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Posco distributes smartwatches for safety of steel mill workers

Posco distributes smartwatches for safety of steel mill workers

> >[Courtesy of Posco]SEOUL -- Smartwatch that can detect signs of physical abnormalities and send quick rescue signals were distributed for the safety of some 1,200 field workers who perform high-risk work at giant steel mills run by Posco, a top steel company in South Korea.The smartwatch provides golden time to rescue on-site workers when physical abnormalities are detected, the steel company said, adding that's a supplement to the existing system, which could have been difficult to deal with an emergency because employees had to contact each other regularly or check safety through...

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​​Fried chicken and beer banned on beach to prevent COVID-19

​​Fried chicken and beer banned on beach to prevent COVID-19

> >[Photograph by Ki Su-jeong]SEOUL -- Enjoying a glass of cold beer and fried chicken on the beach to cool off at night has been a favorite pursuit among many vacationers in South Korea. However, such leisure breaks will disappear this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19.The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said in a statement on Wednesday that it has issued an administrative order to ban nighttime drinking and eating at 21 major beaches that have more than 300,000 visitors annually. The order will be enforced until beaches close down in August.Still, people can enjoy alcoholic drinks...

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Smart helmet and wearable exoskeleton robot introduced for emergency personnel

Smart helmet and wearable exoskeleton robot introduced for emergency personnel

> >Korea Forest Service head Park Jong-ho tests a smart helmet and a wearable exoskeleton robot. [Courtesy of Korea Forest Service]SEOUL -- A smart helmet equipped with sensors, a camera and communication devices will be combined with a wearable exoskeleton robot to help emergency personnel put out fires and rescue people stranded deep in the mountains. Rescuers can communicate and share information using the smart helmet in real time.In a showcase on July 7 at an arboretum, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Seoul, the Korea Forest Service (KFS), a governing body, unveiled a smart...

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Daewoong tests camostat mesilate for treatment of COVID-19

Daewoong tests camostat mesilate for treatment of COVID-19

> >[Yonhap Photo]SEOUL -- Camostat mesilate, a potent serine protease inhibitor sold by Daewoong Pharmaceutical under the brand of Foistar, has been approved by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, a government public health agency, to go ahead with second-stage clinical trials to prove its efficacy in treating COVID-19.In clinical trials, 90 patients with mild or secondary symptoms will be given drugs for up to 14 days to determine the effectiveness of Foistar tablets, which are used to treat to treat chronic pancreatitis and postoperative reflux esophagitis. Daewoong plans to carry out...

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Samsung sells portable virus-killing UV sterilizer to disinfect smartphones

Samsung sells portable virus-killing UV sterilizer to disinfect smartphones

> >[Courtesy of Samsung Electronics]SEOUL -- For personal hygiene, a portable virus-killing ultraviolet sterilizer manufactured by Samsung C&T is available via select online and retail stores. Samsung said the UV sterilizer with wireless charging can disinfect smartphones, earbuds and glasses in just 10 minutes. It automatically turns off after 10 minutes.Tests by two independent institutes, Intertek and SGS showed that the UV sterilizer effectively kills up to 99 percent of bacteria and germs, Samsung said in a statement. "That’s not all -- we’ve designed it to fit a variety of device...

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Drones and AI-based 3D virtual modeling system for safe dam management

Drones and AI-based 3D virtual modeling system for safe dam management

> >[Courtesy of Ministry of Environment]SEOUL -- Aerial and underwater drones will create three-dimensional models to check the structural safety of dams in South Korea. Drones will inspect places where human workers cannot reach and structural damage can be analyzed with a virtual twin solution.The Ministry of Environment said in a statement that it would introduce a dam inspection method using drones later this year and gradually establish an artificial intelligence-based smart safety management system by 2025. "It is important to thoroughly inspect dams without blind spots to prevent...

