With the support of Daejeon Information & Culture Industry Promotion Agency (DICA), NEXT Innovation will participate in ‘2018 Mobile World Congress America’ held in LA Convention Center in the U.S. from Wednesday, Sept. 12 to Friday, Sept. 12 and present ‘SENSEE’, a platform that converts and provides alternative contents (braille) for the visually impaired.
NEXT Innovation is a social enterprise established in 2015 to solve the information access problem of the visually impaired. It has opened the U.S. branch and is now building a braille production solution in Latin America as an international aid partner of KOICA. Using its own large-volume, real-time braille conversion and processing technology, the company has been providing a system that can publish braille books for the visually impaired overnight, which used to take 6 months to 1 year.
NEXT Innovation has built partnerships with the Korea Blind Union and welfare centers in Korea, while expanding its global network by entering partnerships and cooperation systems with 10 institutions supporting the visually impaired and governments abroad. The main targets of ‘SENSEE’ are companies, institutions, and governments that need to produce alternative contents (braille) for the visually impaired. Users can quickly produce and provide information needed by the visually impaired through ‘SENSEE’.
SENSEE includes SENSEE Converter (braille converter), a free software that easily converts various documents owned by visually impaired individuals into texts and braille, and SENSEE Viewer that can check the converted alternative contents. SENSEE Editor and SENSEE Cloud, which are enterprise systems that can professionally produce and manage braille books and alternative contents, are commercial solutions that are serviced to publishing companies, institutions supporting the visually impaired, and governments. The 3 main characteristics of the platform are: 1) Equal accessibility; 2) Fast production time and low cost; and the 3) Management of produced contents.
An insider of NEXT Innovation said “We are focusing on expanding our network in the global market by partnering with institutions that support the visually impaired and governments. Through the cooperation with International Aid Organizations, our aim is to become the first mover that pioneers the braille production market for the visually impaired by expanding our infrastructure building business in Latin America. From 2019, we also plan to start the business of selling braille books to visually impaired individuals in North America such as the U.S. and Canada, which has B2C markets. Finally, our goal is to expand into more than 20 countries in the world by building infrastructure to produce and sell braille contents in the global market.”
Meanwhile, the Daejeon Information & Culture Industry Promotion Agency (DICA) was established to help strengthen and develop the competitiveness of regional industries by supporting and nurturing the information communications and cultural industry in Daejeon, such as software (SW), information technology (IT), and cultural contents (CT). It is providing various programs to excellent ICT companies of Daejeon for their successful expansion into the global market, such as by supporting their participation in overseas exhibitions.
Global news network Aving News, which has reported the most number of issues of top 3 global tech exhibitions including CES, MWC, and IFA over the last 11 years, is going to send a special reporter group, report main issues of the world market, and introduce key Korean companies abroad as a media partner of 2018 MWC America this year. Aving News is currently a media partner of the U.S., Spain, and China in the 2018 MWC (Mobile World Congress), the largest mobile exhibition in the world.