20200612_Korea's quarantine

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on June 11 announced a roadmap to make Korea's disinfection model a global standard at the sixth meeting of the Central Economic Response Headquarters at Government Complex-Seoul. The photo shows a medical worker checking equipment used to test for the novel coronavirus disease. (Yonhap News)



By Xu Aiying and Yoon Sojung

With Korea's response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) receiving global accolades, the government has devised a roadmap to make the nation's disinfection model a global standard.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on June 11 announced plans to devise the roadmap at the sixth meeting of the Central Economic Response Headquarters at Government Complex-Seoul.

The roadmap seeks to build the "K-disinfection model," based on the "3T" concept of test, trace and treatment, in a systematic manner and propose a combined 18 global standards to the International Standard Organization.

In the testing and confirmation stage, Korea will propose six standards such as diagnostic agents, testing methods and management of testing centers to accurately diagnose the coronavirus and classify confirmed cases. In the clinical research and trace stage, it will propose four standards including a mobile app to effectively trace and manage people in self-isolation, as well as a support system for clinical research. And in the isolation and treatment stage, eight standards will be proposed like the operation of lifestyle treatment centers to isolate and treat confirmed patients and social distancing guidelines.

The plan also includes the standardization of clinical data and standard materials, both of which are obtained in the disinfection research and development process.

Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Sung Yun-mo said, "In the past, when a deadly infectious disease broke out in the international community, a standardized disinfection model was unavailable. For this reason, proposing standardization under our leadership holds significance."


"Through the standardization of the Korean disinfection model as the global standard, we will strive to bolster our leadership and use this as an opportunity to lead the new international order."


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Korea discusses with world quarantine cooperation for COVID-19_en



By Xu Aiying and Lee Jihae xuaiy@korea.kr
Graphics = Kim Hyun Sook ericius01@korea.kr




                                                                 

 

 

If Water Is Broken Up into Individual Molecules, Will Plants Absorb It Better?

 

Having majored in mechanical engineering, Edward Hong was always interested in developing new products. After graduating from university, he worked at a research institute and co-founded and worked for an information technology (IT) company. One day in 2014, however, during a conversation with his fellow engineers about water, he became curious as to whether water in which the weak bonds between water molecules were broken would be better absorbed by our bodies. Water is made up of very small molecules—invisible to the naked eye—that arrange themselves into loosely bonded structures. Hong had the idea that if these weak structures were broken up into individual water molecules, our body might be able to absorb the water faster and more easily. As an analogy, a grain dissolves in water more quickly when it is ground into a powder than when it is in whole-grain form.

 

This idea about increasing water absorption by the human body led him to think about increasing water absorption by crops. To see if it was possible, he assembled some testing equipment and began conducting experiments. He grew two batches of beans—one watered with untreated water and the other with water in which the water molecule structures had been broken up using a device he developed himself.

 

As he expected, the beans that were grown with the treated water performed noticeably better than those grown with regular water; on average, their germination and growth rates were 30 percent higher. Having achieved such positive results, he quit his job to commercialize the idea, launching BLH Aqua Technology in September 2014.

 

Agricultural Water Treatment Device that Increases Productivity and Poses No Health Risk to Humans

 

Hong’s new startup company, BLH Aqua Technology, went on to develop “Aqutonix,” a device that treats agricultural water in order to increase water and nutrient absorption by crops. Aqutonix features a very narrow tube, with an internal diameter equal to that of one water molecule, meaning that any water flowing through it will be forced to separate into individual molecules. One unit of the company’s flagship product is capable of treating enough water to irrigate about 6,000 square meters of cropland. CEO Hong stressed, “We tested and cultivated 19 types of crops using this product, discovering an increase in productivity of 20 percent on average.” In addition, the process of installing Aqutonix is very simple; the device can be installed anywhere, such as on a feed pump on the back of a water tank or in the middle of a water line. After installation, the device operates independently, requiring no time or effort on the part of the user.

 

The biggest advantage of Aqutonix is that it is environmentally friendly. In particular, it allows farmers to reduce their use of fertilizers while maintaining the same level of productivity. They can also use smaller amounts of pesticides, which are known to have a negative impact on human health. Aqutonix could also reduce the need for the genetic modification of crops, the safety of which remains in doubt. Hong said, “The use of Aqutonix increases the absorption of water in crops, which allows farmers to reduce their use of fertilizers and pesticides by about 20 percent. Moreover, it poses no risk to human health, because it is a completely natural method that does not change the genetic structure of the crops.”

