Fujitsu Forum 2016 Nagoya Report

Fujitsu Forum 2016 Nagoya was held on July 26 and 27 at the Nagoya Tokyu Hotel. The Fujitsu Journal team is reporting on the developments at the event.

About Fujitsu Forum

Fujitsu Forum is Fujitsu's largest private event. Through seminars, exhibits, and demonstrations, Fujitsu Forum showcases the company's latest initiatives that support customers' businesses and society as well as the cutting-edge technologies that support such initiatives.

This year, it was first held in Tokyo in May and then in Nagoya under the theme of "Human Centric Innovation - Driving Digital Transformation."

Visitors could experience various demonstrations in the Exhibition Hall's three zones: "MetaArc Supporting Digital Transformation," "Cutting-edge Technologies," and "Digital Transformation in Business and Society." On the Theme Stage at the entrance to the Exhibition Hall, Fujitsu's Zinrai AI entertained visitors by having conversations with a narrator. Each of the three zones hosted various exhibits and demonstrations that featured Fujitsu's AI-related knowledge and technologies.

Using AI Technology for More Advanced Cyber Attack Countermeasures [MetaArc Area]

Global Managed Security Service

In the digital age, cyber attacks are very serious problems for businesses and society. Many visitors to the Exhibition Hall stopped to see a demonstration that introduced clever tricks used by cyber criminals who target companies, indicating visitors' high level of interest in this problem. The demonstration explained the measures companies should take against cyber attacks and introduced Fujitsu's Global Managed Security Service, which provides integrated security support that covers the introduction and operation of the optimal security solutions for each customer's ICT environment.

Fujitsu also exhibited its security operation services that employ its cutting-edge technologies, such as a technology that uses AI to visualize hard-to-notice attacks.

(Left) A demonstration explaining cyber attack methods and countermeasures (Right) Outlier learning technology that uses AI to visualize hard-to-notice attacks: the larger the size and the deeper the color of the figure, the higher the risk of attack

Remotely Monitoring Worker Safety [Manufacturing Area]

Location Badges/Tags

If a worker slips or falls while working alone and is found too late, the consequences may be severe. However, if a worker who is wearing a location badge falls down, a call message will be displayed on other workers' mobile phones, enabling them to go help the fallen worker immediately.

As the badge uses a unique algorithm with minimal recognition failures to distinguish between crouching and standing positions, worker safety can be monitored from a remote location.

(Left) A demonstration mannequin wearing a location badge (Right) A smartphone receiving a slip/fall accident message

In addition to the above, location badges/tags detect flow lines and congestion points for people and carts in 3D in real time, and they can be used to help improve flow lines through data analysis. Flow line analysis can be applied not only in the manufacturing industry but in various other industries, locations, and situations.

Metal-Melting 3D Printer to Enhance Japan's Manufacturing [Manufacturing Area]

Metal-Melting 3D Printer

Generally speaking, in metal processing, block materials are used to form workpieces. By contrast, a metal-melting 3D printer uses a molten metal deposition system in which a metal workpiece is formed by melting the tip of a metal wire by means of arc discharge, after which it deposits the molten metal onto the workpiece. This printer produces objects in a nearly finished state, which reduces the time needed for cutting during the finishing process and materials expenses.

As this printer can create objects by depositing different metal materials, such as copper and stainless steel, great demand can be expected in the future.

(Left) A fan and an elbow tube formed using the metal-melting 3D printer (Right) An object formed by depositing different metal materials (stainless steel and copper)

Omotenashi (Hospitality) Services Using Smartphones for Tourists from Abroad [Retail and Logistics Area]

Borderless Shop

The number of foreign tourists to Japan reached a record high of 19,730,000 in 2015, and the explosive amount of shopping by tourists (so-called "Bakugai" in Japanese) became a buzzword. Given such circumstances, there are increasing needs for hospitality services for foreign visitors. "Borderless Shop" is a service that enables foreign visitors to receive "Omotenashi" hospitality services at stores in their own languages using their own smart devices or store-provided tablets.

A demonstration showed how when a smartphone reads the barcode on a package of over-the-counter medicine, detailed information on the medicine, such as the efficacy, dosage, and administration, can be displayed in foreign languages. This system also displays word-of-mouth reviews in foreign languages to encourage customers to purchase products.

Reading the barcode on an over-the-counter medicine package caused detailed information to be displayed in foreign languages

Technology to Make Everyday Living and Business More Convenient―A New IoT Device Worn in the Hair to Feel Sounds [Livelihood Area]

Ontenna

Ontenna is a new IoT device developed to create more comfortable living environments for deaf people by transmitting sounds from the surrounding area. The new user interface for this technology was developed in cooperation with deaf people; when clipped to the hair like a hairpin, it can convey the character of nearby sounds to the wearer by using light and vibration.

In the Exhibition Hall, Tatsuya Honda, Ontenna's developer at Fujitsu, introduced Ontenna to customers by describing the rationale for development and the difficulties encountered during the development process while actually wearing it himself. Wearing it to experience sounds reveals its surprisingly high sensitivity. It conveys the volume and pattern of sounds in the surrounding area through the hairpin by using blue light and vibrations. Honda talked about his wish to improve the product: "It is difficult to find a good balance between the wearer's fit and vibration strength that does not cause discomfort to the wearer. I will continue to work to improve Ontenna."

(Left) The developer wore and demonstrated Ontenna, a device to convey sounds from the surrounding area through light and vibrations. (Right) The roadmap chronicles the trial and error process from the initial development stage.

School Tablets to Support Active Learning [Education Area]

ARROWS Tab Q506/NE Education Model Tablet

In the field of education, "active learning" which makes vigorous use of computers and tablets in classes is attracting attention. Given the premise of use by students at school, both ease-of-use and the robustness of tools are important factors.

Visitors saw a demonstration in which Fujitsu's education model tablet ARROWS Tab Q506/NE was submerged in a water tank. In another demonstration, they took photos of a running minicar with the ARROWS tablet to experience its excellent camera performance that never misses any shots.

(Left) Demonstration of waterproofing by pouring water on the tablet in a water tank (Right) Shooting photos of a running minicar in Sports mode enables moving targets to be captured

Summary

In addition to the aforementioned exhibits, popular booths from Fujitsu Forum Tokyo such as "Robopin" the mediator robot, "Work Style Innovation," and "Financial solution Finplex" also attracted attention here in Nagoya. Many customers earnestly observed the demonstrations and asked questions.

Fujitsu Forum will also be held in Osaka (August 30-31). Please come visit to experience Fujitsu's numerous state-of-the-art technologies.