Asian industries stay ahead of the curve with NTT-AT’s future-driven technologies
NTT Advanced Technology assist businesses with their transition into the fourth industrial revolution
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Technology is rapidly changing economics. As Asian industries move up the value chain to keep up with progressive trends in robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (Iot), NTT Advanced Technology (NTT-AT) leverages its decades-honed expertise to assist businesses with their transition into the fourth industrial revolution.
Founded in 1976 as Nippon Telecommunication Engineering, NTT-AT today is a subsidiary of NTT Group Japan specialising in cutting-edge technologies – ranging from hardware, devices, and advanced materials to wireless network, cloud and intelligent applications. It has offices in Japan, the United States and China with about 1,800 employees including more than 50 PhD-certified engineers.
Aiming to be a value partner evolving with clients’ needs, NTT-AT keeps an eye on the future with five key business areas. These are total solutions, focusing on system and network integration; cloud and Iot; security services; AI and robotics; and global services, covering various networks and material development and analysis.
“NTT Group has a lot of research and development [R&D] activities, so our mission is to commercialise these technologies,” says George Kimura, president and CEO.
“The NTT-AT R&D infrastructure sets the groundwork for our future expansion. We look at how we can maximise value from information technology – focusing on speech recognition, AI and big data analysis – and look at future applications of our network and cloud, through devices and manufacturing technologies. We have a very strong skill set because of our long history.”
From comprehensive services in network design, security assessment and data transmission to the development of hi-technology components such as fibre optics, Gallium nitride epitaxial wafers and a super water-repellent material called HIREC, NTT-AT has a purposeful mission to use these technologies to help solve social issues.
In cloud and Iot, NTT-AT works with local governments to collect and monitor environmental data over NTT-AT’s information transfer infrastructure. The NTT-AT environment monitoring system can be used to show radiation levels – a feature gaining importance especially after Japan’s disastrous earthquake and subsequent nuclear plant failure in 2011.
NTT-AT’s information exchange infrastructure can also work with Japan’s national missile alert system in case of an outside threat, connected to smartphone applications and a dedicated display for Japanese suburban residents.
Foreseeing growth in security, AI and robotics, NTT-AT is working on a new start-up project in mobile security and is exploring the robotisation of office processes to support operational efficiency for their clients.
Looking to expand into Southeast Asia, the company also seeks partnerships with industry, government and academic players as it aspires to increase its international revenues through next-generation products and solutions.