Round.G, A Community Center That Creates Jobs for the New Middle-Aged

Recently, there has been a lot of attention on the “newly middle-aged generation” who left their job at around age of 50. As it is not easy to find a new job after leaving one, jobs for the new middle-aged generation are emerging as a social problem.

To tackle this problem, Incheon Airport has planned a job creation project by establishing a local community “lounge” called “Round.G” which offers a new start for the new middle-aged to welcome their golden age.

On today’s post, we will be taking a look at Round.G and into its various facilities as well as programs.

What is “A job creation project for the new middle-aged”?

Incheon Airport planned this project to tackle the problem of jobs for the new middle-aged and promote more interaction between different generations.

To do so, Incheon Airport selected two organizations—Cooperative Cultural Emergency Exit from Incheon and Dong-gu Happy Seniors Welfare Center from Daegu—after a long process of selection, including invitation, document review, interview, and site inspection.

Incheon Airport sponsored the two organizations with KRW 800 million in total so that they can plan and operate various community programs.

Currently, two community service centers have opened, and the opening of the third and fourth community service centers are under review. Incheon Airport aims to create more than 100 jobs a year for the new middle-aged by 2030 through the expansion of the community service centers nationwide. So, let’s get into each community service center’s programs and plans, shall we?

An open studio cafe at Round.G Community Service Center!

Round.G Community Service Center 1, which opened in May, is located in Seoknam-dong, Seo-gu, Incheon.

Source: Round.G’s Instagram account (@round__g)

On the first floor, there is a cafe run by a new middle-aged man who started a new chapter in his life as a barista after retirement. On the underground floor, various programs are provided such as “I Am a Teacher,” where new middle-aged people participate as lecturers and share their experiences with local residents, and “Signature Table,” where a table culture is shared between different generations. There is also a studio, which supports exchanges between local residents and different generations via YouTube in line with the latest trends.

Through collaboration with new middle-aged artists, products such as coffee bean packages designed under the theme of the new middle-aged will be developed for sale, and local specialties such as eco-friendly cotton dishcloths from Ganghwado Island will be also launched. A greater impact of Round.G is expected on local communities.

Source: Round.G’s Instagram account (@round__g)
Source: Round.G’s Instagram account (@round__g)

With great accessibility as it is located a minute away by foot from Exit 2 of Seongnam Station, local residents became a regular of this place for its delicious coffee, tea and dessert. More social interaction among the new middle-aged and other generations are expected along with participation from local residents.

Round.G Community Center 2 in Daejeon will open its doors to the public starting June 2!

Community Center 2 will prepare a studio where job training programs, including drone pilot training, can be conducted online, and establish a cultural space that displays artworks by young and new middle-aged artists in Daejeon!

Source: Round.G’s Instagram account (@round__g)

Various lectures are also prepared; there are programs like “United Generations,” where new middle-aged lecturers participate and share their experiences, and “Culture Night,” where you can watch humanities lectures and culture/art performances, which will all help us spend some meaning time with others!

Check out more information about Round.G from our website

With the slogan “Today is Goday,” Incheon Airport runs the Round.G website to provide more information and share various projects it is conducting. 😊

On the website, you can check out Round.G’s cafe interior, the dessert menu, and various news about projects ahead. You can also get more information on the status of community service centers soon to be expanded!

Today, we have looked at Incheon Airpot’s Round.G that aims to solve job problems among the new middle-aged generation. Incheon Airport is planning to continue various activities to convey social value to various communities. If you happen to visit Round.G, why not upload your photos on social media and get the word out around you? 🙂

A Must-Have to Travel Abroad? The Future of Vaccine Passports

As COVID-19 vaccination gathers momentum, there are growing expectations for overseas travel. But some argue that it is too early to allow overseas travel due to safety concerns.

Is there any way to ensure both travel and safety in the midst of the pandemic? For one, it would be a great safety protocol to allow only vaccinated people to enter a country, and that sparked the debate over the introduction of vaccine passports.

Security! Blockchain-based vaccine passports

A vaccine passport refers to a certificate that documents whether the holder has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and can be used like a passport for overseas travel. Vaccine passports contain personal health information related to COVID-19, such as the type of vaccine received and the date of vaccination.

