Fujitsu Opens Test Environment for IoT Systems with Actual
Hardware, Accelerates Co-Creation in the IoT Space
|Figure 1: How today’s announcements fit into the IoT development workflow|
|Figure 2: Overview of the IoT Testing Environment|
|Figure 3: Overview of IoT Business Support Services|
today announced that it has set up an environment at the FUJITSU Digital
Transformation Center (DTC), a co-creative workshop space for digital
transformation in Minato-ku, Tokyo, for testing IoT systems that combine
IoT-related products and services from Fujitsu and its partner companies.
Starting today, customers and application-development vendors can run
connectivity tests on their applications, easily and at no cost, using the IoT
Testing Environment, with the additional benefit of specialist support from
Fujitsu’s engineers. Users of the test environment can quickly verify the
compatibility of their applications with IoT systems, helping them to speed
creation of comprehensive IoT solutions that extend from sensor devices to
Fujitsu has also today made available FUJITSU IoT
Solution IoT Business Support Services to provide integrated support for the
processes of planning, prototype testing, and then designing, building, and
operating multivendor IoT systems.
As Fujitsu strengthens its own IoT-related
products and services, it is accelerating co-creation with its partner
companies to help customers using IoT solve their problems and become more
Opportunities to use IoT are increasing in a
number of fields, such as manufacturing and distribution, but many companies
have not taken the first step, saying “we’d like to use IoT, but we don’t
know where to start,” or “we’d like to try it, but we don’t have a
clear picture of what that would look like.” So, starting in May 2016,
Fujitsu began organizing IoT co-creation workshops using design approach
methods at the DTC, to help companies conceptualize ways to expand their
businesses or streamline their operational processes through the IoT, and to
carry out the measures needed to turn those concepts into reality.
Fujitsu conducts these workshops for companies
that have already decided on goals for IoT, to help them achieve their goals
more quickly, and provides integrated support services for planning, deploying,
and operating total IoT solutions, which include everything from sensor devices
Overview of the IoT Testing Environment
The IoT Testing Environment at the DTC provides a
no-cost environment for testing IoT systems built using FUJITSU Cloud Service
IoT Platform (Fujitsu’s IoT data-utilization platform service), FUJITSU IoT
Solution UBIQUITOUSWARE (Fujitsu’s Internet-of-Things package which includes
various sensor devices and sensor algorithms for converting sensor data to
valuable information), and sensor devices from partner companies approved by
the IoT Platform Ready Program(1) to confirm stable connectivity.
Customers and partner companies developing
applications for the IoT can use this environment to test connectivity to
prototype systems using real-world hardware without needing to provide their
own cloud or network environment, or sensor devices. This enables them to
quickly develop and deploy total IoT solutions that cover everything from sensor
devices to applications.
Overview of FUJITSU IoT Solution IoT Business
IoT Business Support Services build on the
knowledge and know-how Fujitsu has accumulated by developing numerous IoT
systems. It provides customers seeking to use IoT to develop new lines of
business or to make their operational processes more efficient with integrated
support for the processes of planning, prototype testing, and then designing,
building, and operating multivendor IoT systems.
IoT Business Support Services are offered in three
phases to meet different customer needs.
1. IoT consulting
Fujitsu will work with customers to consider and
select the cloud environment, network environment, and sensor devices that best
suit the customer’s intended IoT system, and propose a total solution. The
proposal covers everything up to designing a prototype system which includes
IoT-related products and services from partner companies, such as IoT Platform
Ready Program approved sensor devices from partner companies, and applications
confirmed to connect reliably in the IoT Testing Environment.
2. IoT system design/build support services
Fujitsu will build a prototype system and conduct
operational testing in a short time. After testing, Fujitsu will assist with
designing and building the actual IoT system while taking into account
connections to the customer’s existing systems.
When building an IoT system, factors that tend to
draw out the build process are radio-frequency congestion or interference.
Using proprietary technology developed by Fujitsu Laboratories to visualize
radio interference(2), Fujitsu supports with the proper installation of
wireless equipment to the deployment site, helping to deploy the IoT system
3. IoT system operation support services
After deployment, Fujitsu will analyze the IoT
system’s operational status and propose improvements. The company can also
assist with extending applicable IoT-related products and services, overseas
expansion, and analyzing the causes of system troubles.
Sales to 300 companies total by March 31, 2019.
(1) IoT Platform Ready Program
A program for approving products that have been
confirmed to connect reliably to Fujitsu’s IoT Platform. In addition to
publishing product information about approved products, Fujitsu actively uses
those products when built IoT systems for customers.
(2) Technology to visualize radio interference
“Fujitsu Develops Field Engineering
Technology to Rapidly Provide IoT Services” (May 25, 2016 press release: http://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/2016/0525-01.html