Interop Tokyo 2015--Fujitsu Booth Report

The Fujitsu Group had an impressive booth at Interop Tokyo 2015, which ran over three days from June 10 to 12 at Makuhari Messe.

About Interop

Interop is a leading global ICT expo and the largest event of its kind in Japan. Launched in 1994, four countries have hosted it on a rotating basis. Interop brings together ICT engineers and business leaders and provides opportunities for live demonstrations where visitors can evaluate the technical and commercial viability of new technologies. Recent years have seen an increasing focus on network solutions in the ubiquitous age where everything is connected including the cloud, big data platforms, cyber security systems and sensors and smart devices.

The underlying Fujitsu theme for 2015 was "Human-Centric IoT--Fujitsu solutions and technologies." The Fujitsu booth showcased solutions developed through a combination of customer testing and in-house testing as well as the core technologies used in sensors, networks, cloud devices and security mechanisms in the IoT age, as a means of promoting rapid acceptance of IoT in the business world.

Collecting and Managing Production Data

Validation trials at the Fujitsu I-Network Systems Yamanashi Plant found individual processes to be too isolated. In the event of a manufacturing defect, there was little knowledge or understanding of the impact on other processes. The solution is visualization of the production environment, based on analysis of correlations between the sensing data from production equipment and corresponding background data (such as equipment logs and production records). The analysis results are aggregated in the cloud and used to provide an overview of how the plant as a whole is performing.

The graph below plots processes on the vertical axis against time on the horizontal axis. A steeper gradient means shorter time and therefore a more efficient process. A shallower gradient indicates longer time, which translates to manufacturing losses. This graphical approach can be used to instantly identify delay points and root causes, without the need for specialist analytical skills. It can also be used to monitor the impact of off-line setup procedures (i.e. preliminary preparations) as well as modifications or improvements such as line balance optimization.

Production facilities have traditionally been unwilling or unable to upload data to the cloud due to security concerns, preferring instead to keep data on local servers. The FUJITSU Network Edgit GW1500 provides a secure solution by encrypting plant data (where appropriate) prior to uploading it to the cloud. As such it represents a key element of Fujitsu's strategy for promoting future innovation in the manufacturing sector.

Real-time digitization of manufacturing processes

Fujitsu Kyushu Network Technologies: Providing Sensor Networking and Visualization Solutions

As part of a pilot sensor network services project, Fujitsu has installed compact home appliance recycling crates at four locations around Kawasaki. These can be used for real-time monitoring of waste volumes via the Internet. The pilot shows that real-time monitoring significantly improves the efficiency of recycling collection services. A map display shows waste volumes at each location and allows drivers to plan the optimum route for collection. It also circumvents potential resident complaints about overloaded waste collection points.

The service is implemented on a sensor net platform known as Development Code SNIP (Sensor Network Integrated Platform). SNIP is designed to accommodate a variety of different sensing devices such as temperature and distance sensors and audio and video monitors, and supports multiple communication formats including Ethernet, 3G/LET, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It provides an optimized sensor network tailored to the client's objectives and usage environment. SNIP is simple to configure and provides a quick and efficient way to set up an IoT system.

Sensor-equipped waste collection points (NB: Differs from those in use at Kawasaki)

Real-time map display of waste volumes

Fujitsu Advanced Engineering: Providing Field Sensing Engineering Solutions

Field sensing engineering is the process of designing and installing systems for collecting and transmitting real-time information from a variety of locations, from air and sea ports to mountain regions. Fujitsu offers a number of field service engineering solutions and packages. The common denominator is that all involve data sensing in the field.

The Fujitsu booth featured an all-weather wireless field station (also known as a base station), which gathers data from wireless sensors and transmits it wirelessly to the cloud, typically over Wi-Fi or 3G/LTE.

Also on display was a new ultra-thin monitoring beacon--said to be the thinnest in its class--that can communicate with a smartphone up to 25 meters away. Monitoring beacons have potential in a variety of situations and applications. For example, parents could use a beacon to monitor their children, where the beacon could transmit an alert in the event of a fall.

Multipurpose outdoor field station

Ultra-thin monitoring beacon

Ultra-thin personal monitoring beacon smartphone app

IoT Data Platform Service-Distributed Data Processing Provides Flexibility in an Ever-changing Business Environment

A model railway track in one section of the booth provided a simple demonstration of distributed processing. Video cameras were stationed at various points around the track. The cameras were set to record at low resolution at normal times, switching automatically to high resolution whenever the train went by. In other words, the cameras were able to differentiate between important images (requiring high resolution) and unimportant images (at low resolution). This sort of approach enables real-time processing of high-resolution video data without the need for additional computing or network resources.

Achieving a good balance of resources, between the accuracy of the sensing data and the data collection frequency, is the key to making IoT viable. The FUJITSU Cloud IoT Platform service uses distributed processing to monitor changes in the data collection environment and then adjust the accuracy and frequency parameters automatically in order to optimize uploads to the cloud. It can also be used to optimize computer and network resources for an IoT system that is subject to unpredictable changes in data volumes. Fujitsu offers a unique form of distributed processing technology as part of the dedicated IoT cloud service.

Monitoring setup with automatic resolution switching using IoT data platform service

SDN Base Network Optimization

The FUJITSU Network VELCOUN-X SDN controller is a Linux server software product used for network visualization and control as well as for adding and modifying virtual networks in conjunction with server deployment. Fault and failure information is presented on a simple and intuitive display. The logic map makes it easy to modify settings, with no need for network design skills. The Network VELCOUN-X greatly simplifies the process of reconfiguring networks to accommodate changes in the corporate IT infrastructure.

SDN stands for software-defined networking, a simple, efficient and flexible tool for deploying and configuring networks. In a real-life example recounted by Fujitsu Network Solutions, a local government agency in Iwate Prefecture decided that it wanted to make its office wireless LAN system available to residents at no cost in the event of an earthquake. The problem was that in the event of a disaster, it might be impossible to get to the office and change the settings. SDN provided them with a simple switching solution that solved the problem.

Typical application involving an SDN controller

The Fujitsu booth showcased a range of products and services including:
--iNetSec Intra Wall, a targeted cyber attack internal defense appliance for real-time detection and reporting of both known and unknown malware threats
--FUJITSU IoT Solution UBIQUITOUSWARE, which collects sensing data for people, object status and environmental conditions and generates usable analysis results almost instantaneously.

Visitors to the booth experienced Fujitsu products and services for themselves and learned more about the ongoing evolution towards the age of ubiquitous networking.