Wednesday, February 19, 2020

In the News; South Korea Hancom and Shinhan Bank Blockchain Platform

South Korea Hancom and Shinhan Bank to Develop Blockchain Platform

Hancom Group Blockchain
Cho Young-seo, Vice president of Shinhan DS (left) and Hong Seung-pil, VP Hancom ( right)
Hancom Group Blockchain
Korean companies Hancom and Shihan Bank DS have pledging to build a “digital asset” management platform.
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, February 19, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- 2020 South Korean software giant Hancom has sealed a blockchain deal with Shinhan DS, the IT services affiliate of Shinhan Bank. The bank is ranked the second-largest commercial bank in South Korea in assets and net income. With approximately 13,400 employees and 900 branches nationwide, Shinhan provides retail, corporate and investment banking services to over 18 million customers.

Both Korean companies have pledging to build a “digital asset” management platform. The two companies will utilize blockchain technology to develop a blockchain-based digital asset management platform that ensures reliability and transparency and can track all tangible assets.

Hancom will invest R & D personnel specialized in blockchain and security.

Shinhan DS is in charge of technology strategy and platform structure design.

Hancom has already built a strong portfolio of blockchain offerings, including a suite of blockchain-powered office software.

For more information on Hancom, please contact:
Don Southerton
1-310-866-3777
donsoutherton@koreabcw.com

About The Hancom Group
Founded in 1989, today Hancom Group is a leader in creating innovative ecosystems that will lead the world through the convergence of technology.

With its reach of 13 affiliate companies covering Hardware, Software, and the Finance industry, the Group’s mission is to create a “Convenient World, Connected World, and Safe & Secure World.”
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Saturday, February 08, 2020

Hancom Group to Donate Supplies to Combat Coronavirus

South Korea Hancom Group has partnered with iFLYTEKwith to Donate Supplies to Combat Coronavirus. Hancom has donated 20,000 protective masks to help fight the epidemic in China.

The Hancom Group team under Global CEO Dr. Peter Wonsok Yun worked to make this happen. I am Proud to be part of Hancom!






HEFEI, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Asia’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) and speech technology company, iFLYTEK, partnered with Hancom Group, a South Korean technology company, to donate additional medical supplies to help combat the spread of coronavirus. The Hancom Group responded to iFLYTEK’s call to action by donating 20,000 protective masks to help fight the epidemic.
“It is more difficult for an organization to donate protective masks than it is to donate funds due to shortages.”
As anxiety over coronavirus increases around the world, so does the shortage of medical supplies. iFLYTEK responded by donating 10 million yuan (approximately $1.44 million) of AI technology and equipment and is asking other companies in the region to donate supplies to aid its efforts as well. The AI company has deployed its intelligent medical assistants to 66 districts and counties to help physicians screen high-risk patients in addition to donating over 12,000 protective masks, 3,000 protective suits, and 13,000 pairs of goggles. iFLYTEK has also provided its smart online classroom to primary and secondary schools in Hubei province at no cost and has dedicated 39 full-time personnel to the prevention and control of coronavirus in Anhui and the whole country.
Hancom Group was eager to help and quickly sprang into action, providing the large number of masks within just a few days’ time. “iFLYTEK applauds Hancom Group for its effort to help prevent the spread of the virus,” said iFLYTEK Chief Financial Officer Mr. Dawei Duan. “It is more difficult for an organization to donate protective masks than it is to donate funds due to shortages.”
iFLYTEK has partnered with Hancom Group in the past, leveraging its AI capabilities to help the South Korean company with research and development of new products. The two companies have established a joint venture together, Accufly.AI, which brings both companies’ cutting-edge technology together to create an AI ecosystem.
“iFLYTEK continues to communicate with its international partner companies to secure resources, technology and equipment to help fight this epidemic. We believe that the joint efforts from all sectors of society will help overcome the coronavirus,” Mr. Duan commented.
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Saturday, January 18, 2020

South Korea Lunar New Year --The Year of the White Rat

South Korea (as well as China and Vietnam) celebrate two New Years'. One on Jan. 1 and the Lunar New Year celebration, which this year falls on Saturday, January 25.

For your Korean colleagues (living and working in Korea), you can wish them Happy Lunar New Year on Wednesday afternoon by phone, text, or email, which is Thursday AM in Korea and their last workday before the holiday. 


Koreans this year will have a 4-day weekend starting Friday K time.
For expatriate Koreans working outside Korea/ globally, you can wish them a Happy Lunar New Year on the day itself, Saturday, January 25, or at some time prior on Friday.
 

