Tagawa City Picks Tech Mahindra to Drive Digital Transformation

Tech Mahindra, a provider of digital transformation, consulting, and business re-engineering services and solutions, and Tagawa City, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to accelerate digital transformation in Tagawa City.

As part of the partnership, Tech Mahindra will leverage its expertise in next-generation technologies such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR), to help Tagawa become a smart city.

To further support the digital transformation journey, Tech Mahindra and Tagawa City will work together to upskill the local talent with software engineering skills in Japan.

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In addition, Tech Mahindra and Tagawa City will collaborate on the expansion of local 5G with Multi Edge Computing (MEC), as well as the development of new hardware and software using AR and VR. Furthermore, Tech Mahindra will help Tagawa City in its vision for the digitalization of sports facilities, using technologies such as motion cameras and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance accessibility and provide better experiences for all.

Kimito Futaba, Tagawa City Mayor, said, “We thank Tech Mahindra for their cooperation in this public-private partnership with Tagawa City. We will leverage their expertise in digital technologies to bring about positive change in our city. Further, this partnership will help us achieve our vision for a smart city and provide benefits to our residents and local businesses.”

To realize the smart city vision, Tech Mahindra and Tagawa City, will collaborate to digitally transform the tourism industry through the use of AR and other technologies, build smart recreational parks, and provide labour assistance using IoT, such as body temperature and physical condition management of cows using AI cameras, and the digitalization of the tourism industry. Tagawa City will also benefit from the development of smart parks and camping grounds, as well as new forms of entertainment such as forest cinemas.

Manish Vyas, President, Communications, Media and Entertainment Business, and CEO, Network Services, Tech Mahindra, said, “Digital transformation has become one of the top priorities for organizations and governments today to keep pace with the ever-changing post-pandemic world. Japan is one of the most advanced and innovative countries in the world and our collaboration with Tagawa City, is a major step forward in strengthening our ties with the country. With this partnership, we look forward to working closely with Tagawa City to develop new technologies and services that can enhance the quality of life of Tagawa City’s citizens. Further to this partnership, we foresee significant growth across various industries, including manufacturing, health care, telecommunications, and media and entertainment”

This partnership is in line with Tech Mahindra’s NXT.NOW™ framework, which aims to enhance ‘Human Centric Experience’, and focuses on investing in emerging technologies and solutions that enable digital transformation and meet the evolving needs of the customer.

Tagawa City, located in Fukuoka Prefecture, used to be the center of Japan’s coal mining industry and to this day, Tagawa is known for its famous coal mining dance, which is popular all over Japan.

Due to the importance of its coal industry for the modernization of Japan between the middle of the 19th and the middle of the 20th century, Tagawa was often called Japan’s “coal capital”. The switch of Japan’s economy from coal to oil as its major source of energy in the 1960s brought an end to the coal industry in Tagawa which led to an era of decline. The city is proud of its coal mining heritage but nowadays is also putting attention to its culture, history and nature.

Furthermore, the city has been certified as a “leading inclusive host town” as a result of its many efforts in the field of inclusion, like hosting camps for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tagawa’s goal is to become an inclusive city where everyone is welcome and can play an active role. As a cornerstone of the city’s efforts, focus is put on educational reforms and the improvement of child care.

ChannelDrive Bureauhttp://www.channeldrive.in
ChannelDrive Bureau covers the latest developments in the space of ICT, technology, solutions and implementations and delivers content focused around solution providers, system integrators, distributors and technology partner community in India. ChannelDrive Bureau is headed by Zia Askari. He can be reached at ziaaskari@channeldrive.in

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