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SK Telecom unveils artificial intelligence service

SK said the new artificial intelligence tool will initially offer smart home control and assistant services

SK Telecom unveiled an artificial intelligence service based on voice recognition, local press reported.

The artificial intelligence service, dubbed NUGU, will offer a wide range of services including smart home control services, music recommendations and assistant services such as schedule notification, weather information and smartphone location tracking.

The Korean telco also plans to release new features for NUGU including a voice-enabled e-commerce service, real-time traffic and additional media services. SK Telecom also confirmed that it plans to open NUGU’s Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) in the first half of next year in a move to boost the creation of an ecosystem surrounding NUGU by working closely with startups, SMEs and experts in the field of artificial intelligence to develop NUGU-related services.

NUGU service will be initially offered through a 21.9cm–tall cylinder-shaped device also built to work as a home speaker and LED lighting.

“In the past, the evolution of input device – from a conventional keyboard to mouse, and then to touchpad – has brought great changes to people’s daily lives. Now, we are once again standing at a turning point that leads to a dramatically different world created by voice recognition and artificial intelligence technologies,” said Park Il-hwan, Executive Vice President and Head of Device Supporting Division of SK Telecom.

“Starting with the launch of NUGU, the first-ever virtual assistant service that supports the Korean language, we will promote the popularization of artificial intelligence technologies and services to realize enhanced value for our customers.”

Taiwan Mobile to offer enterprise IoT services through Cisco Jasper Control Center platform

In other APAC news, Taiwanese telco Taiwan Mobile confirmed it plans to offer enterprise IoT services in the local market using the Cisco Jasper Control Center platform.

Taiwan Mobile plans to offer plug-and-play IoT services that can be configured to provide analysis, automation and diagnostic intelligence.

The telco added that it will focus on segments including connected cars, mobile payment, manufacturing, smart cities and public transport.

“Companies are increasingly focused on offering services that generate recurring revenue while improving the customer experience. Taiwan Mobile is excited to be at the forefront of enabling this transformation for businesses throughout Taiwan via the industry-leading Cisco Jasper IoT platform,” Taiwan Mobile senior director of mobile marketing and IoT services Eddie Chan said.


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