A system that can trace and manage various infectious diseases including COVID-19 is set to be developed by a South Korean consortium. This consortium will also look to export K-quarantine system after adding a self-isolation application and a QR code-based electronic access list system.
N2M announced on Thursday that the company won a contract for “COVID-19 Epidemiological Investigation Support System Advancement” project that was set up to find more effective ways to deal with infectious diseases including COVID-19.
The company has gained knowhow and developed technologies by participating in “COVID-19 Epidemiological Investigation Support System” development project. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) and the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA) recently announced “Intelligent Epidemiological Investigation System and Comprehensive Package Development” project in order to provide “COVID-19 epidemiological investigation support system” and K-quarantine ICT solution to foreign countries effectively. N2M earned the project with a consortium that it formed with the Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI), PINE C&I, and Dtonic
The consortium will first look to improve existing system operating systems and expand the application of the systems towards other infectious diseases similar to COVID-19. By expanding the application, it will look to create an efficient system that can manage many infectious diseases that come from infection between humans at the same time. Including a large-scale data collection system, the consortium will also look to improve performance of support system and administrator features as well.
The consortium will then introduce a modeling process based on an AI (Artificial Intelligence) algorithm to support intelligent epidemiological investigation. It will look to provide an intelligent epidemiological investigation system by securing data on source of infection and tracing after establishing features to trace source of infection and analyze areas where there are potentials for spread of infectious diseases.

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<Current epidemiological investigation system that traces COVID-19 is expected to be upgrade into a system that can manage various infectious diseases. N2M’s developers are inspecting the current COVID-19 epidemiological investigation system. Staff Reporter Kim, Minsoo | mskim@etnews.com>

Besides these tasks, the consortium will also work on efficient operation of system during the times when there are many confirmed cases by improving ways to manage data collection modules and through collaborative infectious disease management. It will create a comprehensive package by linking its self-isolation application and QR code-based electronic access list system.
The consortium plans to eventually create a standardized model for exportation by adding advanced epidemiological investigation system and K-quarantine comprehensive package. It will materialize a base model for exportation and plan on rapid overseas support based on the model.
“Epidemiological investigation support system that was set up very quickly due to a national crisis was used effectively by Korae Disease Control and Prevention Agency and it was proved to be very effective.” said President Kim Hyung-jin of N2M. “Through advanced epidemiological investigation support system and K-quarantine ICT solution comprehensive package, we are going to create a base solution in order to prevent spread of infectious disease much faster.”
N2M is a member of Smart City Convergence Alliance and it conducts various studies and businesses related to IoT (Internet of Things), smart city, and smart grid. By participating in the project, it will further strengthen its partnership with relevant national institutions such as MOLIT, KAIA, and Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. It will focus on creating synergy by working with smart city open data hub R&D institutions.
Staff Reporter Kim, Jiseon | river@etnews.com