In the Middle East, which is not easy to grow due to desert weather, KT introduced a smart farm with high-tech ICT.
KT announced that it held a launching ceremony for "smart farm customized to disabled people" along with Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) in Crawfacan, UAE on November 18 (local time).
SCHS, the first disabled professional organization established in 1979, is a government agency that supports rehabilitation, education and social welfare of disabled people.
KT and SCHS promised to provide education support related to smart farm operation for a year with the Disabled Enterprise Business Center (DEBC) to revitalize ICT agriculture in the region and improve job creation and living standards for the disabled.
The UAE is an area where annual precipitation is less than 100 millimeters and agricultural productivity is very low due to the scorching heat of over 40 degrees Celsius. Especially, it is difficult to grow fresh vegetables, so much of the demand depends on imports.
Since it started Smart Farm business using ICT in 2014, KT has established facilities garden solutions in more than 100 places in South Korea.
Smart Farm that is customized for UAE disabled people is about 600㎡ and has facilities optimized for disabled people and advanced ICT. It is also possible for an outside manager to provide real-time education or provide solutions to workers on-site through AR glass.
In addition, all facilities can be remotely controlled by PC or mobile app via sensors and can collect various information through sensors.
KT is predicting that customized smart farms for the disabled will be the key to supplying ICT solutions in the Middle East including UAE.
"KT actively provides ICT solutions to increase agricultural productivity in the poor Middle East starting with the opening of UAE Smart Farm, and will continue to promote global social contribution activities based on ICT to raise awareness in the international community." said Chairman Hwang Chang-kyu of KT.