Interop Tokyo is an annual event in which managers in charge of ICT deployment gather under the themes of the Internet, the cloud, and networks. The event was held over the three-day period from June 8 to 10, 2016 at Makuhari Messe. Fujitsu's impressive booth was based around the idea of "digital transformation," and this report describes the exhibitions at the booth.
Exhibitions Focusing on Digital Transformation
Fujitsu's underlying theme for 2016 is "Human Centric Innovation - Driving Digital Transformation." Today, it is imperative to achieve "digital transformation" to realize a more affluent, safer society and to facilitate customers' business transformations using advanced digital technologies.
The Fujitsu booth exhibited a variety of products and solutions to show how Fujitsu's technologies are used to achieve digital transformation in social and business fields. Fujitsu also showcased its Digital Business Platform MetaArc, which supports digital transformation.
"State of the Digital Transformation" Zone
The Fujitsu booth was divided into two zones: the "State of the Digital Transformation" zone and the "MetaArc" zone. The State of the Digital Transformation zone introduced everyday products and services as well as solutions that incorporate Fujitsu's digital technologies.
FlowSign Light, an LED Lighting Technology, Won the Special Prize
What drew attention in the exhibition area was the FlowSign Light, which won the Special Prize of the Best of Show Award. This technology embeds digital information into an LED light in order to shine data onto objects. Customers can receive information related to a desired product, such as recommended recipes, by pointing a smart device's camera at the product.
Based on a careful examination by ICT experts, the Best of Show Award is given to the best products and solutions from among the numerous products and solutions showcased by approximately 500 companies at Interop Tokyo 2016. The FlowSign Light earned high accolades for the interesting concept of embedding ID data into light and its future business potential, enabling it to win the Special Prize in the IoT/M2M awards category.
QNET Sensor Network IoT Platform
How can IoT be used in an outdoor environment where it is difficult to install power supplies and other such devices? Fujitsu Kyushu Network Technologies (QNET) showcased IoT use cases that support our daily lives and society together by employing state-of-the-art sensing technologies.
Sewer Overflow Detection System
With Koriyama City, Fujitsu Laboratories has been conducting a demonstration experiment on a system to mitigate damage to cities resulting from heavy rains, including torrential downpours, since July 2015. This system remotely detects early signs of overflow by using an energy harvesting technology (power generation from the natural environment) used in the demonstration experiment, which enables information on sewer water levels to be transmitted by a wireless communication node developed by QNET. It also enables water level graphs to be created in the cloud. Manholes are equipped with sensors that can measure water levels to highly accurately detect early signs of overflow based on the measured values.
Failure Detection System for Tea Field Frost Prevention Fans
Frost damages the growth of tea leaves. In particular, early spring frost can be devastating to new tea leaves. Traditionally, people had to stand in tea fields all night long to check whether frost prevention fans were working properly. However, with this failure detection system for tea field frost prevention fans, vibration sensors are attached to frost prevention fans in tea fields and sensing data is collected in the cloud, making it possible to check whether fans are rotating and oscillating properly on a monitor screen. The system also predicts fans' aging deterioration based on the accumulated data. Thus, state-of-the-art IoT technology protects valuable tea leaves.
FUJITSU Public Sector Solution: Disaster Prevention Information System
Previously, when a large-scale disaster occurred, it took much time to collect disaster information from disaster victims and areas, input the collected information into a system, and then organize and analyze the information.
This disaster prevention system supports accurate decision-making, information distribution, and sharing of information with disaster areas in order to safeguard residents by consolidating disaster and damage information from disaster areas and providing various means to utilize information that has been consolidated at the disaster response headquarters.
This system accurately advises users on the scope and level of issuance of evacuation information by managing activity progress in chronological order and monitoring disaster prevention weather warnings. As this system is a cloud-based solution, it offers continuous support for disaster prevention and crisis management operations, including distribution of evacuation information.
FUJITSU IoT Solution UBIQUITOUSWARE
Fujitsu introduced the IoT Solution UBIQUITOUSWARE, which senses and analyzes the conditions, situations, and surrounding environments of humans and things and converts this information into valuable data that is immediately usable by customers. UBIQUITOUSWARE provides a sensor algorithm (middleware) and core module that can be embedded into customers' existing equipment and systems, or hardware products as a package.
There was also a demonstration on remote monitoring of workers using a vital-sign sensing band from a demonstration experiment with Kandenko. In the demonstration experiment, each worker's condition is monitored by detecting his or her heat stress and body stress based on the temperature, humidity, and pulse rate.
Fujitsu also demonstrated highly accurate real-time positioning and fall-detection enabled by using location badges. The exhibition offered a clear image of how customers can use UBIQUITOUSWARE in their businesses.
In addition to the above, to depict the state of digital transformation Fujitsu has achieved, the company showcased technologies and solutions that support digital transformation, including solutions for optimizing all factory operations using IoT, the mediator robot Robopin, natural conversation technology for business-oriented purposes that uses AI, and the virtual reality display zSpace.
This zone introduced security technologies, products, and the latest ICT technologies that make up the MetaArc Digital Business Platform for realizing digital transformation.
Cyber Attack Detection and Automatic Control with Linkage Shut-off
Targeted cyber attacks using unknown malware are spreading like wildfire. Fujitsu introduced a quick and easy security solution that connects iNetSec Intra Wall, a targeted cyber attack detection appliance, with IPCOM, a countermeasure appliance. These two appliances together function as an internal exit measure that prevents malware from causing information leakage.
iNetSec Intra Wall monitors communications on internal networks to detect malware activities of targeted cyber attacks in real time. It automatically cuts off malware-infected terminals from the networks and reports detected threats to IPCOM. Based on the reported information, IPCOM automatically shuts off communication to the C&C server*. IPCOM also shuts off communication to the C&C server from networks that have no iNetSec Intra Wall.
*: A server that issues commands to a botnet (a group of malware-infected computers), serving as the center of control.
FUJITSU Network 1FINITY Series: Next-generation Optical Transmission Systems
To ensure efficient provisioning and operation of network infrastructure, until now the tendency in the optical transmission system market has been to promote all-in-one configurations, in which all functions related to the optical transmission network are consolidated into a single piece of equipment. In recent years, however, an increasing need has emerged for optical transmission systems that employ a disaggregated architecture**, by which each function is divided into separate modules. This enables individual functions to be quickly added or performance to be upgraded, thereby allowing customers to quickly respond to rapid changes in network services. This booth introduced the 1FINITY series, which has such a disaggregated architecture.
Fujitsu also exhibited its Virtuora series software product, which provides the optimal virtual network environment on demand for services that use wide-area networks.
The MetaArc zone also introduced FUJITSU Cloud Service K5, a cloud platform that supports digital transformation, and FUJITSU Cloud Service IoT Platform as well as Fujitsu's symptom monitoring solution using machine learning from big data.
**: A method in which each function is divided into separate modules, enabling upfront investment costs to be minimized while quickly building out a network environment.
The Fujitsu booth was crowded with customers who showed a strong interest in Fujitsu's latest technologies, including the FlowSign Light, which won the Special Prize of the Best of Show Award.
This event gave visitors an opportunity to experience various state-of-the-art technologies that support our daily lives, society, and businesses.