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NEXTLab releases 3rd generation “AI-based Macro Block (Blockness) Detection Engine”

2022.10.07NEXTLab released its latest 3rd generation "AI-based video Macro Block (Blockness) real-time detection engine." It utilizes the latest algorithm in the world that applies non-reference video-based detection methodologies. NEXTLab has continued research and development while accumulating on-site operation experience since the first release of the algorithm in 2014.The key improvement compared to the 2nd generation engine is an overall increase in precision of macro block detection, and reduced number of false alarms.[Table of Macro Block Detection Engine Improvement] *Accuracy: Probability of correctly recognizing macro block when it occurs and correctly recognizing normal screen compared to the total amount of data *Precision: Probability of correctly recognizing macro block when it actually occurs *Recall: Reducing probability of not recognizing macro blockThe 2nd generation engine had a low precision rate, so it occasionally recognized normal video footage as broken and sent false alarms.Although it increased work efficiency of the IPTV service QA team by automating video quality monitoring, there was certainly room for improvement. Our latest 3rd generation engine has displayed a drastic improvement in the precision of macro block detection and has reduced the number of false alarms. Furthermore, it also increased the recall rate, which means the number of missing macro block occurrences has decreased. [Pictures of 3rd Generation Engine Detecting Macro Block][Pictures of Comparison between 2nd and 3rd generation engines] < Left: 3rd Generation / Right: 2nd Generation>As you can see from the pictures above, the 3rd generation engine successfully detected macro block even in scenes featuring grass, water, and wrinkles of clothes.It was difficult to detect macro block correctly in these backgrounds with the 2nd generation engine before. Seeing those pictures really lets me feel the big step forward in technology improvement! :DThere are multiple usages of Macro Block detection technology in the Pay TV service field. -      Perform Aging Tests to devices-      Broadcast service quality monitoring by Pay TV/IPTV service QA teams -     Verify the impact of maintenance work such as improving Head End of local networkAlso, you can automate your monitoring in various scenarios by using STB Multimeter solutions.-      Round Robin monitoring-      Freeze, Loudness simultaneous monitoring-     Customize your alarm occurrence criteria and make it compatible with legacy systemWith this Macro Block detection technology, pay TV service providers can save costs on assembling and operating specialized monitoring teams. If they already have monitoring teams, the macro block detection engine can also increase monitoring engineers’ work efficiency and reduce their fatigue, as they do not have to stare at the screen for lengthy periods of time. Moreover, by setting alert rules, developers can focus on detecting situations where subscribers’ complaints mainly occur. In addition, key criteria, such as freeze, black screen, loudness, and mute, can also be monitored simultaneously. For more details, please contact [email protected].


NEXTLab exhibited successfully at IBC 2022!

2022.9.22NEXTLab attended IBC 2022 during the Korean Chuseok(thanksgiving) holidays from September 9th~12th!IBC is an abbreviation for International Broadcasting Convention, and it is one of the top 3 broadcasting shows in the world! It is held every year in September at the RAI convention center of Amsterdam, Netherlands.As it is one of the most influential exhibitions in the media and broadcasting technology field, major broadcasting companies, content creators/production companies, equipment manufacturers, media technology committee and other people in the industry visit the show. This year, about 1,069 exhibitors from around the globe attended and shared their tech, and conference sessions were held across two stages for two days.  NEXTLab attended this convention as an exhibitor too! I'm so proud that we could exhibit in such a big show!(Applause please~~~  *clap*)NEXTLab's stand location was at Hall 8, A92. IBC 2022 started off smoothly by signing a MOU with a French enterprise specializing in internet speed measurement service, nPerf SAS. (I hope you remember the details on the MOU with nPerf from the previous news. :D)   The next day, the news of our MOU with nPerf was also published in the official IBC press, IBC Daily~~! Although NEXTLab's booth location was a bit far from the main hall, many visitors became interested in our solutions and came to our booth.In the pictures below, our CEO Sungmin Kim and Senior Researcher Hojoon Son (in order from top to bottom respectively) are explaining our solutions enthusiastically.Can you see their passion?   We appreciate everyone who visited NEXTLab's stand during IBC 2022.We conclude today's news with a group picture of NEXTLabbers who attended the show.See you next April at the NAB show!  


NEXTLab signed a MOU with nPerf at IBC 2022!

