SK Telecom launches IoT service to monitor and manage school air quality

SK Telecom launches IoT service to monitor and manage school air quality
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SK Telecom announced that it launched an IoT-based air quality monitoring and management service for schools.

Billed as Smart Air for School, the service measures and analyzes air quality – e.g. fine dust (PM2.5, PM10) temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), etc. – in and around schools on a real-time basis, and instantly takes appropriate actions to improve the air quality.

Designed to interwork with SK Telecom’s Smart Home-capable electronic appliances, Smart Air for School can automatically activate devices like air purifiers and air conditioners installed in schools to ensure optimal air quality at all times. It also increases overall energy efficiency by operating electronic appliances only when necessary based on real-time analysis of air quality.

To provide more accurate data, Smart Air for School also utilizes information provided by weather and environmental monitoring devices installed at SK Telecom’s mobile base stations nationwide.

Teachers, parents and students will be able to check the real-time air quality in and around the school via a mobile app designed for each school,. Also, upon detecting poor air quality, the service automatically sends out text messages – free of charge via SK Telecom’s IoT networks – to advise the faculty and students against outdoor activities.

SK Telecom offers both corded and cordless types of outdoor air quality measuring devices for the service. While existing outdoor measuring devices tend to be expensive, which makes it difficult for schools to install them, the Smart Air for School service includes one outdoor air quality measuring device and six indoor measuring devices for 1.5 million won (around $1,335).

SK Telecom says Smart Air for School can create an integrated automatic control system within a school as it can interwork with 200 different models of air conditioners, air purifiers and air washers of seven different companies, including Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, SK Magic, Winix, Winia and Chungho Nais.

Dongchun School, a special school for students with developmental disorders located in Seoul, is the first school to adopt the service on a free trial basis.

SK Telecom is reviewing plans to expand the service to other areas, including densely populated residential areas, apartment complexes and parks. Going forward, the company is also planning to develop an IoT-based environmental monitoring and forecasting system by combining information related to weather, floods and water quality.

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