On November 8, 2016, Fujitsu hosted the Fujitsu Asia Conference Singapore at the Raffles City Convention Center in Singapore. This year's theme was "Human Centric Innovation- Driving Digital Transformation." Presenters introduced current ICT trends as well as Fujitsu's latest technologies and applications.
The opening speech of the conference, which concerned Fujitsu's initiatives in Asia, was given by Toshio Hirose, SVP and Head of the Asia Region. In addition to Fujitsu's efforts to address social problems in Asia, including food shortages and natural disasters, he explained Fujitsu's contributions to corporate globalization and productivity improvements: "By combining the power of ICT with Fujitsu's know-how, we would like to realize the dreams of people around the world and create a better future."
Hirose also introduced case studies on a variety of initiatives to showcase Fujitsu's many achievements. Such initiatives include utilization of big data for traffic control in Singapore, application of IoT and cloud technologies to agriculture in Vietnam, and a state-supported smart factory initiative in China.
Following Hirose, Wong Heng Chew, Fujitsu Singapore's Country President, delivered a lecture in which he predicted that the trend toward digitization would further accelerate in private companies and public institutions in the future. He also pointed out that new technologies, such as big data and cloud computing, can be combined with each other to generate synergy and create new ecosystems. Chew emphasized that Fujitsu's technologies can be used in diverse industries, including healthcare and transportation.
Introducing AI (Artificial Intelligence) and robotics technologies for another industrial revolution
In the subsequent guest speech, A/Professor Tan Tin Wee, Director of the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore, discussed how to accelerate research by networking educational institutions and private companies.
Professor Wee presented case studies on Fujitsu's initiatives in Singapore. Among these initiatives was one for connecting the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) to major educational institutions, including the University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, through a wide-area network. In addition, he discussed a plan for connecting Keppel Corporation and Singapore's other major companies, government organizations, and educational institutions via the InfiniBand inter-server network; furthermore, the plan aims to connect supercomputers in Singapore, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Professor Wee predicted that these initiatives will further accelerate research and development.
Following Professor Wee, Yoshikuni Takashige, Fujitsu's Vice President of Marketing Strategy, gave a lecture on the conference theme, "Human Centric Innovation- Driving Digital Transformation," in order to present Fujitsu's vision and solutions.
Takashige sees the current situation in which AI (Artificial Intelligence) and robotics technologies are rapidly introduced in industries as a "new industrial revolution." Based on this view, he introduced a study published by the U.K.'s Oxford University in 2013. According to this study, over the next 20 years, 47% of work in the United States will be performed by machines. He also noted that in an era of digitization, combining platforms with digital service ecosystems enables enormous amounts of resources to be managed.
In addition, Takashige talked about a big data utilization project developed jointly by Fujitsu and Singapore's A*STAR. He also introduced a number of programs that use SPATIOWL, Fujitsu's positional information cloud service. These programs include ones for controlling maritime traffic to avoid collisions near ports, and for monitoring pedestrian movement in commercial facilities to calculate the most appropriate times and places to distribute coupons.
Introducing Fujitsu's latest gaze-tracking technology using the AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology Zinrai
In the business session, Takashi Aoki, Director of Fujitsu's Advanced Technologies Project Office, described Zinrai, a Fujitsu AI technology. He presented case studies that showed how to analyze which products attract customers' interest by tracking their gazes with sensors and how to help develop effective product display layouts.
In the lecture thereafter, Low Leong Meng, Fujitsu Asia's Regional MIS Vice Head, introduced MetaArc, Fujitsu's digital business platform. He noted the following four advantages of MetaArc:
(1) MetaArc helps incorporate cloud solutions quickly.
(2) MetaArc makes it easier to update and modernize existing systems.
(3) Integration with MetaArc facilitates use of existing core systems.
(4) MetaArc supports complex management of ICT services.
Meng proceeded to introduce a case study on how MetaArc is used for the smartphone application services of Japan's Nanto Bank, emphasizing MetaArc's contributions to reducing operating costs.
Meng's presentation was followed by a lecture by Ted Connell, Director and Solution Architect of the Manufacturing & Industrial Sector of the Industry Sales Group at Intel Corp. Mr. Connell lectured on how ICT is used to improve production process efficiency at Intel factories. According to Mr. Connell, Fujitsu's IoT technology reduced delays in PC manufacturing processes by automating raw materials handling.
Finally, Aw Jian Huei, IT Director at Renewable Energy Corporation (REC), delivered a lecture on digital transformation initiatives. REC is a user of Fujitsu products as well as a leading company globally in the field of solar energy solutions. In his lecture, Mr. Huei touched on a number of issues, including a plan to introduce ICT from 2013 to 2017 as well as an initiative for introducing Microsoft Office 365 to improve productivity from 2016 to 2017.
250 visitors listened intently to the lectures
This conference in Singapore was attended by 250 visitors and ended on a high note. Visitors listened intently to lectures on Fujitsu's latest technologies and other topics. Next year and beyond, Fujitsu plans to hold conferences in a variety of Asian cities, such as Bangkok, Taipei, and Jakarta. We will continue to introduce Fujitsu's latest technologies and ICT trends, so please look forward to our conferences.