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.
Although progress has been made in applying information and communications technology (ICT) in the agricultural field in Japan, the labor shortages due to producers getting older, the danger that skills will not be passed on, and a decline in earning capabilities are social issues. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is promoting “smart agriculture,” which uses robot technology and ICT to achieve ultra-labor-saving and high-quality production. As part of this, NTT East has established the NTT Group’s first agriculture-centric business, and delivers next-generation greenhouse horticulture solutions.
In India, 66% of girls don’t get appropriate education and live in an environment we cannot imagine.
In 2017, NTT Ltd. started an educational program at a public school for girls in Mumbai. We built a computer room and science lab for their education. Also, in addition to installing equipment so they could have clean water to drink, we are supporting a full school life for them with such things as lunches and dental examinations, vocational training, and safety education for self-defense. Since starting this program, 100% of the girls have graduated and 95% have even gone on to college.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is promoting food waste recycling with the aim of halving food loss and waste by 2030, compared to 2000, but there has yet to be much adoption among local food-related companies. Therefore, NTT FIELDTECHNO and its alliance partners have started providing a Food Waste Recycling Solution which requires zero capital investment from participating companies. Food waste generated by food-related companies is collected by food recycling companies and converted to compost. This compost is then provided to agricultural producers, creating a recycling loop within the community. As part of this solution, NTT FIELDTECHNO is using IoT technology and cloud services to centrally manage facilities.
In Japan, where a shortage of labor is appearing due to the arrival of an aging society, work styles are being reformed under the leadership of the government. As part of this, NTT DATA developed WinActor, a software-type robot that learns, as a scenario, operations performed by all the applications available on a Windows PC, such as Excel, browsers, individual work systems, etc., and then automates PC operations. We are responding to the continually increasing need to improve the efficiency of work with this RPA which has the number one share in Japan.
Japan, where, in addition to large earthquakes and tsunamis, in the past few years, damage from natural disasters thought to be caused by climate change have become more frequent and the damage from them has gotten more severe. Based on the provision of safety status information, started after the Great East Japan Earthquake, NTT Resonant, has evolved that to various disaster mitigation solutions, such as apps for local governments and corporate management systems for disaster countermeasures. We are not only ensuring people’s safety, we are also contributing to strengthening the ability of corporations to continue business.
Against the background of a shortage of workers in the manufacturing industry, the need for the automation of visual inspections and tests is becoming greater. With the development and provision of Deeptector, which is an AI image recognition system that uses Deep Learning, NTT COMWARE is not only automating and increasing the efficiency of inspections and tests, it is providing various benefits such as increased test quality and the evasion of danger.
It is forecast that the world’s population will reach 10 billion in 2050. This means that new methods for producing and distributing food will be necessary. To this end, itelligence AG has developed and is providing a network called “Farmbot Network” that uses an agricultural robot that produces food in urban spaces. While it is expected that a regional society’s food will be shared, it is also expected that this will improve the efficiency of transporting food and reduce the environmental impact.
In the Republic of South Africa, compared to private schools, public schools don’t have a sufficient educational environment, they are lacking in both funding and teachers. To help alleviate this, every year for more than 20 years Dimension Data has conducted a Saturday school program in which they select 100 students from public schools in twenty-one locations and hold free classes every week on Saturday. They are continuing to work with regional societies, contributing to eliminating educational inequality.
Currently, a working style reform is being promoted under direction of the government, but there is no end to health disorders due to physical or mental burdens, and accidents due to health issues. Under these circumstances, NTT PC Communications is supporting a system to watch over the safety and health of workers at corporations by providing mimamori-gajumaru, a wearable IoT service.
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.
In South Africa's Limpopo province, around 12 million children walk to school every day. Two million spend more than therty minuts walking each way. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, established in 2007 as Africa's first pro continental team, has made it its mission is to help solve this issue.
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.
The Vatican library has a digital archive project to preserve important handwritten manuscripts for posterity and perpetually pass on the culture. NTT DATA approves of this initiative and has been participating since 2014. We have been contributing so that approximately 3,000 books can be digitized in four years.
It is feared that rhinoceroses will become extinct by the year 2025. To prevent their becoming extinct due to poaching Dimension Data is implementing an ICT infrastructure network that monitors and tracks the movements of people in the rhino habitat. This provides safe havens for the rhinoceroses, without putting them under stress.
Dimension Data has established cloud video conferencing at hospitals and schools so that children in terminal care can continue to talk with friends and study as before, and have realized communication with classmates. In the future, we plan to extend this initiative to all Australian states.