CVT's Johney Lee “Our goal is to apply face recognition to all industries including home networks.”

25 years of experience in security companies

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in and introduction of access control solutions is increasing day by day. Among them, face recognition technology is considered as one of the most widely applied biometric technologies in conjunction with the keyword of non-contact. In particular, it is not only about simply recognizing a face, but it is being upgraded by combining various technologies such as whether a mask is worn or not, as well as heat detection and automatic access list function in conjunction with thermal imaging camera.

▲ Johney Lee, Sales Director of CVT [Photo=Security News]


CVT is a manufacturer of face recognition access control readers and has various patents and trademarks related to biometrics. Its Sales Director Johney Lee, who joined CVT in April this year, has worked with major companies in the security industry for 25 years. We heard more about CVT from Director Lee, what the charm that has captivated industry veteran is.

What kind of company is CVT? CVT is a startup company founded in July 2015 to change the existing biometric access control pattern as the company name 'Creative Value Technology'. Except for sales, marketing and management personnel, all executives and staff are various physical security developers and manufacture face recognition access control readers that provide solutions for the non-face-to-face era. In particular, we have strengths in face recognition solutions and technology sales with technology that utilizes more than 20 years of experience and know-how. Based on this, we have a number of strategic partners for convergence security.

I'm curious how you came to be with CVT. It's been 25 years since I entered the security industry. Starting with field sales at Samsung S1, then corporate sales, and sales support work, I was in charge of global security work in the ADT Caps marketing team, and served as the head of the security division at COMMAX, a home network company. As I worked for a major security company, I experienced various spectrums of security, and based on this experience, I came to think that convergence security based on a strong connected platform would be necessary in the future. And I joined CVT to apply the facial recognition solution that is highly scalable to various security fields in my career and human network.

What is the appeal of face recognition? Face recognition is a biometric field that can be expanded to various fields. In particular, it is positioned as a solution suitable for the non-contact era caused by the corona pandemic, and as reflected in this, it is an attractive field with market growth potential with an average annual growth rate of more than 10%.

What strengths does CVT have in face recognition? CVT has its own technology to identify and solve security problems such as the inconvenience of authenticating one person, a low recognition rate that is weak against backlight, and misrecognition of photos and videos. In addition, we have our own camera module technology and face recognition algorithm technology, and we have the highest level of face recognition technology using an algorithm optimized for camera module design and an IR infrared camera. In particular, CEO Woo-Gyun Lee and technology development personnel have experience in developing face recognition SoCs before the establishment, and in the early days of the business, large Korean companies applied CVT technology to ODM production.

To explain a little more in detail, first, the Image Pyramid image method provides a high authentication speed with a face detection (FD) and face recognition (FR) speed of 0.3 seconds, and built-in standalone method at the camera edge, it works normally even when the network goes down. 

In addition, the recognition performance of the infrared camera can also detect spoofing of photos and videos by infrared skin reaction. This is to distinguish fake faces from photos, videos, and mannequins from real human faces through liveness detection (analysis of biological movement, blinking, and blood vessel reactions).

In addition, AI deep learning technology is applied to detect subtle facial changes over time after face registration, while transmitting data with SSL (Secure Socket Layer) network encryption technology to protect personal information and encrypting all face image information.


▲ From left: FA-3000, FA-2000, FA-1000 [Photo=Security News]


Please introduce a representative product. CVT is a face recognition specialist. There are Face A+ series (FA-1000, FA-2000, FA-3000) and Access+, a manager program. The FA-1000 is equipped with a 90˚ wide-angle face recognition (90-degree wide angle, so tall athletes and short children can be recognized). The Face A+ series works with Access+, a manager program, to manage access as well as time and attendance and self-payment.


In the second half of the year, we plan to introduce products for household in collaboration with construction companies, home network companies, and door lock companies.

What are other installation cases? CVT's products include offices such as CJ Olive Networks, CJ E&C, Lotte Department Store, and Swan Sink, and educational facilities such as E-PLEX and Cheongdam Language School, a number of daycare centers, and Hwaseong, Dongtan, and Daegu. It was also installed at Hoban Construction's new apartment construction sites such as Daejeon and Asan/Tangjeong, as well as at Lotte E&C's Songdo new apartment construction site.


In particular, we completed PoC with Hyundai Elevator for moving to the destination floor and calling for elevators through user face authentication, which appeared in TV commercials, and with Hyundai Motors to apply facial recognition technology to automobiles.

CVT has obtained various patents and awards related to facial recognition, and is known to have received investment attraction. We have 3 patent applications related to door control and 2 trademark registrations for AI security robot and Face A+.


