Toppan Printing Develops “ID-Watchy®” UWB Version to Visualize Work with Highly Accurate Position Information | Toppan Printing

Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, President: Hideharu Maro, hereinafter referred to as Toppan Printing) provides a work management service “ID-Watchy®” that uses Bluetooth to convert location information and network camera images Combining technology, I did it.
This time, high-precision work was performed by using a combination of ultra-wideband (UWB)* and network camera images that can accurately measure position information with radio wave measurement errors of about 10-20 cm. Developed a UWB version of “ID-Watchy®” for visualization. From May 2022, we will start selling to the food industry and manufacturing. In this way, it is possible to accurately grasp how much work has been done on which side and in which place, etc., while moving between the left and right racks and the factory at 1-meter intervals, enabling high-precision workload estimation and work planning.

In addition, entrusted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Toppan Printing has participated in the project research “Artificial Intelligence Future Agriculture Creation Project” since October 2017, with the theme of “Development of Cultivation and Planting Optimization Technology”. Through research, we conducted a demonstration experiment using UWB technology on the service from July 2021 to October 2021, and confirmed its effect.
By adding the UWB version of “ID-Watchy®” to the lineup, introducing companies can choose the best from the traditional “ID-Watchy®” (Bluetooth version) and this UWB version according to application, conditions, cost, etc. Will be possible.

“ID-Watchy®” UWB version service map


In recent years, with the growing problem of long working hours, work management of workers has become an issue on the manufacturing site. In manufacturing sites, in order to reduce working hours, it is necessary to improve the efficiency of on-site work, and at the same time, it is also necessary to efficiently educate workers who are not used to on-site work.
Toppan Printing uses the Internet of Things to provide a job management service “ID-Watchy®” that uses Bluetooth technology to combine location information and webcam images. From the point of view of safety and security on the production site, we have multiple adoption records as a system to easily grasp and manage the position information and work status of each worker, and we have improved the optimal distribution and productivity of personnel on the production site. Yes help.
In the case of the current “ID-Watchy®”, the maximum radio wave measurement error of Bluetooth is about 1-2 m, so it is not suitable when high-precision measurement on the centimeter level is required. The use of UWB technology this time can achieve accurate measurement of radio wave measurement errors of about 10-20cm. Workplaces can be measured in greater detail and jobs can be simplified, leveled and optimally placed.

Demonstration Experiment Outline

In this development and demonstration experiment of the project research “Artificial Intelligence Future Agriculture Creation Project” commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the project name is “Development and utilization of artificial intelligence for farming and labor management optimization technology”, to master labor workers in detail We use “ID- Watchy®” to solve this problem. Visualizing workers’ labor and giving effective work instructions is a big problem in today’s ever-increasing large-scale solar plants.
In 2018, we also used the “ID-Watchy®” with Bluetooth technology and conducted a test demonstration at Kazui’s plant factory in Fukui. However, Bluetooth requires a large number of sensors to grasp the dynamics of workers as they move around the factory, and the cost of introduction has been an issue.
Therefore, this time, by grasping the dynamics by positioning using UWB, a system that can significantly reduce the introduction cost becomes possible. In this year’s demonstration, we confirmed the effectiveness of the system by actually managing work in Kazuo Fukui using a prototype system of the UWB version of “ID-Watchy®”.

・Demonstration period
July 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021
・ Kazugo Fukui Co., Ltd.
Solar Plant Factory (Mini Tomato, 3.6ha)
・Work management of about 20 workers/day
・ Divide the 50m working channel into 1/4, and record the working time every 12.5m.
・Target agricultural land, taking into account the attenuation of radio waves caused by plant moisture

Features of the “ID-Watchy®” Ultra Wideband Edition

● Manage the work status of each field worker with highly accurate location information and video
Using UWB recorded radio wave measurement error of about 10-20cm high-precision location information and network camera images for centralized management, administrators can remotely view the working status of each field worker in real time.
You can analyze each worker’s dwell time and pipeline in real time.

● Provide educational tools for inexperienced field workers
It can also be used as an educational tool for inexperienced workers by using video data of the best practices of skilled workers as work manuals.

● Learn location information without load
By simply carrying a dedicated card terminal and attaching it to workers and materials, location information can be easily recorded without the need for active reading operations like IC cards.

next deployment

Toppan will begin selling the “ID-Watchy®” UWB version to the food industry and manufacturing in May 2022, with a target of 50 cases by 2025.
In addition, using the knowledge of the “Artificial Intelligence Future Agriculture Creation Project”, a project commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, in the future, in labor-intensive industries such as agriculture, plant management and planting using artificial intelligence, labor management and labor management will be based on agriculture as a model. Combined, to promote the development of comprehensive management services for solar power plant factories.

About “Erhoeht-X®”


“Erhoeht-X®” is Toppan’s philosophy that will support the digital innovation of society and enterprises as a whole, and promote the digital transformation of enterprises themselves.
“Erhöhen” is named after the state-of-the-art printing technology at the time, “Erhöhen Toppan Method”, which is the origin of our founding, and the German word “Erhöhen” is etymological and means “enhancement”.
Toppan Printing will develop a hybrid DX business centered on data utilization by combining advanced digital technology and advanced operation technology, and further development of the printing technology cultivated so far, and the future of social sustainability. We will continue to contribute to it.

* UWB (Ultra Wideband)
It uses a very wide frequency band from several hundred MHz to several GHz, and is characterized by being less affected by obstacles.
* Product and service names mentioned in this press release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
*The content of this press release is current as of the date of this announcement. It is subject to change at any time without notice.


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