Global Infectious Disease Prevention Project

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The Global Infectious Disease Prevention Project is an infectious disease tracking system based on big data and powered by artificial intelligence.

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The Korea Telecomm’s (KT) Global Infectious Disease Prevention System is an artificial intelligence-powered big data solution to track the dissemination of infectious diseases in Korea with support from the Korean government. By analyzing roaming information of mobile phone users all around the world, the system is able to accurately track the dissemination route of infectious diseases that threaten humankind. 

The system keeps that migration and path of virus carrier’s information acquired from the GPS of smartphones and navigations, helping it to learn, predict and track the accurate dissemination route of infectious diseases. The project started as a big data solution to track the aviation influenza and foot-and-mouth diseases in Korea together with the Quarantine Division under the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency in 2015. KT, seeing the success of the system, decided to expand the AI-powered big data quarantine network designed to cope with epidemics including MERS and Zika virus. To expand its system, KT signed an MOU with UN Global Compact in 2016 and partnered with Sfaricom, a leading mobile network operator in Kennya in 2017. On July 8 at the 2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, the prevention of the spread of epidemics was added to the G20 agenda. 

By predicting the disease transmission route and building the quarantine and isolation system for disease with big data and AI solution, the Global Infectious Disease Prevention Project help meet the Good Health and Well-being goal. Global Infectious Disease Prevention Project could also help meet the Partnership for Goals, as the project established partnerships with the UN, governments, and global telecom companies.