 

Thanks to this breakthrough idea, BLH Aqua Technology has received significant attention, even though Aqutonix has not yet been commercialized. The company has been recognized on numerous occasions, such as when it won second prize at the 2015 Korea Startup League and the bronze prize at the 2015 Korea Creative Economy Award. And with the support of Born2Global, the company came in first place among 25 startups in the Demo Day of K-Global Silicon Valley 2016. It has also been reported that the company has attracted investment from the Accredited Investors Angel Club, Korea Venture Investment, and Dt&Investment.

 

 

                                                       

 

 

Focused on Building a Sales Network Based on a Clear Understanding of Consumers

 

Since its foundation, it has not been all smooth sailing for BLH Aqua Technology. In order to tap into a new market, the company has had to be persistent in its efforts to convince prospective customers of the value of its product. If the company were entering an established market, it would only have to show how its product is better than those of its competitors. However, as Aqutonix is a completely new kind of product, the company needs to explain everything about it, beginning with the basic concept, in order to help prospective customers understand what the product is and does. Especially, agricultural workers must be very careful when introducing new technologies that have not been directly verified, as one mistake could put one whole year of work at risk. As a result, it has taken BLH Aqua Technology some time to develop a prototype and build a sales network.

 

Applicable to All Industries, Aqutonix Has Enormous Growth Potential

 

After making further improvements to the product, the company will begin carrying out marketing for Aqutonix in the first half of the year. The product will first be launched in Korea, the United States, and China, countries where BLH Aqua Technology has already built sales networks, expanding into Europe, South America, and Australia in 2018. When asked about the price of Aqutonix, Hong said, “The price has yet to be decided, because we are still in the development phase. However, we are planning to set a price for Aqutonix that is about half the amount by which customers’ revenue will increase by using the product.” In other words, customers can expect to see revenue growth equivalent to double the cost of introducing Aqutonix to their farming businesses.

 

Through its introduction of Aqutonix and related technologies, BLH Aqua Technology aims to increase production efficiency throughout all agricultural industries, which all rely on water, making each and every one of them a target industry. Hong said, “As interest in organic farming is growing worldwide, I have no doubt that Aqutonix will be successful.” He added, “I hope that our product will help farmers increase the profitability of their businesses and spread to other industries as well.”

 

 

 

 


 

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Our water treatment system aims to improve mineral absorption of plants 

by breaking down and minimizing water molecule clusters 

using high voltage electric field. 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                 

 

 

If Water Is Broken Up into Individual Molecules, Will Plants Absorb It Better?

 

Having majored in mechanical engineering, Edward Hong was always interested in developing new products. After graduating from university, he worked at a research institute and co-founded and worked for an information technology (IT) company. One day in 2014, however, during a conversation with his fellow engineers about water, he became curious as to whether water in which the weak bonds between water molecules were broken would be better absorbed by our bodies. Water is made up of very small molecules—invisible to the naked eye—that arrange themselves into loosely bonded structures. Hong had the idea that if these weak structures were broken up into individual water molecules, our body might be able to absorb the water faster and more easily. As an analogy, a grain dissolves in water more quickly when it is ground into a powder than when it is in whole-grain form.

 

This idea about increasing water absorption by the human body led him to think about increasing water absorption by crops. To see if it was possible, he assembled some testing equipment and began conducting experiments. He grew two batches of beans—one watered with untreated water and the other with water in which the water molecule structures had been broken up using a device he developed himself.

 

As he expected, the beans that were grown with the treated water performed noticeably better than those grown with regular water; on average, their germination and growth rates were 30 percent higher. Having achieved such positive results, he quit his job to commercialize the idea, launching BLH Aqua Technology in September 2014.

 

Agricultural Water Treatment Device that Increases Productivity and Poses No Health Risk to Humans

 

Hong’s new startup company, BLH Aqua Technology, went on to develop “Aqutonix,” a device that treats agricultural water in order to increase water and nutrient absorption by crops. Aqutonix features a very narrow tube, with an internal diameter equal to that of one water molecule, meaning that any water flowing through it will be forced to separate into individual molecules. One unit of the company’s flagship product is capable of treating enough water to irrigate about 6,000 square meters of cropland. CEO Hong stressed, “We tested and cultivated 19 types of crops using this product, discovering an increase in productivity of 20 percent on average.” In addition, the process of installing Aqutonix is very simple; the device can be installed anywhere, such as on a feed pump on the back of a water tank or in the middle of a water line. After installation, the device operates independently, requiring no time or effort on the part of the user.

