SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Monday that it has selected seven regions as candidates to support for its 2020 “Smart Challenge” initiative.
Smart Challenge is a project to build smart solutions with businesses, citizens and local governments working together to solve urban problems.
Depending on the size and scale, proposals will be implemented in three types: City (large), Town (middle), and Solution (small).
City Challenges are projects to demonstrate and build comprehensive solutions that can solve problems throughout the city with the ideas of private companies.
The government will provide funding of 20-25 billion won (US$16.8-21.0 million) for main projects over the next three years after evaluating actual performance as a first preliminary project in 2020.
Bucheon-si has carried out a demonstration of shared mobility services such as cars, kickboards, electric bicycles and parking lots based on AI and big data.
As a result, the city significantly expanded the number of shared parking lots, reduced the number of incidences of illegal daily parking by 41 percent, and created 21 jobs through the operation of community companies.
The project plans to solve transportation and parking problems throughout Bucheon-si by upgrading the results of the demonstration through a private-oriented cooperative system.
Meanwhile, in the case of Daejeon, the city promoted data-based parking sharing services, advanced fire detection, and supplementing closed circuit TV (CCTV) blind spots using autonomous navigation drones to improve traffic congestion by 20 percent and prevent five fires at traditional markets.
Under the main project, the city will build an integrated transfer system that links parking, shared bicycles and public transportation, and a CCTV screening control system based on artificial intelligence (AI).
Town Challenge refers to a project that draws up solutions to urban problems through Living Labs based on citizen participation.
In the first year, the government will provide support for the cost of planning and support a main project worth 2-4 billion won over the next year after a follow-up evaluation.
Suyeong District in Busan will push for the “Visit Gwangalli Beach Again” project, which will increase convenience and entertainment around Gwangalli Beach with smart technology.
Visitors can experience marine leisure and use AR-based guided services at the VR Experience Center.
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