Kevin Brown - From Buzzwords to Reality: Managing Edge Data Centers
Schneider Electric introduced its strategies and solutions for edge infrastructure at ‘Edge Press Conference 2019’ on September 19 at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. At the event, Schneider Electric introduced 'EcoStruxure™' platform and various solutions for the construction and operation of efficient edge infrastructure under the theme of 'Life at the Edge'. With the proliferation of IoT utilization, the “edge” infrastructure is becoming increasingly important in the overall IT infrastructure, and by 2025, 75% of data generated by companies around the world is expected to be created and processed at the edge. Hence, in the construction and operation of the edge infrastructure, Schneider Electric's event with the theme of 'Life at the Edge' suggested new trends in digital transformation and business profitability improvement using cloud-based software, AI and micro data center infrastructure, and introduced Schneider Electric's strategies, solutions and collaborations to realize these opportunities. Kevin Brown, Senior Vice President of Innovation and CTO in Secure Power Division, introduced some practical considerations for implementing an edge data center. While building infrastructure at the edge is more important than our expectations, it's hard to put resources in place to increase availability. And the ways to ensure availability must also be approached differently from the traditional data centers. Schneider Electric has pointed out the cloudification of the management system and AI technology to leverage the vast amount of data as the ways to effectively maximize the resiliency of the edge. ▲ Kevin Brown, Senior Vice President of Innovation and CTO in Secure Power Division ▲ Given the availability of the entire infrastructure, the availability of local edges should also be higher than expected. Kevin Brown introduced that there are many different views on edge infrastructure and hybrid edge architectures, but in brief, they fall into three categories; central large data center, ‘regional edge’ by region, and ‘local edge’ that creates and consumes data closest to the user. Even in this architecture, the model will vary depending on how much computing power the local edge has and which device the local edge is connected to and operating with. But he added that the local edge is where the device is connected first. The first thing to think about when implementing local edge availability and resiliency is that the "expectations" people have for IT has changed. If a service is stopped due to some kind of failure, it may not have a big impact on someone, but it may come as a big disaster for someone. And the availability aspects of traditional data centers are different in stages, ranging from Tier 1 with 99.67% availability to Tier 4 with 99.995% availability. The percentages may seem as small as a change in decimal units. However, in the aspect of fault-tolerant, Tier 1 can be achieved even if service stops for 28.8 hours, while Tier 4 only allows 25 minutes per year. Typically, the data center targets Tier 3 with 99.98% availability, with an annual downtime of 1.6 hours. Efforts have also been constantly made to drive this up, but it was pointed out that only focusing on downtime from an IT perspective may distort the results regardless of the user experience. In addition, considering the combination of Tier 3 central data centers and Tier 1 local edges, the availability level will drop to 99.65%, resulting in 30.7 hours of downtime per year. Indeed, Kevin stressed that the edge should also be built as a mission-critical data center beyond expectations. The things needed to implement an edge site with this type of mission-critical data center beyond expectations might include facility security, redundancy configuration, independent cooling, monitoring, management, local support staff, etc. In response to these requirements, the integrated ecosystem, appropriate management tools, and the use of analytics and AI were mentioned to improve edge resilience. This enables monitoring to the physical environment, implements access control to equipment, remotely configures settings, and proactively responds before problems occur. The use of AI can also reduce the burden on management resources. ▲ In the edge environment, the 'integrated ecosystem' aspect by multiple players becomes more special. ▲ A cloud-based implementation is effective for the management of distributed edge environments. The cores of the 'integrated ecosystem' through active cooperation within the ecosystem are standardization, robustness, and simplicity, which can overcome the 'distributed multiple installation environment' and 'insufficient resident management resource', which are the characteristics of edge environment. As for the edge as well, in the user's environment, when a failure occurs, all surrounding consumption and distribution environment would be stopped. Therefore, management and security should be considered in the edge construction. The edge environment should be able to be monitored and managed from anywhere. And as the system is built and distributed through partners, it should be able to quickly respond to various user-specific deployment cases or failure situations by considering the training aspects of manpower. On the other hand, the training aspect of the manpower is a very important part of the system construction, and the importance of the integrated ecosystem is also emphasized here. For example, if Schneider Electric's customers are considering the provision of services as 'managed service providers' and the customers are in locations that are unable to be responded by directly sending manpower, it may be necessary to entrust the information to a local service provider. And depending on the customer's application, a configuration of deploying computing power on the local edge might be also possible. Here, Schneider Electric added that it is working closely with a variety of partners, including HPE, Dell EMC, and Cisco, to address these diverse needs. As for the management tools for edge infrastructures deployed in physically remote locations, traditional management tools were not suitable for the edge in terms of access control, alarm issues, and management cycles. Hence, Schneider Electric proposed a cloud-based edge management environment to overcome this problem. If the management environment is implemented on a cloud basis, you can access and monitor remote devices anytime, anywhere, and you don't have to worry about device scalability. In addition, Kevin explained that it is advantageous in terms of flexible payment model, software update, and utilization of new technologies such as AI. ▲ The use of cloud and AI can provide more accurate insights. In the management of edge infrastructure, AI technology is expected to save human effort and enable efficient data-based management. However, some preparation is required to properly use it. The primary preparation includes secure, scalable, and robust cloud architecture, and at the same time, a "data lake" with large amounts of normalized data is needed. Besides, Kevin Brown stated that the experts who have a deep understanding of the system's activities and an approach to machine learning algorithm expertise would be required. In fact, in deriving insights from data, it is important to clarify what data to analyze what problems and to collect and refine the data accordingly. Simply pouring data into an AI system does not yield results, and most of the data analysis is about obtaining and refining data that can be analyzed. Of course, it is not easy for customers to exactly identify and handle these points, and the problems that customers face becoming more complex, so Kevin pointed out that the difficulty keeps increasing. Schneider Electric introduced 'UPS Score' as a way to simplify the data analysis and insight aspects of UPS management. This UPS Score analyzes the information of hundreds of UPSs installed in various infrastructures based on algorithms, providing a clear picture of what your UPS is up to now and taking a series of steps before a failure occurs. The scoring criteria are based on the device's service life, battery life, temperature, the balance of phases, alarm data and sensor data, etc. This provides a more intuitive understanding of the current state and allows us to respond proactively before serious problems arise.
Suspension of Two Sanctions Against Samsung BioLogics Is Confirmed, and It Accelerates Global Business
The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has confirmed suspension of both first and second sanctions against Samsung BioLogics. The Supreme Court's third division announced on November 11 that it decided a ‘without hearing’ dismissal to the SFC’s re-appeal case to cancel the court’s suspension decision on sanctions against Samsung BioLogics. ‘Without hearing’ dismissal means that the Supreme Court considers that it is not subject to appeal or re-appeal case and decides without making a separate hearing. In 2017, the SFC announced that Samsung BioLogics deliberately committed accounting fraud in the process of changing accounting standards of Samsung Bioepis from subsidiary to affiliated company at the end of 2015. After the announcement, in July 2018, Samsung BioLogics was advised the first sanction including dismissal of its representatives and executives and auditor designation for three years. In November, the company faced the second sanction to dismiss a representative, rewrite financial statements, and pay a fine of 8 billion KRW. As sanctions increase, Samsung BioLogics requested for suspension of execution for the first and second sanction, and the lower instance agreed with Samsung BioLogics. The SFC re-appealed to the Supreme Court, but after the suspension of the second sanction on September 6, it concluded to suspend the first sanction as well. On the other hand, as the suspension of execution was confirmed, Samsung BioLogics was able to ease the congestion and accelerate the development of global business. Hence, in the Korean stock market, it has jumped 3.99 percent in a day on the 16th.
