Thursday, July 16, 2020

Speed and digital technology in Korea's fight against COVID-19

I've commented frequently over the years on the importance of speed in digital networks.  Speed can refer to download speeds on mobile or fiber optic networks, processing speed in computers, mobile phones and data centers, and so forth.  Korea today possesses some of the world's fastest digital networks and has built e-government and big data while using these networks.  The speed of networks and data processing here has proven to be a significant advantage for Korea in fighting COVID-19.   The Korea Times, in collaboration with The Korea Foundation, is publishing a five part series on Korea's response to the Covid pandemic.  The latest installment, entitled "Korea's ICT, AI, Biotech shine in virus crisis" makes it clear that fast, state-of-the-art digital technologies are a key enabler of fast contract tracing, public education and related efforts to contain the virus.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

QR code innovation in Korea's battle against Covid-19

Korea has recently expanded the use of QR codes in its multi-pronged use of digital technologies to combat Covid-19.  The Asia Times has an excellent article by Andrew Salmon explaining and placing in context this nationwide deployment of a QR-code system.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Korea's lead in 5G adoption

This Statista graphic (click for a full size version) based on GSMA Intelligence caught my eye.   If the projection to 2025 proves accurate, it has major implications for this country's future advancement in smart cities, smart factories, Iot, tele-health, autonomous vehicles, AI and education, just to name a few of the areas that will depend on a functioning nationwide 5G network.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Digital technology in Asia's pandemic response

McKinsey and The Financial Times have published an interesting article on the role of technology in Asia's pandemic response.  For a number of reasons, South Korea is the region's outstanding example of how to leverage digital networks and related technologies to attack the outbreak of a novel virus.  Click on the graphic for a full size version.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Digital technology drives Korea's battle against COVID-19

For those who want a deeper dive into South Korea's battle against COVID-19, I highly recommend looking at the translations being done by the COVID Translate Project.  All to often, the details of what is happening here in The Republic of Korea don't get to a broad international audience for one simple reason.  They are not translated into English or other languages. 
Hats off to all the volunteers who are working with the COVID Translate Project.
  Medium recently published an informative article on "How Korea Does Contact Tracing" based on a report available through the COVID Translate Project.  The approach makes it clear that a multi-pronged effort utilizing mobile networks, big data and related digital technologies is an important part of the picture.  Perhaps more importantly, Korea is a democracy and its citizens, corporations and government are all invested in the ongoing battle against this new, deadly corona virus.