Japan is field-testing RFID tags to provide information about "places" rather than things; uses include guidance for the visually impaired and information services for tourists.
In a keynote speech at the Embedded Systems Expo & Conference here this week, Ken Sakamura described a future in which information access is constant and ubiquitous. The later term describes Japan's future vision of embedded systems, which is dubbed "pervasive computing" in the United States and "ambient intelligence" in Europe.
Sakamura developed TRON — The Real-time Operating system Nucleus architechture — in the mid-1980s. The embedded version iTRON, is a de facto standard real-time operating system widely used here, especially in mobile phones.
In an attempt to build a "ubiquitous" society, Sakamura reported on the field testing of the Free Mobility Assistant Project by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT). Sakamura is the chairman of the project promotion committee.