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Last updated : November 6, 2018
Next-Generation Smart City Initiatives
Aims of B2B2X Businesses
The digitization of information will allow for a variety of data to be collected, processed, and distributed via networks, making it possible for previously under-utilized information assets and expertise to be used more effectively.
The advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT), meanwhile, will enable for the conditions of various articles to be monitored in a timely fashion through smartphones and other mobile terminals as well as through network-connected sensors and monitors attached to machinery, buildings, and infrastructure.
In addition, artificial intelligence (AI) will greatly increase the ability of service providers (the center B) to create new value by instantaneously processing and analyzing massive amounts of collected data.
NTT Group looks to accelerate the development of B2B2X businesses in order to deliver value to end users. NTT Group will achieve this acceleration by providing backstage support to service providers in various fields as an catalyst while at the same time taking advantage of information digitization, the IoT, AI, and other social and technological developments.
More information on NTT Group’s B2B2X initiatives can be found on NTT's corporate website.
Grounded on its B2B2X model, NTT Group will collaborate with other left B global IT partners to provide comprehensive support for smart initiatives in various industries through a Groupwide effort. In this effort, we will seek to fully draw out the latent potential of ICT to create new value for end users.
NTT Group will not limit its efforts to utilizing the insight and platforms developed in specific sectors of a given industry to effectively deploy smart initiatives to other sectors within said industry. Rather, we will form solutions by accumulating differentiated and reproduceable technologies and intellectual properties from various industries that can be applied to others. Specific areas of focus will include managed and infrastructure sectors such as PaaS and IaaS services. Armed with such solutions, NTT Group will increase the overall competitiveness of its solutions and its profit margins.
In this manner, NTT Group aspires to promote smart initiatives in all industries by fostering problem-solving capabilities and technologies that boast cross-industry applicability through actual cases of service provision. Moreover, NTT Group aims to deploy such smart initiatives inside Japan and throughout the global market in order to create a B2B2X model that extends beyond the boundaries of both companies and industries.
- For the acceleration of new value creation, NTT Group drives collaboration with various service providers
- Contribute to service providers’ digital transformation for lifestyle change and social issue resolution as a valuable supporting player
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Digital Transformation of Regional Economic Spheres —Initiatives in Sapporo and Yokohama
Sapporo Smart City Initiatives (Population of Sapporo City: 2.0 Million; Project Budget: ¥1.6 Trillion)
In July 2016, NTT Group joined the Sapporo City ICT Utilization Platform Study Panel, and the Group has since proceeded to advance smart city initiatives in Sapporo City. Targeting a wide range of fields, including tourism, transportation, and snowfall countermeasures, these initiatives have been aimed at invigorating and resolving the issues faced in the region. As one facet of these initiatives, the DATA-SMART CITY SAPPORO ICT platform open data website was established in January 2018 through a public-private partnership. Regional economic stimulus measures are being advanced through cooperation between Sapporo City and local companies, with examples of such cooperation including the sharing and analysis of data that is beneficial to business growth. Today, the number of companies participating in these initiatives is gradually expanding, and we are seeing participation from various industries, including the commercial facility, lodging, and tourism industries. With the aim of accelerating these initiatives, NTT Group is coordinating with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s project for promoting sharing of industry data* to facilitate more sophisticated data analyses and thereby make further contributions to regional economic development.
Sapporo City is known globally for its heavy snowfall, and, being a massive city with a population of 2.0 million, this metropolis is forced to spend exorbitant amounts on snow removal each year. Moreover, snow impedes people’s everyday lives as well as distribution in the city for roughly half of each year. NTT Group sought to address this situation by using ICT to share the expertise of snow removal skilled operators and to compile daily snow removal measure reports (Figure 1). These measures targeted massive improvements in snow removal efficiency. In addition, we have conducted the first automated driving trial on public roads (Figure 2). Taking place in the heart of Sapporo City, this trial was geared toward alleviating traffic congestion in the city. As seen in these initiatives, NTT Group is working to resolve various social issues in Sapporo.
- *This Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry fiscal 2017 adjusted budget project is designed to promote data collection and utilization between several companies in the five priority fields for connected industries (1. Automated driving and mobility services, 2. Biotechnologies and materials, 3. Smart life, 4. Plant / infrastructure safety management, and 5. Manufacturing and robotics).
