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Korea’s Seoul Metro to help Malaysian companies in rail technology
August 21, 2019 News


The Malaysian Automotive, Robotic and IoT Institute (MARii) together with Technology Depository Agency and MPM held a business seminar with Seoul Metro in Cyberjaya to understand the Korean metro company’s technology used in its railway networks and how Malaysia can share and learn from the technology.

Seoul Metro highlighted three new technologies they developed at the seminar, which are the SAMBA System, ASA System and the Smart Station Technology.

The Smart Automatic Mechanical Big Data Analysis System (SAMBA) is an ICT-based facility maintenance system developed for railway facilities by Seoul Metro. The service can also be applied to smart buildings, smart facilities and smart cities.  SAMBA system consists of several parts which are IoT sensors, networks and servers.

The IoT sensors acquire data from various facilities and transmit them to servers through networks. Servers stores data at high speed and analyse the status of the facilities by using its failure prediction algorithm and history data.

The Autonomous Scanning Analysis System (ASA) is a tunnel inspection system installed in railway vehicle and operates with an advanced machine vision and ICT technology. It analyses the state of information of tunnel facilities, detects a defect automatically and improves the maintenance and safety of the tunnel facilities. This is done via high-speed image processing and algorithm of inspecting deformation. The system also provides a fault report from real-time inspection.

The Smart Station Technology is the intelligent operation environment to increase civil safety and customers satisfaction. With this technology, all facilities in the station will be managed by an integrated system that includes 3D virtual screens. The LTE-R based IoT networks can foresee situations and prevent risks of an emergency situation, allowing employees to reduce response time during emergencies.

Datuk Phang Ah Tong, Chairman of MARii, said with the growing usage of robotics and technology, Malaysia needs to be on par with the rest of the world. He hopes local companies, especially those in the rail industry, will work together to learn from Seoul Metro and hopefully someday be able to develop their own solutions.

Looking at the railway industry in Malaysia, there are currently various train services using different systems offering various services. Prasarana Malaysia Berhad is the biggest operator of trains in the city running the LRT, MRT and monorail lines while KTMB runs the interstate and intercity train networks. With the Penang state announcing the development of an LRT system there as well, Seoul Metro is hoping to provide its technology services as well as training to these companies.

According to Seoul Metro, their systems can also be deployed in other industries as well. This includes using their systems for airport management as well as in smart cities for data and safety management.