Soon Hong Ahn
Hanwha Techwin, a global supplier of IP and analog video surveillance solutions, has announced its top 5 key trend predictions for the security industry in 2020. They include AI end-to-end security solutions, cybersecurity, cloud-based data insights, privacy protection and vertical specialised solutions. AI End-to-End Security Solutions As AI becomes more broadly adopted across industries, it is likely to be more widely incorporated in video surveillance in the upcoming year. Edge-based AI (which filters and processes data locally on a camera), will be more ubiquitous, enabling end-to-end AI technology. Today, most security cameras send the data they collect to servers to be analysed. Edge-based AI (which filters and processes data on a camera) will be more ubiquitous, enabling end-to-end AI technology However, with edge-based AI, the data is analysed by the camera first and subsequently sent to the server. This reduces the burden of transferring and storing large amounts of data to a server, thereby increasing efficiency, saving time, and reducing server costs typically required analysing data. In 2020, Hanwha Techwin will introduce edge-based AI cameras, as well as AI-powered NVRs and VMSs, to introduce end-to-end (camera to storage server and VMS) AI security solutions. Cybersecurity Solutions With IoT devices becoming ubiquitous, the importance of cybersecurity has never been more important. Today’s cyber-attacks are more intelligent and advanced than ever, so building cyber-resilient security systems is no longer an option, but an imperative. Smart cities, factories, financial institutions and retailers today require scalable video surveillance solutions which are closely interconnected with other devices and networks, making the importance of cybersecurity paramount. Strong cybersecurity has always been Hanwha Techwin’s priority and the company has been refining the technology since the beginning. The soon-to-be released Wisenet 7, the newest version of Hanwha Techwin’s own SoC (System on Chip), has been designed with the strongest cybersecurity features including a secure booting function and signed firmware for both software and hardware. Validated by the UL Cybersecurity Assurance Program (CAP) certification, Wisenet 7 ensures that users have access to the industry’s most advanced cybersecurity features. Cloud–based Data Insight According to IDC, a provider of information technology market intelligence, there will be about 175 zettabytes of data in the world by the year 2025, with much of it stored in the cloud and data centres around the world. At the same time, video surveillance solutions will go far beyond functioning as a simple monitoring tool to become an indispensable aid to organisations by providing useful insights that improve business operations. The importance of accessible cloud-based servers that can easily store and analyse the accumulated data, will also increase. Going beyond being an efficient storage repository, sophisticated analytics will use cloud processing to analyse the stored data and provide useful insights. In 2020, Hanwha Techwin will introduce cloud-based solutions beginning with the Device Health Monitoring Cloud, which will monitor and manage video surveillance devices in real time. The company will also introduce Retail Insight Cloud designed to facilitate store management. Privacy Protection By its very nature, the video data that is collected for security purposes almost always contains private information Together with cybersecurity, Hanwha Techwin believes that the protection of personal data should be integral to the business ethics of a video surveillance company. By its very nature, the video data that is collected for security purposes almost always contains private information. Therefore, protecting surveillance data is imperative. Around the world, privacy protection laws are being introduced, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe, and the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) in the US. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), is also set to come into effect in January 2020. These laws will force the video surveillance industry to follow “privacy by design” best practices and renew their efforts to protect personal data from misuse and abuse. Organisations are increasingly aware of the dangers of private data breaches and they are becoming more discerning when choosing security products and solutions. Domestically, Hanwha Techwin provides a solution with VPM (Video Privacy Management) technology and has released its S-COP (Smart Cover of Privacy) lineup to comply with GDPR globally. Vertical Specialised Solutions Vertical markets in the security industry are increasingly requiring more specialised devices and solutions to meet their unique requirements. With the emergence of the 4th industrial revolution, the presence of smart verticals will be more prominent, and video surveillance companies must be ready to provide solutions for smart cities, factories, transportation, and retail organisations. Hanwha Techwin already provides products for these verticals and plans to expand its lineup of specialised solutions in the near future, to include asset management solutions with IoT technology. Advancement in technologies such as AI, IoT and cloud will support new use cases in conjunction with existing devices" “Advancement in technologies such as AI, IoT and cloud, will support new use cases in conjunction with existing devices and solutions to meet customers’ needs in various verticals, expanding the horizon of our industry. However, we must also be mindful of the social and ethical responsibility related to areas such as cybersecurity and private data protection. Sustained interest and investment in these areas must be regarded as an obligation to make sure our industry continues to thrive in the midst of rapid technological advancements,” said Hanwha Techwin’s President & CEO Soonhong Ahn. Total Security Solution Hanwha Techwin is a subsidiary of Hanwha Corporation, a South Korean based company. Hanwha Techwin offers total security solution which encompass network and cameras, recording solutions, video management software and compression technology. Hanwha Techwin has consolidated its leadership position in security solutions by building self-developed SoC chipsets, along with the optical, manufacturing and image-processing technology accumulated over 30 years. Hanwha Techwin is now preparing for the future by continuing to invest in AI technology and cyber security in order to provide intelligent and secure solutions to customers. Under its Wisenet brand, Hanwha Techwin will strive to deliver security solutions which customers can trust.
