Fujitsu ‘Digital Owl’ project trials drones and video analytics to identify threatened plant species

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Click to watch the video of Fujitsu’s Digital Owl initiative.

When our Sustainability consultants engage with a customer one of the questions they ask is ‘where does your main source of emissions come from?’ Surprisigly when working with a NSW Government Department, the answer was ‘Helicopter Jet Fuel’. This discussion led to a ‘co-creation’ project that has resulted in an innovative approach to identifying threatened species of plants in NSW bushland.

Fujitsu recently completed a successful trial to identify threatened plant species in New South Wales. Working with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) ‘Saving our Species’ program, the ‘Digital Owl’ project uses Fujitsu’s high-performance computing, video analytics and drone technology to capture and analyse video information over a broad geographic area.

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The information can then be used to help locate endangered species for management, and invasive plant species for eradication purposes. The project was successfully trialed recently in remote bushland at Mount Dangar, NSW. The trial resulted in successful identification of the endangered plant species, Acacia dangarensis and Senecio linearifolius var. dangarensis, both of which are feared to be facing extinction, but were found growing in the wild.

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Senecio linearifolius var dangarensis – one of the threatened plant species that was successfully identified during the trial. (Photo credit: Lucas Grenadier)

In NSW alone there are approximately 1,000 plant and animal species under threat of extinction. Saving these species is crucial to the ongoing health of the various ecosystems in NSW. However, monitoring such a broad area can be prohibitively expensive, especially when considering the cost of chartering and fueling helicopters.

Drone technology with detailed layers of analytics behind them enables the collection of more accurate information including maps of otherwise inaccessible areas.

This project is aligned with Fujitsu’s vision of using technology to help provide sustainable outcomes for our customers and society.

Through an internally funded Co-creation project, Fujitsu identified the opportunity to apply advanced drone technology, combined with video analytics and spatial mapping technologies, to reduce the cost of monitoring and make the identification process more efficient.

This solution has the potential to improve the efficiency of identifying and locating particular plant species, which often requires exploring vast forest areas by helicopter. Use of the drone provides a significant saving in the cost of helicopter charter and fuel as well as a reduction in emissions.

Additionally, artificial intelligence (AI) technology is currently being trained to help identify species through video analysis. Fujitsu will continue to refine the technology by surveying the area at different altitudes to capture a richer base of data. Stage two of the project will employ SpatiOWL, Fujitsu’s big data enabled geospatial computing platform, to further enhance species geolocation. Fujitsu is exploring the application of this technology for a wide range of related purposes in Australia and New Zealand.

The technology can potentially be applied to identifying and locating outbreaks of noxious weeds in conservation areas and also identification of endangered birds and animals.

Fujitsu has commissioned a video overview of the initiative at the following link: Digital Owl video

Highlights from the inaugural Fujitsu Australia Software Technology Hackathon

What happens when you put 50 technical geniuses in a room to collaborate and co-create? Idea generation, hours of innovation and prototype creation!

Last month the inaugural Fujitsu Australia Software Technology #cocreation hackathon kicked off with 50 staff participating in the two day workshop, led by Fujitsu’s Digital Co-creation Team and the FAST Hackathon coordinators who created a positive, collaborative ambience that encouraged informal brainstorming of ideas for new products.

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What exactly is a Hackathon? A hackathon is typically a two-day event (often including an overnight) during which participants form teams and collaborate to conceptualize and prototype new products or solutions. The “hack” portion of the event is usually followed by a “demo day,” when teams pitch their ideas and show off their prototypes to a team of judges and other hackathon participants.

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Vopak Australia realizes digital transformation possibilities after joining Fujitsu on the co-creation journey

Design Thinking is way of developing solutions to unique problems. It takes a step back from technology and helps people to come up with unique ideas and solutions that can help to deliver transformational outcomes.

The Fujitsu Digital Co-creation team recently facilitated a Design Thinking Workshop with Vopak Australia, subsidiary of Royal Vopak – a world leading Tank Storage company that operates a global network of terminals located at strategic locations across major trade routes.

The session hosted at Vopak’s Port Botany offices by Fujitsu’s Digital Co-creation Team enabled the Vopak team to brainstorm ideas for digital change and ultimately ‘Co-create’ – blending expertise and technology to create new value together. The team were challenged to think creatively, outside the square and really put themselves in the shoes of the customer to realise the changes that were needed.

