It is about time we had a learning environment suitable for the 21st century. ICT in the classroom continues to be a challenging combination for many educational institutes, often not extending beyond an occasional lesson in which a tablet is used instead of an exercise book. Given the fact that ICT is in use everywhere and has led to increased productivity and a better user experience in a variety of sectors, this is rather unfortunate. Fujitsu has therefore announced it will be promoting a “Learning Project of Tomorrow” to help shape the schools of the future.
More Effective Use of ICT
Six elementary and secondary schools in Japan and South-East Asia are acting as guinea pigs in the project, which will run until March 2016. Fujitsu is providing software and equipment to facilitate the use of ICT in the classroom. It will also be able to apply to this new project the know-how it acquired during two earlier educational projects on the use of devices such as tablets in lessons. Another aim of the project is to find methods to make more effective use of ICT in a learning environment. The project also includes an online portal, which teachers can use to share lesson plans with one another and where pupils can easily download teaching materials.
The Japanese government, in particular, pursues an active policy to encourage the creation of a digital learning environment. The education system must be ready for the 21st century in terms of ICT infrastructure by 2020, which is why tablet usage in schools, among other things, is being strongly encouraged. Nevertheless, Fujitsu has noticed from experience that individual schools are finding it difficult to fulfill these ambitions in reality. Fujitsu is therefore helping these organizations to expand their experience of ICT usage in lessons and to implement education-specific ICT solutions.
Devices and Partners
The aim of this project is to develop a model for the distribution of ICT knowledge in classrooms among schools and for the practical implementation of lessons through ICT. Fujitsu will be using a variety of devices, including tablets, servers, and projectors, and company employees will support participating schools in a number of different ways. Fujitsu is collaborating with several partners in this education project, including Microsoft, which is providing Office 365 software for educational applications.
For more information see here.
An expert jury, including Dr. Joseph Reger (CTO) and Rubert Lehner (SVP Sales Germany) met on November 3rd, thus ending the seven-week PalmSecure Innovation Contest which saw a lot of community building, submitted ideas, extensive international participation and a great deal of intensive work.
PalmSecure™ technology was enthusiastically welcomed by 380 innovative minds who contributed ideas on how to use PalmSecure and the coming ID Match system. These ideas covered a wide range of application areas where PalmSecure can improve safety and security in people’s lives, thus contributing to Fujitsu’s vision of a human centric intelligent society.
It was a difficult task to choose the best three ideas for the prizes: a Fujitsu LIFEBOOK U904 with PalmSecure sensor (first prize), a Fujitsu LIFEBOOK U574 (second prize) and a Fujitsu STYLISTIC M702 tablet computer (third prize). The range of ideas was so good that the jury even decided to award two third prizes.
The winners and the ideas are:
1st prize for Shmuel Goldfisher (Israel), integrate PalmSecure into a smart watch
2nd prize for Katherine Rushton (UK), use PalmSecure for proven parcel delivery to the correct recipient
3rd prize goes to : Suvrajit Saha (Germany), use PalmSecure to reduce train ticket fraud and also
Tizu Tiberiu (Romania), use PalmSecure to monitor drivers in fleet management
On September 1st, FUJITSU and HYVE, an innovation company, collaboratively launched an international idea contest, which aims to explore new fields of application for Fujitsu’s PalmSecureTM technology with a special interest in a match-on-device system
I am using this channel to give you some information about the contest itself, its development and the technology behind PalmSecureTM.
What is the contest about?
PalmSecure™ is a highly reliable biometric authentication system based on palm vein pattern recognition technology. It features industry-leading authentication accuracy with extremely low false acceptance/rejection rates. The palm vein scan is easy to use and offers robust functionality – hand size, skin condition, color or minor injuries do not affect it. It combines the security of a bodily characteristic covered by the skin (and therefore highly secure against fraud) with the convenience of touchless and hygienic operation.The sensor detects the pattern of the flowing blood in the palm of your hand with infrared light. This pattern is extremely unique and therefore palm vein recognition accuracy is much more reliable than other biometric technologies. Compared to a fingerprint sensor, PalmSecure™ has a false acceptance rate which is more than 100 times lower.
We decided to contact the HYVE AG, experts in the field of open innovation, to profit from their simple, yet successful business model: the “wisdom of the crowd”! A lot of great ideas of the past were not the product of a single brain, rather the result of a dynamic interaction between many, everybody contributing their own thoughts.Consumers are involved in the innovation process not only as “passive recipient of benefits” but rather as “active co-designer”. We want to use that “wisdom of the crowd” at the FUJITSU PalmSecure™ Innovation Contest in order to find answers to the following questions:
1) What are the application areas for a match-on-device system with Fujitsu PalmSecure™ technology?
2) Which use cases can you imagine in fields such as government, finance, enterprise, automotive, retail, energy, industry 4.0 or others for this technology?
3) How can the device appear in the different usage scenarios?