Samsung SDS Cloud is Internationally Certified as Global TOP 10
▲ Samsung SDS Chuncheon Data Center (Photo courtesy of Samsung SDS) Samsung SDS (CEO Hong Won-pyo) held Cloud Media Day at Chuncheon Data Center on September 20 and introduced Samsung SDS’s cloud platform and technology that can easily convert and operate customer's IT infrastructure and work system to cloud. Samsung SDS entered the cloud external business in earnest last year based on its cloud switching and operation experience with affiliates, and currently operates 210,000 virtual servers including servers, storage, and networks. In recognition of this competence, Samsung SDS became the only Korean company to be named as the global top 10 provider of IT infrastructure operation services* selected by Gartner. * Source : Gartner, Market Share Analysis: Infrastructure Managed Services, Worldwide, 2018, Colleen Graham et al., 22 August 2019. ▲ CEO Hong Won-pyo of Samsung SDS (Photo courtesy of Samsung SDS) CEO Hong Won-pyo of Samsung SDS stated, “The cloud business is entering the second phase after passing the first phase. The first step is to transform the IT infrastructure to the cloud, while the second step is to integrate the core solutions and services into the cloud. It seems that many companies are now at the second stage after the first stage. In 2018, sales amounted to KRW 10 trillion and 14% for the external business. Samsung SDS is challenging to increase sales in 2019 and to increase the proportion of external business to 19%.” Yoon Shim, Samsung SDS Vice President and Cloud Business Manager, emphasized, “We will contribute to enhancing our customers' business competitiveness by providing services that can be optimized in the cloud along with cloud IT infrastructure.” Samsung SDS started the cloud business in 2010, and as of 2019, operates five domestic data centers, ten overseas locations, and 210,000 units of equipment. There are more than 200 operating cases of platform-based cloud application system (PaaS), and financial and public clouds for Korea are also in operation. To build a cloud infrastructure, the company is building about 10,000 lines of code and using it to complete development and setting, and to automate it as well. ▲ Yoon Shim, Vice President of Samsung SDS (Photo courtesy of Samsung SDS) Recently, enterprise customers want to go beyond converting their IT infrastructure to the cloud and operate core business systems and business platforms in the cloud. To this end, Samsung SDS proposed three solutions that enable efficient use of various clouds, easy and convenient development environment, and rapid spread of global services. First, Samsung SDS introduced Samsung SDS Hybrid Cloud Platform, which manages private and public clouds at once, easily supports data movement between clouds, and manages faults through server resource monitoring. Secondly, Samsung SDS introduced Samsung SDS PaaS (Platform as a Service), which applies cloud-native technology to enable corporate customers to quickly and easily develop and operate business systems and to easily modify and deploy applications in the cloud environment. By using Samsung SDS PaaS, which is a representative cloud-native technology with 1) Container, 2) DevOps, which simultaneously develops and operates, and 3) Modular development (MSA: Micro Service Architecture) that changes only necessary modules and distributes them, customers can shorten the time spent for establishing development environment from eight days to one day and application deployment from two weeks to one day. Finally, corporate customers who want to rapidly spread their services in the global market can reduce infrastructure construction and application installation and deployment time from 11 weeks to 3 weeks by applying the Samsung SDS Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) method. ▲ Samsung SDS Chuncheon Data Center Server Room (Photo courtesy of Samsung SDS) Meanwhile, Samsung SDS introduced the recently opened Chuncheon Data Center based on Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). Samsung SDS announced that it will be able to rapidly expand resources by integrating and operating Chuncheon, Sangam and Suwon data center server resources by applying SDDC technology. In addition, Chuncheon Data Center is equipped with eco-friendly and cutting-edge facilities that actively utilize renewable energy such as solar light to maximize energy efficiency, and improve power efficiency by using natural wind. Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is recording 1.2, and the Dongtan data center dedicated to High Performance Computing (HPC), built on the know-how gained here, is being designed for PUE 1.1.
Xilinx Developer Forum 2019 – Keynote: Victor Peng
Xilinx held the “Xilinx Developer Forum (XDF) 2019” at Fairmont San Jose Hotel in California, USA, on October 1 and 2. Through this XDF 2019, Xilinx announced a variety of innovations and directions for future strategies, along with the new software platform Vitis. XDF 2019 is the place where Xilinx experts, partners and industry leaders gather to inspire new innovations. Starting with a keynote from Victor Peng, Xilinx’s CEO, XDF 2019 began with 1,300 customers, partners, developers and Xilinx employees. The event included a variety of new presentations through keynotes, more than 75 sessions on a variety of topics, a hands-on developer lab with over 40 hours, and a variety of use case exhibits from partners. A variety of stories from industrial key people can also help you discover new perspectives and insights. At the XDF 2019, Xilinx unveiled Vitis, a unified software platform that offers a new design experience. The integrated software platform Vitis makes it easy for software engineers, AI scientists, and other developers in new fields to easily take advantage of hardware adaptability. In addition, keynotes and exhibitions introduced various innovations using Xilinx FPGAs and ACAPs in various areas such as 5G, cloud-to-edge data center areas, AI, and autonomous vehicles. There was also a place to share and discuss new information or implementation examples through various sessions. ▲ Xilinx CEO Victor Peng ▲ The three areas are mentioned as markets for major growth engines. Victor Peng, CEO of Xilinx, stated that Xilinx technologies and products have been used as core competencies for a variety of innovative applications to dates and have been presented an implementation of adaptable, intelligent and connected future world with visions. And as Xilinx’s strategy, he pointed out three pillars: data center first, core market acceleration, and adaptive computing initiatives. These will be implemented as a combination of hardware, software developers, and platforms. At the same time, three current major growth engines were selected: data center, 5G, and automobiles. In implementing 5G infrastructure, Xilinx's Ultrascale+ platform is effectively used to implement 5G infrastructure equipment, and Wonil Roh, Vice President of Samsung Electronics, introduced the implementation of 5G infrastructure equipment through cooperation with Xilinx at the keynote of XDF 2019. First, he claimed that 5G communication technology is spreading at the fastest speed so far. Korea and the United States are leading this, and Japan and India are preparing for full-scale 5G commercial services. And he explained, on the journey to 5G commercial services in the United States, Samsung Electronics is collaborating with major telecom operators in the supply of 5G equipment. In Korea, Samsung Electronics is in a leading position in supplying equipment for 5G infrastructure, such as 5G RAN and core equipment, and supports the rapidly growing Korean 5G market. And one of the reasons for the successful evaluation in the market for the development and supply of high-performance 5G equipment is that it was able to quickly provide a solution that meets the needs of customers. In addition, he explained that Xilinx products’ features such as low power consumption and heat generation, larger memory and performance, and flexibility have enabled the development of equipment that can be easily installed with smaller size and higher energy efficiency. Wonil Roh also introduced that Samsung Electronics is already planning a product that uses Xilinx Versal ACAP. ▲ Xilinx’s hardware platform is now reaching ACAP concept. ▲ ‘SageMaker Neo’ enables you to quickly migrate your optimized machine learning model from cloud to edge. It is introduced that Xilinx's hardware platforms range from FPGAs and SoCs, and now to the Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP) and the Alveo platform for data centers. In particular, 'Alveo', which is optimized for the implementation of adaptive accelerators in data centers, can be configured with HBM to provide a high performance environment for various applications in the data center. Xilinx also presented a 7nm Versal ACAP chip and development board. In addition, in the growth of the data center ecosystem, which is one of the major growth engines in the future, Xilinx highlighted that it has more than 5,800 companies, academia, 725 accelerator programs, 85 apps, etc. across Alveo's partner ecosystem and ISV ecosystem covering various areas. In using FPGAs as "adaptive accelerators" in the data center, Amazon is offering its AWS offering a "FPGA as a service" model through the F1 service. The EC2 F1 service is now deployed and operating on a global basis and continues to expand. And here, Amazon announced that AWS is expanding its F1 service based on Virtex Ultrascale+ FPGAs to the Canada Region. Amazon stressed that developers using