Social Venture Dot succeeds in demonstration project of ‘barrier-free kiosk’ in the US

Seongnam–(Korea Newswire) October 29, 2021 — Born2Global Center (CEO Jonggap Kim) is a social venture Dot (CEO Jooyun Kim, Kikwang Seong), a member of the Born2Global Center (CEO Kim Joo-yoon, Seong Ki-kwang), will open a ‘barrier-free kiosk’ in the United States. announced on the 29th that it has started a successful proof-of-concept (PoC) project. Dot is a technology-based social venture company that develops smart products and services for the visually impaired.

Starting with the University of Arizona (ASU), New York University (NYU), the New York Subway (MTA), and NFB (National Federation of the Blind), an organization for the visually impaired, Dot has been receiving positive reviews in the field. After establishing a corporation in the United States in September this year, we are working on a contract by sending a barrier-free kiosk that complies with the ADA (American Disability Act) to the local area to conduct PoC. The barrier-free kiosk developed by Dot was jointly ranked 2nd in the Best Kiosk Finalist selected by the US ICXA (Interactive Customer Experience Association) in July this year, and is a product that has already been recognized for its technological prowess and business power in the local market.

Professor Diana Bowman, a professor at the Arizona School of Law and head of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, said, “The first demonstration of Dot’s barrier-free kiosk in the United States is now available at the University of Arizona. We have high expectations.” He said, “With this PoC in collaboration with Dot as an opportunity, we plan to do our best to expand the barrier-free environment to current and new students with disabilities.”

The barrier-free kiosk is a customized kiosk designed for both non-disabled and disabled people to use comfortably. The sensor recognizes the eye level of children and wheelchair users and automatically adjusts the height. There is a keypad and tactile display for the visually impaired, as well as voice assistance in multiple languages, including English.

This product is manufactured to meet the American ADA accessibility standards and can be used not only in Korea but also abroad.

Dot researches, develops, and manufactures all core technologies in Korea. Accordingly, in October, it was selected as a company specializing in materials, parts and equipment by the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology Evaluation and Planning. Dot is preparing to export barrier-free kiosks to Vienna Airport, Austria in November, starting with the US.

Dot CEO Joo-yoon Kim said, “Social Venture Dot is growing export-oriented by focusing on the S (Social) of ESG (environmental, social, governance) and proposing solutions to social problems through technology. We will build a foothold for an inclusive smart city by distributing it to smart city infrastructure such as train stations, subway stations, airports, and public buildings,” he said.

Founded in 2015, Dot develops products and services for the visually impaired. In addition to the barrier-free kiosk (dot kiosk) that can be used by all people with disabilities, Dot has developed a braille smart watch (dot watch) and a tactile display for education (dot pad). Dot was selected as the exclusive supplier of a government project to supply innovative digital tactile devices to all schools for the visually impaired in the United States through the U.S. Department of Education for four years from 2022, starting in June this year, and signed a 30 billion won dot pad supply contract. So far, it has attracted an investment of 16.6 billion won and has over 120 technology patents through R&D research investment.

Meanwhile, Choi Ah-reum, director of social impact of Dot, based on this demonstration project in the United States, on October 28, Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) and Hanyang University held the annual international event ‘Next Impact Conference 2021’. We plan to share the future and technological value of the social venture we create, and announce the direction of the startup as a representative ESG company.

About Born2Global Center

Born2Global Center is an institution under the Ministry of Science and ICT, so that innovative technology companies with promising technologies can enter the global market, △discover promising technology-specialized companies, △global-oriented education and training, △bridging overseas expansion, and △professional consulting for overseas expansion. △ Support for occupancy space, etc. In particular, internal experts primarily diagnose laws, patents, accounting, marketing, investment attraction, PR, etc. necessary for overseas expansion, and provide a practical one-stop service that is secondarily linked to external private professional organizations. From its opening in September 2013 to July 2021, the amount linked to investment attraction to supported companies amounted to KRW 1.658 trillion, and the number of consulting cases reached a total of 14,063. 86 cases of establishment of overseas corporations, 596 cases of overseas business contracts and alliances, and 917 cases of overseas intellectual property rights applications.


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