KT tests 5G net­work, IoT in DMZ vil­lage

The Korea Times - - BUSINESS - By Jun Ji-hye [email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

PAJU, Gyeonggi Prov­ince — Dae­seong-dong, a small vil­lage lo­cated on the South Korean side of the DMZ, has been trans­formed into a high-tech town on the back of KT’s fifth-gen­er­a­tion (5G) net­works and other ad­vanced in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nolo­gies such as in­ter­net of things (IoT).

The highly re­stricted vil­lage that is un­der the con­trol of the United Na­tions Com­mand (UNC) was open to jour­nal­ists from 10 coun­tries, Mon­day, af­ter KT be­gan pro­vid­ing var­i­ous 5G-based ICT ser­vices there at the end of June in a bid to im­prove the lives of res­i­dents who some­times ex­pe­ri­ence in­con­ve­nience due to a lack of ba­sic ser­vices.

To of­fer those ser­vices, KT has set up two 5G base sta­tions at the vil­lage af­ter ob­tain­ing per­mis­sion from the UNC and the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice as well as the Min­istry of Sci­ence and ICT.

At the au­di­to­rium of the el­e­men­tary school there, five stu­dents in the sixth grade were play­ing a ball game dur­ing the phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion class that uti­lized mixed re­al­ity (MR) sport ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams.

MR is com­bi­na­tion of vir­tual re­al­ity (VR) and aug­mented re­al­ity (AR), and en­ables stu­dents to en­gage in games in­doors.

Teacher Lee Jong-won said it was dif­fi­cult in the past to do the phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion class, which re­quires out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, when it rained or when an emer­gency oc­curred re­lated to in­ter-Korean re­la­tions, as the vil­lage is only 400 me­ters away from the Mil­i­tary De­mar­ca­tion Line.

“The MR pro­gram is very use­ful when it is dif­fi­cult to do out­door ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said. “In ad­di­tion, stu­dents can learn and have fun at the same time.”

In the class­room, four stu­dents in fifth grade were re­ceiv­ing a com­puter cod­ing les­son and mak­ing ro­bots, utiliz­ing KT’s ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) kit.

Stu­dent Hong Ji-seong gave a pre­sen­ta­tion, ex­plain­ing a “kitchen recipe ro­bot” he cre­ated, which gives recipes when a user says the name of a food.

“I de­cided to make this ro­bot when I saw my mom meet with some dif­fi­cul­ties when she cooks,” Hong said.

Be­sides stu­dents, farm­ers at the vil­lage have also en­joyed the con­ve­niences of the cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy as high-tech smart farm­ing has been ap­plied to the town.

KT’s smart farm­ing sys­tems are de­signed to in­tro­duce in­no­va­tive ways of cul­ti­vat­ing veg­eta­bles, such as white radishes, cab­bages, onions and pep­pers.

The ser­vice helps main­tain op­ti­mal con­di­tions to cul­ti­vate veg­eta­bles as an AI-based an­a­lyt­ics sys­tem an­a­lyzes in­for­ma­tion such as tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity, col­lected by sen­sors in­stalled at farms.

The ser­vice also en­ables farm­ers to re­motely con­trol wa­ter sup­ply through sprin­klers us­ing their smart­phones.

Korea Times photo by Jun Ji-hye

Hong Ji-seong, a stu­dent of Dae­seong-dong El­e­men­tary School in Paju, Gyeonggi Prov­ince, gives a pre­sen­ta­tion, ex­plain­ing a ro­bot he cre­ated utiliz­ing KT’s AI kit, Mon­day.

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