Hanwha Techwin Co. Ltd. has announced the appointment of Mr. Soon-Hong Ahn as the new President of the company. Previously holding coveted profiles of Head of Sales & Marketing, along with former President of Hanwha Techwin America, Mr Ahn’s extensive knowledge of the video surveillance industry and expertise in global marketing have been significant factors in the company’s high growth achievements in a competitive marketplace. This in turn has laid the groundwork for expanding the business globally. Video surveillance industry expert Commenting on his appointment, Mr Soon-Hong Ahn stated, “Looking back over the past year, we have laid a solid foundation for qualitative growth by demonstrating an impressive performance in three areas: sales growth, efficiency and investment in our future. This has been achieved with ongoing support and encouragement of the Hanwha Group. An excellent example of this has been the opening of our new facility in Vietnam which has enabled us to strengthen our global competitiveness by improving manufacturing efficiency”. “2020 marks the beginning of a new decade during which we will be devoted to becoming a ‘Global Top Security Solution Provider’, by presenting new benefits to our customers through a variety of products and services based on state-of-the-art technology in video and intelligent security”. IoT, AI and 5G technologies in video surveillance “Our plan for the immediate future is to maintain stable growth hinged on qualitative growth strategies, while incorporating core technologies based on mega trends, such as IoT, AI and 5G into our video surveillance solutions and create new business opportunities for system integrators and business partners.” Mr Soon-Hong Ahn will be taking over from Mr Yeon Chul Kim, Hanwha Techwin’s previous President who has now been appointed as the President of Hanwha Systems.
Hanwha Techwin America (HTA), a global supplier of IP and analogue video surveillance solutions, announced the appointment of company veteran Mr. Kichul (K.C.) Kim as the new president for the Americas. He replaces Mr. Soon Hong Ahn, who was promoted to Head of Global Sales and Strategic Marketing at the company’s headquarters in South Korea. Both appointments are effective immediately. Mr. Kim played an instrumental role in sales and corporate management since joining Hanwha Corporation in 1995. He served as Director of Corporate Business Planning at Hanwha Techwin’s Security Division in South Korea since 2015 and began working in the U.S. in January of this year to ensure a smooth transition of the president’s role. Driving product innovation “I am excited to continue the success created by Mr. Ahn,” said Mr. Kim. “Our speed to market and commitment to developing leading edge technology has allowed us to experience rapid growth and tremendous progress over the past several years. My mission is to support HTA’s business through continued investments, partnerships, technology development and expansion throughout the Americas.” Mr. Kim will promote the Hanwha brand, execute HTA’s growth plan and drive its product innovation in order to position Hanwha as the leading solutions provider in the video surveillance industry. He will be based in Hanwha Techwin America’s headquarters in Teaneck, NJ.
Hanwha Techwin, a provider of global security solutions, builds on the foundation of its highly regarded Wisenet line by launching Wisenet X series featuring Hanwha’s new Wisenet 5, self-developed chipset, one of the most important core technologies developed to date by Hanwha Techwin. “Wisenet 5 is our latest chipset designed specifically for professional video surveillance applications that offers extreme processing performance at the edge,” said Soonhong Ahn, President, Hanwha Techwin America. “Wisenet X is the first product range to use this single chip solution. Our new 5 MP and 2 MP camera lines will redefine industry standards, not only with exceptional resolution, but with more advanced features and upgraded functions.” Wisenet X series offers industry leading 150dB WDR performance, clear images in extreme low light conditions, and WiseStream II compression technology for reduced data transfer. A convenient USB port is also available for easy set-up and installation. Other notable key features include license-free audio and video analytics, dual SD card slot for increased on-board storage and image stabilisation using gyro sensors.Monitoring of color images in low-light environments is made possible with the new Wisenet 5 chipset and processing technology Satisfying project needs By adding the Wisenet X series to the recently released Wisenet Q and P series, Hanwha Techwin offers a comprehensive line-up of video surveillance solutions, from affordable entry level to competitive high-performance products that satisfy the needs of projects and customers in all market sectors. Most common WDR images are captured by composing 2 frames with different exposures. Wisenet X series WDR achieves 150dB by capturing 4 frames at high speed (1/120s), combining them into one image, creating more fluid video while still achieving 30fps. This new technology has been developed to address weaknesses of existing WDR technology, providing clear and vivid images. Monitoring of color images in low-light environments is made possible with the new Wisenet 5 chipset and processing technology. With Hanwha Techwin’s outstanding optical technology, Wisenet X series cameras produce images that can be monitored in color even in low-light environments without IR LED allowing vivid images to be captured regardless of the environment or time of day. H.265 and WiseStream II compression For substantial bandwidth savings, Wisenet X cameras combine H.265 compression and WiseStream II, a complementary compression technology which dynamically controls encoding, balancing quality and compression according to movement in the image. Data reduction of up to 99% can be achieved with Wisenet X series cameras. Using the USB port, Wisenet X series cameras allows for certain adjustments (i.e. focus, viewing angle) directly from mobile devices via Wi-Fi and wired. Installers can reduce installation time, dramatically reducing costs.Stabilisation comes into effect when a camera is disturbed by wind or vibrations, resulting in more stable images License-free video analytics The Wisenet X series offers license-free analytics. The audio analysis function recognises critical sounds, such as gunshots, explosions, screams, and broken glass, and then immediately issues an alarm. Additional analytics include queue management that analyses queues generated in specific environments, such as a shop or bank for more efficient management. Dual SD card slots allow up to 512GB of video to be saved automatically on-board the camera, to preserve data in the event of a network disruption. Gyro sensors have been added to the technology used in existing cameras for more accurate stabilisation. Stabilisation comes into effect when a camera is disturbed by wind or vibrations, resulting in more stable images.
