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Toshiba Group's Initiatives for Smart Communities to Realize a Sustainable Society

In order to help solve global energy and environmental problems and realize a sustainable society, Toshiba Group is working to establish a highly-efficient, stable energy infrastructure, respond to increasingly large amounts of data and ensure information security, curb rises in medical expenses, and help provide advanced medical treatment. In order to meet our goals, Toshiba Group is promoting initiatives for smart communities built on three pillars of innovation: energy, data storage, and healthcare.

Smart communities are initiatives that aim to realize personalized comfort and sustainable cities through a combination of various solutions. Thus far, Toshiba Group has participated in many pilot projects and commercial projects in various countries around the world, attempting to address each region's specific needs and striving to develop smart communities that best fit local needs.

[Image] Realizing smart communities built on three pillars of innovation

*1:
EMS (Energy Management System)
*2:
ICT (Information and Communication Technology)

[Image] Developing Smart Community projects that reflect local prioritized needs

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As of May 2013 (after FY2009)

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Regional energy management for a low-carbon society

Yokohama Smart City Project (YSCP)

The Yokohama Smart City Project aims to establish comfortable eco-lifestyles and build systems that use energy effectively on a community-wide scale in order to cope with climate change and reduce CO2 emissions by breaking away from dependence on fossil fuels.

The Yokohama Smart City Project started tests in October 2012 to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions through wide-area energy management by introducing energy management systems (EMSes) for buildings, factories, and houses as well as electric vehicles (EVs) and storage batteries in the city of Yokohama.

This project is a large-scale experiment in which the city's many consumers participate-the project aims to test the effectiveness of wide-area, large-scale demand response ("DR," demand/supply control) and system stabilization through storage battery control.

Overview of YSCP
[Image] Overview of YSCP

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FY2020 reduction target compared to the FY1990 level under Yokohama City's Action Plan for Global Warming Countermeasures
CEMS
CEMS connects consumers (buildings, factories, houses, and EVs) and storage battery SCADA through standard interfaces to control overall energy demand via various DR incentives while monitoring local energy demand.
BEMS
BEMS reduces peak energy consumption of several buildings through DR using algorithms to optimally distribute the surplus power and controls operation of in-building energy creation and storage equipment that support DR.
Storage battery SCADA
Storage battery SCADA links supply/demand adjustment storage batteries and consumers' storage batteries for system stabilization and DR-based control.
HEMS
HEMS shifts peak energy consumption through visualization of energy consumption and controls operation of home appliances automatically through automatic DR, while combining energy creation and storage equipment in condominiums.

CEMS: Community Energy Management System BEMS: Building Energy Management System
HEMS: Home Energy Management System SCADA: Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition
DR: Demand Response

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Toshiba's Solutions for Smart Communities

Toshiba Group will promote initiatives for smart communities that aim to realize personalized comfort and sustainable cities by providing social infrastructure solutions in a wide range of areas such as energy, transport, water and healthcare.

Energy solutions

Consideration for the environment

Contributing to mitigation of climate change in a wide range of tasks from creating, storing, and using energy to connecting energy systems

[Image] Energy solutions:Consideration for the environment

Comfortable and convenient

Promoting environmentally conscious lifestyles which are comfortable and convenient and in which electricity is supplied stably

[Image] Energy solutions:Comfortable and convenient

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Water solutions

Consideration for the environment

Contributing to the establishment of sustainable water recycling systems by supporting a wide range of tasks from purifying, distributing, and using water to recycling used water

[Image] Water solutions:Consideration for the environment

Comfortable and convenient

Ensuring comfortable urban living by allowing people to use water safely with a sense of security as well as taking disaster prevention measures

[Image] Water solutions:Comfortable and convenient

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Transport solutions

Consideration for the environment

Making various means of transport and overall transport infrastructure more environmentally friendly through a wide range of technologies, systems, and products

[Image] Transport solutions:Consideration for the environment

Comfortable and convenient

Comfortable travel by rail and car that is less prone to delays, congestion, and accidents Receiving various services and information even during travel

[Image] Transport solutions:Comfortable and convenient

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Healthcare solutions

Consideration for the environment

Making medical equipment more environmentally friendly through a wide range of technologies, systems, and products

[Image] Healthcare solutions:Consideration for the environment

Comfortable and convenient

Creating an environment that enables people to live with a sense of security by providing all services from preventive medicine to disease screening, testing systems for early detection and diagnostic imaging systems, and treatment and post-treatment follow-ups

[Image] Healthcare solutions:Comfortable and convenient

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