Accenture Innovation Center Fukushima (AIF) has been conducting demonstrations using digital technology with the aim of creating a next-generation society centered on citizens, based on the "Smart City Aizuwakamatsu" plan of Aizuwakamatsu City. Based on this experience, Accenture was also involved in defining the smart city architecture (city OS) of the Cabinet Office SIP. In the future, we will continue to carry out social problem solving demonstrations with companies and organizations that have advanced technologies and ideas to promote innovation. In addition, we will promote the model made in the Aizu area to the whole country after contributing to regional revitalization.
Accenture Innovation Center Fukushima has two roles to support our clients’ innovation efforts.
A smart city project and regional revitalization
Since August 2011, Accenture has been working with Aizuwakamatsu city in its efforts for disaster recovery and regional revitalization.
Pilots on advanced digital technologies
Collaborate with partners which provide advanced technologies and ideas to pilot a scheme, helping them realize innovation.
Examples of smart city projects
Launched the local portal site “Aizuwakamatsu+" to promote two-way communications between the city and its citizens.
The digital disaster prevention system
A system that when a local government issues an evacuation order in the event of a disaster, GPS is activated to acquire each citizen's location information and display the route from the current location to the nearest evacuation center.
Visualization of energy use
HEMS devices have been installed across the city to monitor electricity use, which is posted to Aizuwakamatsu+ for citizens to access.
Users can obtain real-time information on where snowplows equipped with GPS are located and which roads have been cleared of snow.
Promoting inbound sightseeing "VISIT + AIZU"
Launched a digital promotion which offer attractive sightseeing spots depending on their nationalities’ travel preferences.
Mobile payment services
Tourists can make payments via mobile device. Citizenz registered at Aizuwakamatsu+ can also use the services.
Doctors will be able to input data into the electronic medical record system and retrieve patient data by voice input by AI.
Developing analytics talent
The Univ. of Aizu offers endowed courses to develop analytics talent capable of using open data and making suggestions to the city and local business.
Three strengths of AIF
Future city life that uses advanced technologies is being piloted in 8 areas—energy, tourism, preventive medicine, education, agriculture, manufacturing, finance and transportation.
We have implemented citizen-oriented projects that have served to make citizens aware that data and technologies are used to solve local issues and improve the quality of their daily life.
Accenture’s "Smart City Platform" enables a variety of data possessed by the city’s administrative bodies, business community and citizens to be collected conducting analysis and experiments.
The path of smart city project in Aizuwakamatsu
In Aizuwakamatsu, Accenture is, together with the local people, promoting a citizen-centered and solution-oriented smart city project as a model that is equal to any other in the world.
Cities have developed with the support of communities and societies, continually evolving to respond to newer urban challenges. In their current stage of development, cities are becoming smarter.
By leveraging cutting-edge technology, cities can deliver a new possibility of connected infrastructure and layers of intelligence that will continuously learn, adapt, and respond to our individual needs and consequently provide citizen-centered experiences and services.
Cities need to evolve towards empowering co-creation where all stakeholders, citizens, private sector, academia, and government take part in creating the future of their city, alongside driving civic innovation. This strategy allows the city to accelerate the impact of citizen-centered approaches, in turn, improving all inhabitants’ quality of life.
Now, Covid-19 is driving a new wave of changes, and these recent behavioral changes have created new challenges. Nevertheless, it has unlocked new opportunities for innovation both in urban and rural areas and drive further integration between these areas.