“Working with Fujitsu allowed Vopak to identify new innovation opportunities by using a well-structured methodology, placing our customer’s needs at the core of the decision making process”, said Adonis Malas, Vopak Australia’s Automation & IT System Manager.

So what exactly is Design Thinking and how does it enable a ‘co-creation journey’?
The rapid advancement of technology introduces a new set of complex and challenging issues.
A Design Thinking Workshop is split into several exercises to gain a deep understanding of the challenges we’re facing.
1. Breaking down complex problems into solvable chunks
2. Identifying who our customers are, and their needs
3. Using this data to develop Proof of Concepts

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Start your career with Fujitsu – hear from our current Graduates

Each year we recruit a large number of outstanding graduates for our in-demand Graduate Program to inject new ideas, innovative thinking and positive energy into Fujitsu.

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Graduate employees start with us in early February 2019.

Each new employee is paired up with a buddy and a mentor from within the business to help with a smooth transition into life at Fujitsu. We provide the right kinds of tools and training to ensure all our graduates can achieve career success through mentoring, peer support, professional development module training and e-learning.

We profiled some of our current Graduates to hear what they thought of the Fujitsu Graduate Program…

Billy Conditsis Graduate – Digital Business Group
Sydney, Australia

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Why Fujitsu? What inspired you to apply?

My previous work experience was also with an IT company so I was always hearing about Fujitsu winning over deals and the amazing tech they were releasing. This led me to research more about the company and from that point on I knew that it was a company I needed to be a part of.

Describe a Fujitsu graduate in 3 words
Fun, Innovative, Digital!

What are some of your day to day tasks within the grad program?

Keeping up to date with emails, attending different types of meetings with key stakeholders across the business, learning more about the company and our offerings, meeting and introducing myself to new people, preaching ‘The Fujitsu Way’.

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Thinking about a career at Fujitsu? Let’s see what our past Graduates had to say about the Program

Each year we recruit a large number of outstanding graduates for our in-demand Graduate Program to inject new ideas, innovative thinking and positive energy into Fujitsu.

Graduate Program Details

Graduate employees start with us in early February 2019.

Each new employee is paired up with a buddy and a mentor from within the business to help with a smooth transition into life at Fujitsu. We provide the right kinds of tools and training to ensure all our graduates can achieve career success through mentoring, peer support, professional development module training and e-learning.

We profiled some of our Past Graduates to hear what they thought of their time on the Fujitsu Graduate Program…

Jacinta Lee, Sales Coordinator, Sales Operations
Melbourne, Australia

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Why Fujitsu? What inspired you to apply?
Being an ever-growing Global company, Fujitsu was a great fit and I thought it could provide me with a lot of opportunities for career progression.

Describe a Fujitsu graduate in 3 words
Motivated, curious, positive.

What skills do you believe a Graduate might need to be successful in the program?
As a graduate, you should be proactive, a strong communicator, customer focused and most importantly have a willingness to learn and say yes to any and every opportunity.

What were some of your day to day tasks within the grad program?
Throughout my year, I supported the sales team by doing research on customers, competitors and the market and by working on opportunities in a bid/proposal management capacity. I was also invited to attend some customer meetings where possible.

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Read how Fujitsu celebrated International Women’s Day 2018…

Earlier this month the Fujitsu offices across Australia and New Zealand celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) – a day to acknowledge women for their achievements without regard to divisions; whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

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Pictured above: Members of the Fujitsu executive team pictured #PressingforProgress on International Womens Day at the Macquarie Park Head Office.

What better way to recognise International Women’s Day than to profile our very own women of Fujitsu? Thanks to Helen Howard, Megan Keleher, Blaise Porter, Sarah Retter and Chiara Charlton who shared their thoughts on gender diversity in the workplace, drawing on their personal experiences. Their profiles can be found below:

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Hannah joins the JAIMS Global Leaders Program

Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand are pleased to announce we have a successful applicant for the 2017 JAIMS program! Hannah Norton from New Zealand has been accepted by JAIMS to partake in this scholarship based in Tokyo. The opportunity is extended to young students across the globe and interestingly, Hannah found out about our JAIMS scholarship opportunity via our LinkedIn promotion back in August this year. With a strong background in Commerce, Marketing, Commercial Law and Journalism, Hannah is a perfect candidate for the programme.

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Pictured above: Hannah Norton heads to Tokyo next year to begin her JAIMS scholarship.

