The Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone (YESFEZ) will implement a smart city system to enhance the competitiveness of the Pyeongtaek Business and Industry Complex (BIX). YESFEZ announced last June that Pyeongtaek BIX would remotely provide 24-hour public services related to traffic, crime, and disaster prevention in connection with the Pyeongtaek Integrated Smart Control Center, which has introduced construction, information, and communication convergence technologies as well as integrated broadband information networks. The Pyeongtaek BIX Smart City Creation Project will be carried out in accordance with the Act on Smart City Development and Industrial Promotion, which allows the construction of a smart city in a newly developed district with a total area of more than 300,000 square meters. Project objectives include the creation of a comprehensive communication network connecting all parts of the district in consideration of the future expansion of communication facilities as well as the provision of services including public transportation information (BIT), parking violation control, public area safety monitoring, CCTV monitoring to prevent disasters, traffic control, and emergency situation detection.
First, information kiosks will be set up at 36 bus stops to provide bus arrival information in real time. The electronic displays (variable message signs) will provide real-time traffic information based on current road condition information collected from nearby areas. In addition, real-time signal controllers will be installed at 14 intersections, along with CCTVs to monitor road traffic and congestion in real time for emergency situation control at major intersections. Furthermore, over 26 CCTVs will be installed along streets as well as in parks and residential areas where crime prevention measures are required. In the event of an emergency, real-time images can be automatically transmitted to the Pyeongtaek City Integrated Smart Control Center, which can connect to 112 and 119 services so that police and ambulance personnel can be quickly dispatched to the scene.
The project is also expected to help with preventing disasters and enhancing the safety of the city through the installation of CCTVs for disaster monitoring at disaster-prone detention ponds. The Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation, which is implementing the project, plans to achieve completion by this year.
YESFEZ Commisioner Hwang Seong-tae expressed his anticipation for the project, saying: “With the creation of a smart city that will provide services using various advanced technologies such as ‘ubiquitous’ technology, the Pyeongtaek BIX will not only function as a production base, but also provide a safe workplace and a pleasant residential environment for those working in the district. We will continue our efforts to make YESFEZ a special economic zone that can lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Korea.”
The Pyeongtaek BIX is being constructed on 2.04-million-square meter site near Pyeongtaek Port, and the lots inside the complex are currently being sold at a prices 20-25% lower than those in nearby industrial complexes.
Source: Gyeonggi-do Provincial Office (https://english.gg.go.kr, June 7, 2019)