Tokyo, February 2, 2016 - NTT DATA announced today that electrocardiogram (ECG), heart rate and electromyogram (EMG) data were collected from a driver in a series of tests conducted during IndyCar Series between June and August 2015. The driver wore a special garment incorporating hitoe®, a functional material which acts as a sensor, capturing biosignals from the heart and muscles of the driver. The joint experiment was conducted with NTT Basic Research Laboratories (NBRL), NTT DATA, Inc., Chip Ganassi Racing and driver Tony Kanaan.

To meet IndyCar’s safety regulations, NBRL and NTT DATA developed the special hitoe® garment using Nomex, the IndyCar-approved fire-resistant material.

Figure

Figure. Undershirt incorporating hitoe® technology

IndyCar drivers run at speeds of up to 230 miles (approx. 378 kilometers) per hour, perspiring heavily and experiencing high G-forces and loud noises. Despite these challenges, the garment was able to successfully collect biological data from Mr. Kanaan as he was driving.

Electrocardiogram (ECG) and heart rate data were filtered to eliminate vehicle vibration, myoelectric activity and certain types of noise. The results show that the driver’s heart rate spiked sharply at the beginning of a race and remained high throughout the competition, similar to the heart rates of people engaged in vigorous athletic activity. Interestingly, the driver’s heart rate also spiked when the car slowed to a stop, indicating that the driver’s heart rate is linked to the performance of the car as well.

Electromyogram (EMG) shows that drivers exert a great deal of energy to counteract extremely large G-forces, ranging between 3 and 5 Gs, while racing at high speeds on oval courses. To resist horizontal G-forces, drivers contract their muscles to maintain seating posture and physical balance, as well as to prevent blood from being forced to one side of the body.

Figure

Figure. G-forces experienced while racing

NTT DATA will continue to collect biological information as well as other information from the vehicles. Such data will be further analyzed and visualized with the aim of enabling drivers to enhance performance and train effectively. Also, analysis and quantitative information from veteran drivers could be beneficial for younger drivers to learn how to use their bodies efficiently. The data also are expected to have the potential to contribute to the prevention of accidents during the race.

Based on the technologies and knowledge acquired from this experiment, NTT DATA aims to develop new solutions that leverage biological information from athletes and apply those solutions to various sports by 2020. By testing and visualizing how top athletes use their bodies, for example, NTT DATA’s technology can be used to create innovative training methods and services utilizing quantified biological information.

NTT DATA is using hitoe® wearable sensors in tests targeting healthcare fields such as elderly care as well. In collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, NTT DATA used hitoe® garments to monitor vital data of elderly people remotely, enabling them to continue enjoying independent living. NTT DATA also has succeeded in visualizing level of stress and fatigue of office workers by estimating them from electrocardiographic potential of the heart. NTT DATA will continue to work on developing new services in the field of medical and healthcare that leverage such biological information.

Toray Industries and NTT Corporation developed hitoe®, which is a registered trademark owned by both companies.

About NTT DATA

NTT DATA is a leading IT services provider and global innovation partner headquartered in Tokyo, with business operations in over 40 countries. Our emphasis is on long-term commitment, combining global reach with local intimacy to provide premier professional services varying from consulting and systems development to outsourcing. For more information, visit www.nttdata.com.

For more information, please contact:

Media inquiries:

For Press Inquiries

PR Department
NTT DATA Corporation
Tel: +81-(0)3-5546-8051

For Product/Services

Mr. Watanabe and Ms. Sakuragi
Robotics Integration Promotoion Office
Service Innovation Center, Developing Technology Department
NTT DATA Corporation
Tel: +81-(0)50-5546-9863

News Releases.

The services, prices of products and services, specifications, telephone numbers, etc. for inquiries and other information included in news releases are the data available on the day of the release. This information may be changed at any time without notice. In certain circumstances, due to various risks or unexpected occurrences, actual results may also be different from the plans or projections in news releases.

About NTT DATA Services

NTT DATA Services partners with clients to navigate and simplify the modern complexities of business and technology, delivering the insights, solutions and outcomes that matter most. We deliver tangible business results by combining deep industry expertise with applied innovations in digital, cloud and automation across a comprehensive portfolio of consulting, application, infrastructure and business process services.

NTT DATA Services, headquartered in Plano, Texas, is a division of NTT DATA Corporation, a top 10 global business and IT services provider with 118,000+ professionals in more than 50 countries, and NTT Group, a partner to 88 percent of the Fortune Global 100.

Personnes-ressources pour les médias

Dernières actualités

NTT DATA Delivers End-to-End AI Capabilities with New Data Partners, Dataiku and Snowflake

PLANO, Texas – Sept 17, 2020 – NTT DATA Services, a digital business and IT services leader, announced today the addition of two new data partners, Dataiku and Snowflake, the cloud data platform, to its robust partner ecosystem. Together the companies will accelerate their clients’ digital transformation journeys and establish a trusted data foundation to operationalize and scale Artificial Intelligence (AI). In addition, NTT DATA and Snowflake announced a capital and business alliance to accelerate to expand Snowflake business in Japan and overseas.

EN SAVOIR PLUS

NTT DATA Starts Demonstrations to Extract Remote and Contactless Vital Signs Using Smartphones

Tokyo – September 11, 2020 – NTT DATA today announced it has begun demonstrations for contactless measurement of vital signs using the technology owned by Binah.ai, the champion of NTT DATA’s Open Innovation Contest 10. The technology determines vital signs by taking a smartphone photo of a human face, which is then transferred to Health Data Bank®. Health Data Bank is a health management service provided by NTT DATA to approximately 2,000 organizations consisting of 4 million employees.

EN SAVOIR PLUS

Chugai and NTT DATA Complete Demonstration of AI-based Clinical Trial Efficiency Solution

TOKYO, September 9, 2020 – Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (TOKYO: 4519) and NTT DATA Corporation (TOKYO: 9613) have conducted a demonstration test of a solution for improving the efficiency of clinical trial-related document preparation using AI technology from January to June, 2020.

EN SAVOIR PLUS