Issues Concerning Kawasaki City, a lively city
Located in the center of the Tokyo metropolitan area, Kawasaki City in Kanagawa Prefecture, which lies between Tokyo and Yokoyama, is a city full of energy with a high population growth rate and a low average age, where approximately 1.48 million people are living (as of April 2016). Issues concerning Kawasaki City include how to transmit information to citizens using smartphones—whose popularity has rapidly spread—and how to provide enhanced support to the child-care generation, whose population is growing every year.
Kawasaki City and Fujitsu have conducted surveys and research on the use of open data since 2014. According to the results, in the Asao Ward, citizens feel it is difficult to access information on child-care events and feel it is not easy to find facilities for breast-feeding and changing diapers. Also, the survey found that the administrative procedures to compile information sent from ward offices, volunteer and other organizations were complicated.
Adequately providing necessary information to people who need it
Based on such a backdrop, Kawasaki City has planned new information transmission and citizen services aimed at its residents and visitors by utilizing the advantages of smartphones, such as simplicity and immediacy. As part of the plan, Fujitsu developed “Kawasaki Application (Portal Application),” “Kawasaki Child-care Application,” and “Kawasaki Disaster Prevention Application” for smartphones by linking SPATIOWL* cloud service that utilizes location information and LOD **, which manages information on events related to child care, outing spots, and disaster prevention, and started providing these applications from April 2016.
These applications allow users to get information on regional events according to the child’s age registered in advance, outing spots (like parks), breast-feeding rooms and facilities for changing diapers outside, medical facilities, evacuation centers in case of disasters nearest to the present location or pre-registered locations. In addition, whenever ward staff members or volunteer organizations register event information, the information is automatically converted to be published to the LOD, which reduces the workload of staff members.
*: FUJITSU Intelligent Society Solution SPATIOWL: It is a service that utilizes a large amount of location-based data gathered from probe information sent from running vehicles, information on people and facilities, sensor information, and Internet information, etc. to provide new value.
**: Linked Open Data: A dataset published in the Linked Data format, a new format for publishing data on the web. LOD is promoted by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a standards body for web-related technology, as the most effective method for publishing and sharing data on the web.
Building a community where everyone can live in peace and comfort with ICT
There are plans to develop this platform Fujitsu built into a comprehensive platform in which Kawasaki City’s information will be accumulated going forward. By using this platform, Fujitsu can provide necessary information on a variety of themes, including child-care, disaster prevention, welfare, medical care, and transportation, to citizens and visitors whenever needed.
Fujitsu will support the development of communities where local residents can live in peace and comfort by expanding services that link SPATIOWL with the LOD also to other regions going forward.