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Friday, September 22, 2023

Toshiba Partner Connect 2023|New value through the fusion of cyber and physical technologies

Toshiba, which supports social infrastructure in the areas of energy, social infrastructure, and semiconductors, will host an accelerator program.
We invite digital technology and business ideas from outside the company to create new value in the real world through the fusion of cyber and physical technologies! Deadline for applications is September 11.

What is the background of the co-creation program?

Toshiba's technologies support social infrastructure, including energy, social infrastructure, and semiconductors.

The real physical world is converted into data, analyzed in cyberspace, and fed back into the real world to create a new world.

We aim to create new value with our partners by combining Toshiba's extensive product lines and technologies in various business fields with external digital technologies and business ideas. This co-creation program brings together Toshiba Group companies that are actively seeking collaborative partners.

Overview of "Toshiba Partner Connect 2023

▶︎ Application deadline: Monday, September 11, 2023, 17:00
▶︎ Target companies: all domestic and international startups. Any industry.
▶︎ Participation fee: Free
▶︎ Sponsored by Toshiba Corporation

What we want to achieve with the Co-Creation Program

Co-creation of new services utilizing emotional character synthesized voice

Voice Track Maker is a new text-to-speech tool that allows you to freely create expressive speech.
It is also possible to use various types of voices to expand the range of expression in videos, etc., or to develop a low-cost interface for generative AI by utilizing the CG of the dedicated image character "Aina Tokiji" and MW that can also be incorporated into applications. We are looking for partners who wish to utilize emotional synthetic voices to enhance the appeal of their services and applications.

(Themes to be addressed)
Develop character agent solutions in conjunction with generative AI such as ChatGPT.
Development of contents such as voice guidance and sightseeing information using voice reading functions and characters.
Streamlining the creation of video narrations using the speech-to-speech function.
Realization of interactive e-learning/educational content, etc., incorporating voice reading functions
The project is to enhance the expressive power of interactive robots by incorporating various types of voices.
Efforts to add value to existing services through the use of voice-reading functions and characters

2. creation of new services using disease risk prediction AI

Toshiba is working to improve the quality of life (QOL) of all people by combining the technologies it has developed over the years in a wide range of business areas with digital and AI technologies. Toshiba has developed a disease risk prediction AI that can predict the risk of lifestyle-related diseases six years in advance based on one year's worth of health checkup data, and is seeking partners who can provide new value to healthcare services by taking advantage of its features that can be easily linked via WebAPI.

(Themes to be addressed)
Linkage with health management apps for diet, sleep, exercise, etc.
Improvement of value-added health improvement advice using health checkup data
Value-added health guidance services based on disease risk prediction AI
AI-enhanced value-add in the fitness field
Reduction of medical costs to help improve the management of health insurance associations
Creation of new services to promote wellbeing management
Realization of healthy life extension and flail prevention for local residents in municipalities
Promote behavioral change toward better health through collaboration with fintechs.

3. ifLink for IoT business creation

ifLink is an IoT platform that allows users to freely combine various IoT devices and web services into modules to easily realize convenient systems. ifLink is used by people belonging to various companies and organizations to transcend the boundaries between them and interact openly to realize a world where anyone can easily use the IoT. The ifLink Open Community is working to realize "a world where anyone can easily use the IoT" by utilizing ifLink and allowing people belonging to various companies and organizations to interact openly beyond their boundaries.

We are looking for partners who can co-create new services and business models through ifLink.

(Partner sought).
Partners who wish to participate in the ifLink open community and discover new possibilities in IoT co-creation activities through cross-industrial and intergenerational networking with more than 140 community members.
Partners who co-create new monetized business models by incorporating ifLink into their own products and services and combining them with ifLink-compatible products owned by other members and other companies.
Partners who can work together to realize "a world where everyone can easily use IoT" through the above activities.

*There is a fee to participate in the ifLink Open Community. For more information, please click here.

4. development of value-added solutions utilizing AI for human/object recognition and development of co-creation partners

Toshiba has developed various video and image analysis AIs through many years of research and development. One such AI is the Toshiba Analytics AI "SATLYS" video analysis AI. Using SATLYS video analytics AI eliminates the need to develop new AI models, allowing you to focus on the core of your application. A number of AI models are available, including human and object detection and tracking, skeletal estimation, suspicious behavior detection, counting the number of people in a specified area, and facial recognition. We are looking for partners to work with SATLYS to develop new AI applications.

(Themes to be addressed)
Efforts to add new functions and higher added value to apps and services using video analysis AI
Add value to surveillance camera solutions
Further improve efficiency and accuracy of traffic volume surveys, human flow analysis services, etc.
Co-creation of new video analysis AI systems with solution partners

Co-creation of new solutions using environmental monitoring devices

CPS-compatible TOSMAP is an environmental monitoring device equipped with a camera and various sensors. It can be easily installed in facilities such as power plants, plants, factories, etc. In addition to measuring temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure at the installation site, the device can monitor and monitor the situation from a remote location via a camera. Measured data is uploaded to the cloud for recording and analysis. We are looking for partners to develop markets and solutions utilizing this solution.

(Themes to be addressed)
Initiatives to easily visualize the environment and conditions in plants, factories, and other facilities by placing environmental monitoring devices.
Co-creation with operation monitoring solutions for power supply systems such as heat and power supply facilities and private power generators
Co-creation of new solutions using data from environmental monitoring devices
Co-creation and market development with sales partners for electric power, chemical, manufacturing, etc.
Expanding our solutions to untapped industries and sectors such as agriculture, horticulture, data centers, and retail stores.

Toshiba Corporation's management resources (resources) that startups can utilize

Technology and know-how

We promote co-creation activities by providing you with the technologies and know-how that Toshiba has developed over many years of accumulated R&D and business development. We support the acceleration of your business through discussions with experts who are well versed in technology and business.

In-house Products

We contribute to the evolution and development of our partners' businesses by providing products that have been refined over many years of Toshiba's business practice. We will successfully combine what our partners and Toshiba have to offer to develop new markets and create solutions.

Corporate client base

Through joint verification and proposals to a wide variety of private companies, central and local governments, and other public sector clients, we aim to create businesses that benefit both your company and ours.

Enthusiasm for the Program

Toshiba is committed to creating businesses that benefit both partner companies and Toshiba. With this goal in mind, we are working with group companies to create businesses that benefit both our partners and Toshiba. In this program as well, we will make full use of various resources within the Group to achieve co-creation with partner companies.

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