Hanwha Techwin America, announced several promotions and new hires to complement the company’s continued growth and expansion in the North American Market. Hanwha Techwin America closed out a very successful 2016 posting double-digit growth from the prior year. Our people are our most valued asset, and are as instrumental to our continued success as the innovative technologies and products we offer" “We will continue to enhance our sales, marketing, engineering and support teams with the most qualified and talented personnel in the industry,” said Soon Hong Ahn, President, Hanwha Techwin America. “Our people are our most valued asset, and are as instrumental to our continued success as the innovative technologies and products we offer.” New appointments include: Tom Cook has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales Robert Wegner has been promoted to VP of SAE and Technical Support Marco Sanchez and Lloyd Taylor were promoted to Regional Sales Directors (West and Midwest regions, respectively) Todd Wysocki has been promoted to Senior Regional Sales Manager in Chicago Ramy Ayad has been promoted to Senior Product Manager New hires include: Todd Cabot and Kyle Finefrock were hired as new Regional Sales Managers (West and Midwest respectively) Mark Nolan and Nate Strand were hired as new Regional Sales Managers in Texas (Houston and Dallas respectively)
When is an acquisition not really an acquisition but rather the “sale of shares by one corporate conglomerate to another?” Such is the core question in the aftermath of Samsung’s sale of its interest in Samsung Techwin to fellow Korean conglomerate Hanwha Holdings. Samsung announced sale in late November of its 32.4 percentage ownership in the video surveillance company (as part of a larger sale of its defence and chemical affiliates). The 32.4 percent of stock represents the largest share of ownership in Samsung Techwin. However, Samsung Techwin America says the sale will not impact its growing success in the U.S. security market, where it has had record sales this year. “This was a stock transaction,” says Thomas R. Cook, Samsung Techwin’s Vice President of Sales, North America. “People get nervous when they hear ‘acquisition’ because sometimes it means companies change how they do business. This is a stock transaction in a public company. It’s a public company that will continue to grow.” Samsung Techwin America has worked to allay concerns among sales people, integrators and end users during the two weeks since the stock transaction was announced, says Cook. The company reiterated its message Dec. 8 in a conference call with security industry journalists. Samsung Techwin in North America expects growth to continue to increase next year and plans to add 12 to 15 employees in the next 90 days to keep the momentum. Samsung will again operate a 100x60 booth at ISC West – featuring the familiar Samsung brand in big letters. Upcoming events will continue to target dealers and the architect and engineering (A&E) community. An aggressive new lineup of products will be unveiled in the first quarter of 2015. In short, business will continue as usual. "Hanwha Group’s investment in Samsung Techwin will provide continued focus on the technologies and markets we serve" Continuing to provide products under the Samsung brand was a “key negotiation point,” said Cook. “It won’t change at all.” (Some press reports after the sale contended Samsung Techwin would drop the Samsung name and branding – categorically not so, says Cook. Historically, Samsung has lent its branding to companies for long periods – in the range of 20 years – and that is the expectation here, he says.) Not a minor point given how hard Samsung Techwin has worked to build its presence in the American market in the last several years – based in large part on leveraging the well-known Samsung brand. In actuality, Samsung Techwin was never part of Samsung Electronics, but rather a separate affiliate operated independently. However, that distinction was mostly missed by the U.S. security market, which embraced Samsung’s commercial video surveillance products with the same enthusiasm consumers bought the larger electronics company’s smart phones and flat-screen TVs. “Most important is that our Samsung brand will remain intact,” said Soon Hong Ahn, president of Samsung Techwin America. “Hanwha Group’s investment in Samsung Techwin will provide continued focus on the technologies and markets we serve. This partnership will be transparent and seamless, as management and all operations at Samsung Techwin will remain the same with no significant changes in the foreseeable future.” Also not changing will be joint efforts and partnerships between Samsung Techwin and the larger Samsung Electronics, which have included joint booths at the Infocomm show and other cooperative marketing and sales initiatives. Samsung Techwin handles all the R&D, manufacturing and other core competencies that are central to its video surveillance and other businesses; those elements were never part of the larger Samsung and will therefore not be affected. (These are also new competencies that Hanwha Holdings did not previously possess.)