The Fujitsu Asia Conference in Taipei, Taiwan, was held on December 7, 2016. The theme of the Conference was "Human Centric Innovation--Driving Digital Transformation." The event focused on MetaArc, a digital business platform provided by Fujitsu, the latest technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and FinTech. Case studies of their application in Japan and Taiwan were also introduced.
K was exported to its first overseas client--Taiwan
Fujitsu Asia Conference Taipei began with an opening speech by Toshio Hirose, SVP and Head of Asia Region at Fujitsu Limited. He said that since its foundation in 1935, Fujitsu has continuously striven to bring innovation to realize a future that enriches people's lives with infinite possibilities. He also mentioned that this could only be achieved by having strong, trusting relationships with its customers. He concluded his speech by emphasizing that the company would continue providing solutions that make full use of ICT for a better future.
Ichiro Ikegami, President of Fujitsu Taiwan Limited, then took the podium and delivered a speech in Chinese for about ten minutes. Cheering and applause erupted from the audience. He mentioned the geographical advantage of Taiwan, which is accessible by a three-hour flight from major Asian cities such as Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Ikegami continued by presenting the K-Super Computer, which had been developed jointly by Fujitsu and RIKEN, and explained that Taiwan was the first overseas client to import it. The supercomputer was being utilized by the Central Weather Bureau (equivalent to the Meteorological Agency of Japan) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications as part of its numerical weather forecasting system.
The opening speeches were followed by a guest speech by Kuo Yau-Hwang, Executive Secretary, Board of Science and Technology, Executive Yuan. He explained about DIGI+2025, a plan to be implemented by the Taiwanese government to build digital infrastructure nationwide and to develop the digital economy. The DIGI+2025 project will be carried out from 2017 to 2025. Up to now, the Taiwanese industry has focused on hardware manufacturing, and in the years to come, it will have to bolster the software and service aspects of its economy. Mr. Kuo briefed the audience on the plan, stressing that the government aims to enhance the management capabilities of enterprises by increasing the value added by utilizing ICT and developing Taiwan's digital economy into one worth 6.5 trillion Taiwanese dollars (approximately 23 trillion yen) or more.
Presenting case studies of digital transformation that make full use of MetaArc, AI, and other advanced technologies
The keynote lecture was given by Hiroyuki Sakai, EVP and Head of Global Marketing at Fujitsu Limited. He explained that digital transformation is also called the fourth Industrial Revolution, bringing business model reform, business excellence, close relationships with customers, and product superiority. He presented MetaArc as a platform that combined personnel, information and infrastructure (equipment) to advance digital transformation. MetaArc is a digital platform that makes the most of cloud services, mobile communications, big data and the like to allow existing information systems (SoR) and digital business transformation (SoE) to cooperate seamlessly. MetaArc services are planned to be provided in Singapore and other Asian countries starting 2017.
The topic then changed to AI, where Sakai explained that Fujitsu was promoting research and development, as well as commercialization of AI in various ways under the Zinrai brand. As a specific example, he talked about urban monitoring solutions. These solutions instantaneously determine whether images taken by the monitoring camera are of people or vehicles. For vehicles, information such as manufacturer, model, and color can also be determined. For people, it can recognize the clothes they are wearing. Furthermore, using a weather forecasting system as an example, he said that the K-Super Computer was now able to predict the path of typhoons with greater accuracy. He added that it was able to make predictions with an accuracy of streets rather than cities.
Fumiyuki Hashimoto, Senior Manager, AI and Analytics Solution Business Dept., Marketing Unit at Fujitsu Limited, who took the podium next, was an AI specialist. He explained that there were 30 kinds of platform service APIs for Zinrai. He also introduced case studies of its application such as driver assistance navigation systems that use driver sensing, smart parking systems that ensure efficient vehicle parking with a detection system that uses cameras, and gaze tracking technology for customers in retail stores.
Kazutaka Kochi, Manager, Infrastructure Solution Development Dept., Data Center Platform Business Unit at Fujitsu Limited, gave a lecture on MetaArc. He talked about the characteristics of MetaArc, emphasizing that it provided the most advanced ICT products/services and alliance products in a single package.
The Taipei Conference also presented the cloud-based customer relations management (CRM) service developed by Fujitsu. Yasushi Kobayashi, Vice President, Digital Marketing Business Development Div., Marketing Unit at Fujitsu Limited, referred to the CRM service as CRMate and presented examples of its effectiveness after the Kumamoto earthquake. One of them was to establish points of contact for people to receive advice in earthquake-stricken areas. He explained how CRMate helped the victims, saying that during a disaster, software like CRMate should accessible from anywhere at any time and that robust security was also required. He added that the system, originally developed for call centers, was not intended for use in disasters but Fujitsu adapted the system and it was running at full capacity only five days after its personnel arrived in Kumamoto.
Explaining trends in FinTech and IoT, as well as their importance
In the subsequent speech, Associate Professor Liao Shih-Wei of the National Taiwan University spoke about FinTech while citing the NTU Help Center as an example of crowd funding platforms.
The relay session at the end of the conference featured Yukiko Sato, Director, IoT Market Development, IoT Asia Sales at Intel. She explained that IoT was a system that had developed from embedded system business. Various things would be connected to networks so that things, networks and cloud services were all online. She noted that various enterprises and organizations needed to cooperate in order to create new, IoT-based business.
The Taipei Conference concluded with a speech by Takaaki Suga, Head of Office, IoT Business Division at Fujitsu Limited, who spoke on Fujitsu's initiatives for IoT. Referring to making the most of IoT for business transformation, he presented case studies on the utilization of teraSpection, a cloud-based equipment inspection service developed by Fujitsu. At Fujitsu's Shimane factory, teraSpection can accurately determine the position of products in the repair area without disturbing on-site operations as much as possible. He elaborated on the effects of using teraSpection, adding that using beacons and barcodes to make the worksite more visible helped boost the motivation for further improvement onsite.
The Conference was well received by attendants, who said that the program was very interesting
Geographically, Taiwan is close to Japan, and there is active exchange not only in business, but also in the private sector. For Fujitsu, Taiwan is also an important location for the company's development capabilities. Comments from Taiwanese attendees mentioned that the Conferences had a "very interesting program" and was "highly instructive." In the future, Fujitsu will continue to provide solutions that help the Taiwanese people achieve greater business efficiency and to improve their lives.
(Note) The titles of people mentioned in the article are as of December 2016, when the Conference was held.