FPGAs can scale their apps through the cloud and rapidly deploy to larger regions. Many customers around the world are using this F1 service to efficiently handle compute-intensive applications. AstraZeneca has effectively combined the EC2 F1, Batch and S3 services to efficiently build a genomic sequence data processing pipeline on AWS services. The pipeline's performance is enough to analyze more than 100,000 genomes in 100 hours, and there is still room for improvement. In the area of security, Trend Micro is also deploying high-performance network security virtual appliances on the FPGA instance and showing them on AWS Marketplace, adding performance, efficiency and operational simplicity. What’s more, Amazon introduced ‘Sagemaker Neo’ service, which provides an environment for building and deploying machine learning models with optimized performance and efficiency. The service allows users to deploy the most optimized models in a variety of environments including edge environment and the environments utilizing Xilinx solutions. With this service, machine learning models built and run on Xilinx Alveo cards on-premises can be seamlessly migrated to the F1 in the cloud and to edge devices based on Xilinx technology. ▲ As a future data center model, a ‘distributed adaptive computing environment’ was proposed. ▲ Microsoft also introduced Alveo-based FPGA accelerated VM service to Azure services. Xilinx introduced its FPGAs and ACAPs as "accelerators" in computing environments, enabling efficient performance of tens of times in video transformation, data analysis, and real-time machine learning inference. In addition, in the storage area, it is possible to greatly increase performance by using FPGAs as accelerators in compression, encryption, and deduplication, etc. in processing the rapidly growing data. And SmartNIC, which uses FPGAs together in the network, can greatly improve packet processing throughput and provide a more secure connection environment by improving encryption processing performance. As a future data center model, “Distributed Adaptive Computing” was proposed, in which FPGAs and ACAPs were actively combined with the existing cloud resource pools. In this overall cloud environment expanding to hybrid and edge, processors, SmartNICs, storage with accelerators, and ACAP-based compute accelerators are all connected in the form of resource pools and optimized for workloads, allowing flexible configuration deployment as needed. In such an environment, proper resource allocation enables high performance, low latency, and optimized cost. At the same time, reconfigurable silicon devices such as FPGAs and ACAPs can respond to rapid innovation cycles while minimizing the introduction of new silicon. Microsoft stated that Azure Cloud Service offers a variety of specialized service models, including high-performance VMs, accelerator-combined VMs, HPC services, and high-performance storage or large-memory VMs. Among these service models, the Azure NP VM service can utilize Alveo U250 FPGA accelerators, with 10-40 CPU cores, 168GB to 672GB of memory, and four Alveo U250 accelerators depending on the required performance level. This service will soon be available in the US East, West, Southeast Asia and Western Europe regions so that the software products currently available in the Alveo environment will be available in Azure as well. ▲ Vitis unified software platform enables FPGAs to be handled on the basis of software technologies. ▲ Hitachi announced that it achieved results in just two months by using Vitis to implement the entire ADAS system. Xilinx has continued to evolve its capabilities in the software direction since the FPGA design tool Vivado. And Xilinx introduced its plan to clean up the complex environments that have been divided so far through the Vitis unified software platform, and to organize the development environment into two major axes, Vivado and Vitis. In addition, Xilinx stressed that in response to heterogeneous computing environments, edge-to-cloud environments, and the use of AI technology, the Vitis platform enables leveraging Xilinx’s hardware architecture capabilities without the need for expertise in hardware. The Vitis unified software platform includes a rich set of optimized open source libraries and implementations of domain-specific architectures, providing an environment for optimized hardware from AI, video to big data analytics. Xilinx announced that it plans to offer the Vitis platform free of charge for the Xilinx board, based on an open source model, and emphasized that the journey to open source is now one of the key strategies for Xilinx. Furthermore, Xilinx is contributing to the OpenAMP project recently, and in the future, the TensorFlow and Kubernetes projects will also contribute to Xilinx technology. In the automotive sector, it was introduced that Hitachi Automotive Systems supplies ADAS systems to a wide range of automotive manufacturers, and utilizes Xilinx’s FPGAs and SoCs to optimize the functionality and performance required for level 2 or higher ADAS systems. In implementing such a modern ADAS system, Hitachi introduced that it could create an end-to-end automotive design that includes a deep learning-based object recognition system in just two months by using Versal boards and Vitis platforms. ▲ Vitis AI integrates a “domain specific architecture” to give AI scientists even greater capability. ▲ The use of FPGAs in the implementation of autonomous driving platforms enables them to meet a variety of demanding conditions. Incorporating a domain-specific architecture (DSA), Vitis AI allows you to optimize and program your Xilinx hardware using industry-leading frameworks such as TensorFlow, Caffe, and PyTorch. Vitis AI provides tools to optimize, compress, and compile trained AI models and run them on Xilinx devices in about one minute. Also, specialized APIs for building edge-to-cloud with best-in-class reasoning performance and efficiency are supported. Xilinx emphasized that this tool is a useful tool for startups that want to take advantage of AI by enabling optimized hardware use without expertise in hardware. Pony.ai presented an example of using Xilinx FPGAs and Versal ACAP to implement the level 4 autonomous driving system, “PonyPilot”. The autonomous driving system needs to be able to continue driving even in a complicated traffic situation on a real road, and to judge data coming through various sensors, and to perform a near real-time judgment in a complicated situation. In particular, in meeting the difficult conditions of low latency and limited power consumption, the use of FPGAs has improved the latency by 12 times compared to the conventional system, and realized the system with about 30W of power consumption.
Mil and Kamov Design Bureaus to team up as National Helicopter Center
The Board of Directors of Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has taken a decision to unite JSC “Mil Moscow Helicopter plant” and JSC “Kamov” to establish JSC “National Helicopter Center named after Mikhail Mil and Nikolay Kamov” (NHC). National Helicopter Center shall combine the potential of two helicopter design schools for more efficient and higher-quality rotorcraft design and upgrade. The consolidation is aimed at the upgrowth of two design bureaus, Mil and Kamov; at the same time their brands shall be preserved as freestanding and the personnel of both bureaus shall make part of NHC. Also, the creation of NHC shall assist in getting rid of administrative, legal and economic barriers currently in the way of cooperation between the two design teams. Working as a united team shall optimize the activities of a number of back-office and administrative units. Such an approach will set up the environment for smooth exchange of technical solutions and achievements, efficient distribution of workload between the subdivisions and unification of technical standards. Among the expected benefits are reduced labor costs, improved managerial and production efficiency, enhanced quality of design and less time before release for serial production. “According to our estimates, distribution of tasks between the two design bureaus, and serial and aircraft repair plants of the Holding Company should cumulatively free up around 15-20% of annual working capacity of two design bureaus which can be allocated to the creation of technical groundwork and development of new helicopters,” highlighted Mikhail Korotkevich, Deputy Director General for science and technology policy and helicopter development at JSC “Russian Helicopters”, who presented the roadmap for consolidating design bureaus at the Board meeting. “Earlier, there was certain competitiveness between the companies; the same types of rotorcraft were being developed in parallel. Our common objective is to compete with foreign manufacturers, not with each other. Consolidation of two schools shall advance the objective.” Economic effect from design bureau consolidation is expected due to optimization of the use of common ground infrastructure and reduction of expenses for performing same-type tests. At the same time, a part of freed resources shall be channeled towards enhancing scientific and technical potential and engaging new designers. The roadmap for establishing NHC on the basis of two design bureau was approved by the Board of Directors of Russian Helicopters Holding Company. The first stage when two design bureaus are scheduled to make one company shall be completed by mid-2020. Further integration processes aimed at optimization of the two design bureaus’ activity within one company shall take up until 2022.