2022.9.22      NEXTLab signed a MOU for business cooperation with nPerf SAS, a French enterprise operating global internet speed measurement service, at IBC 2022 held in Amsterdam, Netherlands from September 9th~12th.  NEXTLab also signed an agreement to use nPerf's internet speed measurement license in addition to the MOU, opening up new opportunities in the global market. Through this MOU, the two companies will begin joint development of as-a-Service devices and solutions that will differentiate them from existing competitors. They will provide their services to Pay TV and internet service providers and network operators around the world. Furthermore, NEXTLab has also secured the global broadband speed measurement service license necessary for entering the world market.‘netMeter’, which is getting ready for global launch, is a portable network service quality measurement device that measures IPTV broadcast reception quality and broadband speed.  Many ISPs(Internet Service Providers) are introducing netMeter as it is being recognized as increasing Pay TV or broadband service subscribers’ satisfaction, as well as reducing unnecessary repetitive visits and set-top box replacement costs.   


NEXTLab attends IBC 2022 in RAI, Amsterdam!

 NEXTLab will be exhibiting in IBC 2022!IBC is an abbreviation for “International Broadcasting Convention,” and is one of the 3 most well-known exhibitions related to the broadcasting and communications industry.This year, IBC is returning in 2 years as a physical event, providing a platform for face-to-face networking opportunities for companies in the field worldwide. It will be held in RAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands from 9th to 12th of September.NEXTLab is ready to present solutions using STB Multimeter to the global market that will efficiently automate QA processes of PayTV services, such as IPTV and OTT. Also, these solutions aim to reduce labor dependency in the QA engineering field. Here are the main solutions: (1) Script-less Random-based Test : Secure overall stability of your service software and automatically verify its credibility.(2)   Back-Data Visualization : When a defect has occurred, analyze its root cause in a shorter amount of time, and pinpoint the right team to handle it.(3)   Rich Back-Data Acquisition : There is no need to reenact tests to handle defects, because you will be provided with rich back-data which gives you all the information you need. NEXTLab is the No.1 PayTV QA Automation solution provider in Korea. We will become a leading brand that contributes to innovating QA process of PayTV Service Providers around the world by entering overseas markets through attending IBC.Don’t miss out the opportunity to meet NEXTLab, which will aid you in innovating your QA process, in person at IBC 2022! 


May 2022 Workshop

NEXTLab's workshop has returned with much welcome, as it had been canceled previously due to COVID19. This was our first workshop since January 2019, and so we were more excited than usual.The workshop destination was Ganghwa-Do(Ganghwa Island)~~~NEXTLab had grown very much in two years, so we rented a bus for the first time and it made me realize that we have truly expanded.(Let's give an applause to all the NEXTLab staff that have worked hard!)Since everybody had been waiting for this workshop, I decided to take out the work schedule from the itinerary and replace it with only refreshing ones.After we arrived at Ganghwa-Do and had lunch, the first activity on our itinerary was!“Luge!”  After enjoying the gondola ride up the mountain, the view was spectacular!We enjoyed the Luge even more thanks to the beautiful nature surrounding the tracks, and we were able to put our worries behind. After the exciting Luge ride, we returned to the lodge.Then, everyone had some free time. Some of us enjoyed football, while others took a walk at the sandy beach.Delicious barbecue party was prepared for dinner. Barbecue is the menu for Korean camping and trips!  The following program on our itinerary was fun recreation time!Everyone ate and drank to their heart's content, so the recreation started later than I had planned. Wow, I didn't expect everyone to participate so enthusiastically! Maybe everyone missed the recreation time because of COVID19...?(Everyone had such a great time, that when everything ended, it was 11 p.m. :D )I'd like to give a big hand to Joonhan Kim, "The Little Mermaid," who was voted as MVP today!  The next day, after a very lively night, we had tasty crab soup for lunch.  Then, we visited "Geum Pung Brewery," which boasts a history of 100 years.I reserved the brewery tour program beforehand, and they were prepared for us. As soon as we arrived at the brewery, we began the tour by taking a few pictures outside the brewery building. (There was a reason for this...)Before the tour started for real, we sat down and had a tasting session of the Korean traditional soju, Makgeolli, while listening to the detailed history of the brewery and Makgeolli.  (This is not just a tasting session... I might get drunk!)The brewery gave us many kinds of Makgeolli, which had various tastes. Through the interesting brewery tour, everyone was able to receive good energy from the old history and tradition of 100 years.  The staff at Geum Pung Brewery gave us many gifts(lots of Makgeolli, cold storage bags, and many photos with pretty frames).After we finished the tour and returned to the room where we had the tasting session, they gave us pictures with pretty frames that had been taken at the beginning of the tour.They also made "Ginseng Makgeolli Latte" on the spot for us, and it even had a logo of NEXTLab printed on the top!I was really moved by Geum Pung Brewery's generosity! The taste impressed me too! I never knew that a brewery tour could be so touching!   Aside from the various gifts, the tour was very educative and meaningful too.If you are in charge of planning for a workshop, I recommend "Geum Pung Brewery" from the bottom of my heart!!  All NEXTLabbers had such a fun time until we returned to Seoul!I hope we utilize the energy we gained and achieve greater results, so that we could take a plane to our next workshop!