It requires security technology as it contains such sensitive personal data. Blockchain technology is applied to protect personal data in vaccine passports and prevent counterfeit data. Blockchain is considered a key technology to introduce vaccine passports as it can identify people through a decentralized process.

Any early adopters? Green Pass in Israel

There is a country that already introduced vaccine passports. Israel, which has the highest vaccination rate in the world, introduced its vaccine passport Green Pass. If an Israeli has Green Pass, which is given to those vaccinated, he or she is exempted from self-quarantine obligations and there is no restriction in using public facilities. As a vaccine passport, it also lifts travel restrictions in certain countries. Green Pass holders can travel to Greece and Cyprus—two countries that signed an agreement with Israel—without having to self-quarantine.

Since April, Korea has also issued electronic vaccination certificates, which are provided to those vaccinated against COVID-19. Electronic vaccination certificates also implement blockchain technology for security. To turn them into as a vaccine passport used between different countries, however, various other factors need to be considered, such as international agreements and vaccination rates.

Too early? Ongoing debate over vaccine passports

The debate over vaccine passports is pretty much still ongoing. With concerns that vaccine passports may discriminate against those not vaccinated against COVID-19, some point out that they are not very effective in countries with low vaccination rates. Furthermore, others criticize that the security system for vaccine passports, which handle sensitive health information digitally, should be more sophisticated.

We have so far looked at vaccine passports with Incheon Airport. Can vaccine passports really become a required item for overseas travel? We hope that vaccine passports play an important role in accelerating the reopening of overseas travel by supplementing their weaknesses and maintaining their strengths.

“Researching Airports’ Future” – Incheon Airport Air-Lab

Directly affected by COVID-19, what strategies does the global aviation industry need to overcome hurdles and loss incurred so far to fly again? To answer this question, Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) hosted the World Aviation Conference based on the theme of Aviation Industry Post-COVID-19 in March.

The conference discussed various issues including the travel bubble, an agreement to ease travel restrictions between countries with better disease control, immunity passport, which certifies COVID-19 test results and vaccination, contactless and disease control /prevention technology, air travel outlook, recovery plans, and urban air mobility (UAM).

Careful research and review are needed to implement various plans for the revitalization of the aviation industry. That is why Incheon Airport created Air-Lab, a think tank focusing ed on researching for the future of airports.

Incheon Airport Air-Lab, one step closer to the future

Incheon Airport Air-Lab is a future airport research organization within IIAC. It was created to lead future competition in a post-COVID-19 world and strengthen innovation fields.

Air-Lab consists of 3 teams with 28 employees with expertise in air travel and big data. There is no hierarchical positions within the team, which allows them to discuss and research more freely.

Then, what exactly does Air-Lab research?

What are Air-Lab’s research fields?

Air-Lab’s research fields include 3 innovation fields areas for future airports: future air travel, big data, and culture and art design. They conduct learning and research activities at least twice a month. Let’s dive into each of its research fields, shall we?

(1) Future air travel

Future air travel is a field which researches technologies and system needed to shift the paradigm in air travel, including urban air mobility (UAM) represented by flying taxis. If UAM, represented by flying taxis is commercialized, it can travel 40 km, from Incheon Airport to Yeouido, in Seoul, in just 20 minutes. To do so, it is required to not only devise a new system for safety and travel in place but also establish air travel requirements in accordance with Korea’s pre-existing conditions including the statuesque of telecommunication infrastructures and estimation of socially acceptable level of noise.

Future air travel is a field which researches technologies and system needed to shift the paradigm in air travel, including urban air mobility (UAM) represented by flying taxis. If UAM, represented by flying taxis is commercialized, it can travel 40 km, from Incheon Airport to Yeouido, in Seoul, in just 20 minutes. To do so, it is required to not only devise a new system for safety and travel in place but also establish air travel requirements in accordance with Korea’s pre-existing conditions including the statuesque of telecommunication infrastructures and estimation of socially acceptable level of noise.

