Amid the rapid increase in the world's population, the number of people living in "megacities" with populations of 10 million or more is expected to increase from the current 3.2 billion to 5.0 billion by 2030. While urbanization brings abundance and convenience to people and prosperity to cities, it also invokes a variety of problems, including environmental issues such as air pollution, waste, noise, and energy shortages, traffic issues such as congestion and accidents, and shortages of housing and medical facilities.
In Japan and overseas, Fujitsu is using the big data generated by the activities of people in cities to advance safer and more comfortable future urban development, based on the needs of people in local communities.
Over half of the world's population lives in cities at present, a percentage expected to increase to 60% by 2030. Resolving urban issues involving traffic congestion, the environment, energy, and other concerns is vital to the achievement of global-scale sustainability.
Kawasaki City, which has a population of over 1.45 million people, is an industrial city that boasts advanced manufacturing technology paired with globally leading environmental technology that has overcome pollution. Fujitsu has developed in step with Kawasaki City since the company's founding in the city in 1935, and has come to embrace 16,500 Group company employees in Kawasaki. Kawasaki City, which is working to create itself as the "Most Successful and Happiest City in Japan," and Fujitsu, which is aiming to build a society where people can live peacefully through "the power of ICT," have concluded a comprehensive agreement as a form of globally-leading community engagement, and are working together toward promoting a sustainable community for Kawasaki.
The partnership seeks to implement advanced initiatives that will make mutual use of the local resources and human resources held by Kawasaki and the global technology and expertise of Fujitsu. The partners also envision deploying their achievements throughout Japan and international society. Based on the comprehensive agreement, both parties will leverage big data concerning changes in the socioeconomic environment and trends among residents, and will strengthen a variety of initiatives including industrial promotion and international environmental contribution through cutting-edge technology.
Aiming to Create a "Most Successful and Happiest City, Kawasaki"
Kawasaki City is honored to enter into a comprehensive agreement with Fujitsu, a partner and leading representative of industry. Since taking office as Mayor in November of last year, I have come to keenly appreciate the importance of dialog. This is because the expression of concerns by people is what leads to the gathering of solutions and knowledge. I would like to break through "can't-do" thinking by using new technology and tackle all sorts of issues together with Fujitsu, to make Kawasaki the most successful and happiest city in Japan.
In the 1960s and 70s, Kawasaki City joined hands with companies to refine environmental technology for the resolution of pollution issues. I believe that this success story will set a positive example for China and Southeast Asian nations that continue to undergo rapid growth. Fujitsu's advanced initiatives even include the export of an ICT-based environmental monitoring system to Saudi Arabia.
From here on out, I hope to utilize Fujitsu's technology for big data and consider long-term policy measures based on population trends, as we continue to formulate new general plans for Kawasaki City. Taking the comprehensive agreement as an opportunity, I look forward to consultations with Fujitsu on urban development using ICT, resolution of issues, and many more things. As we create results together with Fujitsu, we will communicate these to other cities as the "Kawasaki model," and will contribute to the happiness of people the world over.
Amid increasing attention on the use of big data, the city of Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture is taking the lead among municipalities in the use of big data for future urban development.
From September 2013 to March 2014, Fujitsu worked with Hamamatsu to augment the public data held by the city by collecting residents' comments through questionnaires and interviews and through comments directed at the city in online articles and social media, Through the use of analytical tools, Fujitsu was able to uncover the expectations and thoughts of residents toward the city. While making use of this information in day-to-day municipal governance, Hamamatsu also put it to use in the Hamamatsu Future Design Conference that set forth a vision for the city 30 years from now.
In China, which accounts for approximately 23% of the number of new cars sold globally, there is widespread public concern about air pollution and frequent traffic accidents-especially in urban areas-resulting from an increase in the number of vehicles.
Fujian Fujitsu Communication Software Co., Ltd. is collaborating with telecommunications carriers in China to provide major logistics companies with a one-stop, smart-vehicle management service for eco-driving and vehicle safety. This service has improved fuel efficiency by more than 20% and reduced the number of accidents by approximately 50% in some cases.
Fujitsu will continue to make contributions to improving the urban traffic environment and safety in China and in countries around the world through the use of ICT.
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