The world admires with inspiration : Kim Jin-sook CEO & Chairman of Karasadae Co., Ltd.
Speaking of two letters “hair loss,” usually leads to a middle-aged man who typically has a potbelly and looks older. Hair loss is often thought to be the most significant genetic factor. Of course, it's not 100% wrong. However, in addition to genetic predisposition, more and more adult men and women are worried about hair loss due to a strict diet, incorrect eating habits, smoking, and excessive stress. All these phenomena would mean that we are living in a world where hair loss is no longer a worry for men alone. Some say it is the era of 10 million baldness. We are facing direct or indirect hair loss-related products that are so incalculable today. All products promote efficacy and results, but the worrisome public is always worried about which product to choose. However, general hair loss products are challenging to expect effectiveness in a short time, such as a day or two. Most consumers have no choice but to rely on popular products or recommendations from people around them, and this method is the most significant part of the decision to purchase a product. In my twenties and thirties, I, a reporter, was confident that I had a lot of hair, and I thought that hair loss was a story of others. But, now I’m in my mid-forties, I cannot say it anymore as I feel my hair is thinner and my forehead is wider. I became increasingly interested in hair loss products and purchased expensive products one by one that piled up in my house. In the meantime, as a reporter who met K1-CURE through word of mouth and met with Kim Jin-sook, CEO of Karasadae Co., Ltd., and also as a consumer who represents the heart of all middle-aged men who would like to protect their ‘one string of confidence,’ I listened to CEO Kim's 24-years of know-how and management philosophy. ■ Girl's Dream and the First Step Kim Jin-sook was born in Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do as the third child of three sons and one daughter. Her family wasn't wealthy when she was a child, but she grew up with no discomfort. In order to continue her studies in a larger city, her family moved to Daegu when CEO Kim entered middle school, but a year later, the family’s financial circumstance turned down unexpectedly. But, even in such difficulties, rather than being frustrated, she thought, “I can still help someone." And she was more interested in volunteering work. Her decision led to rewarding activities such as visiting underprivileged areas such as orphanages and nursing homes to clean up, or to assist seniors in bathing. However, CEO Kim, who did not stop at a reward, was dreaming of a hairdresser at the time and thinking that she would like to combine volunteering activities and beauty work. Also, she felt sorry there was no barber and hairdresser for volunteering. This dream came true after she married in 1990. In the early nineties, She got a hairdresser's license and started working on beauty. CEO Kim Jin-sook, who was reminiscent of the time, laughed saying, “I became more interested in beauty by doing beauty volunteering rather than by serving clients as a hairdresser.” She worked as a beauty volunteer and hairdresser. She registered her business in 1996 and opened a hair salon called 'Hairbank Karasadae' on Rodeo Street near Beomgye Station. CEO Kim, who became famous as a hairdresser afterward, has been a seminar lecturer for color, perm, and scalp clinic at home and abroad. As she lectured at seminars and cared for clients at her hair salon, she found that many worried about hair loss. CEO Kim, who had exposed to the grievances of customers, presented a product with customized preparations for the customers to easily care for the scalp. However, these products responded surprisingly well, and the number of customers increased, and as word of mouth grew, many consumers wanted to buy the product. Gradually, the demand surpassed the supply and reached a point where an individual cannot handle the order. CEO Kim made her mind, “What about launching a brand and producing a scalp care product?” As a result, “Karasadae Co., Ltd.” was born. ■ Step by Step, Slowly but Accurately Word-of-mouth about customized products has gone beyond Korea to the ears of many Asian buyers. Eventually, in 2012, she established Karasdae Co., Ltd. for export, launched the K1-CURE brand and began supplying it to the domestic and Thailand, Malaysia, China, Philippines, and Vietnam. Currently, the major products of Karasadae are mainly made up of professional products that match the concept of the trouble of scalp and hair, and hair loss care. In addition, Karasadae does not focus on advertising or promotion to reduce the burden on consumers. The company has drastically reduced the distribution stage by operating, demonstrating, and selling through various direct stores and franchises, mostly plastic surgery, dermatology, hair salons, spa, aesthetic shop and pharmacies. Currently, the Karasadae care products are ‘K1-CURE Scalp Shampoo ‘and ‘K1-CURE Scalp Tonic Serum’ that passed KFDA (Korea Food and Drug Administration) in 2012 and are a functional cosmetic line mainly used in specialty shops. And, there are two types of cosmetics for the scalp: 'K1-CURE Scaling Toner' and ‘K1-CURE Scalp Gel’. CEO Kim said, “K1-CURE Scalp Shampoo is a soft, delicate lotion-type shampoo foam that can cleanse waste materials without irritation, and help alleviate hair loss symptoms. K1-CURE Scalp Tonic Serum, which contains Karasadae N.T Complex ingredients that combine the unique technology of Karasadae, helps anti-aging care to the scalp and hair. ” and showed strong confidence. In addition to these Karasadae's products, there are four KARASADAE’s products (scaling toners, shampoos, gel packs, and tonic serums) that are targeting China for export and general household use. There is a Thai export-only product, ‘Mass H-1 Scalp Tonic Serum’. In particular, four of KARASADAE's products for export to China passed the CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration) in March and obtained a permit. Also, in November, at the Myeong-dong Lotte Hotel, the company signed a contract for rapid export with Vietnam. ■ With the heart of Joan of Arc Indeed, Karasadae Co., Ltd. was ambitiously established in 2012, but it did not have sufficient enough capital or support except technology. At this time, the company could not adequately promote, and its financial pressures increased with an inventory. However, CEO Kim Jin-sook chose to make direct breakthroughs with domestic and foreign consumers. She participated in the Seoul Wig Hair Loss Prevention Exhibition and gave a strong impression by giving seminar lectures. The company attended the booths at various exhibitions and has been trying its best to meet even one more consumer. The numerous exhibitions include the Myanmar-Malaysia and China (Shanghai) Trade and Trade Promotion Agencies, 7th Korea Brand Daejeon, Health & Beauty Week, Imported goods and excellent goods exhibition, International Rotary Club Seoul, G-fair Korea Excellent Product Exhibition, Korea International Tourism Exhibition, Excellent Small and Medium Business Marketing Competition, and Seoul International Cosmo Beauty Industry Fair. Have anyone noticed these efforts of Karasadae? Several agencies have begun to respond. In 2013, the company promoted industry-university cooperation and joint development with Seoul National University of Science and Technology and completed technology transfer from Seoul National University of Science and Technology in 2014. At that time, the products of Karasadae entered three branches of some famous department stores. In 2015, the company was selected as one of the top 100 export frontier companies in Gyeonggi-do and obtained ISO9001/2008 quality management certification. Besides, it signed a contract to enter Chongqing Shopping Center, CITIC Group, China. In 2016, it was proudly selected for a China-focused certification support project, a customized Solomon support project for women companies, a Design Export Club project, and a 2016 new export support project. As the products of Karasadae gained popularity both at home and abroad, requests for sponsors gathered at various beauty fairs, and the company participated as an official sponsor in multiple competitions. For example, for 2013 Environmental Marathon, 2014 Miss Intercontinental Beauty Contest, 2014 Miss First Beauty World Competition, 2017 Korea Arts Awards Ceremony, the 5th Hip Hop Korean Culture Awards Ceremony, the 37th Golden Film Festival, ALL FC Champion Battle MMA, the company was designated as an official sponsor or official supporter. In particular, it was designated as an official sponsor of the Osong Cosmetics Beauty Industry Expo for three consecutive years since 2016, and received a plaque of appreciation from Governor of Chungbuk, and received a citation from the Governor of Gyeonggi-do for recognition of participation in community service. ■ A woman in action is beautiful CEO Kim Jin-sook, who has been interested in community service since her middle school years, still is practicing her desire to help society, even though she may be satisfied with living a comfortable life as a successful businessman. So, I want to introduce the 'New Women’s Club' which has a catchphrase, “Elegant women change the world.' CEO Kim Jin-sook has already passed a year since she took office as the second chairman after the founding Chairman Han Mi-ran and the first Chairman Jin Jin-ee The New Women's Club, launched in November 2015, often delivers where help is needed or hosts events to help underprivileged young people. CEO Kim, who is known as the most passionate leader, said, “It aims to promote women's rights, revitalize the local economy, and participate in and spread the international social, civic volunteering. We ask for your attention and encouragement of love to be reborn as a women's organization that can practice the true volunteering of sound and bright thoughts with female leadership in Gunpo City.” Since the inauguration of CEO Kim Jin-sook, the New