By Kim Young Deok and Yoon Sojung
Video = Seongdong-gu District Office

High-tech bus stops that can protect commuters from viruses and fine dust and shelter them from snow and rain have been launched in Seoul for the first time. 

Seongdong-gu District Office on Aug. 10 said the ten "smart shelter" indoor bus stops within the district are covered with transparent tempered glass.  


People can wait for their buses while enjoying cool and clean air inside a shelter, which is equipped with air conditioning and heating and an infrared air sterilizer.


The smart CCTV installed at the stop displays the arrival times of buses. An artificial intelligence system also prevents and reports crimes or accidents by sensing situations such as unusual behavior or screams in the surrounding area and alerting police or fire stations in the district.

All of a shelter's functions can be controlled 24 hours a day by Seongdong-gu's Smart City Comprehensive Control Center through the Internet of Things. The shelter can generate its own electricity through solar panels on the ceiling.

The district said, "This state-of-the-art shelter is unlike any others in existence for protecting against fine dust or cold wind in winter," adding, "This is an optimal service space for anyone regardless of gender or age to experience a smart daily routine."

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Commuters on Aug. 3 wait for buses at a “smart shelter” high-tech bus stop in Seongdong-gu District, Seoul. (Seongdong-gu District)




kyd1991@korea.kr



The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries on June 17 announced the launch of a joint working group to develop self-driving ships by 2025. (MOTIE)


By Lee Hana


A national project to develop self-driving ships powered by a smart and autonomous system incorporating artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), big data and sensors has set sail.


An autonomous ship can navigate waters with little or no human participation, with built-in AI that decides on the safest routes based on photographic scans of the ship's surroundings using on-board cameras.


The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries on June 17 announced the launch of a joint working group for a systematic push for this project. Operated by both ministries, the project will incur a budget of KRW 160 billion to launch a self-driving vessel by 2025.


The plan is to develop ocean liners with Level 3 autonomous features, which the International Maritime Organization defines as vessels controlled remotely with a minimum number of crews, with the ability to predict and diagnose obstacles. Coastal ships will be developed with the goal of achieving Level 2 autonomous features that include remote control with crew on board.


Industry experts estimate that the global market for self-navigating ships, including vessels, equipment and materials, will reach USD 155 billion by 2025.


"Our goal is to take 50% of the related market's share by 2030, when self-driving ships are commercialized. After the project is completed in 2025, we will spare no effort to develop the technology needed for a completely autonomous ship with Level 4 features," said Kang Gyeong-seong, director-general for industrial policy at the Trade Ministry.


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By Hyunjin Choi

 

Rubik’s Cube is a 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. Since the birth of this toy, there have been numerous approaches to solve the cube. However, it is hard to find the ones with modern technologies. Although there are so-called digital products on the market like Xiaomi’s mijia giiker or Rubik's spark, they do not fully act as “digital” cubes.

 

eX-Mars Cube is the state-of-the-art cube with IoT-based technology. It has diverse fearues : solution-recording, step-by-step solving instruction, auto-scrambling, time-recording and self-solving mode. Two-hour charge allows up to 30-day operations. Many beta testers participated to improve the quality and performance of the cube with an array of trials. Users can share their solving-methods on the web through the ‘sharing mode” and be ranked by recording their scores.


eX-Mars cube is scheduled to crowdfund at Kickstarter within October.

See more details on the cube below. 

 




 

B2G organized a meetup on “The Luxembourg start-up ecosystem, your gateway to Europe”

by inviting startup experts from Luxemburg.

 

 

In this meetup, three speakers will introduce the Luxembourg start-up ecosystem and

relevant government policy and programs, accelerating programs and its benefits by public and corporate accelerators.

 

 

Particularly, Tomorrow Street, a joint venture with corporate accelerator Vodafone which is one of the world’s largest mobile network operator,

will participate in the meetup as a speaker. Those who would like to participate in their accelerating program or

discuss business/investment with Tomorrow Street(A JV of Vadafone&Technoport), please do not miss the great opportunity to catch up with.

