SK Telecom has showcased an Internet of Things (IoT)-integrated apartment

This takes advantage of its technological expertise in voice recognition and artificial intelligence (AI).

The smart-home system has become the talk of mobile town in Korea, with leading mobile carriers here expanding their presence into the next growth area amid market saturation in the conventional wireless business.

The nation’s leading mobile carrier joined with Hyundai Engineering & Construction for the event, displaying a series of home IoT functions at the latter’s model apartment in southern Seoul. SK Telecom said its intelligent smart-home system can bring total home automation with voice commands.

The firm has sought leadership in the area by accumulating massive datasets to become one of the nation’s largest machine learning-based business operators. The company said its home IoT system can understand more than 95 percent of the Korean language. At the event, the company demonstrated how the voice-controlled smart system turns lights on and off.

Another key function is the enhanced security system connected to users’ smart devices. Both companies developed what they call a smartphone key system. This is connected to their application, helping users unlock doors, which the companies believe will enhance security compared with conventional door-locking systems.

Residents can also check in real time such things as energy and water consumption.

SK Telecom said residents could not only control indoor electrical systems with the apps, but also check community facilities, such as the parking lot or elevator.

“We are going to continue to expand our presence into the smart-home sector by forging continuous ties with Hyundai Engineering & Construction,” Cho Young-hoon, head of SK Telecom’s home business division, said. “In particular, our technological expertise in voice recognition and AI will drastically change general perception of residential life.”

SK Telecom said the company plans to equip more Hyundai Hill State apartments with the home IoT system, catering for some 29,000 residents in 2017.

The company is aggressively pushing to lead in the AI era with its own AI-based home assistant service, NUGU, launched last month. The company previously said it will continue to build more partnerships with startups to turn the business into its major revenue source.

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