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Aged being helped by SK Telecom’s virtual assistant

A voice-based virtual assistant developed by SK Telecom will provide care to the elderly so they can be monitored remotely and make emergency calls, the telecom company said on Wednesday.

Nugu will provide the service to 200 elderly Koreans enrolled with Aria Care Korea, a provider of remote senior care.

The initial users will be people diagnosed with dementia or other geriatric diseases.

The device will send an alert to the care providing center if it fails to detect user activity for 24 hours.

A device will alert emergency services if a user calls out “Help, Aria.”

BY PARK EUN-JEE [park.eunjee@joongang.co.kr]

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