In East Asia, South Korea’s largest mobile telephony operator, SK Telecom, has launched ThingPlug, an Internet of Things platform to boost the IoT ecosystem. The platform will also form the basis of smart city development in Busan, large port city in South Korea.
The new IoT platform allows developers to build a service or application by downloading a software development kit from the ThingPlug website.
Additionally, ThingPlug is based on oneM2M standards – affording developers a scalable, interoperable platform on which to build M2M/IoT applications and services.
SK Telecom’s CTO Alex Jinsung Choi said: “The launch of ThingPlug carries a significant meaning as it allows anyone to develop an IoT service, leading to the creation of a truly enriched IoT ecosystem that brings increased value and convenience to developers across the globe.
“To this end, we will not only work closely with the local governments, solution developers and technology institutes in Korea, but also join hands with IoT players around the world,” added Choi.
The ThingPlug platform affords developers various features which will enable them to check the service status and data via different devices in real-time. This includes PCs, smartphones, tablets and other consumer electronics.
Busan smart city enabled by ThingPlug
According to SK Telecom officials, the new platform will be applied as part of a smart city test-bed in Busan, large port city in South Korea. The operator will work with the government, using ThingPlug to upgrade public services, including parking management, building energy management and safety services – transforming these into smart IoT services.
The South Korean operator had launched the first M2M platform in the nation in 2008, introducing Business-to-government (B2G) services such as remote metering.