Smart mobility, an emerging need for modern cities
Growing urbanization is creating considerable challenges in terms of mobility. According to a United Nations survey it is predicted that by 2050 about 64% of the developing world and 86% of the developed world will be urbanized.
Fujitsu Intelligent Society Solution Smart Mobility SPATIOWL
Here at the #FujitsuForum, Fujitsu is demonstrating SPATIOWL, a Big Data solution for real-time location data analytics.
The SPATIOWL name is derived from the prefix “Spatio” meaning “space”, combined with “OWL” – an ancient symbol of wisdom. It designates a service for the integrated management of many types of transportation-related data using Big Data analytics and Cloud Computing technology.
SPATIOWL brings an innovative solution for the transportation sector. The solution allows for the capture of vast amounts of location data, its aggregation from different sources and the use of analytics for generating decision-support information. This provides new capabilities for public transportation operators and urban city traffic management to enhance services to passengers and create new business opportunities.
You can read more about urban mobility in the Fujitsu Technology and Service Vision
The “Internet of Things” means that more and more households are connecting their appliances. In future, smartphones will not only be able to switch devices on and off, but will also ensure that these devices can be used more efficiently.
The Fish Sticks are Ready
Last year, in conjunction with the electronics manufacturer Panasonic, Fujitsu conducted an experiment with a connected oven. When participants wanted to cook something in the oven, they could first use their smartphone to scan the product’s barcode. An app then consulted a database to inform the participant of the correct temperature and length of time for cooking the product. Users could also input the weight of the food to receive even more accurate instructions. The participants could then use the smartphone to set the oven to the required program.
Technology is for People
The pilot project conducted by Fujitsu is in keeping with the company’s vision, which is to use technology to improve quality of life. The oven is merely the start of a revolution that can no longer be stopped. In future, every electronic device will be connected, giving people the opportunity to exercise more control over the way in which technology operates.
Small Houses, Big Data
As the number of people controlling their electronic appliances with a smartphone increases, more and more data will become available. This data will be of particular interest to manufacturers, who will be able to analyze the data to find out how consumers use their products in practice. This allows manufacturers to focus their innovations on the most important aspect of their product: user convenience.
More information for a hyperconnected world in Fujitsu’s Technology and Services Vision: http://www.fujitsu.com/global/Images/fujitsu-technology-and-service-vision-en.pdf
Accelerating Wide Area Network (WAN) speeds is a subject that, for a while now, has been attracting the attention of IT users and manufacturers of this technology. At present, they are not always able to take maximum advantage of WAN networks. But this is set to change, as Fujitsu Laboratories has announced that it has developed a technology that improves WAN speeds, finding a solution to the problem of packet loss and delays on communication networks.
This technology is able to double transfer speeds on communication networks, including mobile and international networks. The details of this WAN solution were announced by Fujitsu Laboratories last year at the SoftCOM2014 international conference for software, networks and telecommunication in Croatia. The technology enables hardware (accelerators) to automatically choose the communication protocols that best match the properties of the network, the hardware and the parts of the network with which they correspond.
The method used by Fujitsu Laboratories maximizes speeds between the client server and the application server. Tests have been conducted with this technology by using mobile devices in Japan to access cloud services abroad. These tests showed that the WAN solution more or less doubled the transfer speeds of traditional WAN technology. The objective now is to further develop the “distributed WAN acceleration technology”, as it is still called by developers, for practical implementation in 2015.
Breakthrough in Network Technology
This invention can undoubtedly be called a breakthrough, solving an important bottleneck in the trend towards increasing volumes of mobile traffic. Mobile networks are expected to process ever growing volumes, including large audiovisual files and applications that provide users with real-time communication. To cope with these volumes, telecommunication companies will also have to make maximum use of existing communication infrastructures. The new WAN technology also facilitates better coordination of various network functions, such as firewalls and load balancers.
More technical background can be found here
The paperless office is an ideal solution for many. All the information you need to do your job is stored digitally on a mobile device or, even better, in the cloud, enabling you to work on any device, at any time and at any location. Nevertheless, it is sometimes difficult to achieve this ideal because of the amount of paper we keep on receiving. Photos, reports, business cards and notes jotted down on notepads: the easier it becomes to quickly digitize them and store them via cloud services such as OneNote and Evernote, the closer we’ll be to paperless offices
No Fiddling with Cables
The ScanSnap iX100, an ultra-light, ultra-portable and wireless document scanner, has been developed on the basis of this idea. Not only is it the world’s lightest and fastest scanner, it is also equipped with WiFi functionality and has a built-in battery, making it ideal for mobile workers who are often on the road. Users can directly scan documents to devices and cloud services via WiFi, without having to fiddle with cables and worry about network coverage. They can even do so while sipping coffee at a roadside restaurant or from a car park. In other words: anytime, anywhere.
Even with its full range of features, such as WiFi functionality and built-in battery, the ScanSnap still only weighs 400 grams. A fully charged battery can scan 260 sheets of A4 in color at 300dpi. It takes just 5.2 seconds to scan a complete page; 30 percent faster than previously possible with the fastest portable scanners in the market. The built-in WiFi automatically recognizes known networks for uploading scanned documents. Other innovative functions include Dual Scan (simultaneous scanning of two small documents, such as receipts or business cards) and the ability to merge double pages onto A3 sheets.
Of course this mobility solution works with Windows and Mac OS devices. But that’s not everything. Also smartphones and tablets can be connected with the mobile scanner when their operating system hears on the name AndroidTM or iOS.
More information are available here
To make driving safer and more comfortable for drivers, manufacturers are equipping cars with all kinds of technology. Systems that help bring the vehicle to a standstill as quickly as possible in the event of an emergency are a key focus. Nowadays, almost all cars feature an automated anti-lock braking system (ABS), but newer technologies take safety one step further. More and more cars are being equipped with systems such as a millimeter-wave radar, LiDAR and stereoscopic cameras. These systems can detect obstacles on the road and can even take over the control of the brake and accelerator pedals in an emergency.
Of the safety systems mentioned above, the millimeter-wave radar is the most effective. Unlike LiDAR and stereoscopic cameras, it does not use visible light frequencies. Instead, it relies on extremely high audio frequencies (millimeter waves) in the 76–81 GHz range. This means the system is less sensitive to difficult weather and traffic conditions, such as rain, fog and reflections from water.
The automotive industry is showing widespread interest in these safety systems. To make them available to a wide audience, manufacturers are endeavoring to bring the technology onto the market with the lowest possible production costs. However, until now, it has not been possible for millimeter-wave radar to function on the widely used and relatively inexpensive CMOS chip technology. SiGe bipolar transistors were needed to enable the radar to function at extremely high frequencies. That is, until now.
Fujitsu Laboratories has now developed a chip technology that enables millimeter-wave radar systems to be implemented using CMOS chips, significantly lowering the production costs and energy requirements of these systems. At the same time, the researchers have also succeeded in improving the detection performance of this safety system in lower frequency ranges. “Noise” in these frequency ranges would render cheaper detection systems ineffective for long periods of time, making them impractical to use. This breakthrough could have a significant impact on traffic safety, especially when the technology is made widely available. However, this will take some time as Fujitsu Laboratories does not expect CMOS millimeter-wave radar technology to be sufficiently advanced until 2018.