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Supporting rescue
operations using
communications knowhow

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Applying smartphone technologies in other areas

From the time of the company’s establishment, Kaga Electronics, an independent general trading firm specializing in electronics, has expanded its operations, mainly in the Electronic Parts and Semiconductor business, to keep up with the evolving needs of corporate clients. Today we are participating in almost all industries through our procurement of parts and manufactured products. One example is our engagement in the medical and nursing care industries, which utilize the communication module technologies employed in smartphones, tablets and other such devices. Currently, the average life span for Japanese women is 87.1 years and for males is 80.9 years*. Given that Japan’s population is gradually growing older, we began looking for ways our company could contribute to ensuring that everyone will always be healthy and enjoy life to the fullest. We believe it is our responsibility to harness the potential of electronics and continue to embark on new challenges.

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Ensuring that medical devices are working in critical moments

The automated external defibrillator (AED*) is one example. We also play a role in the manufacturing of this product. The AED has an automated self-testing function which ensures the machine is usable in critical situations. The results of the test can be sent to a PHS or mobile phone over a communication channel. Consequently, the AED can be remotely checked to see if it is working properly. The technology that supports this system is the PHS/3G communication module. This is one example of how we applied the knowhow that was nurtured with the PHS and mobile phone.

* AED is used for people who suffer ventricular fibrillation, which is a type of arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat resulting in a lack of blood flow throughout the body). This medical device sends a strong electric shock to the heart restoring its normal rhythm.

  • Automated external defibrillator AED-2100 cardiolife
  • Automated external defibrillator AED-2150 series cardiolife
  • Automated external defibrillator AED-2152 cardiolife
  • Manufactured and distributed by Nihon Kohden Corporation

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Deregulation will change the way power is supplied

Electric power rates are steeper in Japan than in the US or Europe. In light of this, Japanese consumers have been demanding lower power rates. The government has responded with partial deregulation thus far and aims to “fully” deregulate the electric power industry by 2016. Up until now, Japan’s electric power industry has been dominated by 10 major electric power companies. The government has already enacted legislation that deregulated the market for medium and large-scale customers, including factories and office buildings.

In the near future, consumers will likely be able to opt for the electric power supplier of their choice. Competition is expected to unfold between new power producer and suppliers (PPS) and traditional electric power companies. We believe companies looking to find ways to fulfill new consumer needs are likely to embark on the development of new services. Kaga Electronics is always keen to move in a new direction. We are taking hints from keywords that identify current trends. In the case of the electric power industry, this includes the creation of new energy sources, energy conservation, and smart grid. We are currently focusing on solar power generation and smart meters. Our mission here at Kaga Electronics is to find ways to contribute to companies whose goal it is to play a part in improving society.

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