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In advance of the fast-approaching economic integration of ASEAN nations scheduled for 2015, financial system modernization is a high priority for Myanmar. Until now, most aspects of the Central Bank of Myanmar's operations were being performed through tedious manual processes. The rapid rise in work volume and need for security measures expected to accompany the country's economic development, therefore, had become urgent concerns.
Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd., KDDI Corporation and Fujitsu Limited collaborated to build a cloud-computing-based financial system - Myanmar's first - for the Central Bank of Myanmar in December 2012. In addition to significantly improving the bank's operational efficiency, the new financial system incorporates the high security levels required by government financial institutions.
Through this computing environment, we and our partners are helping the Central Bank of Myanmar to not only smoothly issue and manage currency with speedy, streamlined action but also stably implement monetary policy.
Going forward, Fujitsu will continue to contribute to the sustainable development of Myanmar and other Asian countries.
Inflows to rivers are declining due to imbalances in precipitation location and volume.
With precipitation differing considerably depending on region and year, water management is an ongoing concern in Australia, where water rights have been traded since the 1980s as a way to increase the efficiency of water usage.
In 2007, the State of Victoria's Department of Sustainability and Environment moved to simplify the water rights trade by unbundling traditional entitlements of water rights into three categories (water shares, water-use licenses, and delivery shares) and trading these rights separately. It also integrated five water registers that had been managed independently of one another.
Fujitsu developed the Victorian Water Register,an electronic water trading management system capable of executing and managing transactions involving all of Victoria's water entitlement records and water resources. Since the beginning of the system's operation, in July 2007, the Department of Sustainability and Environment has been using this system to manage water transaction price data, information on the holders of the various classes of rights, and intra- and interstate water market operation in Victoria. The Victorian Water Register has made efficient management of scarce water resources a reality, added a measure of stability to people's daily lives, and contributed to the development of agriculture and industry.
The Fujitsu Group develops and provides products and services that facilitate greater social participation by being easy for everyone to use, irrespective of gender, age, and disabilities; ICT inexperience; or educational opportunities.
We use customer and third-party feedback gleaned from interviews, questionnaires, and user tests to determine whether we have fully satisfied users' essential demands. We strive to offer ICT with better usability for a wider user base.
As information technology becomes a greater part of daily life across the globe, and creates various forms of value, the "digital divide," or information gap based on region, income, age, and other factors, has emerged as an important social issue. To help alleviate the age-based digital divide, in particular, Fujitsu is applying the know-how it has developed addressing Japan's aging society to the development of products and services that make daily life easier and more convenient for seniors throughout the world.
One such product, the Raku-Raku Smartphone, was released in Japan in August 2012. Using many of the functions offered in previous models of the Raku-Raku Phone series, this Raku-Raku Smartphone was designed with ease of use for seniors in mind. Linked to the "Karada Life" health management support service * , which records activity via a pedometer, blood pressure, and other data, the Raku-Raku Smartphone offers a wealth of functions that help individual seniors pursue full and healthy lives.
At the global level, Fujitsu has launched the "STYLISTIC S01" smartphone in France. This handset is offered, together with services, one of which is designed to support communication among seniors, via a dedicated user community of their peers.
Going forward, Fujitsu is committed to providing society with value shaped by user experience.
* Karada Life:
This service is also available to users of conventional smartphones in Japan.
Fujitsu is working to enable people with disabilities to exercise their abilities and participate in society. We do this through advanced technology development, and the inclusion of employees with disabilities in development teams.
For example, to help smooth communication for the hearing impaired, who can experience communication difficulties in daily conversation, meetings and on other occasions, we have developed the "Shoku-on-ki," a device that changes sounds into vibrations, the "Hoko Dori (Direction Chaser)," which provides a visual indication of the direction from which a sound emanated, and "word spotting" technology that converts sounds and voices into textual representations on a display panel.
People with visual impairments also face communication difficulties, for example, from not knowing whether someone is present. But they also face problems caused by the presence of small items in their immediate surroundings, whether indoors or out. To address these needs, Fujitsu is developing pedestrian-assistance system technology that can be used with smartphones. This technology provides the user with voiced direction and distance information for their destination. Location information can be pinpointed within an accuracy of about 30cm in assisting visually impaired people with movement and communication even indoors.
Fujitsu will continue to pursue development aimed at creating products and services that help more and more people to participate in society.
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