Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Gorilla Technology.
Spincer Koh: I have more than 30 years of experience in the high-tech industry. I also work as a consultant for governments, broadband & mobile network associations, broadcast organizations in Asia and the Middle East, and American media groups. Since July 2000, I co-founded Gorilla Technology, where I’ve led the company as CEO to become a renowned provider of edge AI products & solutions as well as its cybersecurity and professional services.
How does Gorilla Technology innovate?
Spincer Koh: Gorilla specializes in video analytics, network security, and big data, supporting a wide range of solutions for commercial, industrial, cities, and government purposes. Our machine learning and deep learning video analysis algorithms can identify, analyze, and extract information from digital content to drive business decisions—whether in healthcare, transportation hubs, manufacturing, or retail. We emphasize leading technology, expert service, and precise delivery. I make sure that the company continues to provide top-of-the-line, intelligent and strong edge AI solutions that enable clients to improve operational performance and efficiency.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Spincer Koh: As with most people, Covid-19 has affected us deeply, both emotionally and business-wise. We adjusted course quickly to Covid-19 and fast-tracked some products that would be helpful for consumers during the pandemic, such as mask & temperature detection, crowd density detection, contact tracing, and cybersecurity solutions. In 2019, Gorilla was pleased to work with the Taiwan Centre for Disease Control to deploy a mask detection system for disease monitoring at the airport — and now that system is being used by the Taiwanese government to detect mask-wearing compliance in public spaces. Gorilla also launched the Edge AI institute last year to provide training courses for our solutions and their deployment to our partners remotely. We are fortunate to have made this decision because this allows us to continue collaborating with our global partners and clients online during the pandemic.
What do you find most difficult during the pandemic, and what are the lessons learned?
Spincer Koh: A big challenge was not meeting with our business partners and clients face-to-face, and we now spend more time on the conference calls. We had to hold off on certain projects while we dealt with the new normal. One of the biggest things I got out of everything was the need to support one another — whether that’s digitally or otherwise. We produced more webinars for our clients, and I made sure to check in with my team to make sure we’re all handling things well. Ensuring people’s health and safety while reopening businesses and the world’s economies is no small feat. Planning, integrating, and deploying various technologies will surely play a large role. As Covid-19 seems, it will have a long-lasting impact on lifestyles, work patterns, and business models, the need to facilitate digital transformation has increased dramatically. Businesses will need to respond quickly to this dynamic, changing environment to ensure that Covid-19 is the last big pandemic with this kind of effect.
How do you project yourself and Gorilla Technology into the future?
Spincer Koh: If anything, this pandemic has taught us that technology can be a powerful tool in moments of crisis. I’m amazed by the level of innovation, leading the way to help people with all the daily challenges. At Gorilla, I’m proud that our team has been able to work with global industry leaders like Intel to produce post-pandemic solutions in a very short timeline. For the future, we see edge AI having a huge benefit across all industries. Developing our cybersecurity products will also be essential as the shift to digitally transform our world becomes more common. We’re going to continue to make award-winning products like our video analytics solution, IVAR™. Gorilla is no stranger to rolling with the punches and adapting to changes, as this pandemic has taught us. With the coming of 5G, edge AI, IoT technology, network security, and big data will all play huge roles. I think that any tech company that isn’t afraid to innovate and see where the trends are happening is surely going to have longevity. I’m excited to carry Gorilla forward into all the exciting environments to come.
Your final thoughts?
Spincer Koh: I am very proud we were able to quickly enhance our solutions to help in the battle against Covid-19. Technological innovation never stops. We deployed Gorilla AI solution on 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors that are fully optimized with OpenVINO™. We were able to leverage Gorilla’s Edge AI Partner Ecosystem and identify the big needs for the new normal with Covid-19. Gorilla will continue our core technology development, and we will deliver our edge AI solutions to managed service providers, distributors, system integrators, hardware manufacturers.
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