Here is the formal greeting.
Sae hae bok mani ba deu say yo
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One more thing…
The year of the rat opens up a new 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac. As the first animal to finish the Great Race of the Chinese zodiac legend, the quick-witted rat represents new beginnings and versatility.


According to legend, a Great Race was organized by China’s Jade Emperor to determine the order for the annual calendrical signs. The competition saw the small but clever rat crossing a final river race obstacle by riding on the back of the ox. Then nearing the finish line, the resourceful rat jumping off to cross before the other animals. Thus, being name first among the animals of the 12 Chinese zodiacs.
In Korean folk tales, though the tiniest among the zodiac animals, rats are seen resourceful, nimble, diligent and productive—this translates into 2020 being seen as a year of wealth and abundance.

As always, I appreciate your comments and thoughts, as well as any inquiries to support you and teams by steering through Korea facing business issues with a proven strategy, work throughs, and solutions
Don

Monday, January 13, 2020

Korea facing Oscars, CES 2020, The Habit Burger Grill and Korea 2020 book

With the new year, I thought I’d share some Korea facing updates.

First, it's nice to see a Korean film nominated for several Oscar awards. South Korea has a rich history of film production. This is no surprise to me as the film, “Parasite” has gained considerable attention by critics and movie-goers.
Me and Toki, the Robot
Next, I’m back from CES 2020. South Korea had the 3rd largest number of companies at the annual electronics trade show held in Las Vegas. The LG and Hyundai Motor booths were visionary and inspiring. 

My work at the Show centered on developing a western facing brand message and PR for the Hancom Group—one of South Korea’s largest information software companies. The booth shared their robotics, AI platforms, Life Blockchain and smart cities technologies.  

The brand message and PR were quite successful with considerable traffic to the booth and media attention. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191218005693/en/
On my Korea market entry work, I am highly engaged in seeking a local Korean partner for America’s best tasting burger brand—The Habit Burger Grill.  I feel they will do very well in Korea.  

The fast-casual burger segment is doing very well. And in a related industy article in Forbes, The Habit Burger and my work to bring it to Korea were mentioned. I am open to inquiries for a local developer partnership. 
Finally, there has been lots of interest in my new book Korea 2020, a workplace in transition. Here is a link to learn more. 


As always, I’m here to support Korea facing business. Your questions and comments along with any new business opportunities are welcome. 
Don

Friday, December 20, 2019

South Korea’s Hancom Group Steering Innovative IT Ecosystems

With the CES 2020 Show just weeks away, and the Holidays upon us, I wanted to share more on how Hancom sees the future of technology.
Pre-show and Show media interviews are welcome, too
You can reach me at  Dsoutherton@bridgingculture.com
Don
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, Dec. 20, 2019 /Hancom Group, South Korea’s leading ICT company has announced it will unveil its next-generation Life Blockchain technology at the 2020 CES Show in Las Vegas.
How Hancom sees Blockchain
Within the Group’s “Safe World” vision, affiliate Hancom WITH has built upon its 30 years of core competencies as a trusted and integrated information security provider. Ever evolving and steering the 4th Industrial Revolution IT ecosystems Hancom WITH offers convergence solutions that enhance productivity in both Blockchain and Intelligent City Platforms. 

1. Next generation Blockchain
Hancom provides a robust and trustworthy blockchain service by integrating security technology and blockchain technology. Within our lineup of products is HancomSLedger, a blockchain platform that allows privileged user access, providing electronic contracts, document notarization services, civic applications/certifications and public data access. 
HancomSLedger optimized modules support various areas like supply chain, IoT and finance and can be easily configured for new services. As a result, it assures data integrity, transparency and service efficiency.
2. Next generation Intelligent City Platform
Hancom’s Intelligent City Platform acts as an urban controller tower collecting and analyzing information from transportation, safety, and the environment to help make the most suitable decisions. Hancom simplifies the development process in the complex data processing and monitoring of literally thousands of devices. As Hancom provides a proven seamless rapid development process, Hancom Intelligent City Platform is scalable and customizable to fit each city’s environment.

