Dr Ryo Imura, Chief Executive Managing Director
Hitachi Ltd, Mu Solutions Division, Japan
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There are now several application models in the manufacture processes for tracking & tracing the components and also the quality control of the integrated products. Some of the practical applications could be introduced in this paper. And it also shows how RFID technology can be applied ethically and cost-effectively to realize item level tracking. This leads the manufacturer toward the solutions that meet their requirements in a cost-effective and practical manner.
Ryo Imura was born in Mie prefecture on Aug 19th, 1951. He graduated the Master course of the University of Nagoya in 1977 and received his Ph.D in Material Science from the University of Nagoya in 1988. He was employed by the Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi Ltd. from 1977 to 2000, where he was active in the research of Information Data Storage for Magnetic bubble memories, Optical data storage (DVD) and Magnetic recording (Hard Disc Drive). He was a chairman of DVD-Forum Working Group, achieving DVD rewritable (DVD-RAM) format technology to be the international standard.
He was a President & CEO of Mu-solutions in-house venture company in Hitachi Ltd. established from July 1st, 2001 to promote the world smallest RFID "Mu-chip?system solution business, and at present he is a Chief Executive Managing Director of Mu-Solutions Division in Information & Telecommunication Group, Hitachi, Ltd.
Concurrent to his position with Hitachi, Dr.Imura is a Professor at Tokyo University and also a guest lecturer at U.C.Berkeley Haas School of Business M.B.A. program.
He is a member of Academic Society of Applied Physics and Applied Magnetic Society in Japan.
Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company, with approximately 340,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2002 (ended March 31, 2003) consolidated sales totaled 8,191.7 billion yen ($68.3 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors, including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. Mu-solutions is a Hitachi RFID division under Information & Telecommunication Systems. Mu-solutions builds and manages a complete platform for ?chip solutions.