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Updated on September 7, 2016

Environmentally and Socially Beneficial Products and Services

Digital Cinema Systems

Sony developed the HDW-F900, the world's first digital video camera for cinema production, back in the year 2000. Then, in 2006, Sony released 4K digital cinema projection systems featuring Sony SXRD projectors. These products helped usher in the era of energy- and resource-saving digital cinema, replacing traditional film, which uses water and chemicals for film manufacturing and processing. In addition to conserving resources, digital film distribution to theaters is simplified using hard disks, which is much more efficient than transporting cases of traditional film. In 2013, Sony released the PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K camera, which supports 4K capturing in a compact package that consumes even less power.

  • PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K camera

  • Sony Digital Cinema 4K™ cinema projection system SRX-R320 (left) and SRX-R515P (right)

Video Conferencing Systems

  • PCS-XG100 HD video conferencing system
Corporate meetings that require employees to travel from other locations generate CO2 emissions. The more meetings are held, the more transportation-driven emissions there are. To address this, Sony supplies video conferencing systems to help reduce CO2 emissions associated with employee travel. Sony is improving various aspects of the video conferencing experience, including image and audio quality, while increasing the number of locations that can join a single conference. The goal is to deliver a realistic conferencing experience that enables corporations to adopt video conferencing and reduce employee travel.

FeliCa™ IC Card Passenger Ticketing Systems

Sony's smart card passenger ticketing system, based on FeliCa™ contactless IC card technology, is helping to alleviate air pollution in Bangladesh, India. The city is facing serious air pollution issues due to increasing traffic congestion. The national bus company decided to adopt a FeliCa™ smart card passenger ticketing system in order to encourage the residents of Bangladesh to use municipal buses. The FeliCa™-based system has made it easier for users to get on and off buses. This added convenience has attracted more riders, which is in turn helping to alleviate traffic congestion.

Digital Paper

  • DPT-S1 Digital Paper
Sony has been offering Digital Paper devices since 2013, featuring displays that use original Sony technology to render fine text so that it appears as sharp and readable as printed text. These devices ship with a stylus that enables users to take notes just as easily and smoothly as when using real paper. Major paper users such as universities and offices are adopting this digital paper technology to go paperless and conserve resources.

Energy Storage Systems Using Olivine-Type Lithium-Ion Iron Phosphate Rechargeable Batteries

  • Large-scale energy storage system housed in a 40-foot container
In 2009, Sony developed an olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate rechargeable battery, and later in 2011 developed a commercial energy storage system for household and business use based on energy storage modules built from these batteries. In 2014, Sony further extended the longevity, safety, and fast-charging capabilities of its olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate batteries, and developed a control integrated circuit and software enabling multiple energy storage modules to be connected either in series or parallel. Sony is involved in a joint venture with Hydro-Quebec, Canada's largest power utility, to leverage this original technology to develop large-scale energy storage systems for power utilities. Sony Energy Devices Corporation also has a large-scale energy storage system operating in Japan. These large-scale energy storage systems are expected to enable the stable use of renewable energy and supply power in a disaster.
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