The Fujitsu JAIMS Foundation offers scholarships for postgraduate education and cross-cultural management training in the Global Leaders for Innovation and Knowledge Program. The scholarship is to study at JAIMS, the Japan-America Institute of Management Science. The course runs from February to June next year, spanning four countries – Japan, Hawaii, Singapore and Thailand, with a range of subjects on offer including corporate finance, global HRM, international law and ethics, and Socratic inquiry.

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Pictured above: JAIMS students studying in at the Hawaiian institute.

A little bit of history…

Fujitsu Limited established the Fujitsu International Scholarships Program in 1985, commemorating the 50th anniversary of its founding. The aim was to provide the opportunity for people from the Asia-Pacific region to contribute to the region through studying different values, cultures and global business.

The scholarship provides full financial assistance for postgraduate education across the three and a half month curriculum. Participants are able to sharpen their global management knowledge and skills, building the confidence necessary for success in global business situations.

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Pictured above: The JAIMS 2017 Spring cohort of students.

Selection is based off work experience, English proficiency, motivation, goals that are expressed in essay, interview and test scores as well as academic performance. A key factor for review is the individual’s commitment to contributing to the mutual understanding and cooperation between countries and to the development of his/her home country. A key focus of the programme is developing leaders who will work towards the betterment of society.

According to Hannah, her strong interest in social enterprise has led to her basing her capstone project for the scholarship around suicide prevention – a topic that she has personal connections to.

Hannah will be based out of the University of Tokyo for the course of the programme in 2018. We wish her all the best and look forward to hearing about her key learning’s from the scholarship when she returns to New Zealand in June 2018!

Fujitsu has been nominated for the Banksia Sustainability Awards 2017

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Fujitsu is proud to announce that the Australian #SMARTer2030 report has been nominated as a finalist in the Banksia Sustainability Awards for 2017. The awards are the longest running and most prestigious of Australia’s sustainability awards.

Written in partnership with Telstra, the #SMARTer2030 report has received accolades since its release late last year and is a nominee for the Banksia ‘Communication for Change Award’. This award recognises leadership and achievement in raising awareness and understanding of sustainability issues as well as promoting tangible change in values and behaviour that support a greater uptake of sustainable practices.

The report examines the 2015 Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), SMARTer2030: ICT Solutions for 21st Century Challenges and puts these global opportunities into the Australian context. Our report reveals that if the technologies modelled were fully adopted, that ICT can potentially support the Australian Government to surpass its carbon reduction target.

The report features a range of case studies across a variety of industries that demonstrate how Fujitsu and Telstra are using a range of technologies to help customers to achieve business and environmental benefits.

Some of the key findings of the SMARTer2030 report include:

  • ICT provides significant environmental benefits such as increasing agricultural crop yields while reducing water and petrol use;
  • eWork can free up $AUD11.8 billion in capital expenditure through the reduced need for infrastructure;
  • eHealth can support 7 million people a year to engage with health practitioners remotely, in real time and on-demand

For more information and to download the report at the following link:

http://www.fujitsu.com/au/solutions/business-technology/sustainability-consulting/thought-leadership/smarter2030/index.html

Fujitsu wearables ensure the Belgian Solar Team’s well-being during Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

A team of Belgian University students will be looking to make history in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge as they compete with 41 teams from around the world on an epic race across Australia. Fujitsu wearable technology will be used to monitor real-time vital signs and optimal balance of performance and well-being for the team.

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The challenge began in Darwin on Sunday 8th October, on a 3000-kilometre transcontinental journey to Adelaide. Starting at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Racetrack, the course is associated with V8 supercars rather than clean, solar-powered vehicles, however the Belgian team ‘Punch Powertrain’ had pole position in a time of 2:03.8 with an average speed of 83.4km/hr.

Winning pole position provides benefits to the team including not having to use stored energy to accelerate to overtake slower competitors. Whilst Punch Powertrain have never won the World Solar Challenge, it appears the team stand a good chance this year after their strong start.

The Fujitsu UBIQUITOUSWARE wearable solutions will measure driver well-being, including temperature, providing live telemetry to support crew. The solution will help the Belgian team to optimize cockpit cooling and ensure driver health during the race. As competitors cross the Australian outback where temperatures can hit up to 38 degrees Celsius, drivers must strike the right balance between using energy for air conditioning to cool the cockpit, or to power the vehicle.

