Wireless carriers vie to win smart transportation system across Korea


[Source: KT Corp.]

South Korean wireless network operators are expanding the battlefield in a range of 5G-based companies vying for smart mapping and connectivity to sponsor self-driving vehicles as they hit the road.

In a press conference Wednesday, KT Corp. said it was trying to dominate regional government orders based on its successful demonstration experience through the Cooperative Intelligence Transport System (C-ITS).

KT has won the most C-ITS orders in Korea so far. The company completed a demonstration project for Jeju Special Self-Governing Province in 2020 and established C-ITS in Ulsan last month.

In Jeju, KT has realized an emergency vehicle priority signal control service that allows ambulances and fire trucks to pass signals at intersections without waiting to arrive at the scene quickly and safely.

The demo project showed the real effects of securing gold time. KT plans to offer the emergency vehicle priority signal control service in Gwangyang, South Jeolla Province, and Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, this year.

KT has also applied the country’s first artificial intelligence-based image analysis solutions to its Intelligent Transportation Systems for pedestrian safety, given that Ulsan City is an industry-driven region with many vehicle cargoes on the roads.

The solutions automatically extend the pedestrian signal when the disabled, the elderly and children have not finished crossing the road.

KT has won related orders from five local governments – Daejeon, Seongnam, Bucheon, Anyang and Gwangyang – in addition to Jeju and Ulsan.

KT will offer its AI-based signal optimization service in Bucheon in September, which automatically controls traffic lights during rush hours. AI-based intelligent traffic systems are expected to improve traffic flow.

SK telecom Co. has partnered with the city of Seoul to attach several thousand fifth-generation sensors to traffic signals, mostly along the middle bus lanes.

KT is expanding its presence by winning numerous orders from local governments while SK telecom establishes C-ITS in the country’s capital, Seoul, an unnamed industry official said.

LG Uplus Corp. has a strong presence in Gangneung, Gangwon Province as a commercial ITS-based operator. Gangneung City has partnered with LG Uplus to solve traffic jams, illegal parking and other issues that arose after Pyeonchang hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics with smart traffic systems.

By Lee Jae-cheol and Lee Eun-joo

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