The dispersion of radioactive substances seriously impacts daily lives, but the invisibility of radiation makes it difficult to accurately grasp these impacts and this results in specific communities suffering unduly from speculation and rumors.
The shared Radiation Monitoring System inaugurated by the Nuclear Regulation Authority is operated by a Fujitsu datacenter that is robust against natural disasters and equipped with advanced security functions. "Big data" in various formats is collected from approximately 3,900 municipalities and other locations throughout Japan and rapidly and accurately converted and accumulated at the datacenter. Information based on that data is provided from a central location to multiple types of devices, including PCs and smartphones, on easily comprehensible screens, so that anyone can readily check the dose rate for a particular location in real time.
To support safety and security in daily life, Fujitsu will continue to provide various types of information, based on "big data" analysis, in formats that are easily understandable.
The business continuity plans (BCP) companies develop to protect themselves from increasingly severe natural disasters and unpredictable emergencies require robust data backup environments and schemes for achieving rapid resumption of business activities.
Since January 2013, Itochu Enex Co., Ltd. has been using Fujitsu's remote backup and optimization solutions. Fujitsu's 66 datacenters in Japan offer the highest levels of performance available in the country.
Itochu Enex has chosen to use our Kagoshima Datacenter, which is in a different location from its own servers, for its daily data backups. In doing so, Itochu Enex has realized lower telecommunications costs and shorter backup times, and strengthened itself against disasters by making it possible to immediately recover its most critical data and rapidly restore business operations.
Going forward, Fujitsu, by preparing for disasters and other unpredictable events through its remote backup services, will continue to enhance the initiatives it takes to enable customers to more reliably and rapidly restore business operations.
The Internet society now boasts a population of some 2.4 billion. And with 400 million computer viruses being created every year, it is very much like a new ecosystem. Amid the ongoing globalization of businesses, the Fujitsu Group believes multilayered cyber security measures, including preventive ones, are indispensable.
In response to increasing cyber risks, Fujitsu established the Fujitsu Cloud CERT. As Japan's first Computer Emergency Response Team specifically for the cloud, this organization monitors cloud security 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Fujitsu, however, is also focusing on security intelligence based on prediction, and offering systems that create visual representations of information on a company's internal systems, identify weaknesses, and raise alarms in real time. Together with the enhancement of authentication platforms and protection of privacy, we are promoting the safe and secure use and application of information from three perspectives.
Through the application of cutting-edge technology and know-how, the Fujitsu Group is committed to the ongoing support of a stable cyber society, which continues to expand in complex ways.
For details of our yearly activities for information security, visit Fujitsu Group Information Security Report.
Field testing palm vein authentication in Turkey
With medical services among the most modern in the Arab world, Turkey sees a considerable number of people coming from neighboring countries for medical care. However, with one out of five medical insurance claimants requesting benefits under false circumstances, measures for rooting out insurance fraud had become a major concern.
The Fujitsu Group, using PalmSecure, a biometric authentication system that uses palm vein pattern recognition technology, built a system for authenticating patient identities. Field tests of this system in two hospitals contributed significantly to efforts to stop fraudulent insurance claims and made previously burdensome reception work more efficient. Based on these results, Turkey's Social Security Institution is planning to implement this patient identity authentication system in hospitals and pharmacies throughout the country.
The Fujitsu Group is pressing on with efforts to use PalmSecure technology to make daily life safer and more secure in locations throughout the world.
It is said that throughout the world 350 million people suffer from mental disease. In Japan, the number of young people who are afflicted with depression in the prime of their careers is rising. Given that the number of people in their 30s who are suffering from mental disease is growing at major companies, as well, the importance of mental health care within companies is increasing.
Fujitsu, working in collaboration with Professor Norito Kawakami of the University of Tokyo's School of Integrated Health Sciences, has developed the "@kokoro no kenko series," a system for the prevention and early detection of mental disease. This system is used by over one million people every year. It lets employees perform simple mental health checks using personal computers at work. Because it also allows industrial physicians to determine the condition of individual employees, it plays a useful role in the taking of steps to prevent mental disease and improve workplace environments.
Companies that have adopted this system have seen a reduction in health risks, and declines in both the number of employees taking days off and the number days taken off because of mental health problems. The newest version of the system, released in June 2012, includes functions for evaluating degrees of work engagement *1 and workplace social capital for individual employees.
By integrating workplace mental health measures and organizational invigoration initiatives, Fujitsu is helping to create vibrant workplaces.
*1 Work engagement:
The degree to which an individual has a sense of fulfillment, passion, pride, etc. toward his/her job.
The U.K. has suffered repeatedly from flood damage due to increased rainfall brought on by climate change in recent years. In England and Wales, five million people, in over two million households, now live in flood risk areas.
At the Environment Agency, which is responsible for predicting and warning of the risk of flooding from rivers and seas in these areas, legacy systems had made it difficult to issue timely, highly accurate flood warnings. The need to share information took on even greater importance with the catastrophic damage caused by flooding in 2007.
The Floodline Warnings Direct application developed and managed by Fujitsu issues flood alerts to local residents using their preferred communication methods - telephone, SMS, or other communication channel. With over 330,000 registered users, the system promotes swift evacuation and reduces property losses by communicating flood alerts to users - 95% of whom are contacted within 13 minutes after an alert is issued - so they can take appropriate action.
The U.K. had a record amount of rainfall in 2012. Fujitsu, through the provision of rapid, accurate alerts, will continue to help the U.K. reduce losses due to flooding.
With its population continuing to age, Japan experienced more than 6,400 cases of remittance-solicitation fraud, causing losses of around 16.1 billion yen in 2012. Reducing damages and preventing these crimes, which target mainly elderly citizens living alone, are matters of great urgency.
Fujitsu has developed a system that applies a suspicious-call detection technology that uses voice tone, intonation, fraud-specific keywords, and other data to detect suspicious calls and give call recipients a synthesized-voice warning of the threat at hand. In the world's first field trial of such a system, which began in Okayama Prefecture in August 2012, fraudulent calls were detected with an accuracy of over 90%. The system not only issues warnings to call recipients but also sends email notifications to family members, police, banks, and Fujitsu.
Fujitsu is working to further improve accuracy in field trials of this system, and to make society safer with security solutions via ICT.
With medical costs growing year-by-year, Japan has a growing social need for preventive medicine and early treatment that detect slight signs of illness to prevent illness from developing or becoming severe.
Fujitsu and the Nagoya University Innovative Research Center for Preventive Medical Engineering have begun joint research on collecting and visualizing health information using a wristwatch style health-monitoring device and system to collect, analyze and display data, with an eye toward building a seamless care system covering health maintenance to disease treatment based on collected and visualized individual health/medical information.
This research is using nocturnal enuresis (known as bed-wetting) as a case study. Health-related data (activities, body moisture and environmental data) are automatically collected by a wristwatch style device and daily activities including bed-wetting incidences recorded by families are stored in, and viewable from the cloud. Through this system, the research aims to make it easier to understand a patient's daily activities and status, and to facilitate information sharing between patients and their doctors.
Fujitsu is committed to working with the Innovative Research Center for Preventive Medical Engineering to achieve its goal to enable early treatment and preventive medicine that is optimized for the individual by revealing even minor changes in health status instantaneously.
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