 

The biggest advantage of Aqutonix is that it is environmentally friendly. In particular, it allows farmers to reduce their use of fertilizers while maintaining the same level of productivity. They can also use smaller amounts of pesticides, which are known to have a negative impact on human health. Aqutonix could also reduce the need for the genetic modification of crops, the safety of which remains in doubt. Hong said, “The use of Aqutonix increases the absorption of water in crops, which allows farmers to reduce their use of fertilizers and pesticides by about 20 percent. Moreover, it poses no risk to human health, because it is a completely natural method that does not change the genetic structure of the crops.”

 

Thanks to this breakthrough idea, BLH Aqua Technology has received significant attention, even though Aqutonix has not yet been commercialized. The company has been recognized on numerous occasions, such as when it won second prize at the 2015 Korea Startup League and the bronze prize at the 2015 Korea Creative Economy Award. And with the support of Born2Global, the company came in first place among 25 startups in the Demo Day of K-Global Silicon Valley 2016. It has also been reported that the company has attracted investment from the Accredited Investors Angel Club, Korea Venture Investment, and Dt&Investment.

 

 

                                                       

 

 

Focused on Building a Sales Network Based on a Clear Understanding of Consumers

 

Since its foundation, it has not been all smooth sailing for BLH Aqua Technology. In order to tap into a new market, the company has had to be persistent in its efforts to convince prospective customers of the value of its product. If the company were entering an established market, it would only have to show how its product is better than those of its competitors. However, as Aqutonix is a completely new kind of product, the company needs to explain everything about it, beginning with the basic concept, in order to help prospective customers understand what the product is and does. Especially, agricultural workers must be very careful when introducing new technologies that have not been directly verified, as one mistake could put one whole year of work at risk. As a result, it has taken BLH Aqua Technology some time to develop a prototype and build a sales network.

 

Applicable to All Industries, Aqutonix Has Enormous Growth Potential

 

After making further improvements to the product, the company will begin carrying out marketing for Aqutonix in the first half of the year. The product will first be launched in Korea, the United States, and China, countries where BLH Aqua Technology has already built sales networks, expanding into Europe, South America, and Australia in 2018. When asked about the price of Aqutonix, Hong said, “The price has yet to be decided, because we are still in the development phase. However, we are planning to set a price for Aqutonix that is about half the amount by which customers’ revenue will increase by using the product.” In other words, customers can expect to see revenue growth equivalent to double the cost of introducing Aqutonix to their farming businesses.

 

Through its introduction of Aqutonix and related technologies, BLH Aqua Technology aims to increase production efficiency throughout all agricultural industries, which all rely on water, making each and every one of them a target industry. Hong said, “As interest in organic farming is growing worldwide, I have no doubt that Aqutonix will be successful.” He added, “I hope that our product will help farmers increase the profitability of their businesses and spread to other industries as well.”

 

 

 

 


 

Our member in this article

 

Description

Our water treatment system aims to improve mineral absorption of plants 

by breaking down and minimizing water molecule clusters 

using high voltage electric field. 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                 

 

 

If Water Is Broken Up into Individual Molecules, Will Plants Absorb It Better?

 

Having majored in mechanical engineering, Edward Hong was always interested in developing new products. After graduating from university, he worked at a research institute and co-founded and worked for an information technology (IT) company. One day in 2014, however, during a conversation with his fellow engineers about water, he became curious as to whether water in which the weak bonds between water molecules were broken would be better absorbed by our bodies. Water is made up of very small molecules—invisible to the naked eye—that arrange themselves into loosely bonded structures. Hong had the idea that if these weak structures were broken up into individual water molecules, our body might be able to absorb the water faster and more easily. As an analogy, a grain dissolves in water more quickly when it is ground into a powder than when it is in whole-grain form.