NEXTLab Co., Ltd - Signs netMeter Sales Agent Contract with DQSI Co.,Ltd

NEXTLab Co., Ltd - signs netMeter sales agent contract with DQSI Co., Ltd!  NEXTLab Co., Ltd - signs netMeter sales agent contract with DQSI Co., Ltd!Our netMeter is currently delivered to Korean mobile operators, and is recognized for its wide range of functions and its applicability. To further increase our netMeter sales, NEXTLab Co., Ltd signed netMeter sales agent contract with DQSI Co., Ltd.DQSI Co., Ltd has proven its sales power in various fields both online and offline by becoming exclusive sales agent of many Korean and foreign products. Its management team has a lot of experience in the broadcasting and communications industry.Through this sales agency contract we hope to meet more customers and deliver our great products to them.


NEXTLab Attends Smart Factory + Automation World 2021

   NEXTLab attended Smart Factory + Automation World 2021(SFAW for short), which is the biggest smart factory and factory automation exhibition in Korea. It was held from 9.8.2021 to 9.10.2021, for a total of two nights and three days.   Due to Covid19, the exhibit had been put off from last year and we were a bit concerned about attending it, but it turned out that we didn’t have to worry much since many people with diverse needs visited our booth, leading to successful results.  We introduced two products - Beyond X-Ray and WideNET Camera, at this SFAW exhibition.  Beyond X-Ray is an equipment that can detect foreign objects bigger than 0.5mm in a second by connecting X-Ray devices regardless of their models. There is already a case where it was implemented in Vietnamese and Indonesian sewing factories and enabled easier and more precise foreign object detection which had been done by human eyes before. Next, WideNET Camera is a solution that uses one device to film a wide area then collects refined data based on AI-based self-analysis system.  It can be applied to various fields such as production rate measurement, abnormal behavior monitoring, and space monitoring.  We will be more than happy to consult you if you contact us via email [email protected] for additional products and solutions.We are also planning to attend SFAW 2022 exhibition next year, and we shall work hard to present you with better technology and improved products!  :) 


netMeter POC in Indonesia [NEXTLab – Telkom Indonesia]

 Do you remember our “netMeter,” which we introduced to you last time? Now it’s expanding to overseas market! Currently, it is delivered to Korean wired network service providers and measures network quality on-site and verifies connection disruption area when network service providers first set up internet and IPTV connection at their customers’ homes or when they provide AS to customers.   NEXTLab’s netMeter completed POC with Indonesia’s biggest network service provider company, Telkom Indonesia!Applause, please!  **clap clap clap**Telkom Indonesia is a BUMN(state holding company), and it is the largest wired and wireless network service provider company in Indonesia, similar to KT of Korea. Its full name is “PT Telkomunikasi Indonesia,” and it is currently running various businesses related to communications environment.Also, it owns a leased line in Indonesia and maintains a high market share in both wired communications sector(telephone/internet) and wireless communications.  With this POC, NEXTLab’s netMeter’s commercial value potential was recognized not only in Korea but also overseas!Local POC enabled internet speed measurement used in Korea and all options of IPTV and VOD quality measurement. Furthermore, by customizing user environment and measurement methods adjusted to Indonesian local communications market, we will discuss local introduction soon. We shall look forward to seeing NEXTLab’s netMeter in Indonesia!