(2) Big data

It is a field which collects and combines all data related to operating Incheon Airport. Incheon Airport is developing a big data platform to make its operations more efficient. If the big data platform is applied to day-to-day routines in Incheon Airport, it would improve passengers’ arrival and departure flows and traffic management systems, advance passenger prediction systems through machine learning, eventually leading to greatly improved efficiency. Furthermore, it can play various other roles, such as identifying passengers’ needs and providing tailored customer services.

(3) Culture and art design

Today, airports’ functionality expands further as culture and art spaces, where passengers can stay and experience things beyond air travel. Incheon Airport, which is aiming to become an airport of culture and art, has created various different sections for cultural activities and tried to establish a line of communication with passengers through a variety of art forms including performances, large installations, and media art. We can examine how to brand Incheon Airport more effectively from artistic and cultural perspectives so that the airport itself can become the destination.

In this post, we’ve looked at Incheon Airport’s research organization Air-Lab and its research fields. Let’s look forward to what ideas the Air-Lab will be offering for Incheon Airport and its more systematically advanced future in the era of Industry 4.0! J

Tips on Getting Over Jet Lag in Various Situations

Traveling far across different time zones, you may need to have a few days to adapt to the time difference. But a vicious cycle may follow after you return home as you have to revert back to your everyday routine.

In this post, let’s look into what causes this phenomenon called jet lag—we’ll cover topics such as its common symptoms and how you can cope with it. Let’s take a look at what exactly jet lag is and what causes it, shall we?

What is jet lag?

Time difference is caused by the difference in time zones between where you live and your travel destination. Jet lag is a medical term to refer to such problems. To be precise, it refers to a medical condition which causes problems with sleep and day-time activities if you move too quickly without enough time for your circadian clock to adapt.

Now, what does a circadian clock mean? There is a part of our brain that pushes us to go to sleep at night and get up in the morning. The suprachiasmatic nucleus helps us to maintain the circadian rhythm and serves as an “in-body clock”.

If there is a five to six-hour time gap, it makes it difficult for us to adapt as the circadian clock recognized by your brain deviates from the actual time in your destination. It is known that jet lag occurs in such conditions.

Here’s how you can get over jet lag!

A wider time difference lead to changes in our body rhythm and various symptoms in our body. Most notably, you may find it difficult to go to sleep at night and function normally during the day. Thus, your day and night are completely switched when you travel far away.

In addition, you may find it harder to digest and concentrate, have a headache or dizziness, and experience difficulties in daily activities of living. So, wouldn’t it be nice to be prepared for jet lag? Let’s take a look at how you can prepare in different situations.

1. Control your circadian rhythm before departure

If you understand your circadian rhythm, it helps to adapt to time difference. Our body’s sleep rhythm—how you go to sleep and get up based on your circadian rhythm—is 25 hours, 1 hour longer than a day. If you travel west from Korea, your day gets longer, which makes it easier for your circadian clock to adapt. But if you travel east, it may cause some difficulties in your circadian rhythm. If you understand how your sleep rhythm works, it helps you to adjust.

If you travel west from Korea, it might be helpful to get up an hour early starting three days before your travel. By contrast, getting up an hour late would help you to adjust better if you travel east. It’s like preparing your body slowly before your travel.

2. Rest aboard

You may also adapt your body aboard your airplane. If you are flying during the middle of night based on your destination’s time, it would be better to get some sleep. If it is the day time, it would be helpful to not to go to sleep. If you arrive at your destination with your body accustomed to its time, it helps you to adapt early.

Hydrating yourself aboard and resting in the right posture are also greatly helpful. One of the biggest reasons for fatigue is dehydration. In particular, it is very dry inside the airplane where air pressure is low and there is not enough oxygen. It would be good to drink water as often as possible and hydrate yourself. Furthermore, sleeping for a long time in the wrong posture may also make you feel more tired. So, take a short nap several times to rest.

3. Prepare for deep sleep at your destination

It is helpful to get some sunlight during the morning once you arrive at your destination. It helps you to readjust your circadian clock. Furthermore, outdoor activity during the day encourages good sleep at night. The release of the sleep hormone melatonin is stopped when there is light or physical activity.

So, high-protein and high-carb meals are also one of the best ways to cope with time difference. Food high in protein such as meat, egg, bean, or milk provide physical energy while food high in carbohydrate such as bread, fruit, or vegetable may encourage deep sleep. A good solution would be to eat food rich in protein during the day and food rich in carbohydrate during the evening. However, note that coffee or alcohol may interfere with your sleep.

