[PANGYO ISSUE] Pangyo Technovalley Weekly News, News from the fourth week of June


– NHN Cloud to host a webinar to help game server development

NHN Cloud announced on the 15th that it will hold a webinar to introduce its cloud-based game server engine GameAnvil on the 21st.

GameAnvil provides gaming server templates, web operation, and performance test tools. Game developers with little development experience also help to make game servers development, services, and service operations to be possible all at once.

This webinar will be held under the theme of “GameAnvil on NHN Cloud”. Jeon Man-cheol, head of the NHN Bigfoot game server engine team, will be a speaker and address why game development is difficult as well as discus GameAnvil.

NHN Cloud plans to explain how GameAnvil can easily and conveniently develop online game servers through this webinar. Pre-application and broadcasting can be made on the NHN Cloud Webinar website.

An official from NHN Cloud said, “Anyone interested in game development can participate,” adding, “It is also possible to replay previous webinar videos, presentation materials, and major questions and answers on the website.”


– Gyeonggido Business & Science Accelerator to offer test beds for AI technology companies

The Gyeonggi-do Business and Science Accelerator announced on the 14th that it will recruit participants in the “AI Technology Demonstration Test Bed Project” for AI technology companies.

This project will utilize the infrastructure built in Pangyo Techno Valley to help companies test, certify, and evaluate AI technologies in actual urban environments, and the public will also get to experience its features.

Gyeonggi-do Business and Science Accelerator plans to recruit a total of 10 companies which will participate in the demonstration this year and will provide support by dividing them into funding and non-funding types. Participants in funding-type demonstration projects can receive 50 million won per task, along with free use of test bed infrastructure and free consulting for performance evaluation and test certification. Participants in the non-funding demonstration project can learn and test their AI technology using test bed infrastructure (HW/SW), and can receive performance evaluation and test certification from Korea Conformity Laboratories (KCL). Applications will be open 24/7 until the budget cap is reached.

In addition, when participating in the demonstration support project, the general public can experience and evaluate the demonstration test directly using “AI Experience Studio,” an indoor testing space, and “AI Multibox,” an outdoor testing space.

Those eligible for the support are small and medium-sized domestic companies that can demonstrate AI technology in mobility, convenience of life, and disaster safety, and can participate alone or by forming a consortium. Application ends when the budget cap is reached, and you can fill out a business plan and apply through EasyBiz.

“There are not many places with infrastructure nationwide that can demonstrate rapidly growing AI technology,” said Jung Kwang-yong, head of the 4th Industrial Revolution Division. “We will do our best to provide citizens with the opportunity to experience AI technology and AI companies with technology demonstration events by actively utilizing infrastructure in Pangyo Techno Valley.”

– Park Sang-jin, CEO of Naver Financial says “Naver Pay will achieve 100 trillion won in 3 years”

Park Sang-jin, the newly appointed CEO of Naver Financial, said at the “Naver Financial Media Day 2022” held at The Plaza Hotel in Jung-gu, Seoul on the 14th, “Naver Financial will prove its value as the most popular fintech platform for ordinary users and SMEs.”

In addition, CEO Park announced that he will achieve 100 trillion won in annual pay usage, increase the number of SMEs by five times, and increase the number of monthly active users of MyData service to 10 million by 2025.

First, Naver Financial decided to speed up the expansion of affiliate stores. It will expand regular payments such as content and insurance, daily payments such as travel, culture, and education, and external franchises such as overseas online. It will also increase the number of brick and mortar affiliate stores in industries such as healthcare, culture, and mobility this year in consideration of users’ lifestyles. In addition, starting with a linkage with LINE Pay Taiwan within this year, it will expand overseas payment linkage using Naver’s global networks. CEO Park added, “There are still remaining payment locations to secure, so I think Naver Pay has that much room for growth.”

It also announced its goal of increasing the number of SMEs using Naver Financial from 100,000 to 500,000 by 2025 by moving offline. First, when “Smart Place Business Loan” is released in June, both online and offline SMEs will be managed. “Naver Smart Place” is a platform where offline SMEs can register store information on Naver search and maps, and use business tools such as Naver reservations, orders, and smart calls for free. During the second half of the year, private business loan comparison services will be launched. Full-time business loan products will also be introduced, and financial corporations will be able to promote their product development..

In addition, the MyData-based “My Asset” service is also planning to achieve 10 million MAUs by boosting its competitiveness. My asset service will be strengthened in a way that user traffic of Naver Shopping, Pay, and financial content can be connected. It is planning to complete most of its line-up of assets that can be linked by the end of this year.

On top of that, it is planning to start differentiating itself with the “Insurance Integration Search” service, which is scheduled to be released in June. In addition to a guaranteed analysis for existing insurance, customized insurance information is easily explained as content. In the third quarter, it is also connected to receipt review services of “Naver My Place”. If a user links the card details in my asset service, it is easy to authenticate the purchase and write a review even without a receipt.

– “Robotics, safety, environment, logistics” to be POSCO ICT’s new growth engines

POSCO ICT CEO Jeong Duk-Kyun has selected robotics, safety, environment, and smart logistics as new = engines of growth and kick-started fostering related businesses. Its strategy is to strengthen market leadership by connecting these new businesses with smart factories and further improving them.

After taking office, CEO Jeong reorganized his business portfolio by cutting low-income and poorly performing businesses. This led to highly intense cost innovation, improving the company’s overall health. This year’s strategy is to create a successful model by focusing on robotics, safety, environment, and smart logistics as future growth projects. Early this year, it launched a task force dedicated to robotics, safety projects, and environmental projects to help realize carbon neutrality.

For now, it is speeding up its promotion of industrial robotics. This is to improve high-risk and high-intensity production sites to become safer workplaces and to improve productivity and quality levels.

With POSCO ICT at the center, POSCO Robot Solution Research Center, POSCO Holdings Industry-Academic Cooperation Officer, RIST, and POSTECH have formed a POSCO Group Robot Technology Council to create synergy by establishing an internal and external cooperation system.

The council will identify sites that should be applied with robots first within POSCO Group’s workplace. It also plays a leading role in field applications such as joint R&D and pilot projects to secure optimal technologies and solutions suitable for needs on the ground. POSCO ICT will be in charge of developing robotics technology and solutions, and will provide and spread robots by establishing a convergence system that connects robots with infrastructure such as smart factories that are currently in operation.

In addition, the company is actively promoting the commercialization of the smart safety sector, where needs are increasing following the enforcement of the Serious Accidents Punishment Act.

POSCO ICT will develop the “Smart Safety Control Platform” and build safe steel mills. Furthermore, it plans to spread to group affiliates and external smart factory customers, while simultaneously commercializing safety platforms in construction sites.

In addition, the smart factory sector, which is being promoted as a core strategic project, is evolving by combining new technologies such as a digital twin. It has decided to apply it to new material businesses of group affiliates such as lithium and nickel, including POSCO’s steel mills, and to spread it to external manufacturing sites. To this end, a smart technology control tower was established in-house to efficiently research and develop related technologies before operation began in earnest.

Source: Pangyo Techno Valley Official Newsroom