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Daegu designated as regulation-free zone for mobile cooperative robots

Daegu designated as regulation-free zone for mobile cooperative robots

> >[Courtesy of Daegu City]SEOUL -- To nurture robot technology ideal for helping workers at small and medium-sized firms, South Korea has designated the southeastern city of Daegu as a regulation-free zone for mobile cooperative robots.Cooperative robots normally consist of a multi-jointed robot arm with a manipulator about the size of a human arm. Such robots are smaller in size than brothers deployed at industrial sites and mega-sized factories, making them ideal for working alongside human workmates.The decision to designate Daegu, some 235 kilometers (146 miles) southeast of Seoul, as...

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Hancom With embarks on 3-year project to build 3,000 high-tech elderly daycare service centers

Hancom With embarks on 3-year project to build 3,000 high-tech elderly daycare service centers

> >[Courtesy of Hancom With]SEOUL -- To set up a nationwide network of daycare service centers, Hancom With, an online security and blockchain wing of South Korea's software maker Hancom Group, will use new technologies such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence robots and wearable devices for various care services for senior citizens.More than 46.5 percent of South Korea's population will be aged over 65 in 2067, a government study showed. Seoul has more than 390 daycare centers for elderlies with geriatric diseases and cognitive disorders such as dementia and delirium. Hancom With...

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First batch of Hyundai's fuel cell trucks heads for Switzerland

First batch of Hyundai's fuel cell trucks heads for Switzerland

> >[Courtesy of Hyundai Motor ]SEOUL -- The first batch of 10 fuel cell heavy-duty trucks produced by South Korea's Hyundai auto group has left for Switzerland, heralding its inroad into Europe with hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles. Hyundai has modified its Xcient truck to produce a fuel cell model capable of delivering a travel range of about 400 kilometers (248 miles) on a single charge.Hyundai said it would ship 50 fuel cell trucks to Switzerland this year as part of a deal with Swiss hydrogen company H2 Energy (H2E). Seven Swiss companies including gas stations and grocery store...

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Telemedicine available for Koreans staying abroad in third quarter

Telemedicine available for Koreans staying abroad in third quarter

> >[Gettyimages Bank]SEOUL -- Telemedicine services are available for South Korean staying abroad, especially in overseas construction sites, in the third quarter of this year, thanks to concessions from doctors who have recognized the difficulties of countrymen stranded in countries with poor medical conditions following the death of three workers infected with COVID-19.Dozens of South Korean workers at overseas construction sites have tested positive for COVID-19. Three have died before being transported back to their homeland. Health and Welfare Minister Park Neung-hoo said the...

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Busan selected in state project to establish smart logistics port system

Busan selected in state project to establish smart logistics port system

> >[Courtesy of Korea Development Corporation]SEOUL -- Busan, the hub of South Korea's maritime transportation, was selected in a government project to develop core technologies and commercialize an unmanned smart port logistics system that will speed up the distribution of cargo using autonomous equipment. New technologies will help reduce safety accidents and increase productivity at ports.Smart ports use artificial intelligence, big data, Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain to increase efficiency and security. Smart port processing is automated using connected devices such as remote...

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Samsung Heavy partners with Bloom Energy to develop fuel cells for ships

Samsung Heavy partners with Bloom Energy to develop fuel cells for ships

> >[Gettyimages Bank]SEOUL -- In an effort to secure a competitive edge in eco-friendly vessels, Samsung Heavy Industries, a major shipbuilder in South Korea, has partnered with Bloom Energy, an American public company, to develop core technologies for highly efficient fuel cells for ships by 2022.The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), an electrochemical conversion device that produces electricity directly from oxidizing fuel, has a wide variety of applications as it ensures high combined heat and power efficiency, long-term stability, fuel flexibility, low emissions and relatively low cost....

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Quick COVID-19 pneumonia diagnosis using 2-D deep learning framework with CT Image

Quick COVID-19 pneumonia diagnosis using 2-D deep learning framework with CT Image

> >[Courtesy of Wonkwang University ]SEOUL -- A computed tomography (CT) scan can be used as an important tool to diagnose COVID-19. However, radiologic diagnostic support is not maintained 24 hours in many institutions and CT may show similar imaging features between COVID-19 and other types of pneumonia, hampering correct diagnosis by radiologists.A research team led by Lee Jin-seok, a professor from Wonkwang University College of Medicine, has used an AI technique to diagnose COVID-19 pneumonia in CT images and differentiate it from non-COVID-19 pneumonia. Lee conducted a joint study...

