Following hot on the heels of the Netherlands IoT rollout, South Korea completes its nationwide Internet of Things network six months ahead of schedule. As with the Netherlands it’s also used the LoRaWAN Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification to make it possible. SK Telecom, South Korea’s top mobile carrier, implemented the network and will be announcing new applications for the service over the coming months.
The service can host devices that track the location of people, vehicles, objects and assets, as needed. For instance, SK is working with local governments on Safe Watch, a smartwatch for children and the elderly that lets parents or carers keep track of the wearer, which launches later this month.