Disaster management is essential for people to live safely and securely in such areas.
Tokyo's Toshima City is home to Ikebukuro, a massive train terminal.
When the Great East Japan Earthquake struck, transportation came to a halt and the area around the station overflowed with stranded commuters.
When commuters were stuck in Ikebukuro, what they most wanted was information.
What was, and would be, happening?
Lack of timely information caused worry.
Toshima City has introduced a comprehensive disaster control system using NEC's world-first Crowd Behavior Analysis Technology.
This system starts with collecting information which it then analyzes.
It then communicates the right information to those who need it most.
This is a system which contains all of those elements.
After collecting real-time information using 51 security cameras, NEC's world-first Crowd Behavior Analysis Technology automatically analyzes overcrowding and stagnation and enables a swift initial response.
When unusual congestion or stagnation is detected Based on threshold values, the system issues an alert.
Just after the Great East Japan Earthquake we were unable to grasp the ever-expanding volume of stranded commuters.
Crowd Behavior Analysis Technology is absolutely groundbreaking in such situations.
Even if we overlook something, it alerts us.
In the case of a disaster, we can understand situations in real-time via cameras, and share information immediately.
This is the best that we can do.
We can guide stranded commuters to evacuate, and also provide timely information such as transportation status updates.
Building a disaster-resistant city must be our mission.
Along with making this city safe for residents, we want to make, and must make it a place where even visitors feel safe and secure.
We make cities safer with advanced ICT.
Home to Ikebukuro, Japan's second largest railway terminal, Toshima City had to develop a swifter way of responding to rapidly changing conditions in the event of a natural disaster, and help stranded commuters get home or find shelter.
NEC's comprehensive disaster control system uses strategically placed cameras to collect and visualize accurate real-time footage on damage caused by natural disasters, along with ground-breaking crowd behavior analysis technology to detect commuter congestion and help formulate swift countermeasures.
Toshima City is now able to provide stranded commuters with accurate information in times of natural disaster, conduct effective crowd control, and offer necessary aid and shelter in collaboration with other prominent metropolitan institutions and authorities. The new comprehensive disaster control system is fast become a key part of the local government's drive to solidify its identity as a disaster-prepared, safe and secure city.
(September 30, 2015)