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History

Kona I has developed and commercialized the nation’s first-ever bus-subway integrated transportation card system
in 1998. Since 2005, it has developed a solution for all areas related to the usage of their internally developed
IC chip operating system(OS) and smart cards, and is currently supplying it to 90 countries worldwide under the brand
name “KONA”. Now, Kona I carries out businesses in two areas, which include IC chip-related business for supply to communications,
finance, and public sectors, and the platform business to provide solutions related to payment,
local community, blockchain, data, IoT and so on.

List of awards received

List of awards received Kona I

  • Won the ‘21st Software Industry Day’
    Bronze Tower Order of
    Industrial Service Merit

    Ministry of Science and ICT
    2020.12
  • Won the branding /
    communication category at
    the iF Product Design
    Award in Germany

    iF DESIGN AWARD
    2020.02
    iF디자인 어워드
  • Won the card branding category at the iF Product Design Award in Germany

    iF DESIGN AWARD
    (2019.02)
    iF디자인 어워드
  • First-place prize (KOSDAQ category) in Transparent Accounting Award

    Korean Accounting Association
    (06.2016)
    한국회계학회
  • Korea Economic Leader Award

    Joongang Daily
    (10.2015)
    중앙일보
  • Technology category of
    “EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award”

    Ernst & Young Han Young Accounting Corporation
    (11.2014)
    EY한영 회계법인
  • Minister’s Award at
    “World Class 300 Awards”

    Korea International Trade Organization
    (11.2014)
    산업통상자원부
  • “Global IT Export”
    Trader Award

    Korea International Trade Organization
    (11.2014)
    한국회계학회
  • Korea Institute for Advancement of
    Technology President Award for
    “Pioneering of Global IT Market”

    Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology
    (02.2012)
    중앙일보
  • Minister of Knowledge Economy Award for
    “Global IT CEO”

    Ministry of Knowledge Economy
    (04.2011)
    EY한영 회계법인
  • KOSDAQ Outstanding Entrepreneur Award for “Outstanding Model KOSDAQ Company”

    Ministry of Knowledge Economy (04.2011) 산업통상자원부
  • Grand prize for “Entrepreneur with Outstanding Economic Performance Award”

    Herald Corporation / KOSDAQ (03.2011) 한국회계학회
  • Grand prize for “Outstanding Venture Company Award”

    Korean Academic Association of Business Administration (06.2012) 중앙일보
1998

Business start

Kona I was first launched under the name of
Korea Electronic Banking Technology.
It developed and commercialized the transportation card
system for the first time in Korea.
In September 2000, it established the MYBI Card Corporation,
a digital cash consortium in the Busan region and
it is listed on KOSDAQ in October 2001.

  • 1998.3
    Founded KEBT
  • 1998.11
    Developed
    the nation’s
    first transportation
    card system
  • 2000.9
    Founded
    MYBI Card Corp.
  • 2001.10
    Listed on
    the KOSDAQ
2001
2003

EMV-based Global Platform Development

In March 2004, Kona I supplied a global platform-based java card,
Kona, to Busan Bank for the first time and, in July.
And it was selected as a promising export small and medium
enterprise and acquired ISO9001:2000 quality assurance
system certification.

  • 2002
    02.
    Won
    ‘Advanced Card
    Awards 2002’
    for 3 consecutive
    years
    10
    Received the
    R ‘4th Seoul
    RVenture Awards
    RGrand Prize’
  • 2003
    Developed
    smart card
    COS platform
  • 2004
    Selected as
    a promising
    export company
  • 2004
    Supplied
    java card(Kona)
    to Busan Bank

    Developed and
    distributed 3G/4G
    USIM cards
2004
2006

Ranked No. 1 in the domestic
smart card industry

Kona I acquired the EMV certification,
the international standard for IC cards.
In 2006, Kona I ranked first with the largest market share
in the domestic smart card industry.
And it has being leading the digital authentication technology
by developing the world's first Combi USIM
and supplying the electronic ID card.

  • 2005
    Acquired the
    EMV certification
  • 2006
    Became No.1
    company in
    domestic smart
    card industry
  • 2007
    Developed and
    the world’s
    first Combi
    USIM
  • 2009
    Supplied
    Thailand electronic
    ID card
2010
2012

Global market share expansion

The company was rebranded as Kona I in 2012 to reflects its transition to a global company as it entered the Thailand, China, and European markets. In 2014, Kona I awarded the 100 Million Dollar Export Tower and has being increasing worldwide market share.

  • 2011
    Awarded the
    ‘World Class 300
    Awards’
  • 2012
    Changed the
    name of company
    to Kona I
  • 2013
    Selected as a
    global company
    candidate by
    the Ministry of
    Trade, Industry
    and Energy
  • 2014
    Awarded the
    ‘100 Million Dollar
    Export Tower’
2014
2017

Launched the KONA card

Kona I registered as the electronic finance business in 2015 And evolved into a global IT company by launching the KONA card in 2017, the nation's first open rechargeable mobile/IC card platform.

  • 2015
    09
    Registered as an
    e-finance business
    10
    Awarded the
    ‘Korea Economic
    Leader Award’
  • 2016.06
    Won the
    First-place prize
    in ‘Transparent Accounting
    Award’
  • 2017
    Launched the
    content sharing
    platform ‘Veaver’
  • 2017
    Launched the
    ‘KONA card’ platform
2017
2020

Evolved into a comprehensive
platform company

In 2018, Kona I launched the Korea's first
IC card-type local currency platform in Seo-gu, Incheon
and now it is operating the local currency platform of
56 local governments.
Based on the Kona I platform which provides
excellent scalability and user convenience,
we are leaping into a comprehensive platform company.

  • 2018
    Selected as an
    agency for
    operating the
    local currency
    of Incheon,
    Gyeonggi-do
  • 2019
    Selected as an
    agency for
    operating the local
    currency of
    Gyeonggi-do
  • 2019
    Selected as a
    financial regulation
    sandbox service
  • 2020
    Transaction
    amount of
    local currency
    platform is
    close to 8 trillion
    12.
    Won the
    ‘21st Software
    Industry Day’
    Bronze Tower Order
    of Industrial
    Service Merit
2020