The seven themes for social value creation

As digital networks connecting people, things, and contexts evolve and society becomes more advanced, the importance of information and knowledge increases. NEC contributes to the realization of the value creation network from information and communication technologies found everywhere from the ocean floor to outer space and through with customers and partners. This network allows people and companies throughout the world to use information and knowledge safely, securely, and equally.

Looking ten years ahead

Value creation network enriches communications among people

Social background

People, things, and contexts will be connected in real time as AI and IoT are integrated into many different fields, and the information and communications infrastructure will evolve to support diversified services and create new value.

NEC’s approaches

NEC strives to create new value beyond connecting people, things, and contexts by providing a network that is naturally connected anytime and anywhere and co-creation with customers and partners.

NEC’s vision for the future

NEC will enrich communications among people by supporting diversified services and by building a value creation network that creates new value.

Evolution of information and communications infrastructure realizes individual optimization

The number of internet users around the world is expected to reach 5.5 billion by 2025, and the number of connected IoT devices is expected to reach 1 trillion in the future. The importance of the information and communications infrastructure that connects these devices is increasing in these situations.

The data on people, objects, and contexts collected from IoT can realize the provision of personalized services according to individual preferences through AI data analysis and the utilization of data beyond the borders of industries. For instance, AI can be used to analyze digitalized life logs consisting of various medical information and video, audio, and location information on daily life and experiences, as well as public data, such as information on living environments. This could reveal new insights, including the discovery of disease causes and the development of new treatment methods, which would in turn enable optimized and advanced services for each individual. In such a world, the information and communications infrastructure supporting ICT is important. The role of the information communications infrastructure is undergoing a major transformation from connecting information and data flexibly and efficiently to supporting diverse services and creating new value, thereby becoming a “Value Creation Network.”

Amazing new experiences, beyond connectivity

Being able to transmit real-time sensory data, such as visual or tactile information, will change how we experience activities such as sports. If virtual reality extends to all five senses, it will enable all-new experiences such as watching a sporting event and feeling like we’re right there in the stadium, or sports fans can get together in a virtual space and feel like they’re actually playing a sport together.

NEC is promoting co-creation to realize these kinds of new businesses and services. We are already advancing initiatives that connect customers and partners across different industries through the use of 5G, a future-ready technology that combines ultra-high speeds, ultra-low latency, and the ability to handle multiple simultaneous connections. For example, it will soon be possible to remotely control construction machinery, as well as offer remote medical examinations. It will also become possible for sports spectators to enjoy augmented reality experiences. By combining this with our cutting-edge AI-technology cluster “NEC the WISE,” which features the world’s leading1 facial recognition technology, we are beginning to create new value, beyond just connectivity.

At the same time, to offer personalized services, in real time, anytime and anywhere, we need people to be naturally connected to networks at all times. But always being connected increases the risk of cyber-attacks. The data being transmitted will also become more important. That means that data security will be more critical than ever. Using technologies such as AI, NEC will provide a network with excellent stability and reliability. We will also launch biometric authentication and other security technologies for networks, IoT devices, and wearables.

*1 Ranked no. 1 in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) benchmark testing.

Toward enriching communications

NEC strives to provide networks where people are naturally connected anytime and anywhere through the combined use of fast, smart, and secure information and communications infrastructures, AI, and wearable devices. We provide optimal connections by using the methods and technologies of 5G and LPWA. Moreover, we work to enrich communications by supporting diversified services and building a value creation network that creates new value through co-creation with customers and partners.

Social Value Creation Report