Must-See Exhibition: Work Style Innovation

The Work Style Innovation exhibition from Fujitsu Forum Tokyo 2014 demonstrated how the power of ICT is helping to optimize the way we work.

Mobile devices support the ideal work style

Fujitsu Forum Tokyo is Fujitsu’s largest annual event and was held on May 15-16, 2014, at Tokyo International Forum in the city’s Yurakucho district.

As visitors entered the Work Style Innovation booth, the first thing that caught their eye was a large collaborative visual display. On a large whiteboard examples had been collected of an ideal work environment, and by utilizing smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, new innovative ways of working could be designed, focusing on what was most important for the particular person. Visitors to the booth were able to create a future where they could live and work in a way that benefited their personal aspirations. For example, increasing time spent studying in order to achieve further business success, or spending newly freed-up time with family and friends.

Idea cards, each of which described an ideal work style that wanted to be achieved, were placed under the whiteboard. There were many fun and innovative ideas, including a device for a gesture-controlled meeting where the use of a pointer had been replaced with a gesture-controlled user interface which could also capture video. There was also a card for an Interactive Wall, where any wall could be made into a screen allowing users to view data and input information on the spot. People certainly had high expectations regarding the future of working practices and it is part of Fujitsu’s vision to empower people in this way through the use of ICT.

Work style innovation supported by a wide range of functionality

Another feature of this exhibition was the provisioning of secure environments that will support the realization of new work styles.

For example, employees who are often away from the office and access their company's internal systems remotely can be a security concern. However this remote access is important for these employees to perform their job effectively. Fujitsu’s virtual desktop service can help overcome this concern as it does not store data on any device used to remotely access the internal system and still provides employees with the same working environment as they use back at the office. For people with tasks that require even a higher level of security, Fujitsu recommends one of our devices with built-in palm vein authentication.

FUJITSU Cloud PaaS MobileSUITE ensures easy, safe and convenient use of mobile devices. A system administrator can control mobile devices, their contents, and user IDs all at the same time. Even if a tablet is lost, the administrator can lock the device and delete all the data from it remotely. A single sign-on allows each user to access only the applications he or she needs.

AR technology: Simply hold a tablet over a marker and identify which component needs repair!

One of the most unique solutions at Fujitsu Forum involved a combination of a tablet with augmented reality (AR) technology. This system can be used at maintenance sites, such as factories, buildings, and production facilities.

As an example when you hold the tablet over an AR marker attached to a pipe...

AR displays a red circle on the tablet screen that indicates which part needs to be checked.

Moreover, since the tablet also displays work instructions for tasks, such as “replace parts," even a worker without specialized knowledge can complete the maintenance required.

Fujitsu also introduced the application of this technology to server maintenance. When a server has many racks, even if there are instructions to "disconnect the 5th cable from the top," it is easy to make a mistake and pull out the wrong cable. However with this solution when you hold the tablet over the server, it displays a red marker that tells you which cable to disconnect, eliminating confusion, and thereby reducing human error.

The Work Style Innovation exhibition provided great insight into the way in which ICT can be utilized to add value to the way we work in the future.