Additionally, you can have food supplements such as red ginseng, vitamin, or aloe. They also help to replenish your tired body and mind. What about taking some red ginseng, which helps to restore strength and restore energy, or multi-vitamin pills, which helps to prevent deterioration in your immune system? Another option is to eat various healthy foods to overcome digestive problems during a long flight.

4. Revert back to your circadian rhythm after arrival

It takes our body seven to eight days to completely adapt to time difference. Because our circadian clock adjusts one hour per day to local time. When you come back to Korea after adjusting your body to your travel destination, you have to adjust again to the local Korean time.

To reduce physical fatigue and side effects, it would be better to avoid taking sleeping pills. It is important to eat regularly even if you don’t want to eat and make efforts to get up on time even if you have bad sleep. It will help you to recover quickly when you return to Korea.

Today, we have looked at jet lag and how to adapt to time difference more quickly. Whether it is business trip  or tourism, your circadian rhythm will be altered if you travel far away. Simple tips as described above will help you to overcome jet lag and adjust to the new place.

Easy-to-use Incheon Airport Smart Signage

Oh, no! Lost at an airport that you are visiting for the first time? Don’t worry! At Incheon Airport, a smart robot will help you find your way with artificial intelligence and autonomous driving. There’s also no need to panic if you don’t know where to claim your baggage. Simply check whether your baggage has safely arrived on your smart phone and see where it is waiting for you to come pick it up. Looking for information on convenient facilities within the airport? You can chat with Incheon Airport’s chatbot like you would with a friend—it will give you all the answers you need.

This isn’t a sci-fi story of a distant future. You can experience this futuristic reality here in the now at Incheon Airport! Incheon Airport operates Industry 4.0 technology based Smart Airport Service through cutting-edge Information Communication Technology such as the world’s first commercial airport guidance robot Airstar, Smart Baggage Tracking Service, and the AI chatbot Airbot.

What’s more, Incheon Airport is the first international airport in the world to implement an AI-powered speech recognition smart signage. Now, let’s delve into what Incheon Airport’s smart signage is all about!

Touchless voice command! The world’s first speech recognition signage

Perhaps not many are probably familiar with the term “signage”—it refers to a type of sign that delivers information.

In Incheon Airport, there are several digital signages that display various information on how to use the facility. There are various types of signages from informational signages to interactive kiosks.

Kiosks are convenient for people who are familiar with digital devices, but people still have to go through the trouble touching the screen or typing to search. Those who are not familiar with the airport often go through trial and error when using these kiosks.

However, Incheon Airport’s first-ever smart signage features AI-powered speech recognition, namely speech-to-text (STT) technology.

The signage can learn users’ repeated requests and increase its information delivery and speech recognition accuracy.  Passengers can receive information on flight schedules, restaurants, parking and transportation just by simply talking to the kiosk.

Use the smart signage like this!

Now, how do you use the smart signage? Simple! Stand in front of the smart signage and say “Hi, Airstar!”

Then, once the speech recognition feature is activated, ask for the information you need. For example, if you say “Show me flight schedules,” the signage will display a list of flight schedules on the screen. Without having to tap on the screen, you can ask for additional information, such as “Show me the fourth result.” It will then, again, show you your requested information on the screen.

The smart signage will be especially beneficial for the elderly and people with disabilities who have difficulties using IT devices, as they can simply just talk to the kiosk for information. To reduce the inconvenience of users unable to use digital devices, Incheon Airport is also planning to add a video call guide that will have information staff personally convey necessary information via video chat.

Now, anyone can say “Hi, Airstar!” and they will be trouble-free even at an  unfamiliar airport!

Incheon Airport will continue to apply smart technology that is key to Industry 4.0 in many of its airport services.

Various smart services are waiting for you in the future, such as the “home bag drop” that allows you to check-in your baggage from home, “mobile personal assistant” utilizing big data technology, and “personal mobility” for the convenience of people with reduced mobility. Please look forward to the future of Incheon Airport as it brings smarter traveling to reality!