NTT Group harnesses its broad business portfolio as well as its technologies and know-how to engage in various activities aimed at the sustainable development of society.
We are also helping to resolve social issues through our core business. This includes announcing our support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in autumn 2015.
Over the past ten years, NTT Group’s overseas sales have grown approximately ten-fold, with the internationalization of operations proceeding quickly. Here, we introduce the thoughts of NTT Group employees from around the world about what we can do, and what they do and with what thoughts, as we head toward contributing to solving social issues on a global-scale.
With the number of people employed in agriculture dropping, the problem of passing on skills in Japanese agriculture has appeared, making it necessary to raise the efficiency of production and make it more sophisticated. NTT East is developing “e Sensing for Agriculture” to make it possible to check the environment of a distant agricultural field in real time using IoT, and also view past data, thereby helping to solve problems.
NTT DOCOMO is developing and providing “Mieru Denwa,” a smartphone telephone service for those with hearing impairments. The service displays the words of the other person on the smartphone in real time. With this service, we are helping provide reassuring telephone communication, by eliminating the unease of not being able to hear, for the 7.5 million people in Japan who are said to be hard of hearing.
Japan is facing a declining labor population due to its declining birthrate and aging population. For this reason, growing expectations have been placed on using AI to increase work efficiency. Given this, NTT Communications has developed and is now providing “COTOHA”, an AI engine capable of communicating with people naturally.
NTT Urban Development Corporation is developing people and environment friendly workplaces that, for example, use light ducts that make it possible to capture natural light from all four sides of an office building to not only conserve energy, but also provide office spaces that are more comfortable and intellectually productive.
A disaster victim certificate issued by a local government is essential for people affected by a large-scale natural disaster so they can begin rebuilding their life. NTT East has developed a life rebuilding support system for people affected by disasters that greatly reduces the manpower and time needed to issue these certificates, helping people get back on their feet quickly.
Childcare workers at daycare centers in Japan face a growing workload. To resolve this social issue, we have developed an attendance monitoring system using ICT that allows childcare workers to focus on childcare by reducing the time needed for record keeping and reporting with regards to children’s attendance at childcare centers. This system has been credited with greatly streamlining work at childcare centers.
Noh theater is one of Japan’s oldest traditional performing arts, but today it has seen a decline in attendance and its fan base. We developed a Noh theater viewing solution that provides commentary during a performance in multiple languages on a tablet device so that anyone can enjoy a Noh theater experience. We recently began providing this solution commercially.
We developed a 3D map, AW3D that displays terrain around the world in five-meter resolution, which is the most accurate in the world, by utilizing data from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s advanced land observing satellite Daichi. This map is being used in a growing number of fields, including infrastructure development and disaster prevention.
The everis foundation in Spain was established based on the belief that talent transforms society. Everis engages in a wide range of activities as an engine for unearthing and supporting talent around the world where the foundation operates.
The goals were incorporated into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the leaders of over 150 UN member nations at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, and came into effect in January 2016. They comprise 17 goals and 169 targets based on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). To realize sustainable development, each member country should aim to achieve various goals by 2030, including eradicating poverty and hunger, responding to energy and climate issues, and pursuing a peaceful society.