Wireless Technology Park 2017
Event Report

On 24-26 May 2017, YRP R&D Promotion Committee, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, and YRP Academia Collaboration Network co-hosted the Wireless Technology Park (WTP) 2017 in Tokyo Big Sight.

WTP is a unique event focused on research and development of wireless communications technologies and held annually in cooperation with industry, academia, and government. The event consists of three parts: the "Exhibition" where you can see the latest wireless technology, the "Seminars" that introduce new technical trends of wireless communications, and the "Academia Session" where university laboratories present R&D results and conclusions.

This year, under the main theme of "5G & IoT - Creating New Value," the seminars and exhibits in WTP2017 focused on following keywords: 5th Generation Mobile Communication System (5G), Internet of Things (IoT)", Positioning, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Offshore & Undersea Communication Technology, Telecommunication for Robots & Drone, Wireless Technologies and Systems for Factory use, Terahertz-wave sensing & communication, etc.

The number of the visitors to the event exceeded 50,000 including the visitors to the co-located events: "Wireless Japan 2017/Wireless IoT Expo", "Transport System Expo 2017", and "International Drone Expo 2017." We are grateful to all the visitors and all people concerned in the event.

Wireless Technology Park(WTP)2017 Official website

Date & Weather Visitors (Num. of last year)
May 24, Fair 16,260 (14,603)
May 25, Cloudy 15,528 (13,077)
May 26, Cloudy after Rain 18,786 (19,428)
Total number of 3 days 50,574 (47,108)

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony was held in the morning of May 24 in the Exhibition Hall inviting Mr. Jiro AKAMA, Vice-Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan, and Mr. Akira Tagami, Deputy Mayor of the Yokosuka City.

Ribbon Cutting at Opening Ceremony

Mr. Jiro Akama, Vice-Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan (right-center)
Mr. Akira Tagami, Deputy Mayor of the Yokosuka City (left-center)

Mitsutoshi Hatori, Special Advisor, WTP Executive Committee
Akio Motai, President, YRP R&D Promotion Committee
Naoto Kadowaki, Vice President, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
Takeshi Hattori, Committee Chairman, YRP Academia Collaboration Network

Exhibition and Pavilions

There were 113 exhibitors in WTP2017. Exhibition on activities of the world's 5G promotion organizations was included in collaboration with the 3rd Global 5G Event held by the Fifth Generation Mobile Communications Promotion Forum (5GMF) held in a nearby hotel at the same period.

Featuring key technologies exhibited in WTP2017, pavilions of "5G Tokyo Bay Summit® 2017" "Location Service" "Flexible Factory Project" "ITS" were set up as well as the special exhibition on "Regional ICT and IoT utilization".

Seminars

30 courses of seminars and sessions were arranged during the 3 days, and a number of lectures and panel discussions were given on various topics.

WTP International Day on May 25

WTP International Day was planned on Thursday, May 25. On this day, explanations on exhibits were available in English in major exhibition booths to welcome foreign visitors, and International Session Part 1 was held inviting speakers from major LPWA alliances for panel discussion. In Part 2, speakers from foreign companies and organizations gave presentations on their activities seeking for business partnership in Japan.

YRP booth

In YRP booth, adding to the introduction of YRP, main activities of YRP R&D Promotion Committee were introduced: Broadband Wireless Forum, Wireless Smart Utility Networking Use Promotion Committee, etc. The booth also highlighted the initiatives of Yokosuka City Office to invite companies to YRP and Yokosuka city.

Academia Program

Academia Poster Session was held for the first two days on 24th and 25th May to provide the university laboratories with the opportunities to present their research activities and results. On 26th May, Academia Session was held inviting two professors, and technical exhibition of Technical Committee on Smart Radio was held.

Exhibition on History of Wireless Communications

Historical collections of various communication terminals were also displayed in the exhibition area bringing in the exhibits of the Exhibition Room in YRP Center No.1 Bldg. in addition to the seminar on History of Wireless Communications.