 

 

Date: 17th July, 2019

 

Time: 10:30-12:00

 

Venue: Born2Global Pacific Conference Room

             (4F, Startup Campus Building #3, 20 Pangyo-ro 289 beon-gil Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do)

 

Speakers:

             1) Mr. Michele Gallo, Director ICT Coordination at the Ministry of the Economy

             2) Mr Olivier Zephir, Senior Business Advisor at Technoport

             3) Mr. Kenneth Graham, CEO of Tomorrow Street (A JV of Vadafone&Technoport)

 

 

Casual reception will be held at the same location with light refreshments after the speech.

Due to the limited availability of seats, early registration is strongly recommended. Please click the link below.

 

>> Apply here

 

Enquiries: Gloria Kim (gloriakim@born2global.com/ 031-5171-5621)

 

 

Four Korean ministries through 2023 will jointly pursue the development of a smart road lighting platform. (Iclickart)

Four Korean ministries through 2023 will jointly pursue the development of a smart road lighting platform. (Iclickart)


By Jung Joori and Kim Hwaya

Four ministries through 2023 will jointly pursue the development of a smart road lighting platform to prevent traffic accidents and boost driver and pedestrian safety. 

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the Ministry of Science and ICT, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, and the Ministry of the Interior and Safety announced on April 1 that their project will install smart lighting with sensors that monitor potential dangers on roads. They will also conduct empirical studies with a budget of KRW 26 billion. 

Sensors on streetlamps will collect information on traffic volume, accidents, debris and icy roads through the internet of things. In addition, the devices will send digital signals to vehicles, traffic lights and crosswalks to alert drivers or pedestrians of potential danger. 

For example, if a vehicle exceeding the speed limit appears late at night, smart lighting installed on the road sends a signal to the crosswalk and turns on LED lights to alert pedestrians in the area. If the vehicle fails to slow down, a smart lighting sensor turns the traffic light to red. 

The Land Ministry said the four ministries will develop a smart streetlamp and build a testbed from 2022-23 to test its performance and effects. 

"We expect this to be an opportunity to create various added value with this test application as a Korean standard for a smart road lighting platform," the ministry added. 

etoilejr@korea.kr



Danish Tech Ambassador Casper Klynge on March 22 emphasizes the significance of expanding “techplomacy” between Korea and Denmark in a discussion at Seoul Square in the capital’s Jung-gu District.

Danish Tech Ambassador Casper Klynge on March 22 emphasizes the significance of expanding “techplomacy” between Korea and Denmark in a discussion at Seoul Square in the capital’s Jung-gu District.



By Yoon Sojung 
Photo = Kim Sunjoo
Seoul | March 22, 2019 

The world’s first ambassador of technology, Casper Klynge of Denmark, on March 22 emphasized bilateral cooperation between Korea and his country in sectors related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

"Korea is second to none in the internet of things (IoT) and 5G. Both Korea and Denmark can benefit from tech diplomacy," he said at Seoul Square in the capital’s Jung-gu District. 

In 2016, Denmark became the first country to create the post of tech ambassador and also coined the term "techplomacy." This was to stress the significance of setting new global standards for technological development by companies and governments and setting ethical standards in technology. 

In the discussion "Can Techplomacy Work for Korea in the 4th Industrial Revolution," Klynge said, “Today, technology is the power that controls not only an individual’s life but also policies of government."

"Various issues rooted from technology development have far wider effects that a government cannot handle alone, and that is why techplomacy is needed." 

The diplomat said he is optimistic about the cooperation potential of techplomacy between Seoul and Copenhagen thanks to their close relationship. This was his second visit to Seoul, following his first after his appointment as tech ambassador in 2017.

Calling cybersecurity and smart city development as promising sectors in techplomacy, Klynge said, "Korea and Denmark will have negotiations in cooperation of the cybersecurity sector within the next two weeks, and a very constructive outcome can be made." 

"Part of techplomacy includes sharing ethical and social responsibility of technology among governments and companies," he added, mentioning issues in technological development such as data protection and cybersecurity.

"Techplomacy will bring benefits to Korea and Denmark and many other countries especially in boosting human rights, gender equality, IoT and the smart city sector." 

arete@korea.kr




A high concentration of selenium absorbed by plants improves the human body absorption and removes harmful effects.

HanaroFarm, a member company of Born2Global Centre, recently succeeded in developing a new special crop cultivation technology.




HanaroFarm's new special crop cultivation technology involves ionizing selenium to remove harmful components and supplying the selenium to plants to enable it to be absorbed at a high concentration.


