The government works with companies such as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai E&C to nurture the ‘intelligent home’ market

At the '2022 AIoT International Exhibition' held at COEX in Gangnam-gu, Seoul last October, visitors are looking around smart homes. (Photo = Policy

Establishment and promotion of ‘AI@Home Project’ with companies in each field… Service demonstration support

The government is promoting the ‘Intelligent Home (AI@Home) Project’ in which companies in each field, including Samsung, LG, LH, and Hyundai E&C, participate to implement an intelligent home in an apartment building.

To this end, the ‘Intelligent Home (AI@Home) certification’ will be newly established to promote the branding and spread of the intelligent home, and within this year, the ‘Intelligent Home Alliance’ will be launched, involving construction, home appliance, device manufacturing, and artificial intelligence companies. .

The Ministry of Science and ICT announced the ‘plan for building and disseminating intelligent homes’ to create new markets and improve the quality of people’s lives at the Emergency Economic Ministers’ Meeting held on the 9th.

In particular, from this year to next year, as a first-phase plan, it plans to promote an intelligent home leading project (AI@Home) that applies global standards to intelligent home systems.

Accordingly, it supports the demonstration of a service that connects various devices in the home, such as home appliances, lighting, locking devices, ventilation fans, air conditioning and heating devices, and conveniently controls various devices anytime, anywhere with familiar devices.

Globally, the intelligent home is emerging as a key driver of digital transformation.

In particular, the intelligent home connects home appliances, lighting, and doors to a single global standard and provides customized services based on artificial intelligence. In the United States and China, the use of intelligent home services is rapidly increasing.

On the other hand, Korea’s smart home only provides limited functions centered on wall pads or artificial intelligence speakers, so users’ utilization is low.

In addition, as construction and home appliance companies adopted different standards (OneM2M, RS485, OCF, etc.), it was difficult to freely connect and use devices at home, and market formation was limited.

However, the global market is evolving into an intelligent home that provides smarter and more convenient services by combining smart home standards with ‘matter’ and generative artificial intelligence.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Science and ICT prepared this plan to systematically support the creation of a new intelligent home market by actively utilizing the market transition period.

Through this, it is expected that the quality of life of the people will be improved by promoting the launch and introduction of differentiated user-centered services, and the welfare of vulnerable groups such as the disabled and the elderly will be strengthened.

◆ Creating an intelligent home ecosystem

The intelligent home supports the creation of an intelligent home collaboration ecosystem led by the private sector, as an ecosystem in which related companies and institutions such as construction, small devices, home appliances, and artificial intelligence collaborate to create new services is important.

First, the intelligent home leading project (AI@Home) will be promoted to implement and demonstrate an intelligent home model based on global standards (Matter) and artificial intelligence (generative artificial intelligence).

Accordingly, as the first step (2023-2024), it will be applied as a global standard to support service demonstration.

In the second stage, it will use innovative technologies such as generative artificial intelligence and household robots to understand the context and promote the demonstration of a global leading intelligent home that operates autonomously.

An example of the 2nd phase of the intelligent home leading project (details are explained in the text)
Examples of Phase 2 Services of the Intelligent Home Leading Project

In particular, it plans to establish a new private certification (3-level system) that can be easily identified by the public so that the intelligent home can quickly spread and brand it.

In addition, for collaboration among intelligent home companies, it plans to launch an intelligent home alliance within this year involving domestic construction, home appliance, device manufacturing, and artificial intelligence companies.

◆ Strengthening global competitiveness

In order to strengthen the global competitiveness of the intelligent home industry, export support, aftermarket development, and wired/wireless home network advancement are promoted.

First, it establishes a foundation for supporting overseas expansion so that intelligent home companies can compete in the global market.

To this end, a global standard internationally accredited testing laboratory will be established in Korea within this year so that exporting companies can obtain global certification in Korea without going abroad.

In addition, based on domestic international accredited testing laboratories, it will strengthen exchanges and cooperation with global standardization organizations and major intelligent home countries such as the US and the European Union (EU), and promote joint development and response to international standards.

Strengthening the global competitiveness of the intelligent home industry (details are explained in the text)
Strengthening the global competitiveness of the intelligent home industry

To solve the technical difficulties of small and medium-sized device manufacturers, the Intelligent Home Technical Support Center is established, and promising small and medium-sized enterprises are also supported for overseas expansion by participating in major overseas exhibitions.

In addition, in the future, it will support the creation of a user-centered aftermarket so that users can easily purchase various digital devices from the market and build an intelligent home.

In particular, it plans to nurture the smart interior industry, which designs and installs devices such as smart lighting, door locks, and artificial intelligence speakers in indoor spaces to meet the needs of users.

In addition, it supports the development and demonstration of killer devices so that various and competitive devices can be developed.

It plans to promote the establishment of large-scale learning data necessary for the development of new intelligent home services based on generative artificial intelligence.

The use of high-capacity and high-speed wireless network Wi-Fi 6E will be expanded so that ultra-low latency and hyper-connectivity services can be activated in the home, and the next-generation Wi-Fi 7 will be introduced from next year through revision of technical standards in the second half of this year.

For wired networks, full-scale installation of optical cables in new buildings and promotion of investment so that 100% of the trunk line network connecting communication stations and regional hubs is converted to optical fiber.

◆ Security enhancement and base expansion

Security is strengthened so that anyone can use the intelligent home safely.

First of all, in order to increase the security of the Matter standard-based service platform, zero trust is demonstrated, and advanced security SW developers are fostered through intelligent home security specialization training for excellent SW developers.

In order to improve the security level of intelligent home devices such as internet address cameras, security certification will be strengthened and security vulnerability reporting will be promoted.

In order to prevent unauthorized exposure of Internet address camera images, we will continue to monitor domestic and foreign video providing sites.

In order to improve consumer awareness of intelligent home, an intelligent home idea contest centered on the general public will be held to spread the culture of direct consumer production, and an experience space will be prepared for permanent exhibition of intelligent home services in Magok, Seoul within the year.

Minister of Science and ICT Lee Jong-ho explained, “As the intelligent home market is changing rapidly, global companies are already leading standardization and focusing on differentiating services.”

“For this reason, it is an urgent time to create a new market by actively utilizing the global market transition period to discover leading intelligent home models and services that apply global standards and to support aftermarket development to activate the use of intelligent homes,” he said.

He emphasized, “We will listen to the opinions of the field and actively support them so that the intelligent home can become a new food and change our lives more conveniently.”

Source: Policy news – Ministry of Science and ICT, link


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