IFEZ, Pioneering the Global Smart City
The world is indeed transforming into a safer and more convenient place thanks to cutting-edge smart technologies. The IFEZ is now opening a new chapter in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, becoming one of the world’s acknowledged smart cities based on prominent technological capacities. At this critical juncture, that is why the world is paying attention to the global smart city of the IFEZ.
Excellent Technological Capacities Acknowledged by the World
The excellent technological capacities of the IFEZ are the key reason for its international attention as an exemplary smart city. In August 2018, the Smart City platform of the IFEZ achieved Standardization from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) and the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA). The Standardization is given to those who have passed all evaluations on 40 items, such as basic functionalities of smart city controlling, interfaces of relevant services, and integration.
The IFEZ additionally achieved two more Standardizations, Good Software (GS) and Green Data Center (GDC) in March, 2019. By these Standardizations, the IFEZ contributed to vitalizing domestic sales and securing credibility in international export. In particular, “Baro Bus,” a web notification service based on the IFEZ Smart City platform that gained the GS certification, was developed by the IFEZ and Incheon Smart City Corporation, a corporation financed by Incheon Metropolitan City. This service has integrated the decentralized bus stop information systems, which formerly were managed differently by different suppliers, into an Internet-based user-friendly system. This integrated system has successfully improved accuracy and efficiency with an expected savings of 20-30% of the implementation cost.
The IFEZ now owns two copyrights and three patents in intellectual properties essential for Smart City platform software, jointly with Incheon Smart City Corporation. The platform is proving very productive in various modes, including the sales of the platforms to other local governments in their smart city projects.
Standardization and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Possessed by the IFEZ
The IFEZ’s Efforts and Governmental Support for Technology Export
The export of the IFEZ Smart City technology to Peru in Latin America is edging closer to realization. The IFEZ held sessions for technological introduction and working-level discussion for the export of “Smart City technology” in three cities of Peru, including Callao, in April. Moreover, the IFEZ held in-depth discussions with officials from other cities in Peru, such as Piura.
In the case of Piura, in particular, the scale of the potential project would reach approximately USD 10 million. Feasibility studies and funding have been completed, and the contract is expected to be signed in August or September with Korean partner companies. Through these projects, the IFEZ is projected to continuously export the Smart City platform and make inroads into the overseas market in collaboration with local enterprises of Incheon.
The IFEZ has been exerting various efforts for the export of domestic Smart City technology, such as introducing cutting-edge smart city technology to the leaders of the Peruvian central government and local autonomies and lawmakers, jointly with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Peru, since August 2016.
The Korean government actively supports the IFEZ to enable the first export of its Smart City platform. Governmental agencies such as the Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (PCFIR), the MOLIT, the Ministry of the Interior and Safety (MOIS), and Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) eagerly support the project.
IFEZ’s Achievements in Smart City Export
Benchmarking Destination in which IFEZ Smart Technology is Concentrated
The IFEZ Smart City Operation Center, the heart of the IFEZ Smart City technologies, is emerging as a benchmark for the world. In March, Queen Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz of Belgium visited the IFEZ Smart City Operation Center during her state visit to Korea. In addition, the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, a country that actively continues urban development cooperation with the IFEZ, the Peruvian Ambassador to Korea, the Director of Asia-Pacific Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru, and officials from the Embassy of Canada to Korea visited the Smart City Operation Center. The Public Authority for Housing Welfare of Kuwait, Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, the Minister of Industry of Ecuador, and other high-ranking officials from Vietnam, China, Thailand, Australia, and Dubai also visited the IFEZ Smart City Operation Center.
In November last year, in collaboration with KOTRA, 18 major international media companies from seven countries (Germany, China, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Italy, and UAE) paid visits to the IFEZ Smart City Operation Center to observe the implementation status and operations of the smart city.
The IFEZ Smart City Operation Center was opened in 2014 and visited by approximately 18,000 people as of December 2018. In particular, foreign visitors comprised up to 65% (46 countries) of all visitors. The center is rising as a focus of the world to benchmark the search for an exemplary case of smart cities.
The IFEZ Smart City Operation Center is open 24/7, providing five public services for citizens: real-time CCTV monitoring, operation of a joint support system among relevant institutions, accident report reception and announcement services including calling emergency alarms, and sending information on anti-crime, anti-disaster, transportation, environment, and citizens’ daily lives.
IFEZ Smart City Operation Center