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Developing a Smart City of the Future: The Case of Port City Takeshiba

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 Developing a Smart City of the Future: The Case of Port City Takeshiba - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Analytics & Modeling - Real Time Analytics
  • Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Event-Driven Application
Applicable Industries
  • Cities & Municipalities
  • Transportation
Applicable Functions
  • Product Research & Development
  • Quality Assurance
Use Cases
  • Real-Time Location System (RTLS)
  • Smart City Operations
Services
  • System Integration
  • Testing & Certification
The Challenge
SoftBank, a leading global telecommunications company, was seeking innovative ways to expand their business and better serve their customers. With the proliferation of IoT sensors and connected devices across virtually all industries, SoftBank recognized the need for a platform to develop real-time applications to leverage these technologies and address everyday city life challenges. They aimed to create a testing ground for developing, deploying, and integrating real-time applications for various city functions such as food delivery, security monitoring, personalized billboards, automated cleaning, public transportation, and more. This led to the creation of Port City Takeshiba, a real-life sandbox in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. However, orchestrating all these different city systems and providing a seamless experience for both employees and visitors to Takeshiba required a reliable way to develop and deploy real-time smart city applications.
The Customer
About The Customer
SoftBank is a leading global telecommunications company always on the lookout for innovative ways to expand their business and better serve their customers. Recognizing the potential of IoT sensors and connected devices, SoftBank sought to leverage these technologies to address the challenges of everyday city life. This led to the creation of Port City Takeshiba, a smart city complex in the heart of Tokyo, Japan, which serves as a real-life testing ground for developing, deploying, and integrating real-time applications for various city functions. SoftBank's vision for Takeshiba was to seamlessly incorporate real-time technology into all facets of everyday city life, providing a seamless experience for both employees and visitors.
The Solution
To efficiently integrate the disparate systems and build their smart city, SoftBank needed an orchestration platform to manage the massive amount of incoming streaming data and integrate various technologies. They chose Vantiq's real-time event-driven application development platform for this purpose. Vantiq enabled SoftBank to integrate 19 different technologies, including 7 AI algorithms, 8 different types of cameras/sensors, and 4 different web services, and communicate in real time. This allowed SoftBank to efficiently orchestrate Takeshiba's city functions and quickly add new components as necessary. Furthermore, Vantiq enabled SoftBank to ingest and analyze all incoming streaming data, focusing on providing the best user experience possible on the public dashboards across Takeshiba. Lastly, by utilizing the power of edge computing, SoftBank was able to reduce latency and address privacy concerns, ensuring the smooth operation and future success of Port City Takeshiba.
Operational Impact
  • The implementation of Vantiq's platform in Takeshiba resulted in several operational benefits. One of the most notable is the interactive digital signage systems that react to changes in the environment or even who is currently viewing the sign, opening up new potential use cases and business opportunities for SoftBank. Additionally, Takeshiba serves as a development sandbox for future smart city projects, allowing SoftBank to deploy robots, drones, 5G, and other new technologies into a living, breathing city. This gives SoftBank a competitive edge and enables them to rapidly expand these technologies to other smart city projects around the globe. Lastly, the agile development framework provided by Vantiq allows SoftBank to quickly adapt to unforeseen events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, by incorporating social distancing procedures, automated cleaning systems, PPE compliance detection, and more into their smart city systems.

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