release date:2013.12.26

Start of the “Itoshima: ICT-Based Monitoring Town” project under the ICT Town Development Promotion



 On August 26, 2013 (Monday), Kyushu University and Itoshima City held a joint press conference on the implementation of the “Itoshima: ICT-Based Monitoring Town” project under the ICT Town Development Promotion Program by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication.  

 This project seeks to create a safe and secure living environment in Itoshima City by establishing a residents monitoring system using information technology in order to make the city resilient to disasters and friendly to elderly people, women and children.  

 At the press conference, President Setsuo Arikawa of Kyushu University and Itoshima Mayor Mineo Matsumoto talked about the project from the standpoints of academia and administration, respectively. In addition, the design of the “Itogon Card,” an IC card used in the project, was exhibited.


  The project will be implemented by a consortium of Kyushu University, the Kitakyushu National College of Technology, the Fukuoka Industry, Science & Technology Foundation, the Organization for Promotion Academic City by Kyushu University and Miyoshi Real Estate Co., Ltd. In the project, a monitoring service system based on VRICS*, an information infrastructure technology developed by Kyushu University, will be introduced by Itoshima City. In normal times, the system is used to keep a protective watch over elderly people and children and to take shopping orders from people who live in areas where everyday shopping is insufficiently available, to provide smart community bus service and is also used in disaster management exercises. In emergencies, it is used to check the safety of residents, facilitate the return of children to parents and provide evacuation guidance. The IC card is planned to be distributed to around 25,000 citizens, mainly children, elderly people and women.

  The project, which takes into consideration the possibility of using a citizen numbering system in the future, is planned to be extended city-wide and to other regions facing similar problems.


*VRICS stands for “value and right circulation control system.” It has been developed through the Regional Innovation Strategy Support Program of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (managed by the Fukuoka Industry, Science & Technology Foundation).


President Arikawa and Mayor Matsumoto showing the design of the “Itogon Card.”

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