Dym­stech pro­vides EMP shield­ing sys­tems

The Korea Times - - BUSINESS - By Jhoo Dong-chan jhoo@ktimes.com

North Korea’s re­cent nu­clear weapons test has raised fears of dev­as­tat­ing dam­age, af­ter the regime said it could de­stroy much of any city in the world. Dym­stech CEO Song Young-bae said, how­ever, its phys­i­cal dev­as­ta­tion and fol­low­ing fall­out dam­age aren’t ev­ery­thing. He said that there is another fear that peo­ple have yet to re­al­ize.

“A nu­clear weapons at­tack could im­me­di­ately kill hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple in South Korea. At the same time, the elec­tro­mag­netic pulse (EMP) re­sult­ing from the ex­plo­sion could wipe out en­tire elec­tri­cal grids across the coun­try,” Song said dur­ing an in­ter­view with The Korea Times.

“Ev­ery elec­tri­cal ma­chine and de­vice, in­clud­ing cars, com­put­ers and smart­phones, will im­me­di­ately shut down. Korea would go back to the Stone Age if a nu­clear EMP was det­o­nated high in the at­mos­phere.”

A nu­clear EMP is a burst of high-in­ten­sity ra­di­a­tion emit­ted from a nu­clear ex­plo­sion in the upp e r at­mos­phere that fries elec­tron­ics, much like a sud­den power surge can over­load and de­stroy a power out­let. It would leave im­por­tant fa­cil­i­ties, like hospi- tals, with­out power.

Ac­cord­ing to a study re­leased by the main op­po­si­tion Lib­erty Korea Party law­maker Yoon Han-hong, the na­tion’s power agen­cies, in­clud­ing Korea Elec­tric Power Corp., Korea Hy­dro & Nu­clear Power and Korea Gas Corp., have no coun­ter­mea­sure against a North Korean nu­clear EMP at­tack. And Yoon said the im­pact will be even worse in the pri­vate sec­tor.

“The pri­vate sec­tor is lit­er­ally de­fense­less to such an at­tack. Pri­vate data and ac­count in­for­ma­tion will be gone im­me­di­ately. Also, there will be no power sup­ply. The cost of such so­cial chaos would be im­mea­sur­able,” Song said.

“Ma­jor coun­tries such as the United States, China and Ja­pan have car­ried out EMP shield­ing projects for a long time. Now, the Korean gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sec­tor should closely work to­gether to come up with such a coun­ter­mea­sure.”

Es­tab­lished in 1995 as a Spe­cific Ab­sorp­tion Rate (SAR) eval­u­a­tion com­pany, Dym­stech en­tered into the EMP shield­ing mar­ket in 2012, three years af­ter North Korea’s sec­ond nu­clear test in 2009. With about 50 re­searchers and engi­neers in its re­search cen­ter, Dym­stec is the only Korean firm to pro­vide turnkey EMP pro­tec­tion rack prod­ucts.

It’s EMP shield­ing also sat­is­fies the U.S. mil­i­tary stan­dard for high-al­ti­tude EMP pro­tec­tion for ground-based fa­cil­i­ties. Dym­stech is the only Korean com­pany to meet the strict re­quire­ments.

Dym­stech of­fers cus­tom­ized EMP pro­tec­tion rack prod­ucts, and Song said it is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to con­struct EMP shield­ing for an en­tire build­ing or fa­cil­ity.

“Most build­ings and fa­cil­i­ties in Korea weren’t built con­sid­er­ing the need for EMP pro­tec­tion. Con­struct­ing EMP shield­ing or EMP-free shel­ter for an ex­ist­ing build­ing is there­fore ex­tremely dif­fi­cult, time-con­sum­ing and costs a lot,” Song said.

“Cur­rently, Dym­stech only pro­duces EMP pro­tec­tion rack prod­ucts. The rack size is cus­tom­ized to the cus­tomer’s re­quest. Our EMP racks are easy to in­stall, cost-ef­fi­cient, easy to main­tain, and able to safe­guard crit­i­cal data servers and net­work equip­ment from EMP at­tacks.”

Fol­low­ing North Korea’s sixth nu­clear weapons test last month, Song said Dym­stech has re­ceived a num­ber of in­quiries not only from pri­vate firms but also gov­ern­ment and mil­i­tary agen­cies about the com­pany’s EMP pro­tec­tion rack prod­ucts.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion giants KT and SK Tele­com are Dym­stech’s part­ners while gov­ern­ment and mil­i­tary agen­cies such as the Agency for De­fense Devel­op­ment have also been sup­plied by the firm.

Cour­tesy Lotte Corp.

Pink lights il­lu­mi­nate Lotte World Tower in Seoul, Thurs­day. Lotte Corp. is hold­ing a Pink Rib­bon cam­paign to raise pub­lic aware­ness about breast can­cer. The 123-story tower will be lit up in pink from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to­day.

Song Young-bae Dym­stech CEO

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