|SK Telecom's network operations division president Lee Hyung-hee, right, poses with Korea University President Yeom Jae-ho after signing a memorandum of understanding at the university in Anam-dong, northeastern Seoul, Wednesday.|
/ Courtesy of SK Telecom
By Yoon Sung-won
SK Telecom said Wednesday it will establish an Internet of Things (IoT) network system at Korea University.
"We will rebuilt the campus of Korea University into a smart life place tapping into IoT technologies," SK Telecom's network operations division president Lee Hyung-hee said in a statement. "We will present an exemplary business-academic cooperation model that can exceed existing limitations of smart campus projects."
On Wednesday, the telecom company signed a memorandum of understanding with the university on cooperating for what they call the "PI Campus" project. Under the agreement, the two will apply the latest network technologies including IoT, cloud storage, big data and mobility for innovation on campus.
SK Telecom will build a network dedicated to IoT services at Korea University's Anam campus in northeastern Seoul and the neighboring Korea University Hospital, and connect its IoT platform ThingPlug to integrate sensor systems throughout the campus.
It will also establish a precise positioning system using beacon technology and install a building energy management system, aiming at allowing more efficient energy management.
SK Telecom and Korea University has also agreed upon joint R&D for diverse IoT services needed by the academic institution. The university plans to offer a course teaching global IoT platform standards and organize IoT-related seminars and competitions.
The university said the business-academic collaboration will provide people on campus with the environment and opportunities to develop IoT services on their own, unlike other smart campus projects that unilaterally provided services for students.
"Under our slogan, Pioneering Intellectuals, we will establish a space that combines the latest information and communication technologies with the creative university culture," Korea University President Yeom Jae-ho said. "We expect the project will help us become one of the world's top 50 universities in the near future."