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Doctors regard remote patient management system as effective in COVID-19 treatment

Doctors regard remote patient management system as effective in COVID-19 treatment

> >[Gettyimages Bank]SEOUL -- A new coronavirus pandemic forced an inevitable shift in medical paradigm, prompting hospitals to establish an operating system that actively utilizes Information and communications technology, a medical research team in South Korea said, based on field experience in applying a remote patient management system for the treatment of COVID-19 patients isolated at a state-designated temporary healthcare center."COVID-19 is changing the existing medical paradigm," Bae Ye-seul, a professor at Seoul National University Hospital's office of hospital information, said...

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LGU+ partners with state institute to establish 5G-based smart factory infrastructure

LGU+ partners with state institute to establish 5G-based smart factory infrastructure

> >[Gettyimages Bank]SEOUL -- LGU+, a South Korean mobile carrier, has joined hands with a state engineering institute to establish smart city and smart factory infrastructures connected with 5G mobile communication in the southwestern industrial city of Gumi."Our goal is to transform Gumi into a '5G specialized city' by expanding smart factories that can innovate manufacturing with information and communication technology (ICT) such as 5G and improving urban infrastructure so that workers can work in a pleasant environment," LGU+ said in a statement on Wednesday.The mobile carrier said...

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Researchers regard feces as promising and reliable source for detecting COVID-19 infection

Researchers regard feces as promising and reliable source for detecting COVID-19 infection

> >[Gettyimages Bank]SEOUL -- A medical research team in South Korea recommended proper handwashing when changing diapers in infants and adequate hygiene measures in restrooms after a study of children infected with a new coronavirus showed that a high concentration of viral ribonucleic acid (RNA) was detected for three weeks in fecal samples.Viral RNA was detectable at high concentration for three weeks in fecal samples from 12 mildly symptomatic and asymptomatic children with COVID-19, a research team led by Han Mi-seon, a pediatrics professor at Seoul National University Boramae Medical...

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GC Medical Science to export COVID-19 antibody diagnostic kits to 8 countries

GC Medical Science to export COVID-19 antibody diagnostic kits to 8 countries

> >[Courtesy of GC MEdical Science]SEOUL -- GC Medical Science, the diagnostic kit maker wing of South Korean pharmaceutical company GC Pharma, will export COVID-19 antibody diagnostic kits.A GC Medical Science official told Aju News on Tuesday that the company will export $12 million worth of "GENEDIA W ONE," a COVID-19 diagnostic kit, to eight countries including France, Saudi Arabia and France.Antibody diagnostic kits detect the current or past presence of virus infection by analyzing blood samples. GC Medical Science said GENEDIA W ONE can detect the COVID-19 antibody from a small...

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S. Korea starts smartphone identification service for digital driver's license

S. Korea starts smartphone identification service for digital driver's license

> >[Courtesy of PASS]SEOUL -- With the real-life introduction of a mobile identification service, South Koreans no longer have to show their driving license in the form of plastic cards to identify themselves. The digital driver's license can be used for verification in various cases such as on-road police inspections.South Korea opened the door for the mobile identification service in September last year when the Ministry of Science and ICT lifted regulations through a regulatory sandbox. A regulatory sandbox exempts regulations on new products or services for a certain period of time so...

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S. Korean energy company constructs eco-friendly 8 megawatt-class solar power plant

S. Korean energy company constructs eco-friendly 8 megawatt-class solar power plant

> >[Courtesy of E1]SEOUL -- E1, a South Korean energy company, has built its first megawatt-class solar power plant in a bid to become a competitive player in the country's growing eco-friendly energy production market.E1 said in a statement that it has built an eight megawatt-class solar power plant over an area of 69,166 square meters in Jeongseon some 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of Seoul. The power plant using solar panels will generate electricity for some 2,900 households. A 21.2 megawatt-per-hour energy storage system (ESS) was also built to collect unused electricity.The Jeongseon...

