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S. Korea to produce standard combat uniform using big data

All News 12:33 September 05, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military said Monday it will produce a standard combat uniform using so-called big data collected through physical measurements of troops.

"The military will develop a body measurement system which gauges soldiers' body sizes and analyzes them to gather big data. Based on accumulated data, it will predict the most optimal size for combat uniforms for newly enlisted soldiers," an official at the Ministry of National Defense said.

The new system will automatically make three-dimensional measurements of soldiers on a regular basis. The data built up through the automatic measurement system will be more accurate than that built through the existing manual measuring arrangements, the ministry said.

"If the new system is utilized, it will help the military predict the right sizes of combat suits for soldiers and as a result, cut production costs," the official said.

The ministry said it plans to complete the development of the system by the end of this year and begin the physical measurement of soldiers for data buildup next year.


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