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Social Value Creation Report Sustainable Earth

Disaster prevention investment that is directly linked to economic growth
Building resilient cities across the world

January 29, 2018

In recent years, large-scale natural disasters have been occurring one after another in various parts of the world. Natural disasters, such as floods, droughts, intense heat, or cold waves are increasing in frequency due to the impacts of climate change. Such disasters not only have a severe detrimental impact on ecological systems, but also adversely affect human life and health, as well as economic and social activities. In particular, economic losses due to disasters in recent years have risen dramatically, and are becoming a major issue whether it is in growing cities or developed countries.

To respond to the threat of frequently-occurring natural disasters, a diverse range of both hard and soft measures, including physical, institutional, and social methods, are required. Furthermore, the fields in which ICT is expected to provide solutions to these issues extend over a diverse range, including optimal utilization of resources and crisis response to disasters among other things.

NEC aims to create resilient cities that can respond quickly and flexibly to natural disasters and keep damage to a minimum by utilizing the latest ICT, such as global sensing, IoT (Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence), and simulation technology.

This report overviews the latest trends in disaster prevention measures around the world, as well as initiatives and cutting-edge technologies that NEC has developed both in Japan and overseas with the aim of co-existence with earth.

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