Fujitsu has recently announced that the Japanese Bankers Association (JBA) is going to adapt the former’s cloud service-based Blockchain platform. It would be made available over Fujitsu Cloud Service K5. Starting from October 2017, JBA is planning to offer this Collaborative Blockchain Platform as a testbed environment to its member banks and other institutions. The platform is going to be rendered for applications employing blockchain technology like settlement and funds transfer services, and identity and time-of-transaction authentication. The association will also support the practical implementation of these applications.
Mobileye, a leading company in developing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving technologies, has announced an official collaboration with Munich Reinsurance America Inc. The aim of this association is to reduce the commercial fleet collisions and enhance road safety in the United States. With an immediate effect of the collaboration, Munich Re, US will make available Mobileye’s aftermarket Advanced Collision Avoidance System to its clients, including commercial fleets. This new program will aid Munich Re, US clients to retrofit existing vehicles with Mobileye ADAS technology.
Fujitsu has announced that the University of Tokyo is going to use heart simulator viewers equipped with stereoscopic displays compatible with virtual reality technology. The heart viewer utilizes the output data from a heart simulator. This simulator has been developed jointly by Fujitsu and University of Tokyo by utilizing the K computer as well as a computer cluster. In the lecture, students will be able to observe a phenomenon whereby electric simulation from pacemaker cells spread throughout the heart. The stereoscopic, 360-degree view utilizing VR, allowing them to comprehend how electrocardiograms are created through this process.
Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Client Computing Limited have officially released two new enterprise workstations. The lineup features Windows 10 Creators Update, which is the latest version of the Windows 10 operating system. The newly added devices in the lineup include mid-range model named CELSIUS M770 and CELSIUS R970 “2-Way” high-performance workstation. The roll out will take place in stages from late December in Japan. In addition, Fujitsu will also offer other versions of the aforementioned models equipped with Windows 7 Professional. By expanding the product line performance, the Fujitsu Group is aiming to support customers’ work efficiency and ensure improvement across a variety of industries.
Intel and the National Football League (NFL) have come up with a way to deliver more immersive replays to the football fans. The 2017 season will witness the implementation of Intel freeD technology in 11 NFL stadiums. Each of these stadiums has been fitted with 38 5K ultra high-definition cameras to capture the games from every angle. The cameras will create enhanced 360-degree highlights and immersive player perspectives. Apart from the already operational installation works at the home stadiums of the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, and San Francisco 49ers, Intel is adding one freeD technology-enabled Stadium to each division in the AFC and NFC.
The recent InterDrone 2017 event witnessed the introduction of Intel Insight Platform. The aim is to address the critical steps of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) workflow which will help in accelerating the path to actionable business insights. The announced solution is a cloud-based data processing, analytics and reporting service that enables customers to store, share and manage the rich data that commercial drone system provide. The platform will aid in harnessing data collected during a drone flight to unlock business value.
The Japan Marine Recreation Association (JMRA) and Fujitsu Limited have announced to deploy a cloud-based emergency position reporting system. This system is aimed to be utilized for JMRA’s pleasure boat rescue service, the Boat Assistance Network (BAN). The service will begin in the fall of 2017. BAN is a rescue service operated by JMRA to offer 24/7 support to pleasure rescue boat owners who run into minor troubles. However, it’s often a challenge to track the confirmed location of the crafts that are in trouble. Owing to the lack of reference points on the sea and the tidal waves carrying everything away, it’s difficult for those requesting help to convey their exact position.
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd has announced that it is going to expand its Creative Digital Space User-Interface (UI) technology. Developed in 2015, it turns entire rooms into digital spaces and smooths co-creation activities across multiple platforms. With the widespread smart devices and advancement in cloud and communication technologies, it has become easy to share issues arising in manufacturing sites and other settings through device screens, even between remote locations. However, this is still limited to text and image data and holding discussions with a large number of people to share data is a difficult task.
Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., and the Fujitsu Social Mathematics Division of the Institute of Mathematics for Industry at Kyushu University have together developed an AI-based matching technology that uses game theory to automatically calculate an optimal matching of children to daycare centers. The complexity of daycare admissions screening poses many difficulties. There are complex requirements into the admission rules, such as some parents prioritize siblings going to the same daycare center while some don’t mind if siblings attend separate daycare centers but pull out if only one child gets a place. Either there are multiple matching patterns satisfying all rules or each matching pattern violating some rules.
Intel has officially disclosed that the world-record performance of the Xeon Scalable Processors will now be made available for the next-gen expert workstations. This would enable photorealistic design, modeling, artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, and virtual-reality (VR) content creation. Professional workstations are a key component to the creation of the immersive 3D VR media which is trending today. However, rendering such content is a time-consuming process demanding the highest performance workstations. Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver breakthrough dual-socket performance offering up to 56 crores, up to 112 threads and an Intel Turbo Boost Technology frequency up to 4.2 GHz.
Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. have announced the development of sensor data analysis technology. It can aggregate vibration data with sensors attached to the surface of a bridge, and then estimate the degree of the bridge’s internal damage by applying “Fujitsu Human Centric AI Zinrai Technology”. The technology has been validated by using data obtained from verification tests of fatigue degradation of bridges carried out by the Research Association for Infrastructure Monitoring System (RAIMS). It’s a mutual aid organization that carries out joint research into technologies used in industrial activities.
IBASE, a global leader in the manufacture of embedded computing and IIoT solutions, has announced the official release of the brand new AMS300 series expandable modular box PC. AMS300 is a compact, yet expandable fan-less system designed for industrial control and measurement processes in smart factory automation applications. It is powered by 7th/6th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors and comes integrated with 8GB memory as well as 64GB of industrial-grade SSD storage. IT comes with an optional 2MB MRAM expansion module to store data without power. The series is built with two module compartments for PCI-E/PCI cards and Fieldbus modules, which allows customers to configure the various I/O required.
The latest 8th Gen Intel Core processor family has made its official debut and the rollout has kicked off with a range of mobile processors. These have been designed specifically for the sleek thin and light notebooks as well as 2-in-1s. Intel’s main aim behind this step is to deliver platform-wide improvements and enhance innovation ranging from 4K to VR and make these accessible on a large-scale. The new mobile family raises the bar for outstanding performance by offering a boost of up to 40% over the previous generations.
Intel hosted the NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) Wrap-Up Event at the Santa Clara Campus, thereby concluding an 8-week summer program. As a key partner of FDL, Intel provided support to the ongoing research that is exploring the use of AI to solve a range of challenges within the fields of space weather, space resources, and planetary defense. Intel aims to address the critical knowledge gaps by using AI in order to help establish humanity as a space-faring civilization and solve problems potentially affecting all of us residing on Earth. Under the program, Intel mentored researchers who used Intel Nervanna deep learning technology to tackle the complex challenge of building detailed maps of the lunar poles.
Fiat Chrysler has joined BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye to form an alliance and sign a Memorandum of Understanding. The aim is to develop a world-leading, state-of-the-art autonomous driving platform for global deployment. This cooperation will allow the partners to leverage each other’s strengths, capabilities, and resources. It would result in enhanced platform technology, less time to market, and increased development efficiency. Currently, the collaboration is on-track to deploy 40 autonomous test vehicles on the road by the end of this year. It also hopes to leverage data and learning from the recently announced 100 Level 4 test vehicle fleet of Mobileye, demonstrating the scale effect of this collaborative approach.
Microsoft has introduced a new framework that allows businesses to adopt blockchain technology for increased enterprise privacy and security. Intel has been named as a key hardware and software development partner for this program. Under the collaboration, Microsoft, Intel, and other blockchain technology leaders will build a new enterprise-targeted blockchain framework termed as the Coco Framework. It will integrate Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) to deliver improved transaction speed, scale and data confidentiality to enterprises.
Fujitsu has released 30 new enterprise PC models across 15 product series equipped with the Windows 10 Creators Update, which is the latest version of the operating system. The new models will be rolled out from mid-August in Japan. In its Fujitsu Desktop ESPRIMO family of desktop PCs, Fujitsu is rolling out 5 models including the ESPRIMO K557/R enclosed in a new case design with a built-in liquid crystal display. Talking about the CESIUS family of workstations, the company has introduced 6 models, incljuding CELSIUS W570- a compact mini-tower entry-level model.
Intel has announced major data center storage advances, re-claiming the tech giant’s memory technology leadership. The latest technologies advance data center storage and deliver innovative solutions so as to meet the challenges posed by the growing data dependency. The new ruler form factor shifts storage from the legacy 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch form factors that follow traditional hard disk drives, and the add-in card form factor that utilises PCIe card slots. It delivers the promise of non-volatile storage technologies to eliminate constraints on shape and size.
Intel has released the specifications for the 12- to 18-core processors namely Intel Core i9-7920X, Intel Core i9-7940X, Intel Core i9-7960X and the Extreme Edition Intel Core i9-7980XE. Announced at Computex 2017, the Intel Core X-series processors family is the most powerful, scalable, and accessible high-end desktop platform offered by Intel, designed to deliver the performance needed to meet extreme computing demands for virtual reality (VR), content creation, gaming and overclocking. The new X-series processor family is the ultimate platform for content creators and gamers. Multitasking becomes extreme mega-tasking with simultaneous, compute-intensive multi-threaded workloads aligned in purpose, powered by up to 18 cores and 36 threads.
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has introduced a technology that speeds up transaction processing for Hyperledger Fabric, one of the Hyperledger blockchain frameworks hosted by the Linux Foundation. In a trial where this technology was implemented in Hyperledger Fabric v0.6.1, it increased the performance by approximately 2.7 times as compared to the earlier method. With blockchain, groups of nodes based on the number of participants form a network and work together to perform a series of processes from executing transactions to validating the legitimacy of transactions. For this reason, the number of transactions that can be executed per unit of time is limited by communication bottlenecks through the network, as compared to previous centralized systems.