SEOUL -- South Korea's top telecom company KT has set up an unmanned drone surveillance system at Samsung Electronics' semiconductor plant to create a safe work environment. Autonomous drones equipped with various sensors will patrol and monitor dangerous factors such as fire.
Drones are used for safety management to find and rescue stranded people in the mountains or the sea. Some are used to check the structural integrity of large and tall buildings by examining the exterior walls for visible cracks or damages. Many industrial drones use specialized LTE communication channels that are encrypted for security.
KT said that an autonomous drone system was set up at Samsung's semiconductor plant in Onyang some 90 kilometers (55.9 miles) south of Seoul. The system hooked onto an LTE network includes an unmanned drone control tower station that offers rapid charging and the management of flight courses.
"We will continue to upgrade our safety management capabilities by using KT drones to manage facilities, patrol during night times, and monitor atmospheric gases," Samsung's Onyang plant environmental safety division head Oh Hyeok-sang said in a statement on March 27.
KT has aggressively expanded its drone service business since 2019 when the world's first 5G communication network was commercialized in South Korea. The company has developed a 5G-connected lifesaving drone platform including a command truck and rescue robots.
Through a partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund, the company has deployed a helium-filled airship equipped with various sensors, cameras and electronic devices to Ghana to create precise digital maps and monitor signs of illegal child labor.
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