After receiving the certificate of designation of excellent R&D innovative products from the Ministry of SMEs and Startups, it performed the TIPS task. Since its foundation, it has been consistently awarded the Grand Prize from the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning in the K-Global IoT Challenge and the Grand Prize from the Ministry of Science and ICT in the Startup Hope Concert Demo Day. I did. In addition, we have the family-friendly management certification from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. Along with this, Lotte and IBK. We are reinvesting in R&D to improve our products and technologies by attracting investments from PNP, POSCO, Hyundai Motor, and Hoban Construction.

I'm curious about CVT's future plans. First, in order to expand domestic sales, additional distributors with nationwide agencies are secured, strategic alliances and business collaborations with SI products with influential mid-sized companies, and excellent products through trial purchases of innovative products from public institutions and registration of venture countries We are trying to increase sales of public institutions with procured products.


The overseas market has a global growth strategy centered on Southeast Asia, the Americas, and Europe. To advance overseas, we are inducing overseas sales and investment attraction together by acquiring overseas certifications such as CE and FCC, participating in overseas exhibitions, and advertising and promoting YouTube and Facebook. Thanks to these efforts, last year, Panasonic completed a business partnership with Singapore to link Panasonic cameras and CVT face recognition readers, and recently, Vietnam is showing high interest in our products.

I believe that the technology of CVT is closely related to our daily life. Based on commercial face recognition products based on this technology, we plan to target the apartment and apartment housing market by collaborating with construction companies, home network companies, and door lock companies. In addition, we plan to supply products in the form of face recognition chips, modules, and boards so that face recognition products can be used in all industries.



Source: Security News

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There is also the 'AI Yangjae Hub Joint Pavilion' where Seoul's AI Yangjae Hub residents and member companies gather. 'Triplet', which provides AI image analysis solutions in the safety and retail sector, 'Elexi' with deep learning-based video analysis solution technology, 'CTI Lab', an AI-based next-generation cyber security platform company, and AI algorithm and transformation module technology company 'Smart Mind', 'Neurocle', a deep learning vision software company, and 'CVT', which is expanding its business with facial recognition access control technology, will participate.



Seoul AI Yangjae Hub to Participate in Smart Tech Korea Fair
서울시 AI 양재 허브 스마트테크 코리아 박람회 참가Seoul 'AI Yangjae Hub' 

Residents and member companies of Seoul's 'AI Yangjae Hub' will participate in 'The 10th Smart Tech Korea (SMART TECH KOREA 2021)', which will open on the 23rd.

Through the 'AI Yangjae Hub Joint Pavilion' presented by Smart Tech Korea, companies and products that have recently developed cutting-edge technologies, such as deep learning-based solutions, artificial intelligence, and big data, will be unveiled.

The 'AI Yangjae Hub', opened in December 2017, is Korea's first AI field technology startup nurturing institution created by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to make the Yangjae area an 'artificial intelligence specialized base' where AI talents and companies are concentrated.

As of the end of May this year, a total of 87 companies based on artificial intelligence technology have moved in.

Jong-Young Yoon, head of the AI Yangjae Hub Center, said, "With this participation in Smart Tech Korea as an opportunity, we expect that promising companies of the AI Yangjae Hub will be able to establish themselves more firmly in the artificial intelligence market and expand widely."

Meanwhile, the 10th Smart Tech Korea will be held at COEX in Samseong-dong, Seoul for 3 days from the 23rd with the theme of 'Connect the Future!'.




AI Yangjae Hub to show off cutting-edge AI technology at ‘Smart Tech Korea’
Promising domestic artificial intelligence (AI) startups and related companies will participate in the high-tech convergence business exhibition "SMART TECH KOREA 2021."

Seoul AI Yangjae Hub Logo / AI Yangjae Hub
Seoul's AI Yangjae Hub announced on the 17th that it will set up an "AI Yangjae Hub Joint Hall" at the "Smart Tech Korea" event and unveil its products with companies that have recently developed high-tech technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data.

This year, ▲ 'Triplet' provides AI video analysis solution (safety, retail field, big data analysis) ▲ 'Elexi' with 'Philo-V' technology, a deep learning based video analysis solution ▲ AI-based next-generation cyber security platform 'CTI Lab' of DTI (Deep Threat Intelligence) ▲ 'Smart Mind' with THANOS and LIGHTHOUSE, the core technologies of AI algorithm and transformation module ▲ Deep learning vision software 'Neuro-T' ', 'Neurocle' with 'Neuro-R' ▲ 'CVT', which is expanding its business with facial recognition access control technology, will participate.

These are hub tenants and membership companies that are achieving results in increasing sales, attracting investment, and creating new jobs through the "AI Yangjae Hub." Through this event, it will introduce trends and future directions of AI technology, business items and major technologies, and hold domestic and foreign buyer matching consultations and demonstrations together.

