KT to build smart community in Australia

KT will build a smart community in Australia in cooperation with a local partner and Seoul National University using its information technology, Korea’s No. 2 mobile carrier announced, Sunday.

The telecommunication firm said it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Seoul National University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Australia’s Smart Community Consortium (SSC) at KT’s headquarters in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul, Thursday.

A smart community is a concept similar to a smart city. It refers to an efficient and eco-friendly community based on information and communication technology and automation.

KT will utilize its ICT capabilities while Seoul National University will use its competency in agriculture and life sciences. SCC will also join the project using its capabilities in developing materials.

“The smart community will apply various kinds of latest technologies to energy, transport, environment, administration and medical care,” a KT official said.

The Australian state had already announced its plan to transform itself into a smart community.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who joined the MOU ceremony, showed higher interest in the project and promised her support, according to KT. James Choi, Australia’s ambassador to Korea, also promised the full support of the Australian government.

SCC is a consortium between Australia-based biotechnology company Bio And Gene and Queensland provincial government. Established in 2018, the consortium has been working on developing materials for biotechnology and new medicines.

Ku Hyeon-mo, head of KT’s corporate planning group, said the company expected to expand its smart community business into other Australian regions.
“With the MOU, KT is planning to localize smart community services, [a movement] which is already recognized in Korea,” Ku said in a statement.

Lee Suk-ha, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Seoul National University, said the university “will continue to conduct joint research with KT to make the smart community business in Australia sustainable.”

Author: Baek Byung-yeul
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