We solve social issues by applying cloud-based IoT to protect workers and businesses.
Social and economic environments are changing rapidly,continuously raising expectations for contributions that could be made through ICT. We have therefore taken on the challenge of realizing a sustainable society as an innovative corporate group.
Reducing the Risks of Labor Issues with the Power of IoT
As Japanese society experiences a declining birthrate and aging population, securing labor has become a major issue for companies. The labor shortage is most conspicuous in worksites of industries such as transport, construction, manufacturing, and security. While companies face demands for workstyle reform, the health and safety of workers are actually being threatened, thereby raising the risk of accidents. Over the years, we have been conducting verification tests using advanced technologies such as AI and IoT to develop new services. One example is Mimamori-Gajumaru™, which was launched in August 2017 as an IoT service aimed at monitoring staff safety and health at various worksites.
Keeping Workers Safe and Healthy by Visualizing their Current Condition and Unusual Signs
Mimamori-Gajumaru™ is a wristband-type vital sensor that delivers real-time information on the heartrate and location ofonsite staff to managers. Grasping the status of overwork and thermal stress tendencies at each worksite can alert managers to the risk of accidents caused by health reasons. Since it is continuously used on a daily basis, it is also possible to detect any unusual signs in a worker’s condition. For example, a truck driver wearing the device showed an increased heartrate every time the truck passed a certain point, which helped identify a section of the route that was dangerous for drivers to navigate. The wristband-type sensor has been applied to broader uses that include managing the health of elderly persons and preventing heatstroke. Thus IoT contributes to people’s daily lives by providing security and safety.
NTT Communications’ Actions toward the SDGs
The NTT Communications Group contributes to achieving the SDGs by making extensive use of ICT to provide innovative services while continuously taking on challenges with a firm eye on what lies ahead.
Contributing to SDGs by Utilizing IoT and Cloud Technology
IoT has made it possible to collect data that could not be gathered in the past. By using the cloud, which enables storing and analyzing vast amounts of data without using our own server, we can generate new services, products, and ideas for using goods.
Mimamori-Gajumaru™ provides a visualized grasp of the health conditions of workers onsite, thereby leading to the establishment of workplace environments that maintain physical and mental health and support the health management of companies. Companies and employees will both benefit from the prevention of health-related accidents.
IoT contributes to ensuring comfort, safety, and security in urban development. Connecting homes and offices to the Internet enables the development of towns that are resilient against disasters, highly secure, and use energy effectively.
IoT and cloud technology are also being applied to education. Once we realize IoT education, it will be possible to receive quality education without being affected by personal environments or circumstances.