South Korea’s Incheon Airport uses 5G-based AI for coronavirus check

24 December 2020 (Last Updated December 24th, 2020 12:38)

South Korea’s Incheon International Airport is reportedly using mobile edge computing (MEC) technology for coronavirus screening.

South Korea’s Incheon Airport uses 5G-based AI for coronavirus check
The system can also send out autonomous robots for disinfecting purposes. Credit: Arne Müseler / www.arne-mueseler.com.

South Korea’s Incheon International Airport is reportedly using mobile edge computing (MEC) technology for coronavirus screening.

Yonhap news agency reported that MEC technology has been deployed to run an artificial intelligence (AI) system, which will check for Covid-19 symptoms at the airport’s arrival and departure halls.

South Korea Ministry of Science and ICT said that the system will also make use of digital kiosks and video surveillance to check for travellers without masks.

The AI system is designed to even deploy disinfection robots. The measures are intended to help curb the spread of new Covid-19 virus.

According to the ministry, MEC technology helps reduces the delay before transferring instruction by sending data to close by small-scale data centres, rather than to a centralised one, reported Yonhap.

Wireless carrier SK Telecom has installed millimetre wave (mmWave) band 5G base stations at the airport to run the service.

It will also incorporate the SAPEON X220, which is the company’s new AI chip.

In August, Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) trialled Smiths Detection’s computed tomography (CT)-based carry-on baggage scanner HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX at its Terminal 2 Transfer Inspection Center.

The airport also conducted a trial of the new ultraviolet (UV) light tray disinfection kit.

Smiths Detection’s new UV disinfection kit proved to kill up to 99.9% of microorganisms, including coronaviruses that can be found on trays at checkpoints.