Knowledge Foresight Inc.
Expanding business in the big data and information system development.
Knowledge Foresight Inc. is a boutique firm to plan, design and develop information system. The company has good records of delivering seismic monitoring system and database of scientific literature to many national research institutes. The company has expanded its business to develop big data in earth science field embodying earthquake catalog and AMeDAS data, monitoring system for environmental disaster prevention and its original high - precison barometer, data logger. The company also works on joint development utilizing its network with overseas (a subsidiary in New York and business partners in Beijing) as well as consulting on streamlining of business operations and computer usage, etc.
[Product description] We have developed high performance data logger (KPL-Xv1) by integrating an original real-time OS to high quality CPU board. This logger can be customized for its data acquisition, data analysis and data transmission according to customers’ purposes. The recorded data is saved in USB memory. It has 8ch of 12bit-A/D internally and can acquire data by connecting to external A/D via USB or serial. Ethernet or wireless LAN is used for data transmission. We developed this logger specifically for the high sensitivity barometer of Paroscientific Inc. (Model 6000-16B). Model 6000-16B has 12 digit effective values. In case of data transmission by binary, only 9-digit can be sent with normal 32bit format. We therefore developed the new data transmission format (64bit extension WIN format) so it can send the full 12-digit values.
[Product description] Bibliography Search Engine is composed by three functions and can be used on the web. First function is easier search called L-Search, which retrieves targeted file among all file names. The second function is retrieve text data from all documents. The system automatically retrieves text using OCR function from PDF at fixed time every day and registers the retrieved text onto database. The third function, called V-Search, searches within text database which is retrieved from PDF.
[Product description] Crustal-movement Monitoring System (CMS) can monitor multi observation points at one time. The system collects observed seismic data (100Hz sampling) via Internet VPN and displays on monitoring screen in real-time. It then determines hypocenter and transmits analyzed results via Web.
[Product description] Knowledge Foresight Earthquake Catalog (KEQC) includes all seismic events (about 2.5 million events since 1983) of Hi-net which is released to the public by Japan Meteorological Agency. These data are accessible on our homepage (“K-Labo”), which can be searched by a certain time period, magnitude, depth or area. The seismic centers shown on the figure occurred during one month from December 1st to December 31st in 2014. There are 10,377 events (M:0~9).
[Product description] We have combined our technologies of real-time monitoring and comprehensive observation system with Smartphone, ultra-compact sensors and wireless communications to produce compact and lower-priced system for not only disaster prevention but also to other industries such as agriculture, forestry and fisheries. Normally, triaxial acceleration sensor, GPS, barometric sensor, temperature sensor, camera, and various communication functions are already embedded within smartphones. We are currently conducting connection test with external sensors using A/D of 12bit x 4ch and A/D of 24bit sigma delta differential input x 2ch. The acquired data is stored in SD card or internal memory and sent to the server wirelessly. We plan to develop a water-proof, dust-proof, inexpensive measurement system which is easy to install and maintain as well as comprehensive observation system based on OpenGIS.
[Company strength] Our strength is an integrated ability to design and develop network and software and to monitor and process observed data comprehensively by ourselves. Among environmental disaster prevention, we particularly have good records in the seismic observation. We have been in charge for development, repair, and maintenance of surveys and research systems for national research institutions and universities. We can customize the methods of data recording, transmission and web display according to our clients’ needs. We have also developed our original data logger (KPL-Xv1) which adapts for a specialized sensor. We have established our developmental environment by adding virtualization method to 20 servers. In 2013, we have started building and operating big database in earth science field (ie. earthquakes and weather information) and continued to seek efficient usage of these data. [Business description] We have mainly developed database system and real-time monitoring system for national surveys and research. ●We create and improve the big database in the earth science field by adding original search functions (Seismic catalog: about 2.5 million all seismic events that Japan Meteorological Agency releases to the public, AMeDAS database: all events in the last 40 years, updated daily). These databases are accessible on our web-site. ●We are monitoring the seismic data recorded at more than 40 observation points and observed data of several sensors in real time. We are recently developing more affordable, easy-to-maintain monitoring system using smartphone and cloud technology. We would like to apply our monitoring systems to various fields regardless of the size and the industry in the future. [Industry] Information and communications [Strength of products/technologies] Our monitoring system can handle seismic data which requires high sampling rate (more than 100Hz) and which tends to become very big in size. We can combine and display the obtained seismic data with various other data such as geographical and spatial information utilizing open source technology. We are also currently developing a real-time hypocenter determination function. In 2014, we developed an original data logger (patent pending) which can be associated with high-precision barometer (significant 12-digit) and GPS which is used by Geospatial Information Authority of Japan. As we obtained know-hows of designing and developing hardware (logger) for specialized sensors from this experience, we believe we can adapt to any other sensors in the future. [Representative's message] Our company’s motto is “Creation of a new possibility”. We always want to be a creative challenger. Every one of us works as a specialist of their own field and plans and operates with their responsibility. We will keep challenging for new R&D and seek breakthrough. Please visit our web-site, particularly “K-Labo” page on which we release our research achievements. We continue to strive for expanding our environment disaster prevention monitoring system to not only within our country but also overseas, particularly where a lot of natural disasters are occuring. [Company structure for market development/overseas expansion] We have business contact at our General Affairs and Planning division and we are actively collecting information and promoting sales. Our president will meet our clients at face to face for substantive negotiations, while our senior engineers will correspond to any technical issues or inquiries. We aim to plan and solve problems in a timely manner. We have mostly dealt with specific large corporations in the past, but we would like to expand our services to more major firms in the future. We are prepared to deal with overseas in English. In 2014, we have established our subsidiary in the U.S. for international distribution. We also visited research institutions and universities in Vietnam in 2014 to promote exchanges of technologies in cooperation with some major firms and domestic universities. [Market share/Ranking] Most of our developments are customization of advanced R&D systems. [Awards and media coverage] Centralized management and time-sequence access of disaster information（The Daily Engineering & Construction News、2014/10/10） [Joint research and development] ・River Disaster Prevention Monitoring System (Joint proposal with OYO Corporation and Ritsumeikan University to JICA, 2014) ・Crustal Deformation Monitoring System(Joint development with OYO Corporation and Hitachi Zosen, 2014) ・River Levee Database (Commissioned from Fukada Geological Institute, 2013) [Intellectual property] 1 Patent pending （Application Number: 2014－130496） 1 Trademark registered （Registration Number: 5741800） [Main Clients / Business History (domestic)] ・JNES (currently re-named to Nuclear Regulation Authority)／We received a commission from OYO Corporation to develop Kashiwazaki Seismic Observation System (vertical array, horizontal array) (2011-2013)・JOGMEC／We received a commission from OYO Corporation to develop Monitoring System of Underground Storage Gas Leakage Test at Namikata Base (2012)・Kyoto University／We received a commission from Fukada Geological Institute to develop Database of River Levee Suffer Examples (2013)・JCCS／We received a commission to develop Seismic Observation System of CCS Demonstration Experiment in Tomakomai, Hokkaido (2013)・We received a commission from Hitachi Zosen to develop GPS Continuous Observation Analysis System(2013-3014)・We transferred and maintained Research Results Disclosure System for National Institute of Information and Communications Technology（NICT）(2012-2014)
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