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Utilization of Security Technologies through Collaboration

Cybersecurity Technologies Supporting Safe and Secure Operation of Control Systems

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., and NTT have completed the joint development of a prototype of InteRSePT®, a cybersecurity technology for critical infrastructure (social infrastructure) control systems. InteRSePT® realizes safe and secure system operation using real-time anomaly detection and response for unknown attacks. MHI and NTT plan to apply the newly developed technology to thermal power generation facilities, chemical plants, and other facilities where continuous system operation is of high importance.

Utilization of Security Technologies through Collaboration

Collaboration Taking Advantage of AI and IoT Technologies

Joint Field Test for Realizing New Levels of Convenience for Customers

Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd., and NTT are carrying out a joint field test of a system designed to realize new levels of convenience for customers at convenience stores by using cutting-edge ICT. This system takes advantage of angle-free object search technology, one of the technologies under NTTís corevo® AI technology brand, to make it possible for customers to receive valuable information about products without even picking them up simply by pointing their smartphone at sandwiches or other items on product shelves.

The field test is meant to evaluate the ability of the system to recognize objects and retrieve information, the convenience it offers to customers, and the satisfaction it brings to customers. This information will be incorporated into the process of examining potential services for offering increased safety and security to customers in the future.

Joint Field Test with Seven & i Holdings

Joint Field Test with Seven & i Holdings

Development of ICT Platforms for Connected Cars

An agreement has been reached between Toyota Motor Corporation and NTT Group to combine their respective automobile-related technologies and ICT technologies in a joint project to develop, verify, and standardize technologies in the connected car field.

Under this agreement, TOYOTA and NTT Group will utilize the big data collected from vehicles to tackle various issues plaguing society, such as traffic accidents and congestion, while also developing technologies for providing customers with new mobility services. These efforts are anticipated to lead to the future realization of a sustainable, smart mobility society at the global level.

Development of ICT Platforms for Connected Cars
  • 1. Data collection, storage, and analysis platform

    • Collection and storage of massive amounts of vehicle data
    • Transmission of massive amounts of data
    • Real-time analysis of massive amounts of data
  • 2. IoT networks and data centers

    • Optimal deployment of global infrastructure network topology and data centers
  • 3. Next-generation telecommunications technologies (5G, edge computing)

    • Verification and standardization of 5G connection technologies
    • Applicability verification of edge computing technologies
  • 4. Agents

    • Driving advice and voice guidance utilizing AI

Potential Unlocked by Leading-Edge Research Results

Sports Brain Science Project for Strengthening the Brain to Claim Victory

In January 2017, NTT Communication Science Laboratories set up the Sports Brain Science Project as one facet of NTT Groupís efforts to develop corevo® AI technologies. The goal of this project is to establish new training methods for enhancing the mental fortitude and techniques of athletes. Playing sports is a marriage of oneís mental fortitude, physical strength, and techniques. Of these factors, mental fortitude and techniques are directly linked to the brain, which has yet to be fully explained by science. Focusing on this area, the Sports Brain Science Project seeks to identify the information processing mechanisms of brains to determine how the brains of talented athletes regulate their mental states and control their bodily functions. Through this process, we hope to develop means of strengthening the brain supporting mental fortitude and techniques in order to help athletes claim victory.

Collaborating with athletes of all levels, from junior and amateur athletes to professionals, the Sports Brain Science Project will utilize wearable sensors, virtual reality, machine learning, and other cutting-edge ICT to elucidate the latent information processing mechanisms of athletesí brains. Other goals of the project include gaining insight for supporting the cultivation of athletes, such as by assisting in developing their skills or identifying talent at an early age, and establishing new training methods for strengthening athletesí brains so that they may deliver higher performances.

Factors Contributing to Athlete Performance

Factors Contributing to Athlete Performance

Unprecedented Quantum Computing Mechanism Using Light to Solve Difficult Problems

Through the Cabinet Officeís Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program, NTT has developed a quantum neural network (QMN) that employs an unprecedented computing mechanism together with the National Institute of Informatics, Osaka University, and the University of Tokyo. The QMN makes use of light to rapidly solve combinatorial optimization problems, which are difficult to tackle using conventional computers.

Combinatorial optimization problems involve selecting an optimal option from a set of numerous options. An example would be choosing candidate compounds in drug discovery processes. The range of options grows exponentially as the scope of a problem increases, making it difficult for conventional computers to solve larger problems.

The QMN is anticipated to be of use in solving real-world combinatorial optimization problems in fields such as bioinformatics, telecommunication network optimization, traffic control, and deep learning.

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