Korea starting ‘Ubiquitous Sensor Network’

Kim Tong-hyung of The Korea Times brings news of a new sensor project in that country:

The idea is to combine the sensors and closed-circuit camera (CCTV) information under a broadband convergence network (BcN), or a planned massive IP providing connection speeds between 50 to 100 megabytes per second (mbps), the Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) and other next-generation Internet platforms.

The gathered information would be accessible anytime and anywhere by mobile, through the country’s advanced second and third generation (3G) wireless networks and WiBro, the local variant of mobile WiMAX…

Seoul will look to explore the possibility of using IP-USN for providing real-time traffic information, and monitoring road conditions and bus movements, while also evaluating air pollution levels. The information will be managed through the WiBro network.

Chuncheon is planning to use IP-USN to construct a “smart well-being leisure city,” using sensors to provide pulse monitoring and other health information to joggers through mobile devices, and the network for monitoring air pollution.

That does indeed sound pretty thorough. Maybe we could get this project to collaborate with us here on openness and data-handling issues? —Chris Peterson

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