How did an AI company from South Korea come to deploy wildfire mitigation technology in California?

It was a sunny California morning in May of 2019 when I arrived at San Francisco International Airport for my first business trip with Alchera Inc. I had just joined the visual AI startup as a business development manager a few weeks prior at our headquarters in South Korea. After a short on-boarding, I was packing up and ironically flying back to my home state. While there was plenty of new things to learn about the company, the culture, the technologies, and my new coworkers, I was very familiar with a few key topics that would come up over the…


When KEPCO, South Korea’s largest utility, integrated Alchera’s visual anomaly detection software with its existing CCTV network, the company raised the bar for facility protection and fire mitigation.

Challenge

How does a world-class power utility use technology to enhance grid security in an era of regulatory and technical change? That’s the challenge KEPCO (Korea Electric Power Corporation) faced as it rolled out its Smart Grid program.

In the late 2000s, KEPCO launched Smart Grid, an ambitious, comprehensive, multi-year program designed to transform the country’s power system. Starting with a demonstration project on Jeju Island, the utility has field-tested numerous community or building-based initiatives. These include electric vehicle charging stations, smart meters, and zero-energy buildings.

System-wide, Smart Grid aims to optimize supply and demand management and improve grid stability…


When SNOW Camera adopted Alchera’s 3D facial feature mapping technology and created a suite of products for an Asian audience, taking on Snapchat was a breeze.

Challenge

In 2015, Changok Kim identified a gap in the multimedia camera app market. Snapchat, the upstart leader in sticker images, 10-second videos, and sponsored filters, had been experiencing fantastic growth. From humble beginnings in 2011, Snapchat exploded into a juggernaut. By 2015, 100 million users were consuming 6 billion video views a day. Venture capitalists took notice. So did Mr. Kim.

The Snapchat gap was Asia. We’ll never really know why Snapchat seemingly ignored the Asian market. Perhaps it prioritized growth in North America and Europe, or maybe the leadership team was busy fending off the biggest social media…


When Shinhan Card built Face Pay with Alchera’s 3D facial feature mapping technology, the company brought next-generation payment authentication to the retail floor.

Challenge

How do large financial institutions navigate change when faced with regulatory and technological headwinds? That’s the challenge Shinhan Bank, South Korea’s second-largest financial institution, faced in the mid-2000s.

By some accounts, South Korea’s rather stodgy financial sector was due for a shakeup. Conservative by nature and safeguarded by regulation, stability was cherished until someone noticed what the neighbors were up to. Fintech investments across Asia were maturing into a tantalizing array of services that promised to generate wealth, create jobs, and drive rapid change. …


3D from 2D — AI face analysis used to launch the Snapchat of Asia

Naver Inc., to many known as the ‘Google of Korea,’ is clearly a major player in the peninsula’s technology scene. Developer of the widely-used messaging app Line, Naver was looking for the next product to compete with other global players such as Snapchat and Instagram. The only problem was that in 2016, very few 3D enabled phones were in use, a technology necessary for the virtual stickers using augmented reality (AR) and photographic filters driving the virality of such apps. …

Robert Grey

Robert focuses on detecting wildfire through vision sensors via AI at Alchera Inc., a visual AI company empowering society-impacting industries through AI.

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