Opened in December 2017, "AI Yangjae Hub" is Korea's first institution specializing in fostering technology startups in the field of AI created in Yangjae by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to create an "artificial intelligence specialized hub" where AI talent and companies are concentrated. As of May 2021, a total of 87 AI technology-based companies were located in the AI Yangjae Hub. Since the second half of last year, it has established an "AI Yangjae Membership Program" so that non-resident companies can receive the same corporate support as tenant companies.

Yoon Jong-young, head of the AI Yangjae Hub Center, said, "We hope that with this participation in Smart Tech Korea, promising companies of AI Yangjae Hub will be able to further establish themselves in the artificial intelligence market and expand widely."

Meanwhile, the 10th Smart Tech Korea, which will be held under the theme of 'Connect the Future!', will be held at COEX in Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul for three days from the 23rd. This year, more than 170 domestic and foreign companies will participate to present future core smart technologies and various industrial trends based on the fourth industrial revolution.

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The Construction Industry transforms into a start-up 'Mother Bird'... Innovative Technology 'Discovery'

Hoban Construction and SK Eco Plant invest in startups … Securing for the future

Construction companies are actively investing in startups. [Photo = Pixar Bay]

Construction companies have discovered startups with innovative technologies and are providing full support. Due to the nature of startups, even if they have relevant technologies and ideas, there are often not enough capitals, so construction companies directly raise funds or prepare startup-related programs to secure future growth engines.

According to the construction industry on the 16th, construction companies such as Hoban Construction and SK Eco Plant are actively investing in startups.

Plan H CI. [Photo = Hoban Construction]

Among mid-sized companies, Hoban Construction's aggressive start-up investment is attracting attention. Hoban Construction, led by President Kim Dae-heon, is investing in ventures, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups with new technologies, and is rapidly responding to securing new growth engines. The new technology secured in this way is applied to the Hoban Summit apartments of construction companies in the Hoban group, such as Hoban Construction, and differentiated products.

Hoban Construction is supporting startups with innovative technology and proptech through the accelerator corporation 'Plan H Ventures (hereinafter referred to as Plan H)'. Daeheon Kim, president of Hoban Construction, established Plan H in 2019. 'Accelerator' refers to a startup-related program that encompasses investment, connection, and sales for startup growth.

Hoban Construction's Plan H has invested in an urban smart farm company, 'Sessel Primus', a facial recognition-based security solution company 'Creative Value Technology (hereafter CVT)', 'Flux City' of digital twin technology, etc.

In particular, CVT and Sessel Primus were selected as new operators of TIPS (Tech Incubator Program for Startup) in the second half of 2019 by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups. TIPS is a 'private investment-led technology startup support' program created by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups in 2013 to support early-stage startups.

When a private investment company discovers and invests in a startup, the Ministry of SMEs and Startups provides R&D funds, etc., and the private sector invests in the initial stage and the government supports it. A company selected as a TIPS operator can receive R&D funding from the Ministry of SMEs and Startups in the process of discovering and investing in startups.

An industry official said, "Recently, construction companies are concentrating on developing new technologies. In particular, they are busy investing in startups with innovative technologies to secure new revenue sources."

He continued, "As the government has implemented a system that grants drastic incentives to construction companies that use new technologies from this year, more and more construction companies are investing in construction-related ventures such as proptech." "The appropriate symbiotic relationship between large construction companies and startups is expected to settle in the market,” he added.

[WIS 2021] CVT

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With the development of stand-alone face recognition technology, it is becoming an era where it is applied not only to enter and exit companies and gatherings but also to smart home systems.

CVT (CEO Woo-Gyun Lee) participated in the 2021 World IT Show 2021 (WIS 2021) held at COEX Halls A and C from April 21 (Wed) to 23 (Fri) and introduced the 'Smart Home Face Recognition Door Phone'.




Founded in 2015, CVT is a company that has an average of more than 20 years of experience in embedded access control, camera, and chip design, realizing the goal of making life more convenient and safer with facial recognition technology. The Smart Home Face Recognition Door Phone presented at this exhibition is a product that adds a door phone function to the existing corporate face recognition reader (access control, time and attendance management, cafeteria payment, security).

It is a great advantage that contactless authentication is possible with the face as the key without the risk of loss/exposure of the card key and password. In addition to individual households, it can be used in apartment entrances, elevators, and communal facilities for residents, and can be used for video calls with visitors and remotely open doors through smartphone apps. The current application fields are apartments, hotels, and resorts, and it can be used not only for home but also for businesses.


Manager Mara Moon, who participated in the event, said, "Unlike network server-based devices, stand-alone face recognition devices are fast and convenient because the process is carried out inside the device itself, and safety management is possible at low cost." She added, "We are actively seeking to expand the market to individual home door phones, including the management of construction laborers."

