Executive Officer, Group President,
Telecommunication network systems that incorporate optical and wireless communication technologies and network camera systems that utilize imaging technologies such as video content analysis are now key elements of the social infrastructure that is essential to our daily lives and the growth of industry. These products also contribute to solving various social issues. The Communication Systems Group is continuously refining its optical and wireless communication and imaging technologies, and utilizing artificial intelligence and other such technologies to deliver high value-added systems to customers. Our aim is to contribute to solving social issues from the following two approaches:
Focusing on the SDGs
The next-generation GE-PON ONU subscriber equipment for optical access systems uses a passive optical network (PON) that enables optical fibers to be shared among many users and realizes wide-band communications. It also achieves a 96% reduction in power consumption per traffic and 96% reduction in material usage compared to conventional equipment as a result of using parts that consume less power and reducing the number of parts in the equipment.
We supply gateway equipment for service providers that connects various household, factory, or building networks to an energy management system using the cloud. This equipment is used to obtain power consumption data from home appliances, air-conditioning units, or production lines that is then used to deliver demand response services that strike a balance between electricity supply and demand, and energy management systems such as HEMS.
We are working to reduce and reuse communications cables during installation work through the production of MELOOK3 (coaxial-type) digital network camera systems that can use existing analog camera cables for high-definition and highly functional digital network camera systems without the need to lay new LAN cables for digital CCTV.
The applications of network cameras are expanding from imagery recording and monitoring to crime prevention through the detection of suspicious objects and to the prevention and mitigation of disasters. We manufacture products such as MELOOK3, which meets diverse requirements, and the ROBOTY Series that are ideal for the surveillance of broad areas such as public facilities, and thereby promote the development of safe and secure cities.
In addition to contributing to society through our business operations, we are striving to reduce the negative environmental impact stemming from our business activities. Some of the initiatives we are implementing are as follows.
We require environmental assessments for all new product development projects. These assessments help us to make products and packing boxes more compact and simplify packaging.
In addition to reducing CO2 during production and in product use, we are streamlining product transportation and reducing CO2 by improving loading ratios and introducing a modal shift*.
A new production building that incorporates energy-saving equipment and an energy management system in consideration of the environment was completed at the Koriyama Plant in October 2018. At existing factories as well, we are working to improve productivity by reducing processing times through equipment improvements, and are also continuously reducing energy consumption by replacing older equipment that consume large amounts of energy during operation, old air-conditioners, and lighting, with high-efficiency units. In fiscal 2017, we embarked on minimizing the consumption of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in the paint drying line, which consumes a large amount of energy.
The Koriyama Factory is involved in all steps of the manufacturing process, from materials processing, including plate fabrication and molding, to product assembly. It has reduced the use of organic solvents by introducing a microbubble wash during the plate cleaning process and changing to powder paint solvents. Furthermore, as well as using risk assessments to keep track of the danger and harm of chemical substances, we conduct emergency training for potential emergency situations and work to prevent environmental accidents.
The Communication Networks Center, which designs nearly all of the products made by the Communication Systems Group and assembles communications equipment, has improved its production line to more flexibly respond to changing demand from the marketplace, resulting in less space being used and improved productivity. As a result, the Center has significantly reduced the amount of electricity it uses for the lighting and air-conditioning equipment. In addition, the Center is reducing the energy consumed by utilities at its design and sales offices by upgrading to more efficient air-conditioning and making operational improvements.