Overview Feature phones and smartphones have become an indispensable part of our lives. How can NTT DOCOMO, a company that has a strong connection with its customers, seize the opportunities to leap forward into the society of the future? We sat down with Hiroyasu Asami, Senior Executive Vice President, to learn about the present role of NTT DOCOMO and its strategies for business expansion, and to hear about a work philosophy that is essential for making predictions about the future.
Abstract The international sporting events that will be held in Tokyo in the year 2020 will be seen as a great opportunity to showcase our new innovations to Japan and the rest of the world. The Feature Articles in this issue focus on the 2020 Showcase”½a trial held by NTT Service Evolution Laboratories to introduce the new technologies we are developing in preparation for 2020 and to accelerate the introduction of these technologies into society. We will also introduce some of the business aspects of this initiative.
Abstract The number of foreign visitors to Japan is rapidly increasing, and determining how to provide information adapted to the needs of various nationalities in various languages has therefore become a critical issue. Accordingly, airports”½the gateways of Japan”½and train stations”½key points along visitors”Ē transit routes”½will not only require technologies that enable easy access to information for foreign visitors but will also become places that showcase Japan”Ēs cutting-edge technologies around the world. In this article, we describe our collaborative efforts with various businesses to conduct demonstration tests in order to improve the way information is provided at airports and train stations.
Abstract To prepare for the year 2020, NTT Service Evolution Laboratories is striving to develop a system to provide city guidance to individuals such as senior citizens and foreign visitors to Japan. The system takes the characteristics of individuals into account. In this article, we introduce our Web Design Converter system, which presents information tailored to individual user characteristics on signage screens and personal terminals.
Abstract At NTT Service Evolution Laboratories, we are working to develop device integration services that can accurately understand the situation a person is in and provide guidance to the person in accordance with the situation. We are working with partner companies and NTT operating companies in this effort and are applying the results of joint experiments to develop services for settings such as long-term care facilities, financial institutions, museums, and outdoor parks that exist within cities. We use the term MACHINAKA (in the city) services to refer to such services. In this article, we introduce our current efforts and future prospects.
Abstract NTT Service Evolution Laboratories is conducting research and development on an immersive telepresence technology called Kirari! in order to achieve ultra-realistic services that provide an experience akin to actually being at a sporting or live venue to off-site viewers in remote locations. This article gives an overview of technologies supporting Kirari!, including advanced media streaming and synchronization (Advanced MMT (MPEG Media Transport)), real-time image segmentation for any background, ultra-realistic presence design (virtual loudspeakers), and super high-definition video stitching. Initiatives using these technologies are also introduced.
Abstract This article introduces new applications of information and communication technology (ICT) in the entertainment field. Specifically, we describe two events involving the collaborative creation of new forms of kabuki using ICT: Dwango Co., Ltd.”Ēs Cho Kabuki event held at Niconico Chokaigi (29”Ż30 April 2016, Makuhari Messe, Chiba Prefecture, Japan) and Shochiku Company Limited”Ēs KABUKI LION SHI-SHI-O held at the Japan KABUKI Festival (3”Ż7 May 2016, Las Vegas, USA).
Abstract NTT Service Evolution Laboratories is now verifying technologies on site in preparation for 2020 Showcase. In line with this verification, the R&D Forum Showcase was exhibited at NTT R&D Forum 2016 held in February 2016 as an example application in the MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions) field. This article introduces research technologies that visitors were able to experience through the exhibits and through the official application of this event.
Abstract NTT aims to create new services by working with different business sectors as value partners, while shifting its business model from B2C (business-to-consumer) to B2B2X (business-to-business-to-consumer, government, or company). NTT Service Evolution Laboratories is also promoting co-innovation with partners in different business sectors. In this article, we describe some examples of the latest efforts to implement co-innovation activities of the NTT Group.
Abstract Apache Milagro (incubating) is an open source project to establish open source software (OSS) for cloud computing. A system designer can choose the M-Pin Authentication Protocol (M-PIN) or the extended M-Pin Authentication Protocol (e-M-PIN) in Milagro Multi-Factor Authentication (Milagro-MFA), which is an authentication system in Apache Milagro (incubating). Additionally, e-M-PIN is a non-interactive protocol and is compatible with password-based Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) authentication methods such as Basic and Digest Access Authentication since password-based HTTP authentication is also non-interactive. Thus, an authentication system that uses password-based HTTP authentication can be easily migrated to e-M-PIN. We presented e-M-PIN at ApacheCon North America held in May 2016 as a contribution for the OSS community.
Abstract To design coverage areas for wireless communication systems and evaluate the performance of the systems, it is necessary to develop a path loss model that can be used for the systems”Ē frequency bands. The fifth-generation mobile communication system (5G) is expected to use high frequency bands above 6 GHz. Therefore, developing a path loss model for wireless access communication systems using high frequency bands has become a pressing issue. NTT Access Network Service Systems Laboratories has developed path loss models for the 20”Ż40 GHz bands that are suitable for use scenarios of mobile phones and wireless local area networks. This article introduces the developed models.
Abstract Two key conferences were held this year on open source projects concerning big data processing systems: Apache Big Data North America 2016 and Spark Summit 2016. This article reports on some of the topics discussed at the conferences.