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   u-Seoul Child Protection System
Created Date: 12/8/2008 7:20:13 PM
Country: Republic of Korea
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement
Status: In use
License: Proprietary
Product Type: Software - Mobile
Target Users: Citizenry, esp. parents and children
Developer Name: Seoul Metropolitan Government
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System Requirements: Mobile internet access
Description: The u-Seoul Child Protection System is one of Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG)’s ambitious plans to ensure more secure and pleasant environment for its citizens, especially for parents and their children. In simple terms, the System is devoted to protect our children against possible dangers such as child abduction by taking preventive actions that are empowered by the latest technologies, including GIS, integrated video surveillance and amber alert system. In case of an accident, however, post measures are also to be taken readily in collaboration with a communication service provider and the city’s fire headquarter.

Since the inception of the Child Protection System in May 2008, Information System Planning Bureau, the department responsible for the initiative, has focused on giving parents with primary school-age children peace of mind by reducing possible threats of child abduction through the implementation of ICT and mobile internet technology.

Within the framework of the initiative, first of all, the SMG produced and distributed a parents’ manual describing how to protect their children from child abduction, and built the internet portal “Seoul Child Safety Portal.” In this context, the SMG and one of major Korean telecommunication companies signed a MOU that serves as the basis for launching a special mobile price plan for parents/children subscribers. With this special telecom service, the parent subscribers not only enjoy affordable monthly fees but also can they track down their children’s location on a real-time basis thanks to the latest GIS. And thus, if any child-related incidents occur, the parents are to be well informed of their kids’ whereabouts. Plus, the parents can find out their children’s location through the Seoul Child Safety Portal as well.

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