Child safety @ Seoul – CCTVs aiding in rescue

NIUA is currently engaged in developing a framework for child friendly cities, an idea recently reaffirmed by the Honorable Prime Minister in his vision for smart cities. Seoul exemplifies this overlap by using technology to ensure safety for young ones.

A closed-circuit television (CCTV) network enables the exchange of video data generated by Seoul’s 30,000 CCTV installations. Closed-circuit television (CCTV), also known as video surveillance, is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors.

Source: – Smart cities Seoul: a case study, IUT – T Technology watch report February 2013

Seoul Safety Service has been utilizing CCTV technologies to notify authorities and family members of emergencies involving children, the disabled, the elderly, and those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Seoul has developed a smart device dedicated to this purpose and when its holder leaves a designated safe zone or pushes its emergency button, an emergency alert is sent to guardians, police, fire departments and CCTV Control Centers.

“U-Children Safety System” provides ‘children safety zones’ using a multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) wireless infrastructure mesh network. Real-time CCTV networks and children’s smart devices allow Seoul to make use of wireless networks in locating missing children as quickly as possible.

Source: – Smart cities Seoul: a case study, IUT – T Technology watch report February 2013