Event Report Highlights from Fujitsu Forum 2015

Fujitsu Forum 2015 was held May 14 - 15 with the theme "Human Centric Innovation in Action." Through presentations, seminars, exhibitions, and demonstrations, Fujitsu introduces a wide range of innovations already "in action" using new digital technology such as IoT, Big Data, and mobile.

In today's hyper-connected world, everything around us is connected to networks. Fujitsu works to overcome social challenges by supporting the growth of our customer's business through human centric innovation. In the keynote speech, Fujitsu President and Representative Director, Yamamoto, Corporate Executive Officer, Tanaka, and EVP, Sakai spoke about our new efforts in these areas.

Meanwhile, in the exhibition hall, around 100 exhibitions and demonstrations were presented in six zones: IOT and Big Data, Business and Social Innovation, Cloud, Security, Work Style Innovation, and Cutting-edge Technologies.

The entrance to the exhibition hall features a large stage providing a hands-on presentation of "Human Centric Innovation in Action," the theme of Fujitsu Forum 2015.

Big Data Zone

The Big Data section of the exhibition hall showed innovation generated by combining Big Data and IoT, and were highlighted through the use of case studies. The large Factory Performance Dashboard exhibit is eye-catching; a home builder case study illustrates how various IoT devices are installed in the factory to sense parameters such as power consumption, production quantity, and quality. It then describes how factory-wide optimization was achieved by comprehensively identifying individually managed parameters, and analyzing them as big data. Visitors witness efficient cause identification through utilization of BI tools made possible by visualization, fast and varied variation prediction through the use of machine learning, and prediction-based alarm and control dashboards.

Business and Social Innovation Zone

Next in the "Revolutionizing Manufacturing" area visitors experienced hands-on next-generation manufacturing and had the opportunity to better understand how human/robot collaboration is now being fully realized. The Next-generation Manufacturing/Autonomous Manufacturing System demonstration shows how a program for stacking square blocks to control multiple robots is automatically generated and how it changes the movements of two robots. It also showcases an autonomous feature where, in the event of a contingency such as the stacked blocks falling in the process, the robot decides on its own to re-stack them according to the program.

In the "Supply Chain Management" area, Fujitsu showcased a solution that used a beacon to identify the movement of people in a store. Demonstration staff carried the 2.5cm x 4cm beacons, while sensors installed in four locations around the hall monitor location and movement. When used in actual stores, users can recognize differences in movement between experienced clerks and new clerks. The demonstration shows how information can be used for in store sales promotion campaigns.

The "Food and Agriculture" area, demonstrated the first smart agriculture initiative in Japan taking place in Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture. This is a joint initiative between Fujitsu, Iwata City, Orix, and Masuda promote seed production for the local development of agriculture in the area. In the exhibition section, the initiative is introduced using 3D images on designated head-mounted displays.

Additionally, the exhibit showcases a high-tech greenhouse that leverages the latest IoT devices and sensors, displaying next-generation agriculture that cultivates delicious tomatoes, bell peppers, and kales. Visitors took the opportunity to experience how temperature, humidity, and soil conditions can be accurately sensed, and how the production/cultivation environment is controlled in the "agricultural cockpit" based on the data.

At the "Traffic and Vehicles" section of the exhibition hall, visitors could sit in the driver's seat of a next-generation car. This next generation car incorporated systems such as those displaying people and objects approaching the vehicle using a 360 degree monitoring solution with a tablet placed in the driver's seat, or those promoting driving safety by monitoring the driver's seat. Additionally, a fuel efficiency improvement system was on show based on a new energy management system which detects and optimally controls driving conditions when speed is reduced in traffic or by terrain.

Cloud Zone

Visitors to the exhibition witnessed demonstrations for the public cloud service, K5, recently released on May 12, 2015, as well as gaining a better understanding of hybrid multi-cloud integration, which combines a variety of cloud computing services and highly compatible platforms.

Security Zone

With the risk of targeted cyber-attacks increasing, visitors learnt about technology that can determine which employees are more likely to be a victim of a cyber-attack, based on behaviors (e.g. clicking on URLs in suspicious E-mail without double-checking). Fujitsu prepared questions based on research targeting approximately 2,000 personnel inside and outside the company. Visitors were asked to answer the questions at the event to gain an understanding of their risk of becoming a victim of a targeted cyber-attack.
Fujitsu also held a Cyber Security Contest aimed at further development of cyber security specialists within the organization.

Work Style Innovation Area

Here we introduce new ways to use ICT created based on our in-depth know-how in work style innovation accumulated through supporting customers, as well as workshops in the HAB-YU co-creation space, offering guests work style innovation consultations.

Cutting-edge Technology Zone

Here Fujitsu demonstrated how human centric innovation is changing businesses and the daily lives of people through some specific case studies.

The retina scanning laser eyewear scheduled for release in spring 2016 will assist the visually impaired. Using a micro-projector mounted on the frame of glasses, they project images using the retina of the wearer as the screen. This allows images to be viewed focus-free. This demonstration attracted a lot of interest with visitors having the ability to try the eye glasses on for themselves.

Another item that attracted great interest among our latest products is the ring-type wearable devices scheduled for application by the end of 2015. The ring allows characters, letters and numbers to be written in the air by simply moving your finger, this relays with the system to enter or display the certain information that is selected. Interest from visitors peaked as they had the opportunity to test the ring out on the their own finger, moving it around in the air to test operability. Other scenarios were also explained through links to head-mounted displays and earphones.

At Fujitsu Forum 2015 visitors received a truly hands on experience highlighting how digital technologies such as IoT, Big Data, and mobile are changing our lives and driving innovation for society.