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.
Whoever travels in cities from A to B in the future will probably, without realizing it, make use of a solution which Fujitsu helped to develop. The company has recently entered into an international collaboration with several knowledge institutes with a view to addressing challenges faced by large cities regarding issues such as logistics, traffic, and energy. For the next five years, the large metropolis of Singapore will be used as a “living lab.” Fujitsu, the technology institute A*STAR, and Singapore Management University (SMU) will jointly invest 44 million euro in this initiative, which will also be supported by the government of this Asian city-state.
Migration to The City
All around the world, people are leaving the countryside to move to the city. According to the estimates of scientists, the urban population is expected to rise to 70% of the global population by 2050. As cities are becoming busier and busier, this creates challenges related to “high-density living,” such as efficient resource usage and traffic congestion. The next generation of solutions, based on IT, are being developed and tested in Singapore, a place with an ideal environment for testing these solutions in practice.
To solve their problems, global cities are increasingly looking to access knowledge and expertise on the convergence of data analytics, complex system simulations, computational social science, and behavioral science. The center being set up by Fujitsu and its partners will initially focus on two projects: Dynamic Mobility Management and Maritime and Port Optimization. The objective of the first project is to develop methods to improve the dynamics of commuter traffic as well as manage crowds (at events for example) using a computing platform. The aim of the second project is to study logistical movements associated with port operations.
Big Data and Simulations
The center will combine the knowledge and technologies of three different organizations to find solutions to urban challenges. A*STAR is an institute for high-performance computing and will contribute capabilities in big data. SMU’s expertise includes methods and systems for managing models and simulations. Fujitsu has the knowledge and resources needed to integrate big data analytics and simulations and will also leverage its R&D capabilities from Fujitsu Laboratories. All three organizations will focus their research on real challenges faced in Singapore. The knowledge this brings can be applied anywhere in the world in future.
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.
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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!