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Fujitsu Named to FORTUNE Magazine's 2014 List of 'World's Most Admired Companies' for Second Consecutive Year

Tokyo, March 5, 2014 — Fujitsu today announced that it has been named to FORTUNE Magazine's 2014 list of 'World's Most Admired Companies' for a second consecutive year.

In being selected for this year's list, Fujitsu ranked highly for its innovation, social responsibility, long-term investment and other attributes.

Conducted through a partnership between Fortune Magazine and Hay Group(1), the annually published "World's Most Admired Companies" list is determined based on a survey of 15,000 executives at global companies, directors, and industry analysts. Companies that receive the highest scores from both within and outside their respective industries are ranked in nine categories, including quality of management, quality of products/services, and innovation.

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Fujitsu Launches ColorFit, Software for the Printing Industry to Instantly Improve Image Quality

Tokyo, February 5, 2014 — Fujitsu today announced the immediate availability of FUJITSU Media Solution ColorFit, software for the printing industry that automatically and instantly improves image quality.

Installed as a plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop®(1), ColorFit performs advanced feature analysis on images submitted digitally. To meet the high-quality requirements of the printing industry, it determines and instantly corrects color reproduction and gradation expressions in digital image data, taking into account backlighting, low key(2) effects, and skin tones to be balanced against the background.

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Fujitsu Limited Launches New Contact-Less ScanSnap Scanner

By Lisa Reider, BLI Senior Product Editor, Scanners and Environmental

The latest offering out of Fujitsu’s R&D department is the ScanSnap SV600, an overhead scanning solution that captures images without contact. The overhead-mounted cameras scan images from 1" x 1" to 11.8" x 17". The device automatically recognizes when pages are turned while scanning books or magazines, for example, to help move the capture process along. The multi-crop feature allows multiple documents within the scan area, such as business cards, to be scanned, cropped and saved as individual images. And according to the company, scans can be initiated at the touch of a button. As with some other ScanSnap scanners, the unit comes with ScanSnap Manager, ScanSnap Organizer, Rack2-Filer Smart and Magic Desktop. Adobe Acrobat, ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap, CardMinder and the Easy Book Creation utility are also included.

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Fujitsu Develops Industry's Most Accurate Handwritten Chinese Character Recognition Technology Using AI

Beijing, China, and Kawasaki, Japan, August 21, 2013 — Fujitsu Research and Development Center Co., Ltd. and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced development of industry's most accurate handwritten character recognition technology that employs artificial intelligence (AI) to mimic the workings of the human brain.

Conventional handwritten character recognition attempts to identify a character based on the number and angle of its strokes. Severely misshapen characters, however, might not be recognized using this method, and increasing recognition accuracy requires the character to be "learned" in a time-consuming process. This new technology uses AI to recognize character features, in the same way a human brain does, to learn more quickly and in greater detail. This slashes character learning time to 1/17th previous levels while achieving recognition accuracy of 94.8%.

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Fujitsu Develops Technology to Correct Curvature in Scanned Images of Book Pages

Beijing, China, and Kawasaki, Japan, July 10, 2013 — Fujitsu Research and Development Center Co., Ltd. of China and Fujitsu Laboratories Limited today announced the development of a technology that compensates for the curvature in open books or magazines, flattening out scanned images to produce an easy-to-read document.

Up until now, there have been several ways to compensate for distortion when scanning bound documents. One of these methods involved projecting a special pattern onto the pages. The nature of the distortion would be inferred based on the changes to that pattern. In another method, the pages would be photographed using two cameras to infer the nature of the distortion, and then image correction processing would be performed. There are correction methods that use only one camera, but after correction, characters may be vertically stretched depending on their position on the page, making legibility a problem. Fujitsu has developed new technology to flatten the distortion in the scanned image by accurately detecting the outlines of the pages and inferring the height of the document's curvature.

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Guilty, Until Proven Innocent

We are living in a time when our nation and the world have been shaken by numerous businesses being probed for corporate improprieties such as wrongful accounting methods and records management fraud. It has become an almost current event to pick up the daily newspaper and read of another organization that has been accused of intentionally disposing critical business documents.

As a result, government agencies are developing new regulations for how organizations must manage their business content. These new regulations are compounding existing regulations defined by governing agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Health and Human Safety (DHHS).

