThe South Korean city of Seoul is working to establish itself as a smart city where people are connected in a myriad of ways to the people and technology around them.

Melissa Jun Rowley writes for Cisco and says the city’s mayor Park Won-soon describes a smart city as involving “communication between person and person, people and agencies, and citizens and municipal spaces, with human beings always taking the central position in everything.”

“A smart city is also characterized by its unprecedented level of sharing,” Park added.

Rowley writes Seoul developed a “Smart Seoul 2015” plan back in 2011 that aims to develop a smart infrastructure between the years 2011 to 2012; supply smart services between the years 2013 to 2014; and develop said services by 2015.

Seoul’s local government worked to improve public transportation in the city with the introduction of T-Money electronic currency meant to pay for transport fares and the Upass contactless smart card.

The city aims to build a smart infrastructure that provides people with free access to Wi-Fi anywhere in the city, at any time in order to meet the expected 80 percent smart device adoption by 2015.

Seoul’s officials are working to teach underserved communities about smart technologies and to resume the project begun in 2012 to provide one million smartphones or tablets to elderly, low-income families and disabled individuals.

The proposed U-Health Care program in Seoul is meant to provide medical access to the disabled and elderly with the use of smart technology and high-tech equipment, according to the Cisco blog.

The city government also plans to improve online communication, civil administrative services, information security and public safety.

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