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Residents in Songdo International Business District will soon be able to learn a new dish or take a yoga class in the comfort of their homes. A managed services company called U.Life Solutions has been set up by Cisco, Gale Internatonal, POSCO E&C and LG CNS to deliver Smart+Connected Community Services in the newly established city.

At the launch event for the new entity on July 4, 2011, celebrity Korean chef and restaurateur, Soojin Choi (picture below), taught the audience how to make a chicken salad over Cisco TelePresence.

U.Life Solutions expects to start deploying Smart+Connected Community Home Solutions that comprise advanced home networking systems and Cisco TelePresence this year. With this solution, residents will be able to conveniently control lighting, air conditioning/heating systems, gas, curtains and all other home devices using touch-screen wall pads, mobile remote controllers and even smartphones, computers and tablet devices.

The Cisco TelePresence unit will enable real-time video communication and provide a window not just to family members, but also to a host of service providers such as schools, banks and the government. 

Anil Menon (seated on the right in the picture above with Incheon Metropolitan City Mayor Young-Gil Song), President, Globalisation and Smart+Connected Communities, said: “Songdo will be the role model for smart cities around the world. While Cisco is involved in smart and connected communities around the world, there is much for us to learn and Songdo will help us understand how the Internet and technology can contribute to the cities of the future.”

To get a better understanding of the vision for a Smart+Connected Songdo, take a look at this video:

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