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Fujitsu, PARC sign research agreement

Fujitsu Ltd. and the Palo Alto Research Center Inc. (PARC), a subsidiary of Xerox Corp., have signed a multi-year j...


December 14, 2004  


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Fujitsu Ltd. and the Palo Alto Research Center Inc. (PARC), a subsidiary of Xerox Corp., have signed a multi-year joint research agreement in the field of ubiquitous computing.

The companies will establish and facilitate a new vision of ubiquitous computing that goes well beyond 2010.

“Networking and computing systems have permeated our daily lives. Yet integrating these systems unobtrusively and seamlessly into everyday life will require sophisticated technologies and a broad understanding of the social implications of information technology,” the two companies said.

Plans to develop secure and simple technologies are expected to involve several areas of research. They include:

* Healthcare services in ubiquitous environments: Safeguarding and securing personal information in global electronic healthcare systems;

* Local disaster-response systems: Creating more robust infrastructure networks by making it possible for data networks to reorganize and locally adapt to changes in available sensing, networking and computational resources;

* Personalized consumer services: Tying businesses and consumers together with a flow of personalized information services, opening the field of “ubiquitous customer relationship management, and

* Advanced Intelligent Transportation Systems: Networked transportation with a focus on standardization.