Women's Club and Karasadae Co., Ltd. have officially sponsored the national drama `Pumba-wingless Angel '' in June 2018, and organized ‘the 6th TeenTeen Carol Song Festival’ to help underprivileged young people in December ofthesame year, which was hosted by renowned comedian SonHyn-soo. ■ Conscience Returns to Trust Hair loss-related products in Korea are perceived as expensive products compared to other beauty products. Thus, it is difficult for consumers to purchase without hesitation. Nevertheless, CEO Kim said firmly, “I have no intention of compromising with reality. The prices are indeed high. If we decide to sell more products, we can lower the unit price by adjusting the quality or amount of ingredients. But in the long run, those behaviors deteriorate the brand value of the Karasadae’s products in the minds of consumers.” When I listened to her and thought, there was no unique refill for the Karasadae’s products. Consumers have to buy the products in their containers every time. Launching a refill would eliminate the cost of the container, lower the unit price and increase sales. But she thought differently, and her answer was straightforward. “Unit prices may decrease, and sales may increase. But, when customers refill by themselves, there might be several side effects, such as air inflows or foreign substances introduced during storage or refilling, which could result in deterioration in quality. Of course, it could be a tiny probability. However, I think that the small probability could have a big impact on the image of the brand.” she said, adding that she would not give up her will. Overseas buyers and various network marketing companies have demanded that the unit price be lowered by reducing the amount of raw materials or replacing them with cheaper materials, but CEO Kim Jin-sook said she would not back down even if she could not sign a contract. CEO Kim Jin-sook said, “It is true that Karasadae’s products are relatively expensive. However, with the pledge of 'keeping,' we can say that we are more confident about our products than any other brand. I will not forget the words “honesty” and “loyalty,” and I want to continuously give “trust” to all those who meet the Karasadae. ” adding that she will not forget her original intention. ■ Dreaming of K-Beauty To summarize the recent trends of Karasadae, which has always run tirelessly, in March 2018, after several years of challenging the Chinese market, four brands of Karasadae passed the CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration) and received certificates. As a result, many MDs, including the Post Office and the China Railway, have given love calls to the company. In May, it participated in the Cosmo Beauty Fair at COEX, located in Samsung-dong, Seoul, and signed contracts with several buyers from all over the world. In June, all K1-CURE products were approved as a designated venture startup innovation product by the Public Procurement Service. In July, the company opened official accounts on the US Amazon and Qoo10, a global agency purchasing site. In August, Karasadae’s products were introduced at the Beauty Center in Happy Department Store in Mok-dong, and in the same month, it officially provided K1-CURE products at the general film seminar held at KPOP Hotel in Gapyeong. And CEO Kim Jin-sook was also appointed as a member of the national committee to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the King Sejong’s accession to the throne. In September, the company held a pop-up event at Lotte Department Store in Bundang. In October, CEO Kim was appointed as senior vice-president of the Asian Pacific Hair-dresser & Cosmetologist Association held at Harim-gak in Seoul. Also, in the same month, it achieved a triumph of entering the duty-free store at Shinsegae's main store in Seoul. The company also held a pop-up event of ‘Korea Festa,’ a special event at Hyundai Department Store in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, and soon participated in the 2018 Osong Cosmetics Beauty Industry Expo as official sponsor. In November, the company held a pop-up event at AK PLAZA in Suwon, participated in the 21st Asia-Pacific International Beauty Competition organized by Macau and Hong Kong. And she was invited as a speaker at the CIAM International Beauty Forum and awarded a plague of appreciation. She also introduced K1-CURE, a system brand that represents the trend of the scalping market and the direction of the scalp, hair loss and hair care market with the theme of ‘NOW IS TIME TO DO SCALP MAKE UP.’ In the same competition, she won the third prize in the Korean national team's CREATIVE EVENING IMAGE section and the first in the STATIC CREATIVE IMAGE section. At the end of December, a pop-up store event was held at Hyundai Department Store Mok-dong, and the company was designated as the official sponsor at the 38th Golden Film Festival. Also, New Women's Club and Karasada Co., Ltd. organized the 6th 'Teen Teen Carol Song Festival’ to help underprivileged young people at the Uiwang City Hall in Gyeonggi-do. In 2019, the company held the pop-up store event at the Hyundai Department Store in Pangyo and won the award in the ‘ Product Innovation Division of Korea Industry Awards’ sponsored by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, Ministry of Education and Environment. Also, K1-CURE, the representative brand of Karasadae, was designated as '2019 Seoul Award Excellent Product' by the Seoul Development Agency. Due to this tight schedule, she was considered to be tired but participated in the “2019 Seoul International Sourcing Fair” held at COEX and held a special spring event at a department store in Mok-dong. In May, as in 2018, the company participated in the Cosmo Beauty Expo held in COEX, located in Samsung-dong, Seoul, and has been well received by many buyers and visitors from all over the world. As such, CEO Kim Jin-sook, who had had a hectic time, said, “If everything goes as expected, we are expecting '$10 million export' by 2020, and we are receiving love calls from all countries. In the second half of 2019, we expect a remarkable increase in sales compared to the existing sales.” Like this, there seem to be solid stepping stones in front of the Karasadae’s future movements, but CEO Kim says she will not be relieved. She said she liked the word ‘inspiration,' and she began her volunteering work to give ` inspiration’ to the underprivileged, and the beginning of Karasadae came from her heart to give ‘inspiration’ to her customers. It is said that the object of 'Impression' was only gradually expanded from volunteering activities to the domestic market and then to the global market. Born in a small village in Bonghwa, Gyeongbuk Province, a young girl grew up while growing up in her dreams even though she faced a vast world and had difficulties. As she continues to live a faithful life every day, she has passed the age of fifty years old and is a successful businesswoman who is known as the respected women of this age. Perhaps today's CEO Kim Jin-sook is faithfully keeping her original intention in the heart, sticking to the management philosophy of the service and loyalty that do not expect compensation, and maintaining the true beauty of a female businesswoman. I want to wrap up the short interview hoping that she will be filled with fresh fragrances of flowers for her future adventure. ■ About Karasadae Co., Ltd. Karasadae, a professional scalp care manufacturer for hair loss, announced on July 9 that it has finally launched an ambitious line of basic cosmetics. After many years of research and development, it has completed all the primary lines and is a ‘GAHACOS Lab C. Luminous Solution’ containing a large amount of whitening patent material, ‘COS-VCE.’ Products containing these COS-VCE patented ingredients have the catchphrase 'Whitening Specialized Luminous Solution' and are waiting for the public’s love under the names of 'GAHACOS Lab C. Luminous Rejuvenating Serum' and 'GAHACOS Lab C. Luminous Moisturizing Cream.' These products, already known as K1-CURE, are the brand researched and developed by applying know-how based on the accumulated know-how of Karasadae Co., Ltd. for 24 years and the experience of 17 years of customized cosmetic preparation and 13 years of aromatherapy customized preparation. If you use existing K1-CURE scalp products on your face, it may be a little stronger and have possibility of troubles occurence, but K1-CURE's efficacy and effect are excellent. Thus, industry insiders say that some consumers have used it as a substitute for skincare among users. The company said that it started researching skincare products four years ago when it was difficult to ignore the continued request. In the process, the company began to develop products of 'vitamin C derivatives.' As a result based on the analysis of the efficacy and effects, including the patent for COS-VCE, which is used for the GAHACOS’s brand among vitamin C derivatives, it has been said that the product was not only best suited to the direction of the company's research and development and the atmosphere of the product to be made, but also to be a product with conviction that users can experience a quick effect in a short time. So, it is said that the company decided to make it the final product. Along with this launch, an official said, “The first product, GAHACOS Lab C. Luminous Rejuvenating Serum, contains a high-content of COS-VCE (Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether), which helps restore healthy, transparent skin. It also extracts white rose petals, white wine, and loquat leaves with MSA aging method, which is natural and helps develop moist and elastic skin, and 14 special superfood ingredients nourish the skin. The second product, GAHACOS Lab C. Luminous Moisturizing Cream, extracts red rose petals, red wine, and loquat leaves with MSA aging method, which is natural and gives vitality to the skin and makes the skin healthy and especially banana extracts that contain high amounts of serotonin make the skin moist and elastic, giving it a bright and vibrant skin luster."
