Yokohama City Housing Development Public Corporation Installs Innovative IoT/AI Technology in All Households of New Condominiums “Yokohama MID Base Tower Residence”
– Proposing a new standard for ever-evolving homes with AI –
November 9, 2017
Yokohama City Housing Development Public Corporation
ENCORED JAPAN Inc.
Yokohama City Housing Development Public Corporation (headquartered in Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, President: Shiro Hamano), SoftBank Group’s ENCORED JAPAN Inc. (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo, President & CEO: Akihiko Nakano, hereinafter “ENCORED”) and SoftBank Corp. (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo, President & CEO: Ken Miyauchi, hereinafter “SoftBank”) are pleased to announce the introduction of “ENERTALK,” “Amazon Echo” and “Smart Home Appliance Controller RS-WFIREX3” in all households of the new condominiums Yokohama MID Base Tower Residence (Location: 6-143 Hanasaki-cho, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa). “ENERTALK” is a platform service that utilizes real-time analysis of energy data provided by ENCORED. A smart speaker “Amazon Echo” can be useful in a various way of daily life. Just talk to it, and it can read out news, schedules, or even electricity bill information from ENERTALK. A Wi-Fi learning remote controller “Smart Home Appliance Controller RS-WFIREX3” allows you to control your home appliances, such as TV and air conditioners, with your voice.
In response to the introduction of ENERTALK and the launch of the Amazon Echo in Japan (announced in the press release on November 8, 2017), in order to propose new sustainable homes and lifestyles that can contribute to the environment in the next generation, all households of the Yokohama MID Base Tower Residence will be the first to be equipped with IoT devices utilizing AI and big data, and Amazon Echo and the Smart Home Appliance Controller will be installed following the property is handed over starting in next January.
Equipped with ENERTALK and Amazon Echo that continue to evolve with software updates, the households of Yokohama MID Base Tower Residence will be able to operate a variety of smart home appliances by voice in the future. Combining this with lifestyle patterns based on energy data such as electricity consumption, makes it possible to provide each resident with information that leads to a more comfortable lifestyle.
The introduction of ENERTALK and Amazon Echo into all households is an innovative effort that utilizes the latest IoT and AI, and is expected to lead to a dramatic evolution in the future housing industry in terms of monitoring and security functions that will allow people to live in peace, as well as to increase asset value. We also believe that it will play an active role as a communication tool in the community and will become a standard for condominiums and residences in the future.
ENCORED and Softbank support Yokohama City Housing Development Public Corporation’s “Lifestyle Regeneration Project”*1 in its urban revitalization of apartment complexes and condominiums, working together to study solutions to social issues using IoT, AI, and big data analysis technologies of the two companies at the Yokohama Living Lab in the URBAN DESIGN CENTER Idogaya*2 (Location: 27-1 Idogaya-shimocho, Minami-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa). We will continue our efforts to realize an ultra-smart society.
（Exterior photograph of Yokohama MID Base Tower Residence）
(CG renderings of the exterior and entrance hall of Yokohama MID Base Tower Residence）
<Open to the press/general public>
By appointment, experience the comfort of new condominium utilizing IoT and AI at the model room in the building.
For the press: 11:00, Wednesday, November 22, 2017
For general public: 14:00, Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Location: Yokohama MID Base Tower Residence (6-143 Hanasaki-cho, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa)
* Please come to the entrance hall.
Contact for inquiries on opening to the press/general public: Yokohama City Housing Development Public Corporation
Business hours: 9:00-17:00 on weekdays (closed on weekends and holidays)
■ENERTALK – a platform service for valuable information based on electric power data
ENERTALK can estimate the electricity demand of major home appliances based on overall electric power consumption and predict household lifestyle patterns by analyzing waveforms obtained from detailed electric power data every second with its unique AI. By combining these extracted data, a variety of services can be realized, including effective electricity-saving advice, energy efficiency diagnostics for home appliances, and watching over the elderly.
Use of the Service
■ Amazon Echo – hands-free, always on call, instantly responsive
Echo is voice-controlled, can be used hands-free anytime, and always responsive. Customers can call out around the room, asking for information, music playback, news, weather and more, and Alexa (Note) will respond immediately. Echo uses remote voice recognition technology and a seven-microphone array to clearly hear voices emanating from different parts of the room. Operating by voice, it is expected to be a support tool for the physically challenged and the elderly who are less familiar with digital devices. Learn more about Amazon Echo at http://www.amazon.co.jp/echo .
(Note) Alexa is the brain behind the Amazon Echo. Alexa is built in the cloud, constantly evolving and getting smarter.
■ “Smart Home Appliance Controller RS-WFIREX3”
“Smart Home Appliance Controller RS-WFIREX3″ is a Wi-Fi learning remote controller jointly developed by SB C&S Corp. and RATOC Systems, Inc. It connects to Amazon Echo and allows you to control your home appliances, such as TV and air conditioner, with your voice. All you have to do is say, “Alexa, turn on the air conditioner with Home Appliance Remote Control,” and you can do it from the comfort of your bed on a cold morning, or change the TV channel or volume when you have your hands full, such as while cooking.
■ Yokohama MID Base – Realization of a healthy longevity society and a community-based society (Continuing Care Retirement Community)
The Yokohama MID Base was developed by Yokohama City Housing Development Public Corporation as a model project for sustainable housing to solve communal issues as we face a super-aging and declining population society. It aims to create a community where the elderly can lead healthy and active lives and also receive ongoing medical and long-term care when in need.
- A framework designed for the residents and local communities to receive long-term/medical care, daily living services, and other services from the facilities attached to the building to support their health and well-being so that they can live a secure life in the future
- Introduction of ICT to provide Monitoring Service for the elderly and children
- Organizing a variety of community events open to the local communities in the local exchange spaces and community squares to create an environment where the elderly can mingle with the local communities, work together with children and young people across generations and thereby contribute to the communities
■ Property outline of Yokohama MID Base Tower Residence
|Location||6-143 Hanasaki-cho, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa|
|Access||Yokohama Station, Keihin-Tohoku/Negishi Line, 13 min on foot
Takashimacho Station, Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line, 3 min on foot
Tobe Station, Keikyu Main Line, 8 min on foot
Minatomirai Station, Minatomirai Line, 10 min on foot
|Structure and scale||18 stories above ground/1 story below ground with reinforced concrete|
|Total No. of units||199 units (in addition, a paid home for the elderly with a capacity to be 100 people, day-care centers, clinics, retails stores)|
|Gross floor area||26,717.18㎡|
|Date of completion||Planned for mid-December, 2017|
|Move-in date||Planned for mid-January, 2018|
|Construction||KAJIMA & KOBAI construction joint venture|
|Management||Nomura Real Estate Partners Co., Ltd.|
|Sales (Intermediary)||Nomura Real Estate Urban Net Co., Ltd.|
|Seller||Yokohama City Housing Development Public Corporation|
Contact for inquiries on sales: Nomura Real Estate Urban Net Co., Ltd.
Business hours: 11:00-19:00 on weekdays/10:00-18:00 on weekends and holidays
Closed on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and the second Tuesdays (except holidays)
|– Contact for inquiries on the press release –
Yoshikawa, Urban Planning Section Manager, Urban Planning Department, Yokohama City Housing Development Public Corporation
Komatsu, Public Relations, ENCORED JAPAN Inc.
Matsuba/Miki/Yuasa, Public Relations Office, SoftBank Corp.