Figure 1: Snow Removal Measures
Figure 2: Automated Driving
Yokohama Smart City Initiatives (Population of Yokohama City: 3.7 Million; Project Budget: ¥3.6 Trillion)
Yokohama City is promoting open innovation for utilizing data and creating new value through coordination with private-sector companies via means such as the use of data to accurately track conditions and identify issues when formulating municipal government policy. Following the formulation of Yokohama City’s plan for the utilization of public and private data as well as the establishment of the School of Data Science at Yokohama City University, NTT signed the Agreement for Comprehensive Collaboration for Realizing a Super-Smart Society by Utilizing Public and Private Data. This agreement is part of Yokohama City’s efforts to step up public-private-academia collaboration regarding the utilization of public and private data to realize a super-smart society.*
Based on this agreement, we will expand the scope of our initiatives for utilizing data in various fields, including healthcare, welfare, child-rearing, and education, to improve the convenience of people’s lives and for realizing more efficient and effective governance through data-based policy making. Yokohama City and NTT Group will seek to address the increasingly complicated and diverse needs of citizens.
In conjunction with government policy, NTT Group will expand the initiatives it is conducting in Sapporo City, Fukuoka City, and Yokohama City to ordinance- designated cities, communities, and regional economic spheres across Japan. These efforts will function as a platform for working together with communities to resolve the issues they face and to invigorate these communities.
- *As defined by the 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan approved by the Cabinet Office in January 2016, a super-smart society is one in which people can receive the items and services they need when and in the amount required. This society should be capable of providing fine-tuned responses to various social needs and making high-quality services available to all. In this manner, an ultra-smart society will enable people to overcome differences of age, gender, region, and language to live empowered and comfortable lives.
Digital Transformation Aimed at Public Safety —Initiatives in Las Vegas Spreading to the World
Las Vegas Smart City Initiative
The recent rise in crime and disasters in urban areas is placing even more importance on the duty of local governments, police and fire departments, and other authorities to protect the safety of citizens at city and event sites where large numbers of people gather. Fulfilling this duty requires that these authorities be able to track the movement of crowds and traffic conditions and detect emergency situations. Facilitating swift initial responses is of particular importance. Accordingly, there is a need for public safety solutions that install various sensors to allow relevant organizations to maintain an up-to-the-moment understanding of situations and that predict and analyze incidents that are highly likely to be of a criminal nature.
To respond to this need in Las Vegas, NTT, NTT DATA, NTT Communications, and Dimension Data have partnered with Dell Technologies Inc. Working together with the city, these companies will pool their expertise to realize a public safety solution that accommodates the needs of both relevant authorities and citizens.
The public safety solution we are verifying in Las Vegas has three notable characteristics.
The first characteristic is its reactive nature, which facilitates swift responses to accidents and incidents. Information from surveillance cameras and sensors is analyzed by micro data centers (edge systems) neighboring the monitored area to quickly detect accidents or incidents and dispatch police or fire fighters or make prompt announcements as necessitated by the situation.
The second characteristic of this solution is its proactive, predictive response capabilities. By utilizing multisource information to analyze trends based on information from various sources, this solution employs AI technologies to predict crowding, cars driving on opposite sides of roads, and incidents that are highly likely to be of a criminal nature in order to furnish preemptive responses.
The third characteristic is its swift and efficient deployment of ICT resources. By combining NTT’s orchestration technologies and DELL Technologies’ virtualization technologies, we have created the innovative Cognitive Foundation architecture, which allows for integrated construction, configuration, management, and operation of the user’s existing ICT resources.
We are able to provide fully integrated services to customers by taking advantage of the robust product lineup of DELL Technologies, the AI and orchestration technologies of NTT Laboratories, the integration capabilities of NTT DATA and Dimension Data, and the data centers of NTT Communications. By supplying public safety solutions that make use of technologies for comprehensive management of cutting-edge AI, IoT, and ICT resources, we will contribute to the creation of digital societies.
Together with Dell Technologies, NTT Group plans to launch a commercial version of this solution for cities in the United States and around the world. This launch is scheduled for winter 2018, after the completion of the joint verification test. Furthermore, we anticipate that the Cognitive Foundation architecture will be a powerful asset going forward, and we intend to leverage this asset to expand B2B2X businesses in various ICT fields, including agriculture, factories, and connected cars.
Joint Verification Test Involving the Installation of Numerous Sensors in Downtown Las Vegas
Overview of Public Safety Solution in Las Vegas
Realize to create safe environment in public area by cutting-edge technologies
- 1Incident responsive actions (Reactive)
Quick detection and response to incident/accident by the edge analysis at the nearest micro data center
- 2Predictive actions (Proactive)
Advanced prediction and proactive response by utilizing trend analysis and multi source sensor data
- 3Rapid and effective deployment of ICT resources
Realize by remotely controlling ICT resources dynamically and rapidly in multi layer and end-end point
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