If this technology is commercialized, it is expected to expand the use of selenium beyond its currently limited use in the production of cosmetics, supplements, and milk powder. Selenium is an essential mineral designated by the World Health Organization (WHO)and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).



Selenium tomatoes


HanaroFarm is expected to help increase the value of selenium as a raw material for the cultivation of ordinary fruits and vegetables by using its technology to produce crops enriched with selenium and also increase exports of domestically cultivated agricultural products. The research results validating the efficacy of selenium have already been confirmed in major countries, including the United StatesGermany, and China.


In December 2018, HanaroFarm consigned the nutritional analysis of special, selenium-enriched crops, including beets, rice, and strawberries, to the Korea Advanced Food Research Institute(KAFRI), which verified that the human body absorbs selenium from these enriched crops at a rate 2 to 23 times higher than that of crops cultivated with existing selenium-enrichment methods.


HanaroFarm CEO Kim Jae-Wook said, "Inorganic selenium is prepared for human consumption by processing it with sodium selenite pentasulfate, which contains components that are harmful to the human body, such as sodium, which is why a limited daily intake is recommended. However, as selenium that is organified by plant absorption is absorbed by the body at a higher rate, it can be consumed in larger quantities because it does not contain harmful substances." He also added, "Even more urgent than smart farm autonomous cultivation technology is the development of high-value-added crops that help famers increase their incomes and invest in facilities. The development of new technology for producing selenium-enriched crops will contribute to changing the consumption pattern of high-value-added crops and increasing farmers' incomes by expanding exports."


Currently, HanaroFarm is conducting research on non-toxic, pesticide-free cultivation technology that uses chitosan, calcium, and sulfur and preservative-free distribution methods and shelf-life extension technologies for the distribution process.



 

lululab, a spin-off company of C-Lab, Samsung Electronics' in-house venture program and a member company of Born2Global Centre, developed the AI skincare assistant LUMINI." data-reactid="24" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: rgb(38, 40, 42); font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 1.5;">lululab, a spin-off company of C-Lab, Samsung Electronics' in-house venture program and a member company of Born2Global Centre, developed the AI skincare assistant LUMINI.

lululab, a spin-off company of C-Lab, Samsung Electronics' in-house venture program and a member company of Born2Global Centre, developed the AI skincare assistant LUMINI." data-reactid="24" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: rgb(38, 40, 42); font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 1.5;">LUMINI, which will be shown at IECSC New York, scans and analyzes a person's facial skin in under 10 seconds and uses the results of its analysis to recommend the beauty products best suited for the condition of the user's skin.

lululab, a spin-off company of C-Lab, Samsung Electronics' in-house venture program and a member company of Born2Global Centre, developed the AI skincare assistant LUMINI." data-reactid="24" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: rgb(38, 40, 42); font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 1.5;">IECSC New York attendees and media can demo its customized spa and salon solution LUMINI, 3-step advanced skin care process: AI skin analysis and recommendation of appropriate treatments, curating skin care products for at-home aftercare, and share the skin data history and the next treatment schedule by mobile app.

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 collaboration with famous K-beauty brands, it will recommend K-beauty products that best meet the specific needs of users based on its analyzed skin data. With this solution and service, lululab will establish a foothold for expanding its solution in the global market." data-reactid="27" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: rgb(38, 40, 42); font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 1.5;">lululab will also introduce its AI-based K-beauty curation service. Through collaborationwith famous K-beauty brands, it will recommend K-beauty products that best meet the specific needs of users based on its analyzed skin data. With this solution and service, lululab will establish a foothold for expanding its solution in the global market.

LUMINI can now help people to get the personalized services based on objective data," said Yongjoon Choe, CEO of lululab. "By collecting big data on skin types related to ethnic origin and environment, we aim to transform LUMINI into an AI solution that recommends not only skin care products but customized lifestyles and foods for all kinds of users."" data-reactid="28" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: rgb(38, 40, 42); font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 1.5;">"If you had to rely on the personal capabilities and experience of skin care professionals in the past, LUMINI can now help people to get the personalized services based on objective data," said Yongjoon Choe, CEO of lululab. "By collecting big data on skin types related to ethnic origin and environment, we aim to transform LUMINI into an AI solution that recommends not only skin care products but customized lifestyles and foods for all kinds of users."

