KT expands reach of AI-powered smart city solution to SEA

15 Oct 2018

South Korea's KT has announced plans to expand the reach of its self-developed AI technology with the launch of services for hotels and smart cities in Southeast Asia.

The operator will introduce customized AI solutions for the market, starting with Vietnam.

KT last month entered an agreement with Vietnam's largest construction company Hoa Binh Construction Group (HBC) JVC for the provision of AI-powered hotel and apartment services in Southeast Asia. The partners have also agreed to subsequently co-operate on smart building and city projects in major metros in the region.

KT used its platform to launch the first hotel in South Korea to offer AI-assisted room services in July – a Novotel Ambassador hotel in Seoul - and plans to open three more smart hotels across Seoul by 2020.

The company's hotel AI service platform is a customization of KT's GiGA Genie AI powered smart home media hub, which launched in 2017 and now has more than 1 million subscribers in South Korea.

“It's a big first step for KT's AI platform to reach out to the world, thanks to the partnership with HBC," KT marketing group senior vice president Lee Pil-Jai said. "With great success in South Korea, we will step up efforts to localize our AI hotel service and smart city solutions for Southeast Asia and beyond."

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