Meanwhile, the 2021 World IT Show is a representative exhibition leading the next-generation high-tech industry and has served as a venue for introducing the latest technologies, products, and services at home and abroad. It was held under the slogan of 'Unfold'. The 2021 ICT Technology Commercialization Festival was also held at the same time.



[WIS 2021] CVT 'Face A+'

CVT (CEO Woo-kyun Lee) will introduce the 'Face A+' face recognition series and smart home face recognition door phone at the World IT Show 2021.

Face A+ is a face recognition system for businesses. Currently, there are three models: FA-1000, FA-2000, and FA-3000. As a device that manages access by recognizing faces, it can be used not only for access control but also for time and attendance management.

CVT's face recognition technology has been recognized for its excellence developing for major private security companies. It has a track record of installing a number of access control systems in famous domestic large corporations.

The biggest advantage of Face A+ is its speed and accuracy. The FA-1000 model boasts a wide recognition range with a wide-angle lens. The FA-2000 model is competitive in its fast recognition speed. It is possible to implement the so-called 'walk-through' function, which recognizes faces while passing by, even if the visitor does not stop in front of the camera for face authentication. It can be effectively used in speed gates through which a large number of people pass in a short time. The FA-3000 model is a COVID-19 solution and measures the temperature.
Recognition accuracy utilizes artificial intelligence deep learning technology. Even if the face of a person changes slightly, it identifies the same person through deep learning and shows 99.9% recognition rate accuracy. The authentication speed is fast because face authentication is performed at the camera terminal.

CVT was established in July 2015 and was awarded the Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning Award in October of the following year. In November 2018, it received the Minister of Science and Technology Information and Communication Award and announced the excellence of its product technology. In addition, it attracted investment of 1 billion won from five major companies such as Lotte, IBK, POSCO and Hyundai.

Recently, it has pioneered the Southeast Asian market with a solution jointly developed with Panasonic. A PoC for elevator solution has been completed. This year, it is developing with the goal of launching a smart home face recognition door phone solution together with Hoban Construction.


[SECON & eGISEC 2021 Preview] CVT

CVT, Development of various non-contact solutions required in the new era through face recognition
Founded by experts in embedded access control/camera/chip design under the mission to make everyday life more simple and secure with facial recognition technology, CVT (CEO Woo-Kyun Lee) is developing various non-contact solutions needed in the contact-less era.


CVT will introduce the Face A+ series of face recognition devices at SECON & eGISEC 2021. Face A+ is a biometric device that recognizes a person's face and confirms the identity, and is useful for access control and time and attendance management. There are a total of three models, and the FA-1000 (black) utilizes a wide-angle face recognition lens to ease the height restriction of the user. The FA-2000 (white) supports a walk-through function that does not require the user to stop as it enables long-distance recognition, and the FA-3000 is a model specialized in temperature check by mounting a thermal imaging camera.

This year, CVT is planning to take the lead in popularizing face recognition with partner construction companies by developing smart home face recognition door phones, and is also developing face recognition kiosks for visitor management programs.


Meanwhile, the 20th World Security Expo (SECON & eGISEC 2021), the largest integrated security exhibition in Korea that encompasses physical and cyber security, will be held for 3 days from May 12 to 14 at Hall 3~5 of Exhibition Hall 1, Kintex, Ilsan. SECON & eGISEC 2021 can be viewed free of charge by pre-registration on the website.




KOTRA selects members for the 3rd 'Global Jump 300' to help advance to Overseas
Startups selected for the ‘Global Jump 300 CEO Summit’ on the 8th having a launching ceremony online. / Provided by Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)

The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Corporation (KOTRA) announced on the 13th that it has selected the members and held a launching ceremony for the 3rd Global Jump300, a global startup promotion project.

Start-ups participating in the Global Jump 300 will designate up to three KOTRA foreign trade centers, allowing them to continue to be introduced to foreign partners such as buyers, overseas investors, and global companies until the end of this year. It will also hold customized seminars for global jump members and business meetings for overseas partners twice a year.

All 50 companies selected for the Global Jump 300 are tech-based startups. AI (Artificial Intelligence), Internet of Things (IoT), and Big Data startups account for 40% of the total. Next is healthcare (20%), mobility (16%), fintech and security (14%), and ICT (Information Communication Technology) based consumer goods (10%).

The performance of companies that participated in the Global Jump 300 program last year is also noteworthy. Twenty-seven companies exported 9.6 million dollars (10.8 billion won), while 30 companies attracted 44.1 billion won in investment at home and abroad. New employment recorded 285 people, a 26% increase from before participating in the Global Jump 300 project.

Kim Tae-ho, head of KOTRA's Small and Medium Business Division, said,  "The 'Global Jump 300' program, which is supported long-term by overseas trade offices around the world, is very effective for startups to enter overseas markets. We will try to make more inroads into overseas markets and achieve more diverse results."