Yongjoon Choe will present about "How AI and Big Data Technologies Are Innovating the Beauty Industry" and the vision of lululab at the DIGITALDIGITAL INNOVATION TO CREATE THE FUTURE OF BEAUTY conference in COSMOPROF Bologna 2019." data-reactid="29" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: rgb(38, 40, 42); font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 1.5;">In addition, CEO Yongjoon Choe will present about "How AI and Big Data Technologies Are Innovating the Beauty Industry" and the vision of lululab at the DIGITALDIGITAL INNOVATION TO CREATE THE FUTURE OF BEAUTY conference in COSMOPROF Bologna 2019.

 

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Employees can enter a smart office without an ID card or fingerprint recognition through a 5G walk-through system in which cameras powered by artificial intelligence control entry and exit through facial recognition.

Employees can enter a smart office without an ID card or fingerprint recognition through a 5G walk-through system in which cameras powered by artificial intelligence control entry and exit through facial recognition.


By Jung Joori and Kim Minji
Photos = SK Telecom 


At 8:30 a.m., an office worker reserves a seat at her office through her smartphone. She chooses to sit apart from others to finish a project proposal. Arriving at the office, she needs no ID card to get in because of a facial recognition system that controls entry.

At 9 a.m., she sits in her reserved seat and connects her smartphone to a docking pad. The project proposal she was on working last night comes up on the monitor.

At 2 p.m., she orders a coffee using a robot barista at a cafeteria with her smartphone, which sends out an alert when the coffee is ready. She picks it up by entering a personal identification number.

At 4 p.m., she holds a virtual meeting with a coworker on a business trip in Paris using augmented reality (AR) glasses. They exchange ideas on the project proposal. 



These are scenes Korea.net observed on Feb. 24 in a demonstration of a 5G smart office hosted by one of Korea’s top telecom companies. In December last year, the country became the world’s first to launch 5G service and achieved another global first in March this year by commercializing 5G for smartphones. 

Cameras and large screens were installed around each gate in the lobby. Artificial intelligence (AI) cameras recognized employee faces based on 3,000 characteristics such as skin tone, face shape and hair, so they could enter without ID cards or fingerprint recognition. Intelligent surveillance cameras also controlled the office door.


Employees in a 5G smart office can bring up saved data on their desktop monitors by connecting their smartphones to docking pads installed in each desk.

Employees in a 5G smart office can bring up saved data on their desktop monitors by connecting their smartphones to docking pads installed in each desk.


At the office, all laptops and PCs were replaced with smartphone docking pads. Staff could bring up data saved in cloud servers by plugging their smartphones into docking systems under a system called virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). This technology hosts a virtualized desktop on a centralized server that allows data to be stored and later brought up on a user’s desktop. Thanks to the incredibly high speed of 5G, 300 employees can simultaneously use the system without disconnection or delay. 

The office had about 2,400 internet of things sensors, collecting bulk data through 5G in real time. They were installed in task force rooms, bathrooms, parking lots and even on the doorknobs of meeting rooms to check the usage of space or electricity. All data from the office were analyzed to provide the best working environment. 


Staff in a 5G smart office can hold a virtual meeting by wearing AR glasses, using 3-D blueprints and watching a bulk data video in virtual spaces.

Staff in a 5G smart office can hold a virtual meeting by wearing AR glasses, using 3-D blueprints and watching a bulk data video in virtual spaces.

 
An Soyeon, a manager at Smart Work CoE who works in a smart office, said, "The biggest difference is that I can choose where and how to work. The combination of AI and 5G has greatly boosted work efficiency." 

The wider application of 5G is expected to greatly boost efficiency and productivity at smart homes, factories and farms thanks to the mobile technology's blazing speed, massive bandwidth and super low latency. 

etoilejr@korea.kr






What Kind of Company is ulalaLAB?

ulalaLAB’s signature product is WimFactory, a cloud and machine-learning-based smart factory platform that analyzes industrial data. WimFactory consists of WICON, an IoT device that collects and transmits production facility data, and Wim-X, an integrated management system for storing, visualizing, and analyzing the data.

