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        The city of Seoul South Korea is planting the seeds for a metaverse ecosystem called “Metaverse Seoul” for all areas of its municipal administration.The effort combines digital twins virtual reality (VR) and collaboration to improve city services as well as planning administration and support for virtual tourism.

        At the MIT Future Compute Conference Seoul smart city policy bureau CIO Jong-Soo Park elaborated on their vision and current progress.Today users can create avatars and explore a virtual representation of the mayor’s office.The long-term vision is to add support for business development services education and support for city services for filing complaints inquiring about real estate and filing taxes.

        They are also hoping to operate the project as an open and free service for citizens.Building on a connected city Seoul is already one of the world’s most connected cities with over 95% of its ten million residents already connected to 4G or 5G services.In addition the city government provides an extensive network of free Wi-Fi with over 100 00 access points.First they want to make it easier for citizens to connect with government services and each other.The platform will help consolidate access to various city services.

        It will also make it easier to expand services that take advantage of 3D digital twins to improve access to local security footage report fires and improve public infrastructure.For example the S-Map service already provides a digital twin for urban planning real-time fire monitoring and wind path analysis.A safety service called the Ansimi App connects users with Seoul police services who can tap into local location data and camera feeds to speed investigations.A business services portal is already providing startups a place to showcase new business ideas and service.An educational portal brings together 34 campus towns to provide coaching collaboration and networking opportunities.Virtual tourism services allow locals and


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