2nd Workshop in 2021 and Moving Party

NEXTLab holds a company workshop every quarter and employees share their key performances, OKR, and future plans. This time, it was a bit more special, because our headquarter office had expanded and moved, so it was our first workshop in the new office.  NEXTLab’s new address is 12th Floor, HS TOWER, 703 Seolleung-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul.   The overall size of our office has expanded and now we have **2** meeting rooms, and even a massage chair in the staff lounge~!! (Yay~!) Our employees’ satisfaction has also increased because of the bigger office and pleasant work environment, and we hope to achieve even bigger goals in the future.We hope you continue to be interested in NEXTLab, as we are growing constantly!!Since this workshop was held in a more spacious meeting room compared to before the move, we were able to have group discussion sessions and share heartfelt opinions of all employees.  Next, we had meeting room name awards.Now that we have moved and own 2 wide meeting rooms, we held a naming contest to give names to them.  We collected all name candidates for the meeting rooms, then everyone voted to choose the best name. The first prize is…Du-doong Sil & Deo-deong Sil which Seyong Lee, our Solution Development Team Leader, suggested!! Honestly, don’t you think these names are soooo cute~??? NEXTLab’s new office is located on the 12th floor and takes pride in an amazing view, so whenever we hold meetings, it feels as if we are having them above the clouds. The names Du-doong Sil & Deo-deong Sil were chosen in the hopes that we can have happy meetings as if we are dancing in the sky. (Du-doong Sil & Deo-deong Sil are mimetic words that illustrate dancing in Korean) We hope to enjoy our meetings in Du-doong Sil! & Deo-deong Sil! mood and wish for good news that will make us dance~!For the next program, we had recreation time.We had lots of fun recreation programs prepared for this event!This time, we held Masked Singer Contest! It was so fun because many employees participated very enthusiastically, and I didn’t know that there were so many talented singers in our company! <<Although the contest participants were all anonymous, I think they’re THE BEST!!>> There were many good singers, but the 1st prize went to!!!“Wreath Man” who sang “Unlimited Orbit” with relentless dance! I guess his passionate moves won the hearts of many NEXTLabbers and got him many votes.NEXTLab’s workshop, where we share our performance, have group discussions on how to improve our company, and have exciting recreation programs, will continue every quarter. Keep your heads up for our next workshop!


2021 New Year's WorkShop

Nextrap left the New Year's workshop every year for unity. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, this workshop will be held in-house simply using working hours. The first order was 2020 sales and 2021 promotion announcement. In 2020, all the Nexstrap employees worked hard and increased sales by 62% compared to 2019!! ????The average 3-year growth rate is about 19%, which is a very solid and steady growth Nextrap.I'd like to give a round of applause to all the people who worked hard! It's the best! NexStrap has been working hard to "provide solutions that enable customers to focus on what's worthwhile." In 2021, I'm going to make a fresh start with a new slogan.Nextrap's 2021 slogan is "Finding and focusing on strategic markets."Please look forward to seeing Nextstrap, which will grow greatly through challenges and innovations into a bigger market.Next up was the 2020 NEXTLabber Award.Every year, we vote for the person who matches the talent of Nextstrap and has given us good influence.The gifts are iPad, MacBook, and iPhone Promax (choose one). Isn't the gift very big?You've told me a lot that it's hard for everyone to vote for one person, but...The main character who was chosen through a huge competition rate is...The pillar of Nextstrap, Lee Se-yong,New rising star of Nextstrap, "Mr. Cho Woo-jin," has been selected.Congratulations to both of you!!!I look forward to seeing you become a better and an inspiration to our company's Although we had a short workshop, It was a meaningful time to organize 2020 and unite to start anew in 2021. 


Checking objective network quality

 NextLab has developed a portable network quality instrument.  A portable network quality measuring instrument is a device used to measure users' Internet quality.Internet service providers install new Internet lines at home or use them to conduct A/S due to quality problems.   Would you believe that such a pretty and small machine is a network quality instrument? ????This device not only evaluates the quality of the Internet, but also provides clues to identify and improve the cause of the network and other problems.Also, the cost is very reasonable and easy to manage, making it easy to evaluate the quality of the Internet anywhere.Currently, the performance deviation of each measuring device or region is very large about the quality of the Internet, so it was enough to refer to the measurement results.With the development of this portable network quality measuring instrument, we are looking forward to establishing objective indicators of Internet quality.    NextLab Youtube :


Introduced NEXTLab in Bobbin Journal

NEXTLab has innovative technologies in Smart Factory for deep learning-based foreign object detection equipment (Beyond X-Ray), camera image-based production monitoring and work behavior analysis, and integrated MES platform.These innovative NEXTLab technologies were introduced in the November 2020 issue of the monthly sewing technology magazine.<Cover of Monthly Sewing Technology Magazine>  Monthly sewing technology magazine introduces NEXTLab's Smart Factory technology to improve quality according to foreign object detection accuracy, reduce customer complaints, and maximize work efficiency according to camera image-based production measurement.  <NEXTLab's article featured in Bobbin Journal>  I'm so happy and excited that we were introduced in Monthly Sewing Technology, the biggest specialty in the sewing industry, and I'll continue to work on developing upgraded technologies, looking forward to the interests of the sewing industry!