Pushing for Systemization and Standardization of Korea’s Chiropractic
The term ‘Chiropractic’ may yet be an unfamiliar word to most of the population. Over 30 years have passed since chiropractic was first introduced to Korea, however, it lingers in a shameful state where non-experts still practice indiscriminately while experts from other medical fields distort the terms, causing misinformation to spread to the public. On top of that, doctors and Korean oriental Medical Doctors who apply chiropractic knowledge still maintain a defensive position on institutionalizing chiropractic and are further building a confrontational stage. Amidst this confusion, Chairman An Jun Yong of the Korean Chiropractic Association, who previously practiced medicine as the director of the Center for Advancement of Immunity-Spinal Nerve Research Center, is taking on his fourth year as Chairman to continue his efforts in globalizing Korea’s chiropractic practices. Chairman An Jun Yong, Korean Chiropractic Association ■ Institutionalization of Chiropractic Based on Professionalism Remains Absolute Necessity The single biggest issue associated with the domestic chiropractic field would without doubt be institutionalization. Korea’s chiropractic history boasts over 30 years of practice and research; however, experts are yet restrained from active proactive practice due to the lack of legal evidence “Chiropractic doctors are constantly struggling with the pressure of criminal suits because they’re not protected by legal evidence. This harsh reality makes it very difficult to call together professionals into a single organization. With the environment being so unfavorable, it’s hard to ask these doctors to stand up for the larger cause when their own livelihoods are on the line.” While spending years actually curing many patients that modern and Korean medicine gave up on, Chairman An naturally began questioning the legal environment that was unusually harsh on chiropractic. “Our members and I have always wished for our patients to live with health and happiness. However, it’s truly regrettable how we are being treated as criminals just for the fact that there is no legal evidence for chiropractic as a medical practice.” On the other hand, doctors who use chiropractic knowledge and techniques are ironically under strong, legal protection. “The government’s explanation is that “The use of chiropractic by doctors who are experts in the human body is safe.” However, Chairman An’s response is that the explanation is nonsensical when domestic chiropractic doctors are required to study over 4,200 hours for their Chiropractic degree whereas the doctors that the government and law support only go through a 30-hour short-term course. This goes against the WHO’s report of guideline for chiropractic safety in 2006 which advises that chiropractic doctors should complete at least 2,200 hours of chiropractic education for their practice to be safe for the patients. Chairman An stating his hopes for chiropractic doctors’ expertise to be acknowledged and backed by official legal medicinal evidence ■ Illegal for Expert with 4,200 Hours of Education, but Legal for Doctor with Nothing? As its definition explains, chiropractors practice personalized physical examinations and diagnoses that fit each patient. On top of that, with rehabilitative and nutritional counsel included, chiropractic care is nothing short of a new field in general medicine. Furthermore, a comparative analysis between minimum required hours for a U.S.-based chiropractic degree or a MD (Medical Degree) shows that a chiropractic degree requires around 150 hours more than a MD with 4,822 hours and 4,667 hours, respectively. If these standards are applied when chiropractic is brought into Korea, there is no reason to refute the professionalism and expertise of chiropractors. Also, a study published on the February 15, 2015 issue of Spine, a medical journal, presented the odds of patients between ages 66 and 99, who visit their doctor for issues in their musculoskeletal system, suffering from injuries in either the head, neck, or torso within 7 days of visitation. According to the study, patients who were cared for by chiropractic doctors rather than general practitioners saw 76% lower odds of injuries. For an accurate picture of the safety of a doctor’s practice and treatment, one only needs to observe the medical malpractice insurance premiums in countries where lawsuits are common- for example, the U.S. In 2011, ordinary doctors spent on average $24,500 per doctor on malpractice premiums while gynecologists spent $46,400 on average per doctor. On the other hand, chiropractors were only subject to $1,500 on average per doctor. In other words, there is no real basis for the misguided claims of unprofessionalism and threat of malpractice regarding chiropractic treatment. “The KCA’s position is simple. Doctors and Korean Medical Doctors must be legally subject to 2,200 hours of education, as recommended by WHO, to use chiropractic treatment. Furthermore, the government must acknowledge the professionalism of chiropractors and thereby provide legal backing as official medical practitioners. The current laws and policies are ignoring experts and putting the safety and health of citizens at risk.” The core of Chairman An’s claims is that “A wide range of options must be guaranteed for people to protect their own happiness and health.” Not everybody wishes for drug and surgical treatment. There are many who wish to use chiropractic treatment that promotes peace and dignity. Chairman An strongly believes that, even just to protect these people’s rights, the government must establish a strong, legal standard for the professionalism of chiropractic. The KCA was first established in 1993 and joined the WFC (World Federation of Chiropractic) as a member in that same year. Since then, he has diligently contributed to the chiropractic community by participating in seminars, international competitions, academic exchanges, bills and petitions, community service, and more. “The WFC headquarters is located in Ontario, Canada. It holds official relations with the WHO. As a proud association officially acknowledged by the WFC, KCA strictly follows the guidelines provided by the WFC and WHO.” Chiropractic is a new field that is undergoing dynamic changes ■ Personalized Care for Each Patient. A New Cure to Lead Society into Centenarian-Age It has been noted that chiropractic care researches and applies optimal responsive care for patients regardless of age, gender, or disease, while also providing counsel regarding diets, posture, and walking posture for cases where physical therapy is not necessary. “Modern chiropractic has long evolved from the skeletal-correction level of care of the past. Now, chiropractic is establishing itself as a medical philosophy that promotes a healthy life through physical, physiological and emotional balance. In developed countries, such as Canada, spinal surgeries are required to be preceded by consultation and care from a chiropractor. The purpose is to prevent social loss through unnecessary procedures. That illustrates just how much chiropractors are being acknowledged.” Opening the Future of KCA Through Education Business Chairman An has a big dream. Of course petitions need to be consistently raised in the National Assembly in order for chiropractic to be admitted as a legal medical field in Korea, however, Chairman An believes that autonomous business activities for capacity enhancement are a bigger priority. For this, Chairman An plans to establish chiropractic curriculums in every domestic metropolitan city and build infrastructure that provides the entire population to acquire theoretical and practical chiropractic knowledge in a systematic and sophisticated way. He has already established an institution in Seoul to train personnel and experts to carry out his plan. “Our goal for the future is not only to discover potential chiropractors in Korea and across the globe, but also to straighten out the distorted knowledge and prejudices of chiropractic and establish a strict manual. While the current environment lacks physical conditions for the Korean chiropractic curriculums to be level with foreign chiropractic degree curriculums, if these curriculums and courses could help young candidates find their path and grow into experts practicing in chiropractic-developed countries such as the U.S. or Canada, that would be enough.” This curriculum is set on a 2-year, 2,500 hour long standard and curriculum inquiries are currently being made in large numbers. “The current issue is perhaps rooted on pains from the past. Now is the time for the Korean Chiropractic Association to look to the future and march. For the next generation of chiropractors and for the ideological, theoretical, and clinical advancement of Korea’s chiropractic, this type of curriculum is an absolute necessity.” ■ Korean Chiropractic Association