Demonstration launched in city park to verify performance of outdoor service robots

Lim Chang-won Reporter() | Posted : October 20, 2021, 10:38 | Updated : October 20, 2021, 10:38

[Courtesy of Sejong City]

SEOUL -- A demonstration project was launched to verify the advancement and safety of autonomous outdoor service robots for food delivery, quarantine, and patrol at the main central part of South Korea's central administrative city of Sejong which has a smart city network to test connected cars, autonomous driving and other innovative technologies.

The project is aimed at improving the production capacity of integrated platforms such as driving departments and chargers, Sejong said, adding that collected video data will be stored in a big data control center through de-identification. "We will proactively respond to the 4th Industrial Revolution by applying the results of this demonstration to smart cities," Yang Won-chang, a Sejong city official, said in a statement on October 20.

Within the sprawling park, citizens can order food through a delivery app so that operators can check the possibility of night-time services and links to external delivery services. The quarantine robot disinfects park facilities, uses facial recognition to identify those who do not wear masks, and provides a guidance service. The patrol robot identifies fires and crimes while providing a fine dust notification service through an Internet of Things (IoT) sensor.

Sejong about 110 kilometers (68 miles) south of Seoul has a smart city infrastructure that incorporates artificial intelligence, big data, and autonomous technologies, allowing researchers to safely test newly invented self-driving cars. In South Korea, autonomous service robots have been tested or put into commercial operation in various sectors. On October 13, the demonstration of 5G-based smart service robots began on October 13 in a shopping area at Daejeon some 145 kilometers (90 miles) south of Seoul. The city mobilized 15 robots for various services such as barista, delivery, guidance and patrol.

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