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NEC Vision for Social Value Creation

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Our Technology Vision

Looking forward to the future, NEC is pursuing technologies that will solve problems.

Technologies that connect the real and cyber worlds and enable advanced analysis will play important roles.

The Internet of Things (IoT) will create a stronger link between the cyber world of the Internet and the real world. As more "things" become connected to the Internet and the collected data undergoes advanced analysis, it will become possible to grasp and understand the "contexts" that are occurring. This will in turn promote the creation of new services and value. The further development of ICT will also lead to major changes in hardware as well as in services and software. By embedding advanced software in hardware, functions that were impossible will become possible, such as self-driving cars on highways.
NEC views the technological fields that will drive these major social changes as seven distinct technological visions, which can be broadly categorized into two main areas: data science, which will allow us to gain a profound understanding of "contexts" and provide optimum services for the real world; and IoT platforms, which will enable the efficient and secure execution of these services. These are the areas that NEC is focusing on as we look to realize our technological vision for the future.

The seven technological fields that NEC is focusing on

Pervasive Connectivity

By allowing us to "visualize" the state of things, IoT has opened up the world and made it possible to share resources beyond organization or domain and gather knowledge from many different fields, leading to the creation of new innovations.

Augmented Wisdom

The refined artificial intelligence of the future will be used to complement and enhance our native intelligence by enabling data that is hidden from us to be aggregated and verified, thereby providing us with new points of view and illuminating causes in uncertain situations when there is seemingly no correct answer.

Service-Oriented Hardware

Previously limited to IT equipment, the use of software to define hardware functions is now spreading to aircraft, automobiles, and other devices.
In the future, hardware designs will need to incorporate software to provide flexible function modification and service addition capabilities.

Adaptive Robotics

A new concept in robotics is unfolding in which robots are connected to networks and used to control ICT and other systems. We anticipate that robots with communications functions and with a degree of autonomy will play a larger role in many fields.

Brain-Inspired Computing

The human brain executes many different highly advanced processes while expending a very small amount of energy—just 20 watts. Research is underway on a new type of computing architecture that imitates the functions of the brain and is good at executing processes and ambiguous calculations similar to human thought.

Cloud to the Edge

Future IoT systems that push calculation functions to the extremes of the network, such as sensors, actuators and other network equipment, will allow flexible and dynamic control according requirements, such as the quantity of data and the need for real-time processing.

Holistic Security

IoT systems connected to the real world are vulnerable both to cyber attacks and real-world risks such as intrusion into the facilities where connected devices are located and malicious damage. What is required, therefore, is holistic system that provides both advanced cyber security and robust security measures for the real world.

Reading the NEC Vision Book 2015-2016

NEC Vision Book 2015-2016

More information about NEC's vision for social value creation and the steps we are taking to achieve this vision can be found in NEC's Vision Books.
These books can be viewed in various formats including as a page-flipping eBook.

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