Leads Way to Globalization Representing South Korea as well as KCA, Chairman An attends the WFC Congresses, the largest event and conference in the global chiropractic world, that are held all over the globe biennially. The 15th Congress of its kind was held this year in Berlin, Germany. Each country presents their national report and Chairman An received wide support after sharing the dynamic progress and current status of South Korea’s chiropractic field. Chairman An states, “KCA is the only domestic association that is consistently keeping up with global professional standards. Based on that, we are seeing a steady increase in our member count. We have been active in our ‘Proper Chiropractic Awareness’ campaign, which aids more and more patients in receiving safe chiropractic treatment, and we also plan to continue our volunteer work throughout 2019.” He further stated his claims to lead the way in uprooting short-term, illegal chiropractic technique seminars and to set the right example country-wide. By determining the authenticity and legality of currently active seminars both domestic and foreign, he plans to give out warnings to improper seminars, followed by member expulsions and license cancellation requests when no corrective actions are taken. He expects such efforts to promote a quicker globalization of chiropractic- not to mention being the quickest route in South Korea becoming a global leader in the field. Furthermore, he plans to raise the level of management and testing to maintain a strict qualification system that allows the temporary CSC (Chiropractic Standardization Course) to achieve success in South Korea. He anticipates the day when his work is answered by the government in the form of admittance of chiropractic as an official and legal alternative medicine. He hopes for his country to catch up to global medical systems that have already admitted chiropractic as an institution, providing their citizens with a wider range of benefits and treatments. KCA (Korean Chiropractic Association) announced their will to endure the realities of current domestic medical environment and grow into a global level chiropractic association ■ Meeting Chiropractic for First Time After Facing Severe Pain Chairman An recollects the time when he suffered from a severe spinal injury. He was a young worker and his life had just started going down in a vicious spiral. “I had graduated from Konkuk University, College of Livestock, and started working in a large-scale farm. I got into an accident and hurt my back and the pain was so severe that I couldn’t event sit down. The hospital kept saying that they couldn’t find a way to relieve the pain and went on repeating meaningless tests. Spending every day in pain and agony really depleted by self-esteem. My life was falling apart. When I was heading for my worst, I accidentally ran into chiropractic. It didn’t get rid of all the pain but slowly my symptoms were getting better. After that, I enrolled in a chiropractic college based in the U.S. with the purpose of ‘Fixing my body, living my life.’” “The college I studied at strictly forbade any practical training for students outside of the regulations. It was to prevent any immature procedures that could actually end up hurting the patient more. One of the most memorable things was the reasons to why my classmates enrolled. They told me reasons and goals that closely resembled that of a medical student back at home. It was proof that ‘chiropractor’ had already settled in the States as a respectable profession.” Ever since he returned home after his study abroad, Chairman An spent his days curing patients and relieving their pains. His only goal was to minimize a patient’s pain, costs, and time spent in agony when it could otherwise be spent on his talents and achievements. “South Korea’s chiropractic has changed dramatically in recent years. It is under rapid systemization and is undergoing refinement as an academic field. That is why I believe chiropractic offers the young generation a great opportunity in their future careers. There is a huge difference in not choosing due to lack of knowledge and choosing another path. One of my main goals in the coming years is to increase the awareness of chiropractic among students through education businesses and public activities to give them a fair chance in getting to know the field properly, which in turn will offer them a fantastic new path in their lives.” In the closing of the interview, Chairman An emphasized ‘professionalism.’ He shed light on the current status of Korean chiropractors’ clinical experience and level of theoretical knowledge surpassing those of other medical doctors. Then, he stressed again his plans to initiate education businesses and academic exchange businesses that pass on these know-hows academically. Around the country, there is an air of bright anticipation for very tangible and definite progress in return for Chairman An’s efforts in promoting far-sighted, wholesome policies that solve the long-overdue issues at hand.
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1 in 5 new clients arrive for cryotherapy alone NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#chiropractor--With tanning client retention at an all-time low, a surprising approach is being used by Cryo Innovations to revive revenue: sub-zero Whole Body Cryotherapy. In an industry known for sun-kissed skin, the new bottom line has become frosty cool. The contrast is working: Bottoms Up Tanning & Spa in Vacaville / Solano County CA, incorporated whole body cryotherapy into their services in April of 2019. “This is changing people’s lives 3 minutes at a time. I have seen a conversion of 40% in my existing clients who now are using cryo regularly. About 1 in 5 new clients arrive for cryotherapy first and add other services while they are here. It is attracting new people who become regulars.” --Kristina Gardner, Owner, Bottoms Up Tanning Keith Scheinberg, President of industry leader Cryo Innovations, a US manufacturer of cryotherapy chambers, explains: “A quick high-margin treatment of Whole Body Cryotherapy belongs in tanning salons. 30% of our business is the tanning market and salons come to us in an effort to keep up with their competition who are making this pivot and don't want to be left behind.” Gardner developed her successful “Gym Rat Package” that pairs cryo with other services for athletes, bodybuilders, and trainers who want a distinct edge in their fitness. For high-school students, Bottoms Up offers an extensive line of esthetician services, successfully bundling cryotherapy with spray tanning, facials, and FIT bodywrap. About Cryo Innovations Founded by Keith Scheinberg in 2015, Cryo Innovations, Inc. has quickly become the industry standard in Cryotherapy—providing the safest, most technologically advanced cryotherapy chamber on the market. Launched in 2017, the revolutionary “made in the U.S.” XR Cryotherapy sauna runs on a cloud-based Android tablet with a built-in Point of Sale, dual-fingerprint authorizations, a tablet and a web-based portal that can accommodate up to 1,000 storefronts. Each chamber is self-regulated by 8+ safety features—including an emergency shut-off, oxygen sensor, head sensor, fingerprint authorization, and operator-required operation. Cryo Innovations is one of the nation’s leading suppliers of Cryotherapy chambers to gyms, salons, chiropractors, and other facilities. The company is based in Newport Beach, California. For inquiries or to purchase, please call (888) 431-2796 or visit www.CryoInnovations.com. For media inquiries, please contact Anita S. Lane at 313.447.9083 or AnitaSLane@SenseiCommunications.com. Contacts Anita S. Lane, 313.447.9083 AnitaSLane@SenseiCommunications.com
Zhiyun Announces the WEEBILL-S Gimbal
