Canon Unveils its Vision of Smart Tech in Asia - Canon HongKong


    Canon Unveils its Vision of Smart Tech in Asia1

    Helping businesses and cities build resiliency in a post-pandemic world with Smart Workplace, Smart Vertical and Smart Surveillance technologies

    Canon today announced its strategic vision “Smart Tech” in Asia1, aimed at assisting businesses and cities become more resilient in a post-pandemic world. Comprising a comprehensive suite of technologies, Smart Tech is the culmination of Canon’s innovative work in the digital dimension. It offers diverse solutions to perplexing problems, empowering businesses, and cities to be more productive and ready for the future of work.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered various aspects of work, workers, and the workplace, highlighting the importance of being prepared for sudden upheavals. To be able to respond swiftly to unforeseen threats, businesses need to achieve higher levels of agility through automation. Implementing productivity-enhancing technologies in the workplace is an effective way to enable workers to work smarter in an ever-changing business environment.

    “The pandemic has imparted to many the valuable lesson of cultivating genuine resilience in an uncertain world” said Norihiro Katagiri, Senior Vice President of Regional Digital Printing & Business Solution Operations, Canon Singapore. “With this hard-won knowledge at hand, businesses are now seeking innovative solutions to confidently confront and overcome new disruptions that may arise. Through Smart Tech, Canon is committed to providing businesses with the latest technologies and solutions to navigate these challenging times.”

    The vision of Smart Tech is built on three pillars – Smart Workplace, Smart Vertical and Smart Surveillance.

    Smart Workplace

    In the post-pandemic world, businesses continue to face various challenges in managing distributed teams. From information management, process automation to workforce collaboration, Smart Workplace provides businesses with solutions to digitally transform traditional processes, and thrive in today’s blend of remote, in-office and hybrid work environments. The first step towards building a smart workplace is the digitisation of information, followed by the digitalisation of work processes.

    Smart Workplace comprises information management and process automation solutions that optimise the flow of data at all levels, ensuring much-needed productivity in distributed teams. For instance, digital invoices and contracts can be easily retrieved, and automatically routed to the right recipients for timely approvals. Outstanding tasks and expiring contracts can be tracked and managed effortlessly via automated notifications. With easy information retrieval and automated workflows, Smart Workplace helps eliminate manual processes and enables workers to work from anywhere, driving seamless collaboration in the workplace.

    Smart Vertical

    Geopolitical disruptions and rapid technological advancements can greatly impact industries. Coupled with logistical complexity and supply chain risks, industries face a myriad of challenges including the mishandling of physical documents and falling short of regulatory compliance. With Canon’s deep industry expertise and workflow automation solutions, Smart Vertical streamlines industry-specific, complex workflows, and eliminates manual, error-prone processes to help verticals be future-ready.

    For industries dealing with multiple touchpoints and partners, such as the logistics industry, overwhelming number of physical documents from different sources and time-consuming document search for audit purposes can be a laborious undertaking. Smart Vertical helps by creating visibility and accountability in digital document workflows to reduce errors, and enabling photographic evidence and e-signature capture to ensure the compliance of regulatory requirements.

    Smart Surveillance

    As urbanisation continues to accelerate, increased population density in cities may pose various health and safety risks, particularly during pandemics and massive public events. Smart Surveillance possesses one of the most sophisticated real-time crowd counting video analytics that promote public safety.

    Through the early detection of crowd surges in densely populated areas such as entertainment centers or stadiums, Smart Surveillance can promptly alert authorities and enable rapid deployment of crowd control measures, thus preventing potential disasters. Smart Surveillance also provides benefits in commercial growth. By detecting footfall patterns of consumers in retail shops, crowd counting video analytics can help businesses analyse shopping patterns and optimise sales revenue.

    In addition, Smart Surveillance allows businesses to remotely access security video footages from anywhere through cloud video surveillance. This is a significant shift from traditional on-site surveillance system access and video recordings storage, which can be costly and cumbersome. Combining advanced cloud video surveillance and data analytics, Smart Surveillance empowers urban cities and meets business security needs with remote operations that safeguard against disruptions.

    1 Covering Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Philippines

    About Canon Hongkong Company Limited

    Canon Inc. (TSE:7751 / NYSE:CAJ) was founded in 1937 in Japan. Its predecessor, Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, produced Japan's first 35 mm focal-plane-shutter camera “Kwanon” in 1934. From there, Canon Inc. expanded into the photocopying and printing industries, launching Japan's first plain-paper copier NP-1100 in 1970 and the world's first inkjet printer BJ-80 in 1985. Through the years, Canon Inc. has acquired in-depth experience in digital imaging product manufacturing, research and development. Pioneering in innovative products development, Canon Inc. hold the most technology patents in the imaging industry. Canon Inc. also makes significant contribution to promote photography. Today, Canon Inc. has a strong global presence, representing one of the most important market players in the imaging, office and industrial product categories. As of 31 December 2022, Canon's global revenue was US$30.31 billion.

    In 1971, Canon Hongkong Co., Ltd. (Canon Hong Kong) was established as one of the first Canon offices in Asia. Canon Hong Kong is a Total Imaging Solution provider, providing professional pre-sales, marketing and after-sales services for all Canon products and solutions in Hong Kong and Macau. With the solely owned subsidiary Canon Business Solutions (Guangdong) Co., Ltd. established in 2018, the company continues to deliver intelligent total business solutions and professional services to Greater Bay Area. Canon Hong Kong adheres to Canon’s corporate philosophy of “Kyosei”, encouraging the company and staff to engage social, charitable and environmental activities for the community. Implementing internationally-recognized management system, Canon Hong Kong has achieved ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 27001 (Canon Digital Production Center) certifications.

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