SustainabilitySUSTAINABILITY

SDGs

A series of businesses that resolve social issues
The Kaga Electronics Group is promoting the creation of new businesses based on a desire to resolve social issues in a range of fields, including daycare, welfare and nursing care, to drive sustainable growth. Through our businesses, we also aim to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Healthcare Combined with the IoT

In daycare centers, nursery teachers check on the condition of each child every few minutes during naptime as part of safety measures. The IoT sensors that Kaga Electronics markets for children’s futons are placed directly under the mattress, and they detect and display in real time the state of a child’s breathing and heart rate during naps to assist nursery teachers with their checking duties. If a change is detected, notification is given via visual and audio alerts on the smartphone or tablet app, so that the child can be checked on immediately. This product helps to boost the safety of children during sleep as well as alleviate the psychological burden on the part of the teacher.

Work-Style Reform and Collaborative Investment

Securing labor has become a real social challenge in Japan. Despite this, there are many women who want to work yet are unable to because they cannot put their children in daycare. This has prompted the need to create a more accommodating work environment for women during their child-rearing years. Kaga Electronics has invested in mama square Co., Ltd., which develops and operates working spaces equipped with childcare facilities throughout Japan. We are reinforcing ties with mama square in fields such as facility layout and infrastructure creation. The working spaces run by mama square include an adjacent kids’ area where children can spend time safely, providing a reassuring work environment for mothers

Cashless Settlement via Advanced Devices

Kaga Electronics teamed up with Netstars Co., Ltd. and the Japan Amusement Industry Association to develop a multi-payment settlement system using a smartphone for arcade amusement machines, a first in Japan. In the past, it was standard for coins to be used in amusement arcades, but the introduction of this system allows people to play games without cash using payment apps that employ a QR code or barcode. Shifting to a cashless system leads to a reduction in expenses laid out to collect and manage money, which is a real benefit for amusement facilities that face a shortage of labor. A cashless system also provides an environment in which tourists visiting Japan can easily enjoy playing games.

“Watch-Over” System in an Aging Society

The number of people requiring nursing care continues to rise in Japan. Despite this, there is a shortage of care workers, exacerbating the burden on personnel in nursing homes. The care support solutions provided by Kaga Electronics involve a 24-hour “watch-over” system for residents that utilizes sensors in the ceiling. The sensors detect when someone wakes or gets out of bed as well as when an incident occurs, such as a tumble over or abnormal breathing, and a notification is sent to the worker’s smartphone along with live images. Being able to check the state of the resident through the images allows an appropriate action and judgment on the spot, significantly enhancing operational eŽciency. Facilities that have introduced the system have achieved an increase in work eŽciency of around 30%.

Wearable Device and Support of People with Disabilities

The Kaga Electronics Group company Fujitsu Electronics manufactures and sells Ontenna, a user interface device that lets users sense sound with their bodies. The Ontenna device can be worn by users in their hair or on their shirt collar, for example, and it can convert sound vibration patterns from an audio source between approximately 60 and 90 dB to 256 levels of vibration and light strength. This means that people with hearing impairment can feel the rhythm, pattern and loudness of sounds. Application of the device is expected in such areas as sports and cultural events as well as schools for the hearing impaired. By providing this product, we aim to realize a future that both people with hearing impairments and those with ordinary hearing can enjoy together. Ontenna