 

 

A hidden champion specializing in IoT

WimFactory can be installed on existing factory facilities after connecting data measurement sensors and WICON. WICON collects and transmits data to Wim-X, which then analyzes and visualizes the data to provide a number of real-time services to users.
WICON can be easily connected to a variety of commercial sensors that measure such things as temperature, humidity, proximity, and vibration. Up to four sensors can be connected to WICON 
simultaneously. Since WICON is a removable modular system, users can attach WICON to various network modules for use in a variety of network environments.

Based on data analysis technology, Wim-X provides real-time monitoring, event alerts, and analytical reports. Wim-X allows users to check operational conditions at a facility in real time, through analysis of data from WICON and real-time delivery of the results to those users. WimFactory also provides alerts for errors, defects, and emergency situations, allowing immediate user response to crisis and thereby reducing loss. Moreover, based on the cloud-accumulated data, WimFactory provides an analytical report every week, month, and quarter, making it easier for users to manage their factory operations more efficiently. Unlike our competitors’ platforms, WimFactory can be installed easily - sensors are simply attached to existing facilities without the need to replace or rearrange the facilities or production lines. It is a particularly great platform for manufacturing SMEs, typically desperately in need of smart factory solutions.




Stepping up from software development to IoT underdog

ulalaLAB wasn’t always a smart factory solution provider. In 2011, it was founded as a software developer. In 2013, the company developed WimPet, an IoT communication device for animal companions. In the process of seeking out companies to manufacture the device, ulalaLAB realized the breadth of problems in the overall manufacturing process, from facility operations to quality assurance and production management. “We’ve entered the Fourth Industrial Revolution, yet most companies still maintain the same production methods they’ve been using since the 1980s and 1990s,” explains CEO Kang.

ulalaLAB’s researchers decided to apply the experience they gained with analyzing animal companion activity data to communicate with people while developing WimPet to improve the manufacturing process. Just as WimPet allows people to communicate with their animal companions through a device, ulalaLAB thought that it might be possible for factories and humans to communicate through IoT devices. “I was convinced that it would be possible to solve problems with facilities and product quality easily and at low cost through analysis of data collected from manufacturing lines,” explains Kang, “so we changed our business model.”




Toward true manufacturing reform after much trial and error

Even though the idea was a great one, ulalaLAB underwent significant trial and error to remake itself from software developer to IoT company.
The biggest problem was that those working for ulalaLAB had no understanding of its prospective clients- manufacturing facilities. “It took us nearly seven years to test our products at production facilities, trying to understand the manufacturing system, and listening to manufacturers themselves,” remembers Kang. Even after developing a product that had never before existed on earth, the conservative manufacturing environment in Korea posed an obstacle as well, as it is not very open to change or innovation. Moreover, it was difficult for ulalaLAB’s B2B business model for factories to be recognized as a venture startup. Only recently has ulalaLAB been able to lay the foundation for overseas expansion through acquisition of various international certifications.




The Korean market is too small! On to the global market!

Realizing the difficulty of getting through to the stubbornly conservative Korean market, ulalaLAB decided to look overseas. Starting with success in the Nike shoe factory in Indonesia in 2016, ulalaLAB installed WimFactory in Adidas shoe factories in Vietnam and China in 2017.
The company also signed an MOU with the Thailand Productivity Institute to enter the Thai market, stepping up its efforts to further expand into the Asian market.

Recently, ulalaLAB has been seeing great results in China as well, signing an MOU with Alibaba Cloud and Kevins, a Chinese distributor, to expand the smart factory market. ulalaLAB has also signed an agreement with NMYP, a Chinese agriculture and stock farming company, to co-develop a smart farm solution and has been actively working on related projects.

Amidst these efforts, the K-ICT Born2Global Centre continued to support and encourage ulalaLAB in laying the foundation for overseas market entry through participation in pitching contests and exhibitions to find overseas partners and clients, publication of foreign press releases, and filing of patents overseas (in the United States, European countries, China, Singapore, Vietnam, and Thailand).




2019 will be the year possibilities become reality

2019 is expected to be the year ulalaLAB brings the results of its research and development to the market. To this end, the company is compiling a portfolio of manufacturing plants in Korea and building a collaborative structure with local partners abroad to advance into the global market.

Above all, ulalaLAB continues to develop WimFactory so that it can grow and diverge into a variety of solutions.
Kang expresses his aspirations for ulalaLAB, saying, “I will do my best to make ulalaLAB Korea’s first hardware unicorn.”




 

 

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