SK Telecom Signs Deals for 5G Hospitals, Smart Cities, and Self-Driving Infrastructure

SK Telecom, a South Korean telecom company has signed a chain of deals with the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) to develop fifth generation (5G) based smart city innovations. Additionally, the agreement was signed with an aim to support information technology (IT) startups that specialize in sensible town innovation. The company plans to use its 5G wireless network for various applications such as self-driving vehicles, smart cities, smart offices, and linked hospitals. The IFEZ was established in 2003, and contains Songdo, Yeongjong, and Cheongna. The deal will focus on creating a machine readable HD map of the IFEZ area. The high definition (HD) map will provide information such as speed limits, road conditions, road slopes, and lanes for the self-driving cars.

Park Jin-hyo, the Chief Technology Officer of SK Telecom shared that the company will be working with the IFEZ Authority to transform IFEZ to a smart city with the help of SK Telecom’s 5G network. The HD map will be developed using dynamic data platform, which provides real time update solution through 5G network. It uses advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to observe the road conditions over a 5G network. As per the data received from the ADAS, the Dynamic Data Platform automatically updates the HD maps. The company plans to set up 5G communication units and ADAS to official government cars and public transport vehicles in the IFEZ zone to know about the state of roads. Additionally, the deal will focus on developing safe and smart transportation plans by constructing a data hub to keep track of the fluctuating population.

Park Jin-hyo further added that the 5G network is a powerful technology that can transform the functioning of all industries and deliver remarkable value to people’s daily lives. Moreover, the company plans to develop a startup incubator named ‘Venturepolis’ in Songdo, which will support the startups based around smart office solutions. The company signed an additional memorandum of understanding (MOU) ‘the 5G hospital deal’ with Yonsei University Health System. The deal aims to deliver digital solutions for the hospital using various technologies such as augmented reality (AR), 5G network, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT). Patients in this hospital will be able to control their beds, lightings, and the TV with their voice with the help of an AI speaker NUGU. In case of emergencies, they can call through the NUGU call service to get medical help.

The 5G-based digital hospital will have a 3D-mapping technology and an AR-based indoor navigation facility for the convenience of visitors and patients. Moreover, holographic projections will be used for visitors to meet patients kept in isolation wards. The security for medical workers will be enhanced with the help of facial recognition technology. Additionally, for safety reasons, the company is planning to use quantum cryptography solutions for the 5G network, which will be delivered across the Yongin Severance Hospital, Gangnam Severance Hospital, and Severance Hospital. The company expects the 5G wireless network to be the backbone of smart cities, which is sure to provide lucrative opportunities for the 5G infrastructure market. According to Big market research, the 5G Infrastructure Market will experience significant growth by 2024.


Samantha Newman

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