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KT launches First Overseas Smart Farm in the UAE
Customized for People with Disabilities
KT launches First Overseas Smart Farm in the UAE
  • By Michael Herh
  • November 20, 2018, 08:51
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Hwang Chang-gyu (fourth from left), chairman of KT, and Sheikh Saeed bin Saqr Al Qasimi (third from left), deputy chief of Sharjah Ruler’s Office, plant seedlings with trowels at a smart farm customized for the disabled in the UAE.

KT Corp. announced on Nov. 19 that it has launched a smart farm customized for the disabled in Korpakan, Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This is the first time KT has established a smart farm overseas. The project was promoted in cooperation with the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS), a local non-profit organization.

KT and the SCHS will provide training for smart farm operation for one year with the Disabled Enterprise Business Center (DEBC) of Korea.

The smart farm project is designed to revitalize local ICT-powered agriculture, create jobs for disabled people and improve their living standards. KT and SCHS expect that the smart farm will increase disabled people’s will for self-reliance and boost agricultural productivity in a barren desert climate.

The customized smart farm is about 600 square meters and equipped with devices optimized for people with disabilities. Wearing augmented reality (AR) eyeglasses, an outside administrator can remotely provide real-time training or solutions to workers in the field. In addition, all facilities can be remotely controlled by PCs or mobile apps via internal and external sensors, and farming data can be collected through sensors.

The AR spectacles are a solution designed to meet a shortage of agricultural experts in the Middle East. While experts instructed people on farming techniques on sites in the past, the AR eyeglasses now allow experts to check farms on a PC or a pad from a distant city, teaching farmers how to take proper measures. Moreover, farming data gathered through sensors will be used as big data to enhance the agricultural productivity of not only Sharjah but the entire UAE in the future.