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12/10/2021

Azena agrees partnership with Hanwha Techwin for Korean market

Munich, Germany and Seoul, Korea

Hanwha Techwin, a leading global security solution provider and Azena, an IoT platform provider, owned by Bosch and formerly known as Security & Safety Things, have announced a collaboration with KT Corp, Korea’s largest telecommunications provider, to provide AI video analytics solutions to the Korean market.

A new generation of smart cameras from Hanwha Techwin, will run the operating system from Azena. Users of these devices can download and install apps in minutes from the nearly 100 apps in Azena’s Application Store, believed to be the world’s largest open platform for AI smart camera apps.

By making these solutions available in Korea, Hanwha Techwin and Azena fast-track the adoption of edge AI analytics in that market. KT Corp, will provide a 5G MEC platform to support both a 5G network for enhanced wireless connections and hybrid computing services for back-end AI processes that require high computing capacity.

“Expanding our presence into Korea with our partners taps into a market already progressive and mature in their use of AI technology,” said Hartmut Schaper, chief executive officer, Azena. “We are looking forward to working with not only Hanwha Techwin and KT Corp but also the Korean community of edge AI application developers.”

Cameras from Hanwha Techwin will integrate seamlessly with the apps from the Azena Application Store, making these new models more valuable in a range of uses as customers can at any time add or change functionality — from traditional security and safety use cases to apps that enhance operational intelligence or drive automation and other process improvements — all while using the same hardware, much like a smartphone. Cameras can now operate in the same user customisable way thanks to the open architecture and ecosystem from Azena.

“We are cultivating a flexible landscape to benefit all. App developers can rely on best-in-class hardware, and system integrators can select best-in-class apps from Azena’s app market to provide a custom solution to end users.” said KiChul Kim, Head of Sales & Marketing at Hanwha Techwin Headquarters and Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA) Board Member.

The open platform approach from Azena and Hanwha Techwin decouples software from hardware. KT Corp’s 5G MEC platform enables the flexible deployment and provides highly scalable hybrid computing resources while reducing the TCO and lead time. This allows KT Corp’s customers to harness technological advancements in edge AI video analytics as they become available in the future.

“I believe that Hanwha Techwin and the Azena AI application platform powered by KT Corp 5G MEC technology allow us to make state of the art AI technology with 5G MEC available to a wide range of businesses and organisations across Korea,” said Yoonsung Park, Leader of 5G MEC TF at KT Corp.


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