Dear members of the press,
Japan’s first(*1) demonstration experiment in Tsukuba City on the effect of transmitting disaster prevention information using the voice utterance function of Sharp’s IoT home appliances
Verification of disaster prevention utilization effects of home appliances that are used on a daily basis
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Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture (Mayor: Tatsuo Igarashi), National Research and Development Agency for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (HQ: Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, President: Haruo Hayashi, hereinafter referred to as NIED), Sharp Corporation (Headquarters: Sakai, Osaka Prefecture) The city, President and CEO: Wu Baohun, hereinafter referred to as Sharp) today signed a joint research agreement on the use of Sharp’s IoT home appliances for disaster prevention. Until March 5th (scheduled), we will conduct a demonstration experiment in Tsukuba City.
We tend to put off preparations for disasters that we do not know when they will occur. We believe that it is possible for “anyone” to prepare for disasters “anytime” by utilizing the home appliances that many people use in their daily lives, not just the conventional disaster prevention that prepares for “just in case”. I’m here. For more than a year, NIED and Sharp have jointly utilized IoT home appliances as media for transmitting disaster prevention information such as weather warnings, river floods, and landslides. After repeated consideration of its use in responding to disasters, we have recently conducted a demonstration experiment in Tsukuba City regarding its use as a medium for transmitting disaster prevention information. In this demonstration experiment, participants were recruited from among citizens who use target models of Sharp refrigerators, air conditioners, and air purifiers equipped with voice utterance functions. Voice information simulating disaster prevention
information is transmitted from each home appliance several times a day, and after the period ends, the extent to which the content of the voice information is recognized is confirmed to verify the
effectiveness of disaster prevention information transmission through utterances from home appliances.
Based on this demonstration experiment, Tsukuba City, the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention, and Sharp will consider future practical applications, as well as devices with speech functions other than refrigerators, air conditioners, and air purifiers that will be tested this time. We will discuss a wide range of disaster prevention utilization, such as further
■ Overview of the demonstration experiment
Project name: Disaster prevention information transmission experiment using home appliances equipped with speech functions
Target audience: Tsukuba citizens who use the target home appliances Period: February 27 (Mon) to March 5 (Sun), 2023 (planned)
– Details of application for demonstration experiment (Tsukuba City website) – https://www.city.tsukuba.lg.jp/kurashi/anshin/bousai/1019647.html *1 As a demonstration experiment to transmit disaster prevention information to local residents using household appliances with a cloud voice utterance function. (As of February 13, 2023, Sharp research) * The information contained in the news release is the information as of the date of the press release.
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