The Punch Powertrain team comprising of 21 students from the University of Leuven in Belgium have been testing the Fujitsu wearables in the weeks leading up to the race to monitor driver heart rates, drowsiness levels, temperature and level of heat stress while they are on the move.

According to Jasper Schrijvers, a Punch Powertrain driver, “Driver fitness plays a crucial role in the World Solar Challenge, as it’s important that the driver doesn’t overheat at the wheel. We are planning to achieve speeds of up to 90km/h with the same amount of power that you use for a hairdryer. The use of any cooling will only slow us down and could mean the difference between winning and losing.”

James Maynard, Offering Management Director, IoT & Innovation, Innovative IoT Business Unit at Fujitsu says, “Fujitsu’s wearable solutions have enabled the Belgian team to provide previously unavailable insights into driver well-being, to see more, act faster and predict instead of react. The team used data collected during their preparation to advise their drivers on the optimum balance between performance and safety during the race.”

The event will reveal futuristic-looking solar powered cars, showcasing design that could one day lead to solar-powered cars for consumers that can carry passengers. We look forward to seeing the end result as the drivers finish the race 3000km’s later on October 15th in Adelaide!

Fujitsu’s sustainability internship provides new opportunities for international students

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The Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand Sustainability team is currently hosting two postgraduate interns from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM).

Tuta Wamanga and Tinu Oshun recently joined Fujitsu on an intensive work placement as part of their Master of Business Administration course requirements. They are completing six months on exchange at Macquarie University before they’ll return to the University of Edinburgh in the UK to finish their MBA.

Over the last few years, previous MBA students from MGSM have worked across multiple sustainability projects; including examining the enabling factors for ICT Sustainability (which had input into Fujitsu Oceania’s sustainability benchmark model), feasibility of eWaste product takeback and brainstorming ideas to achieve our renewable energy target.

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Pictured above: The chart above reveals how Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand is tracking against targets, activities undertaken to reduce our footprint and what is still on the agenda.

”We always enjoy hosting the MGSM interns and get some business value from their time with us” said Lee Stewart, Head of Sustainability for Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand. “They bring a great blend of business experience and theoretical understanding, which they apply to create something of value to Fujitsu.  As a small team, having interns provides sustainability with not only assistance with some of our projects but also fresh perspectives and insights”.

At the 2017 Fujitsu World Tour we recently launched our Smart eWaste bin which uses IoT technology to assist customers to take the hassle out of ewaste.  For her project, Tinu will be working on a pricing model for our customers, enabling them to predict the costs of having a smart eWaste bin on their premises whilst still providing flexibility for Fujitsu. Drawing on more than a dozen years experience in the retail banking sector, Tinu will examine different approaches such as cost and value sharing, cost ceiling guarantees and provide a business case for adoption, as well as looking at external grants or funding rebates that customers could apply.

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Pictured above: Lee Stewart, Head of Sustainability for Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand explaining the benefits of the Smart eWaste bin at Fujitsu World Tour 2017.

“Working with Fujitsu has further enriched my MBA experience. I have been able to apply my financial background and quantitative methods of research gained in the course of my MBA to make meaningful contributions in developing a pricing model for the smart eWaste Bin. This project has in turn helped me identify sustainable business opportunities in the electronic waste industry,” says Tinu.

Tuta’s project will see the creation of an Indigenous Procurement Strategy for Fujitsu. As part of our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion the sustainability team is keen to explore how Fujitsu can provide Indigenous Australians with more opportunities to participate in the economy. Tuta has more than a decade’s experience in supply chain management in her home country of Kenya, including managing supply forecasting, procurement and management for an $80M business unit for Unilever East Africa. Included in Tuta’s project will be a survey of the competitive landscape for indigenous procurement and the specific opportunities to include indigenous suppliers in Fujitsu’s supply chain. This important project will create value for Fujitsu and the community while also helping Fujitsu to meet customer expectations, particularly in the Federal Government space.

“I feel privileged to be given a chance to work in a completely different industry and environment with the Fujitsu Sustainability team. This gives me the opportunity to not only contribute to a key component of the business by coming up with the indigenous procurement strategy, but also to gain key insights in the role business plays in creating a positive impact to society,” says Tuta.

Both Tuta and Tinu will be presenting the findings from their respective projects to key Fujitsu stakeholders before the end of their placement in August, after which they will return to Edinburgh to complete their MBA program. We wish them the best of luck as they continue their Fujitsu placement and their studies!