 

This idea about increasing water absorption by the human body led him to think about increasing water absorption by crops. To see if it was possible, he assembled some testing equipment and began conducting experiments. He grew two batches of beans—one watered with untreated water and the other with water in which the water molecule structures had been broken up using a device he developed himself.

 

As he expected, the beans that were grown with the treated water performed noticeably better than those grown with regular water; on average, their germination and growth rates were 30 percent higher. Having achieved such positive results, he quit his job to commercialize the idea, launching BLH Aqua Technology in September 2014.

 

Agricultural Water Treatment Device that Increases Productivity and Poses No Health Risk to Humans

 

Hong’s new startup company, BLH Aqua Technology, went on to develop “Aqutonix,” a device that treats agricultural water in order to increase water and nutrient absorption by crops. Aqutonix features a very narrow tube, with an internal diameter equal to that of one water molecule, meaning that any water flowing through it will be forced to separate into individual molecules. One unit of the company’s flagship product is capable of treating enough water to irrigate about 6,000 square meters of cropland. CEO Hong stressed, “We tested and cultivated 19 types of crops using this product, discovering an increase in productivity of 20 percent on average.” In addition, the process of installing Aqutonix is very simple; the device can be installed anywhere, such as on a feed pump on the back of a water tank or in the middle of a water line. After installation, the device operates independently, requiring no time or effort on the part of the user.

 

The biggest advantage of Aqutonix is that it is environmentally friendly. In particular, it allows farmers to reduce their use of fertilizers while maintaining the same level of productivity. They can also use smaller amounts of pesticides, which are known to have a negative impact on human health. Aqutonix could also reduce the need for the genetic modification of crops, the safety of which remains in doubt. Hong said, “The use of Aqutonix increases the absorption of water in crops, which allows farmers to reduce their use of fertilizers and pesticides by about 20 percent. Moreover, it poses no risk to human health, because it is a completely natural method that does not change the genetic structure of the crops.”

 

Thanks to this breakthrough idea, BLH Aqua Technology has received significant attention, even though Aqutonix has not yet been commercialized. The company has been recognized on numerous occasions, such as when it won second prize at the 2015 Korea Startup League and the bronze prize at the 2015 Korea Creative Economy Award. And with the support of Born2Global, the company came in first place among 25 startups in the Demo Day of K-Global Silicon Valley 2016. It has also been reported that the company has attracted investment from the Accredited Investors Angel Club, Korea Venture Investment, and Dt&Investment.

 

 

                                                       

 

 

Focused on Building a Sales Network Based on a Clear Understanding of Consumers

 

Since its foundation, it has not been all smooth sailing for BLH Aqua Technology. In order to tap into a new market, the company has had to be persistent in its efforts to convince prospective customers of the value of its product. If the company were entering an established market, it would only have to show how its product is better than those of its competitors. However, as Aqutonix is a completely new kind of product, the company needs to explain everything about it, beginning with the basic concept, in order to help prospective customers understand what the product is and does. Especially, agricultural workers must be very careful when introducing new technologies that have not been directly verified, as one mistake could put one whole year of work at risk. As a result, it has taken BLH Aqua Technology some time to develop a prototype and build a sales network.

 

Applicable to All Industries, Aqutonix Has Enormous Growth Potential

 

After making further improvements to the product, the company will begin carrying out marketing for Aqutonix in the first half of the year. The product will first be launched in Korea, the United States, and China, countries where BLH Aqua Technology has already built sales networks, expanding into Europe, South America, and Australia in 2018. When asked about the price of Aqutonix, Hong said, “The price has yet to be decided, because we are still in the development phase. However, we are planning to set a price for Aqutonix that is about half the amount by which customers’ revenue will increase by using the product.” In other words, customers can expect to see revenue growth equivalent to double the cost of introducing Aqutonix to their farming businesses.

 

Through its introduction of Aqutonix and related technologies, BLH Aqua Technology aims to increase production efficiency throughout all agricultural industries, which all rely on water, making each and every one of them a target industry. Hong said, “As interest in organic farming is growing worldwide, I have no doubt that Aqutonix will be successful.” He added, “I hope that our product will help farmers increase the profitability of their businesses and spread to other industries as well.”

 

 

 

 


 

Our member in this article

 

Description

Our water treatment system aims to improve mineral absorption of plants 

by breaking down and minimizing water molecule clusters 

using high voltage electric field. 

 

 

 

 

 

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