SK Telecom to build 5G hospital and smart city

SK Telecom has signed two MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) to build 5G-powered digital hospital and 5G-based Smart City Innovation in IFEZ (Incheon Free Economic Zone) Authority.

The MoU with the Yonsei University Health System to build innovative 5G-powered digital hospital. The two will work together to build 5G network and develop specialized solutions for the Yongin Severance Hospital, which is scheduled to open in February 2020, by leveraging SK Telecom’s technological expertise in areas of 5G, AI, IoT and media.

The 5G-powered digital hospital will be equipped with SK Telecom’s AI speaker NUGU to enable patients with physical difficulties to easily control their beds, lighting and TV with their voice. They can even use NUGU Call service to get medical assistance in case of emergencies.

The 5G-powered digital hospital will also offer AR-based indoor navigation service through the application of indoor positioning and 3D mapping technologies to enhance the convenience of patients and visitors. SK Telecom will also develop a hologram solution for patients in isolation wards so that they can meet with visitors who appear as holograms.

To prevent hacking of sensitive medical information, the company is also considering applying its quantum cryptography solutions to its network covering the Severance Hospital, Gangnam Severance Hospital and Yongin Severance Hospital.

SK Telecom will also apply facial recognition technology to enhance the convenience of medial workers and strengthen security of the hospital. Authorized personnel can automatically gain access to buildings, labs and other rooms through a facial recognition access control system. Unlike other access control systems that require some kind of contact – fingerprint, pass, etc. – the face recognition system allows contact-free entry to help reduce the risk of infection.

SK Telecom and the Yonsei University Health System will continue to apply innovative 5G-based hospital solutions to the Yongin Severance Hospital and then to all hospitals under the Yonsei University Health System.

Park Jung-ho, President and CEO of SK Telecom said, “SK Telecom will work closely with the Yonsei University Health System to build the world’s best 5G-enabled hospital by utilizing cutting-edge ICT.”

The MoU with IFEZ Authority is to build 5G-based self-driving infrastructure and nurture ICT startups to advance smart city innovation in IFEZ.

SK Telecom will create an HD map covering the entire IFEZ area starting with Songdo International City. An HD map is a machine-readable map with centimeter-level accuracy, offering essential information for self-driving, including lanes, road conditions, speed limits and road slopes.

The HD map will be built with ‘Dynamic Data Platform,’ a 5G-based real-time update solution for HD maps. Dynamic Data Platform automatically updates HD maps upon receiving road observation data from Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) over 5G network. SK Telecom plans to install ADAS and 5G communication modules to public transport vehicles and official/government cars in the IFEZ area to detect all changes in the road environment.

The two parties will also create ‘Venturepolis’ in Songdo International City to incubate startups. SK Telecom plans to realize 5G-based smart office in Venturepolis and support ICT startups through its True Innovation Program.

Park Jin-hyo, Chief Technology Officer, SK Telecom said, “We will work closely with the IFEZ Authority to accelerate IFEZ’s transition to a smart city powered by SK Telecom’s 5G network and mobility technologies.”


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