ANOR Technologies



Trailblazing the Future of Industrial Security:
The ANOR Technologies Journey with Kevin Zhang

Image (top row, 1st from left): Kevin Zhang, Founder and CEO of ANOR Technologies, and his team


With two decades of experience in the ICT business and product management, Kevin Zhang, an esteemed alumnus of NTU, made a bold decision to leave his corporate career behind and embark on a journey of entrepreneurship. Today, as the Founder and CEO  of ANOR Technologies Pte Ltd (ANOR), Kevin reflects on the remarkable path he has traveled.

"I have always possessed a profound passion for creating innovative products that deliver substantial value, particularly in the realms of Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies," shares Kevin Zhang.

It is this unwavering passion that catalyzed the inception of ANOR Technologies, a deep-tech company specializing in the development of intelligent sensing products and solutions. ANOR's mission is to tackle critical industrial security challenges, ultimately contributing to the creation of a safer and more secure world.

Kevin's vision has not only set ANOR apart as a trailblazer in the deep tech industry but also underscores the pivotal role played by ICT innovation in our rapidly evolving world. ANOR Technologies, under his visionary leadership, stands at the forefront of developing groundbreaking solutions that promise to redefine the landscape of industrial security.


Technology Seeking Product-Market Fit

ANOR Technologies is at the forefront of cutting-edge innovation, leveraging the groundbreaking technology developed by A*STAR Singapore, known as terahertz (THz) radiation. Positioned in the electromagnetic spectrum between infrared and microwave radiation, THz technology is a non-destructive form of radiation. What sets it apart is its ability to penetrate non-conductive materials, such as plastic, paper, wood, and cloth, revealing their unique "THz fingerprints."

Much like metal detectors in their ability to reveal concealed items, THz waves are a game-changer in material analysis and security screening. This is where ANOR Technologies makes its mark by taking this process to the next level. They have seamlessly integrated Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the equation, employing sophisticated algorithms and predictive analysis to swiftly detect and alert to the presence of suspicious or unknown substances.

ANOR's amalgamation of THz technology and AI heralds a new era in security and material analysis. This unique combination provides a level of efficiency and accuracy previously unattainable, promising safer environments and more effective screening processes across various industries.

The synergy of THz technology and AI demonstrates ANOR's commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation, advancing technology, and contributing to a safer, more secure world.


Defining the Target Market and Building the Customer Base

With the high applicability of this technology across many industries such as food, security, biomedical engineering and construction, Kevin embarks on the Lean LaunchPad (LLP) programme at NTU with the aim to identify the market that ANOR should first target.

With several rounds of discussion with the programme’s instructors and facilitated field interviews with potential customers, Kevin and his team recognised that the sector with the best product-market fit was the security industry.

Since establishing a customer base, ANOR has started its next round of fund-raising to support the launch of new products that harness THz and AI to provide a host of services across several disciplines including healthcare and environmental sustainability.

ANOR Technologies, under the visionary leadership of Kevin Zhang, has harnessed the potential of its groundbreaking technology in terahertz (THz) radiation. The versatility of this technology extends its reach across various sectors, including food, security, biomedical engineering, and construction. With an eye on identifying the ideal market to target, Kevin took a pivotal step by participating in the Lean LaunchPad (LLP) program at NTU.

During the LLP program, Kevin and his team engaged in extensive discussions with program instructors and conducted insightful field interviews with potential customers. Through these interactions, they discovered a sector that exhibited the most promising product-market fit: the security industry. This pivotal revelation marked the beginning of a new chapter for ANOR.

Having successfully established a foothold in the security sector, ANOR is now poised to scale up and expand its horizons. The company is actively engaged in its next round of fundraising, capitalizing on its robust customer base. The funds raised will be instrumental in launching new products that leverage the powerful combination of THz technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI). These innovations are set to provide a wide array of services spanning diverse disciplines, including healthcare and environmental sustainability.

ANOR Technologies, with its unwavering commitment to innovation and excellence, is on a trajectory to transform industries and create a more secure, sustainable, and technologically advanced future.


Achievements Amidst Adversities

ANOR Technologies' remarkable journey into the realm of innovation is marked by a hands-on approach to customer discovery during the Lean LaunchPad (LLP) program at NTU. This customer-centric strategy, driven by Kevin Zhang and his dedicated team, laid a strong foundation during the company's early stages. It played a pivotal role in ANOR's success and garnered recognition from the NTUitive panel, who awarded the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) project fund of S$10,000. This funding injection allowed ANOR to undertake further marketing testing and validation, solidifying its market presence.

ANOR's relentless pursuit of excellence earned the company the prestigious Most Innovative SME 2019 award. This recognition underscored its commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology, particularly in collaboration with government agencies such as A*STAR, where ANOR joined forces in pioneering the detection of illicit substances.

ANOR's journey is a testament to its resilience. As a startup, the company faced the inherent challenges of limited resources. In addition, the global COVID-19 pandemic disrupted semiconductor supply chains. Yet, ANOR's unwavering dedication to its mission prevailed. The company continued to innovate and prosper in the face of adversity.

The year 2023 brought further acclaim for ANOR, as the company secured a coveted spot among the TOP 50 startups in SLINGSHOT 2023. This global competition, organized by Enterprise Singapore, recognized ANOR's contributions to the deep tech industry and its potential to shape a brighter, more secure future.

ANOR Technologies, guided by its visionary leadership and fueled by relentless determination, remains a beacon of innovation in a dynamic and ever-evolving landscape.


Words of Encouragement

"I hope that fellow entrepreneurs will remain steadfast in their self-belief, press forward with unwavering determination, and persistently pursue their visions, turning innovative ideas into concrete, real-world solutions." — Kevin Zhang