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Korea's Smart City Korea's Smart City

Smart City

This primer aims to share the knowledge and experiences of smart city planning and development in Korea. The brand name for Korean smart cities, U-City, combines the word ‘city’ with the term ‘ubiquitous’. A U-City system is categorized by three stages: information collection, information processing, and information utilization. In the mid-2000s, Korea adopted the concept of a smart city for the first time in the world, in order to improve the quality of urban life and comprehensively manage an intelligent city system. Since the nation enacted the U-City Act in 2008, it has systematically built smart cities under the U-City brand.