Infrastructure Other


In 2015, Seoul designated the Bukchon area which is comprised of closely-situated traditional houses, museums and restaurants as an IoT pilot zone. Seoul only provides vital infrastructures such as free Wi-Fi, sensors, contents in foreign languages and open API so the private sector can develop IoT services by using the infra, test out their new services and make profit while alleviating the resultant urban issues in Bukchon.


Difficulties in creating and adopting a standardized IoT platform
– IoT technology is in the early stage that there is no standardized platform yet. We adopted the common IoT platform developed by the central government, and we are now accelerating the platform to be interoperable with other private IoT platform.
High cost
-IoT technology is changing and evolving fast that it is costly to employ.

Major Requirements:

Designate Bukchon as an IoT pilot zone to develop services that resolve urban issues of Bukchon
Identify problems and find a direction of the project with residents of Bukchon: In-depth discussion among citizen, Bukchon Open Forum, ISP(Information Strategic Planning) on Bukchon IoT project, etc.
Examine business models with the private sector and provide supports that small & mid-sized companies need to develop urban problem solving IoT services in Bukchon.
Establish vital infrastructure for IoT services to be implemented by the private sector
Expand the IoT project to the entire Seoul by 2020

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

To create a digital Seoul city where urban spaces and digital spaces are connected by IoT technology
To resolve urban issues in two major areas; safety and tourism

Measurement Methods:
Seoul is in the process of developing indicators to measure the impact and effectiveness of this project.


Establishes vital infrastructure such as free Wi-Fi, open API, contents and sensors that are available to apply and demonstrate private IoT services and opening it to the public
(It is difficult to attract investors for sensor-based O2O services because it requires costly infrastructure. Therefore, Seoul turned the Bukchon area into an IoT test bed equipped with sensor-based services)

Replicability, Scalability, and Sustainability:

This project will be replicated to the entire Seoul by 2020.
Since the Seoul Metropolitan Government won’t be involved in the area where private sector can make profits and only focus on developing indispensable infrastructure, it’s a good model for sustainable public-private partnership.

Project Impacts:

Decrease in in
conveniences for residents of Bukchon
– With the continuous increase of tourists, diverse urban problems have been arising including trash, noise, parking and trespassing in Bukchon. However, after the launch of the project, many IT companies launched IoT services such as parking lot sharing system, smart garbage bins, and smart disaster prevention system by using the infrastructure provided by the city and they are alleviating the resultant urban issues.
Open test bed for companies
– Companies can test out their new IoT services or products in Bukchon and improve them before launching them to the market.
Improve the quality of sightseeing experience for tourists
– Development of location guide apps, audio service, information service for amenities, etc


Phase I Pilot/Demonstration June 2016:
-Expand the IoT infrastructures
-Accelerate the IoT platform
-Create and operate an IoT living lab

Phase II Deployment June 2017:
– Incremental expansion of the IoT project, culminating in the citywide implementation of IoT.

Team Information: Team Lead:
– Kim Sung-ho/ [email protected]

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