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Misawa Homes and Fujitsu begin joint experiments on personalizing lifestyles using always-on authentication technology!

Misawa Homes and Fujitsu will start in June 2023 and continue until January 2024 to verify the personalization of living through the constant authentication technology developed by Fujitsu and the space to watch over family members and visitors, in order to propose a lifestyle that leads to a sustainable future!
Biometric sensors and cameras will be installed in a concept home built by Misawa Homes in 2021, and these will be combined to demonstrate a constant authentication technology that constantly recognizes people and their actions. The project will also verify the use of this technology for personalized spaces and secure spaces for watching over family members and visitors.
Through this joint experiment, the two companies will combine their respective knowledge of lifestyle and advanced technology to propose more comfortable and safer homes, and will also consider the use of this technology in public spaces such as hospitals, nursing care facilities, and offices.
Figure 1: Image of joint experiment using always-on authentication technology

Background of the Joint Demonstration

Misawa Homes has been working to create homes that help solve various issues facing society, and in 2021, we will build the "Green Infrastructure Model," a concept home that aims to achieve sustainability in three areas: living, health, and the environment. We are making multifaceted efforts to solve social issues as an innovation field by developing solutions and conducting demonstration tests that transcend the boundaries of industry.

Under Fujitsu Uvance, which aims to realize a sustainable world, Fujitsu is promoting the "Trusted Society" initiative to realize a prosperous and sustainable society. Since the 1980s, Fujitsu has been involved in biometric authentication research and has expanded the scope of its research and development to include not only access management for PCs, smartphones, and other personal devices, but also the realization of a society in which people can use a variety of services with only one body in the event of a disaster, for example.

Since 2021, Misawa Homes and Fujitsu have been discussing the concept of "Life in 2030" by combining their respective strengths in lifestyle knowledge and advanced technologies, aiming to realize the housing of the future, in which the home itself becomes an infrastructure to support and sustain society. The project was based on the concept of "living in 2030". Misawa Homes shared the potential for new lifestyles that could be realized with the constant authentication technology developed by Fujitsu, and the two companies agreed to share knowledge on how to provide a demonstration site and how to integrate the equipment into the space, leading to this joint experiment for practical application.

Overview of Fujitsu's Always On Authentication Technology

The Always On Authentication technology combines biometric identification technology and "Actlyzer," a behavioral analysis technology, to link the results of biometric identification to a person photographed by a camera installed in a specific area, thereby maintaining the authentication status and estimating the person's location in real time.
Until now, it has been difficult to track a person across multiple cameras because the appearance of the person in each camera image differs depending on the location of the camera. This time, we have developed a technology that updates feature values by extracting appearance characteristics, such as a person's clothing and height, as needed during tracking from multiple camera images. This technology absorbs differences in the way a person looks and enables tracking of a person across cameras.
This technology is also expected to be utilized when people come and go in separated spaces, such as within a house. All processes for constant authentication are processed in the cloud, and devices in the area receive the results and drive the devices.

In addition to verifying personalization and secure spaces, we will consider applying the system to services that do not require awareness of authentication operations, such as real-time notification of accidents involving falls in the area and cashless payments, triggered by human behavior.

Figure 2: Overview of Fujitsu Always Authentication Technology

Outline of Joint Experiment

1. period of time: From June 1, 2023 to January 31, 2024

2. locationThe house is a combination of public and residential space that can be rented out as a shared office, and the verification site is a shared office on the first floor.

3. verification details
(1) Demonstration of always-on authentication technology: High accuracy of personal identification with the number and placement of cameras in consideration of design features
(2) Verification of personalized space: comfort and inducement of community in conjunction with motion detection
(3) Verification of secure space: Abnormality detection of visitors who enter without biometric authentication, visitors who fall, etc.

When some related parties, such as Misawa Homes and Fujitsu employees and business partners, use the shared office, they register their biometrics and information about themselves, such as their own preferences, at a special device at the entrance. The biometric authentication sensors and cameras installed in the shared office will be used to verify the value of a personalized living environment, such as playing the music preferred by visitors, in conjunction with lighting equipment, speakers, monitors, and other housing equipment. (Note 4)

The two companies will work together to create secure spaces, such as real-time notification of accidents involving falls, and to realize new personalized living spaces by linking with living facilities.

Green Infrastructure Model
Image of constant authentication with overhead map


Product names and other proper nouns mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

(Note 1) Misawa Homes Corporation: Head office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo; President and Chief Executive Officer: Tetsuya Sakuo
(Note 2) Fujitsu Limited: Head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Takahito Tokita, President and Representative Director
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(Note 3) Location 2-4-5, Takaido Higashi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo (in "Misawa Park Tokyo," a facility to experience home building, by appointment only)
(Note 4) When leaving the model residence, personal information such as biometric authentication and hobbies and preferences answered in the questionnaire will be deleted. Video data related to movement within the area will be strictly managed and utilized for verification without being linked to individuals, and will be deleted after the completion of the demonstration experiment. The handling of personal information will be announced to visitors through signage at the entrance to the experience area and through the description of the facial recognition registration application, and visitors will be asked to enter only after consent is obtained.

Related Links
News release upon completion of the "Green Infrastructure Model" concept home:https://www.misawa.co.jp/corporate/news_release/2021/0709/
Fujitsu Uvance:https://www2.fujitsu.com/jp/uvance/
Trusted Society:https://www2.fujitsu.com/jp/uvance/trusted-society/
The site introduces "Actlyzer," a behavioral analysis technology:https://www.fujitsu.com/jp/about/research/technology/actlyzer/

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