Intelligent City Platform
Stop by the Hancom 2020 CES booth located at South Hall 2, AI & Robotics, Booth 25628 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Learn more about Hancom WITH at https://www.hsecure.co.kr/index_e.php 
Media Contact
Don Southerton
+1-310-866-3777
Dsoutherton@bridgingculture.com
About The Hancom Group
Founded in 1989, today Hancom Group is a leader in creating innovative ecosystems that will lead the world through the convergence of technology. 
With its reach of 13 affiliate companies covering Hardware, Software, and the Finance industry, the Group’s mission is to create a  “Convenient World, Connected World, and Safe & Secure World.” 
Convenient World
Hancom Inc. Global smart work solutions from AI to productivity software solutions.
Hancom MDS Intelligent convergence solution leader based on IoT and embedded technology IoT.
Hancom Mobility Sensor-based smart parking sharing solution.
Hancom Robotics Intelligent logistics and service robots. 
Connected World
Hancom Interfree Voice recognition and translation that remove language barriers.
Hancom Teladin IoT-based wireless solutions.
Hancom Talkafe Communication solutions.
Accufly.AI AI-based solutions for barrier-free communication with the best technology from Korea & China.
Safe World
Hancom WITH Next-generation smart city platform creating a secure urban ecosystem based on blockchain.
Hancom Lifecare Integrated safety solution ranging from personal safety equipment to social safety.
Hancom GMD Mobile Forensic & AR/VR Solution based on Digital Data Analysis.
Hancom Investment Investing in companies with excellent technology in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

South Korea’s Hancom Group to exhibit at CES 2020


Who is Hancom? How does Hancom envision Robotics, Smart City and AI Life Blockchain technology?

For Immediate Release








SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, Dec. 13, 2019 /Hancom Group, South Korea’s leading ICT company today announced that it will participate at CES 2020, Jan.7-10, 2020, in Las Vegas. The company will present its visions for making the world better through pioneering future innovation for an ever-evolving tech industry.



Rendering of the Hancom Group CES 2020 Exhibit

The new exhibit will be located at South Hall 2, AI & Robotics, Booth 25628 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Who is Hancom?
Hancom like the other highly recognized South Korean market leaders will share with the industry how it uniquely envisions Robotics, Smart City and AI Life Blockchain technology.

How Hancom sees Robotics
Led by Hancom’s Convenient World vision for work and life, Toki is one in a line-up of specialized robots for home and educational use. With customized AI conversations through face and voice recognition tailored to each family member, Toki also has home monitoring and video calling capabilities. Come experience Toki live at the Show.



Toki, Home and Education Robot

How Hancom sees Smart City and Blockchain
Driven by Hancom’s Safe World vision, the innovator has developed an Intelligent City Platform, the next-generation smart city platform creating a secure urban ecosystem by connecting everything to each other utilizing the latest technologies. This connectivity will improve city services and infrastructure, as well as the quality of life for urban dwellers.

The Intelligent City Platform acts as urban control tower integrating AI technology, blockchain and IoT, while utilizing real-time data for easy visualization.


Intelligent City Platform

On Life Blockchain, Hancom’s efforts are game changing and wide ranging. They include a seamless, private blockchain platform to allow privileged user access, providing electronic contracts, document notarization services, civic applications/certifications and public data access.



Life Blockchain

“As South Korea’s leading ICT company, we look forward to sharing at CES how Hancom will contribute to make the world Smarter and Better,”  Dr. Peter Wonsok Yun, President of Global Business, Hancom Group.

Pre-show and Show media interviews are welcome.

About The Hancom Group
Founded in 1989, today Hancom Group is a leader in creating innovative ecosystems that will lead the world through the convergence of technology.

With its reach of 13 affiliate companies covering Hardware, Software, and the Finance industry, the Group’s mission is to create a  “Convenient World, Connected World, and Safe & Secure World.”

Convenient World
Hancom Inc. Global smart work solutions from AI to productivity software solutions.
Hancom MDS Intelligent convergence solution leader based on IoT and embedded technology IoT.
Hancom Mobility Sensor-based smart parking sharing solution.
Hancom Robotics Intelligent logistics and service robots.

Connected World
Hancom Interfree Voice recognition and translation that remove language barriers.
Hancom Teladin IoT-based wireless solutions.
Hancom Talkafe Communication solutions.
Accufly.AI AI-based solutions for barrier-free communication with the best technology from Korea & China.

Safe World
Hancom WITH Next-generation smart city platform creating a secure urban ecosystem based on blockchain.
Hancom Lifecare Integrated safety solution ranging from personal safety equipment to social safety.
Hancom GMD Mobile Forensic & AR/VR Solution based on Digital Data Analysis.
Hancom Investment Investing in companies with excellent technology in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


Media Inquiries
Don Southerton
+1-310-866-3777
Dsoutherton@bridgingculture.com

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