KT Proposes Smart Technology Initiative for Philippine Tourist Destination
Friday, June 08, 2018 | Comments

South Korea’s KT said it proposed a Smart Boracay project to the Philippine government to help make the tourist destination safer and more wired with KT's information and communications technology (ICT) solutions.

Korea's largest telecommunications company said that its chairman, Hwang Chang-Gyu, and senior officers submitted the proposal during talks with visiting Philippine government officials 5 June, when they discussed ways to upgrade the Philippines' ICT technologies.

"We are actively pursuing international cooperation taking advantage of our innovative technologies in the fields of smart energy and disaster/safety/security, not to mention telecommunication networks," Hwang said.

Boracay is the Philippines' most popular holiday hot spot drawing some 2 million international visitors annually. The central government closed the island to tourists for six months, beginning in April, to clean up its environment by removing illegal structures, improving sewage connections, and updating electricity and communications facilities.

KT's proposed solutions in smart energy and security to the Philippine officials as part of the environmental revitalization. The public Wi-Fi and intelligent closed-circuit TV (CCTV) might be installed at Boracay's harbors to facilitate more convenient mobile Internet use and safer travel for visitors.

Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte is promoting economic development through a massive public infrastructure project that will cost US$170 billion. It is scheduled to be completed in 2022 when his six-year presidential term ends.

KT is consulting concerned officials of the Philippine government and private sector to participate in the country's efforts to develop ICT industries, hopefully starting with the environmental restoration of Boracay Island. KT expects the Boracay project will be a model for similar endeavors in other countries.

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