The new WEEBILL generation, more powerful and compatible with real-time syncingSHENZHEN, China, Oct. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Zhiyun, the world's leading gimbal manufacturer, is pleased to announce the WEEBILL-S gimbal designed for mainstream mirrorless and DSLR camera & lens combos. This new gimbal offers ultra-low latency image transmission in 1080p with an all-new TransMount Image Transmission Module. ViaTouch 2.0 turns users' phone into a professional monitor and multi-functional remote controller so that they can get a professional experience in a lightweight but rigid device where they have control. Zhiyun Announces New Gimbal Weebill-S Power, Compatibility, and Compactness WEEBILL-S' latest iteration has a 300% upgraded power torque motor and a 50% increase in responsiveness. It works well with camera combos, including Sony's A7III+FE 24-70mm F2.8 or the Canon 5D4+EF 24-70mm F2.8, unleashing unlimited possibilities. The WEEBILL-S unique ergonomic sling mode lets you easily switch between high and low angle shots using the TransMount quick setup kit. The 8th Instune algorithm enables the gimbal to automatically recognize weight and selects the perfect motor strength for the best shooting accuracy. All-new TransMount Image Transmission Module The all-new image transmission module enables crystal clear clarity with 1080p at 30fps, maximum 100-meter image transmission featuring; LUT, pseudo coloring, focus peak, and zebra adjustment for professional monitoring and livestream publishing. Users get better usability from the TransMount image transmission module which allows you to add 3 devices to the stabilizer whether it be a smartphone, tablet, or professional monitor. ViaTouch 2.0 and SmartFollow 2.0 The latest accompanying software update is ViaTouch 2.0 in ZY Play which allows for a seamless connection between smartphone and camera. Users can easily monitor video, control and record, and adjust the camera parameters through ViaTouch 2.0. Coupled with the image transmission module is an all new object tracking function called SmartFollow 2.0. Select the object or even a person from the ViaTouch 2.0 interface and the camera will follow movement with ultra-low latency and a cinematic experience. Sync Motion and Wireless Control The all-new motion sensor control system Sync Motion gives users the advantage of controlling the stabilizer's direction with a smartphone and an ultra-high responsive speed gives users an immersive filmmaking experience. Coupled with the wireless remote controller users can control their cameras at long distances and simultaneously use their smartphone to check shooting effects. Smart Calibration WEEBILL-S integrates the brand-new self-adaptive control algorithm which automatically recognizes the weight and selects the perfect motor strength for the best shooting accuracy. Plus the WEEBILL-S expansion bar adds a counterweight to balance the gimbal, use the sling mode to add a microphone. Users can adjust the follow speed for each axis to adapt to various shooting scenarios. Set-up and Pack-up Fast The WEEBILL-S uses the two-in-one quick release plate allowing for an easier setup and a faster transition between equipment without re-balancing. And, the latch design allows for each axis to be easily locked for better balancing adjustments and storage. Stay in Focus The WEEBILL-S supports electronic focus and mechanical focus/zoom control with a handy control wheel on the grip, to realize a fast and accurate focus or zoom when shooting. Using the servo focus/zoom motor, users can control the zoom and focus for a more professional filmmaking experience. Powerful Endurance The WEEBILL-S has interchangeable batteries and runs for 14 hours straight. It is able to charge a camera in real-time, ensuring a reliable and effective solution for those long day shoots. Product information and video For more information about the Zhiyun WEEBILL-S at WEEBILL-S feature page. Pricing and availability The WEEBILL-S is available for an MSRP of US$439 and US$519 for Zoom/Focus Pro package and US$679 for Image Transmission Pro package at the following retailers: Zhiyun official store Zhiyun WEEBILL-S at B&H Photo and Video Zhiyun WEEBILL-S at Best Buy About Zhiyun Zhiyun Tech is a pioneer and a world leader in gimbals and stabilizers for both professional filmmakers and personal video creators. Zhiyun's innovative solutions and dedication to delivering products go beyond customers' expectations and strengthens the belief that everyone can be an excellent filmmaker with the right gimbal to equip their shooting device. Learn more about Zhiyun Tech atwww.zhiyun-tech.com or check us out on Facebook: @ZhiyunGlobal or follow us on Instagram: @Zhiyun_Tech View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/zhiyun-announces-the-weebill-s-gimbal-300937057.html
Carlsberg Moves a Step Closer to Creating the World's First 'Paper' Beer Bottle
- Two new research prototypes for its Green Fibre Bottle are revealed – containing beer for the first time - More leading companies are now committing to paper bottle technology COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Oct. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- C40 World Mayors Summit: Carlsberg Group has today updated on its journey to create the world's first 'paper' beer bottle made from sustainably-sourced wood fibres that is both 100% bio-based and fully recyclable. Carlsberg moves a step closer to creating the world’s first ‘paper’ beer bottle. Pictured is a new research prototype for Carlsberg’s Green Fibre Bottle, which contains beer for the first time. Carlsberg has unveiled two new research prototypes of its Green Fibre Bottle, which are the first 'paper bottles' to contain beer. Carlsberg also announced it has been joined by other leading global companies who are united in their vision of developing sustainable packaging through the advancement of paper bottle technology. These developments are a continuation of Carlsberg's sustainable packaging innovation journey and a key part of its sustainability programme, Together Towards ZERO, including its commitment to ZERO carbon emissions at its breweries and a 30% reduction in its full value chain carbon footprint by 2030. Two new prototypes The two new research prototypes are made from sustainably-sourced wood fibre, are fully recyclable and have an inner barrier to allow the bottles to contain beer. One prototype uses a thin recycled PET polymer film barrier, and the other a 100% bio-based PEF polymer film barrier. These prototypes will be used to test the barrier technology as Carlsberg seeks a solution to achieve their ultimate ambition of a 100% bio-based bottle without polymers. Myriam Shingleton, Vice President Group Development at Carlsberg Group, said: "We continue to innovate across all our packaging formats, and we are pleased with the progress we've made on the Green Fibre Bottle so far. While we are not completely there yet, the two prototypes are an important step towards realising our ultimate ambition of bringing this breakthrough to market. Innovation takes time and we will continue to collaborate with leading experts in order to overcome remaining technical challenges, just as we did with our plastic-reducing Snap Pack." New partners onboard Carlsberg kicked off the project to develop a bottle made from sustainably sourced wood fibres, the 'Green Fibre Bottle,' in 2015 alongside innovation experts ecoXpac, packaging company BillerudKorsnäs, and post-doctoral researchers from the Danish Technical University, supported by Innovation Fund Denmark. These combined efforts have resulted in the emergence of Paboco®, the Paper Bottle Company – a joint venture between BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturing specialist Alpla. Carlsberg will now be joined by The Coca-Cola Company, The Absolut Company and L'Oréal in a paper bottle community – launched today by Paboco®. The community unites leading global companies and experts with the vision of advancing sustainable packaging, offering high-quality products while reducing their environmental impact. Myriam Shingleton continued: "The work with our partners since 2015 on the Green Fibre Bottle illustrates that this kind of innovation can happen when we work together. We're delighted that other like-minded companies have now joined us as part of Paboco's paper bottle community. Partnerships such as these, ones that are united by a desire to create sustainable innovations, are the best way to bring about real change." "We're driven by our constant pursuit of better, to create more sustainable packaging solutions that help people to live more sustainable lives. Sometimes that means completely rethinking how things are done – pushing the boundaries of existing technologies and overcoming technical challenges as they present themselves." Gittan Schiöld, interim CEO of Paboco® said: "It is all about the team! We are collaborating across the value chain, sharing the risks and are united in our vision that the paper bottle will become a reality and fundamentally change this industry for good." A constant pursuit of better Carlsberg's focus on sustainable packaging innovations is not new. In 2018, the Danish brewer launched a number of packaging innovations including recycled shrink film, greener label ink and the innovative 'Snap Pack,' which replaces the plastic wrapping around its six-packs with a solution that instead glues cans together. Carlsberg's packaging improvements are part of its long-standing progress of betterment and innovation, including developing scientific breakthroughs such as pure yeast and the pH scale. Photo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1008519/Carlsberg_GFB_1.jpg Photo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1008520/Carlsberg_GFB_2.jpg Carlsberg moves a step closer to creating the world’s first ‘paper’ beer bottle. Pictured are the two new research prototypes for Carlsberg’s Green Fibre Bottle, which both contain beer for the first time and are shown alongside the sustainably-sourced wood fibre they’re made from.