Hanwha Techwin, Azena, and KT Corp partner to provide rich AI video solutions at the edge

Oct. 13, 2021
By making these solutions available in Korea, Hanwha Techwin and Azena fast-track the adoption of edge AI analytics in that market

MUNICH and SEOUL — 7 October 2021 — Hanwha Techwin, a leading global security solution provider and Azena, an IoT platform provider, have announced a collaboration with KT Corp, Korea’s largest telecommunications provider, to provide AI video analytics solutions to the Korean market. AI video analytics apps from Azena’s marketplace that run on Hanwha Techwin cameras will enable Korean cities, businesses, and organizations to leverage the latest AI technology for security, safety and beyond.

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, 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 are globally recognized for quality and are in use all around the world. models will integrate seamlessly with the apps from the Azena Application Store. This makes the 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-customizable 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 organizations across Korea,” said Yoonsung Park, Leader of 5G MEC TF at KT Corp. For more information on Hanwha Techwin, Azena, or KT Corp visit, www.hanwha-security.com, www.azena.com or www.ktcorp.com.

Azena Azena operates an open IoT platform that connects camera manufacturers, SoC providers, application developers, VMS providers, and systems integrators. Its goal is to accelerate the speed of innovation for security cameras and applications that make use of AI and computer vision. To achieve this, the company offers a free and open operating system for security cameras, a development tool kit for app developers and a device management portal as well as an application store for integrators. Azena is headquartered in Munich, Germany and has been on the market since September 2018.

Azena and BOSCH Security and Safety Things GmbH, the legal company behind Azena, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and is part of Bosch’s strategic development of new digital growth markets. In the future, Azena wants to continuously accelerate the expansion of its global ecosystem through external partners.

Hanwha Techwin Hanwha Techwin is a subsidiary of Hanwha Corporation, one of the largest business conglomerates based in Korea. Hanwha Techwin offers total security solutions which encompass network and analog cameras, recording solutions, video management software and compression technology.  Hanwha Techwin has consolidated its leadership position in security solutions by building self-developed System on Chip (SoC), along with the optical, manufacturing and image-processing technology accumulated over 30 years. Hanwha Techwin is preparing for the future by continuing to invest in AI technology, cybersecurity, and ecosystem 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.

KT Corp KT Corp., Korea’s largest telecommunications service provider, is leading the new era of innovations in one of the world’s most connected countries with 5G, Big Data, Cloud, IoT, Blockchain and other transformative technologies. KT launched the world’s first nationwide commercial 5G network in April 2019, after showcasing the first trial 5G services at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in February 2018. To help cope with COVID-19, KT is staging a social campaign, dubbed “Ma-Eum:TACT (Heart to Heart)”,  providing technology support for people and businesses in need. KT will deliver most essential and innovative services and solutions to its customers around the world as the first frontier in the next technology revolution and number one Global ICT Company.