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Solving Social Issues through Businesses

Social Solutions

Social Solutions

Upon the share transfer of all of OMRON's shares in OMRON Automotive Electronics Co., Ltd. (OAE) in October 2019, Social Solutions domain, the newly defined focus domain under VG2.0, OMRON's medium-term management plan, has a goal to contribute to build a safer, more secure and cleaner smart society.

We pursue safety, convenience, and free traffic flow through automobile components, traffic and road management systems, and railway station management systems. Also we work with our partners to promote the use of power conditioners and storage batteries in connection with solar power systems to promote renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gases.

OMRON will continue our challenge to realize smart society in which people around the world can live in a safe, secure, confortable and clean environment.

OMRON’s Initiatives to Solve Social Issues

Eliminating Driver Error

Nearly 80 percent of Japan’s traffic accidents occur due to inattention ahead of the vehicle and other similar driver error. Elderly drivers, increasing in number over the past several years, have been a major factor in such accidents.
The world’s leading auto manufacturers and many other companies are developing driving safety support technologies to address this serious social issue. At OMRON, we are combining our expertise in automotive electronics technologies and road and traffic control to develop technologies used both inside and outside the vehicle. These technologies will support safer driving and lead ultimately to a more secure, safer mobility society.

An Expanding Renewable Energy Market

While industrial activity has made our modern lives much more convenient, this same activity has given rise to increasing levels of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Today, we face the risk of major environmental damage and economic loss. Worldwide, policies have been proposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with COP21*. The government of Japan has set targets to increase the use of energy from renewable sources from 15 percent (fiscal 2015) to 24 percent by the year 2030. Forecasts estimate the use of solar power will double, from 3.3 percent to seven percent in that same time frame.
OMRON is doing our part to promote renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gases through power conditioners and storage batteries used in connection with solar power systems.

  • * COP21 (2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference): Conference held in Paris in 2015 to discuss measures to deal with global warming in 2020 and beyond. The proposed new framework was intended to supersede the Kyoto Protocol.
Outlook for Equipment Capacity Based on Worldwide Renewable Energy
Japan's Future Energy Structure

Looking to the Near Future

Advanced Driver Information Sensing

We have launched a new initiative in safe driving technology: Driver biological information diagnosis. We are integrating our industry-leading biological information sensing technologies (blood pressure, pulse wave) into safe driving systems to manage the physical condition of a driver. We expect this technology will be used in applications to prevent accidents of the type caused by the incapacity of an elderly person behind the wheel.

Building a Power Aggregation Market Using Solar Power and Storage Batteries

More companies around the world are embracing the international RE100* initiative, adopting renewable energy for the transition to a low-carbon society. Demand for renewable energy is rising in Japan, just as in many regions, requiring aggregation of electricity and effective controls. OMRON is leveraging our strengths in equipment installation, servicing, and maintenance to create an aggregation business that bundles electricity from solar power systems with controls and intelligently networked equipment.

  • * RE100 is an international initiative supported by companies committed to using 100% renewable power.

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