Customers, vendors, resellers, partners, and industry consultants in the technology, financial, banking and  healthcare industries are coalescing in an effort to wrap their arms around the challenges for creating a 'best practices' approach to meeting regulatory compliance.

Many regulations are still in their infancy and we are seeing shifts in these regulations on almost a daily basis. However, the need to demonstrate regulatory compliance has escalated the need for essential IT solutions tohigh priority for many information technology professionals and corporations. This includes enterprise storage at the back end and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) on the front end, including the critical digital imaging and scanning components of an ECM solution.

Get Started on your Journey to the Cloud Retail Industry

Introduction

Microsoft in partnership with the Fujitsu Center of Excellence offers this paper as a starting point for understanding how to approach development of a comprehensive cloud computing strategy. The retail enterprise IT environment serves all aspects of business operations including shopper engagement, product delivery and core business operations. To support the varied needs many retailers are embarking on a “hybrid” approach to delivering cloud services. This simply means mixing on premises service delivery with hosted or public service delivery to achieve the definition of an effective cloud computing environment.

Microsoft recognizes several driving forces behind retail cloud computing adoption. While there are many reasons why businesses might consider the cloud, our experience and research has shown 3 prevailing reasons:

  1. Improved IT and business agility
  2. Better economics
  3. Growing user expectations

From an economic point of view cloud computing is defined by how much of the infrastructure is managed by a cloud provider versus being managed by the retailer. The graphic below shows the 4 different approaches (vertical) to cloud computing: Private, IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. The horizontal portion of the graphic shows the layers that make up enterprise solutions and the mix of self-managed versus vendor managed responsibility; as it relates to the cloud approach. This offset is where the economic benefits of scale can be

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Fujitsu Introduces Projected Interface for Touch-Based Scanning

By Lisa Reider, Senior Product Editor, Scanners and Environmental

Fujitsu Laboratories Limited recently introduced technology that may change the way we scan documents. Instead of controlling the scanner actions through the control panel or dedicated computer-based software, you’ll be able to scan using your finger and a projected user interface. The system projects scan controls on a flat surface, similar to the projection technology currently being used to replace keyboards. However, with the Fujitsu system, users can actually digitally move objects or scan images with the movement of a finger.

The system uses an ordinary camera that can measure the shape of objects on a surface and automatically adjust the coordinates of each object as they relate to the projected interface. The associated software can then sync the finger movements made by the user with the projected interface and identify the intended commands. The technology can be calibrated to recognize the shape and color of an individual user’s hand and fingers. According to the company, the technology can track natural finger movement up to 300 mm per second. Although it may eventually be used for other purposes, Fujitsu highlighted the technology’s scanning capabilities through a video demonstration.

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Fujitsu and DERI Revolutionize Access to Open Data by Jointly Developing Technology for Linked Open Data

Kawasaki, Japan, Galway, Ireland, and London, England, April 3, 2013 — Fujitsu Laboratories Limited, the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) of the National University of Ireland Galway, and Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe Limited have jointly announced a revolutionary new data storage technology that stores and queries interconnected Linked Open Data (LOD)(1), available globally. The technology will be made available free of charge on a cloud-based platform that utilizes LOD, thereby promoting open data usage and enabling the easy utilization of enormous volumes of LOD.

The joint development program is focused on overcoming the challenges presented by the huge quantity of LOD available via the Internet, as well as the difficulties in using and processing LOD effectively. Fujitsu Laboratories, DERI and Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe have developed an LOD-utilizing platform that, using a standard Application Programming Interface (API), is capable of batch searches of billions of pieces of stored LOD data via high-speed search algorithms that are five to ten times faster than before.

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Fujitsu Makes Application of Big Data Timely with High-Speed Processing Technology

An example of a real-world application of this technology could be the distribution of information to multiple users on a moving train. Based on the train's location obtained from the locational information on the mobile devices of the train's passengers, this technology could quickly offer any number of users information that they would find useful, such as a list of nearby shops or restaurants that have been trending for the past several minutes.

Background

Social media is generating enormous volumes of data, and real-world time-series data from sensors and locational information is continuously increasing. More than just data storage, it is important that big data undergo a variety of analyses to quickly extract any valuable information.

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