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S. Korea advises not to wear COVID-19 masks while social distancing outdoors to prevent heatstroke

S. Korea advises not to wear COVID-19 masks while social distancing outdoors to prevent heatstroke

> >[Yonhap Photo]SEOUL -- South Korea's disease control headquarters has advised people not to wear masks if they are keeping a social distance of two meters (6.5 feet) in outdoor environments in order to prevent heat-related illnesses."If keeping a social distance of two meters is possible, we advise people not to wear a mask," Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) Director Jeong Eun-Kyeong told reporters during a regular briefing on Monday.The KCDC director said that "It is important to wear a mask to prevent COVID-19 infection but wearing a mask outside in hot weather...

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Hanwha Systems participates in government-led project to develop cluster unmanned surface vehicle control technology

Hanwha Systems participates in government-led project to develop cluster unmanned surface vehicle control technology

> >[Courtesy of Hanwha Systems]SEOUL -- Hanwha Systems, a South Korean defense contractor, has participated in a 19 billion won ($15.6 million) government-led project to develop a management system for the Navy's clustered unmanned surface vehicles.Hanwha Systems said in a statement on Monday that it has participated in a project led by the Agency for Defense Development, South Korea's arms research body, to develop clustered unmanned surface vehicle (USV) technology and the management system by 2024.Clustered USV technology, also known as clustered drone technology, harnesses a group of...

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Researchers develop mole-type drilling robot for exploration of underground resources

Researchers develop mole-type drilling robot for exploration of underground resources

> >[Courtesy of KAIST]SEOUL -- Researchers have developed a drilling robot for the exploration of underground resources by mimicking characteristics of moles, known for their pointy snouts and digging abilities. The robot called "Mole-bot" can do a one-stop job quicker than existing drilling equipment and causes no environmental pollution.The Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) said its research team led by Hyun Myung, a professor of electrical engineering, has developed Mole-bot. "We can use it not only for unmanned exploration of underground resources but also for...

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Seoul hospital to conduct clinical trial for Inovio's COVID-19 DNA vaccine candidate

Seoul hospital to conduct clinical trial for Inovio's COVID-19 DNA vaccine candidate

> >[Gettyimages Bank]SEOUL -- The safety and efficacy of IN0-4800, a COVID-19 DNA vaccine candidate developed by Inovio Pharmaceuticals, an American biotechnology company, will be checked in clinical trials by a prominent state hospital in South Korea. Clinical trials will begin this month.The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) won approval from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, a public health watchdog, for Phase 1 and 2 trials in South Korea. Under a contract with the institute, INO-4800 will be administered to 40 adults to verify safety. Seoul National University Hospital will...

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Celltrion selected for state project to develop pen-type insulin biosimilar

Celltrion selected for state project to develop pen-type insulin biosimilar

> >[Courtesy of Celltrion]SEOUL -- Celltrion, a bio firm in South Korea, will develop a pen-type insulin biosimilar. It has yet to decide which products will be used as an original medicine.Celltrion will be in charge of clinical trials and the development of an insulin biosimilar, while Poonglim Pharmatech, a domestic medical device manufacturer, will develop an automatic free-field pen-type injection. The two companies were selected for a state project supervised by the state-run Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT) to develop customized diagnostic treatment...

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SKT releases congestion prediction service to prevent COVID-19 infection in subways

SKT releases congestion prediction service to prevent COVID-19 infection in subways

> >[Courtesy of SK Telecom]SEOUL -- SK Telecom, a top mobile carrier in South Korea, released a smartphone service that provides information about the level of congestion in subway trains by using big data collected from subway stations and trains to help commuters reduce the chance of contacting coronavirus carriers.About 7.2 million people use subway trains during commuting hours every day in Seoul and its satellite cities. To avoid cross-contamination inside crowded subway cars, all commuters wear masks and use hand sanitizers to fight their way to work and back home.SK Telecom (SKT)...

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