4) Where can the Fujitsu PalmSecure™ sensor technology be applied in general?
The statistics of the contest support our decision:
Despite the fact that the contest is barely 4 weeks old we already reached impressive numbers; 221 ideas, 307 comments and more than 238 registered members clearly demonstrate a tremendous interest in the topic. Currently people from over 84 different nations visited the website and got to know the technology causing the visitor’s brand awareness to grow rapidly. These impressive statistics can only be reached because of a good community management and – most importantly- because of an active participation of the contest’s experts. The group of Experts consists of 9 Fujitsu employees in leading positions who use their specific know-how to evaluate and comment on the user’s ideas in order to encourage and motivate them to optimize their postings and to inspire the community.
Since I am one of the Experts it would be my particular pleasure to welcome you to the community because I am sure that you can come up with a lot of creative and innovative ideas, supporting us and Fujitsu in shaping the future!
Join the community HERE!
This blog post introduces a joint project in which Panasonic and Fujitsu set out to deliver greater convenience and a better quality of life to society through the innovative use of smart appliances and cloud services.
The vision behind this project was to generate innovation in home appliances by combining smart appliances with cloud computing. Bysharing this vision, Panasonic and Fujitsu set themselves the challenge of creating new value that neither could have achieved alone, in the form of a new B2B service.
This project focused on the customers of food manufacturers. One of the problems faced by food manufacturers is that they launch dozens of new products onto the market every year, but have no way of finding out how consumers actually consume these products.
The project team wondered whether, by combining smart appliances and cloud services, they might be able to solve this problem. They thought that information about how consumers actually use food products could be obtained and mined for hints on developing new products, leading to improvements in products and services.
Studying food data generated by consumer testers
The smart appliances used in this project were microwave ovens. Consumer testers were recruited, and before the project started, their agreement was obtained to provide the team with certain data. The data in question concerned the length of time for which they heated microwaveable frozen foods.
Point of Sale (POS) data has been extensively used in the food industry for some time now. By connecting smart microwave ovens to a cloud service, as in this experiment, it is possible to obtain and analyze Point of Use (POU) data. In this case, the POU data included the times when the consumer testers microwaved their food, how long they microwaved each item, and which items they microwaved.
The experiment worked by using a special smartphone app. A consumer tester would scan the barcode for a frozen food item. The appropriate heating time, electricity consumption and other data would then be downloaded from a cloud database. The consumer tester would then input the number/quantity of food items to be microwaved into the app, and touch his or her smartphone to the microwave oven. The cooking time, the category and quantity of the frozen food item, and other data would then be uploaded to the cloud. In this experiment, the team also had the consumer testers upload a photo of each meal, so the team could study what they were eating.
New value created by the data
To analyze the data gathered from the consumer testers, Fujitsu provided a cloud-based convergence system. Covering everything from hardware and software to consulting, “convergence system” is a collective term for big-data analysis and other services that extract useful observations from high-volume sensing data. In this experiment, the curators, well-versed in big-data analysis, not only built a cloud service for analyzing POU data, but also focused on POU analysis and consulting.
If the widespread collection of POU data from family microwave ovens catches on in the future, food manufacturers and wholesalers might be able to use the data to optimize their inventory coordination. By enabling the accurate planning of deliveries from food factories to distributors and from distributors to consumers, this could even increase the efficiency of the industry. Again, if retailers were able to time their sale events to match patterns of consumption, food waste could be eliminated from the system, benefiting both businesses and consumers.
Towards Human Centric Innovation
By uniting three elements—consumers (i.e. consumer testers), food data obtained from smart appliances, and Fujitsu’s cloud-based analytical infrastructure—this project was designed to create a service enabling inter-industry collaboration and deliver a better quality of life to consumers. The process of drawing out the latent power of people, data, and infrastructure, and achieving new value for business and society, is known as “Human Centric Innovation.”
Through this joint project with Panasonic, Fujitsu has achieved innovation that could not only assist the business community but also deliver a better quality of life to consumers. In the future, Fujitsu intends to continue connecting businesses in a wide variety of industries, aiming to provide services and solutions that improve the quality of people’s lives.
Here at the Fujitsu Forum in Tokyo we are demonstrating how to use augmented reality and wearable devices for innovations in field service.
Fujitsu provides information via a head mount display in a timely manner by analyzing big data from equipment and hands-free work environment. By sending inspection information from an information input device, customers can share such information on-line.
This solutions offer the following benefits:
- Reduction of work load for employees in the field and efficiency in field work by using wearable devices and the Augmented Reality technology (Interstage AR Processing Server)
- Reference of work details and procedures in a timely manner with the Augmented Reality technology. In addition, improved work quality enabled by sharing of work results and matters passed on to one’s successor easily
- Work efficiency due to information reference and result entry without interrupting work enabled by wearable devices (Head mount display (HMD), wearable keyboard)