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Kobe City to Introduce Next-Gen Disaster Prevention the “VR Fire Drill” for Apartment Building. Disaster Prevention Service Brand “manbow”

DAIWA LIFENEXT CO., LTD. (headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Keitaro Takebayashi; hereinafter “DAIWA LIFENEXT”) that is a member of Daiwa House Group and Rikei Corporation (Headquarters: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Satoru Isaka; hereinafter “Rikei”) are pleased to announce that the companies have started providing Kobe City with some of the contents of the “VR Fire Drill,” that is service for residents of apartment buildings jointly developed by the two companies from November 12, 2023. Going forward, it will be possible to experience some contents of the “VR Fire Drill” in various disaster awareness activities to be conducted by Kobe City.

Image of “VR Fire Drill”

Since various disasters have occurred across Japan recently, it is important for apartment buildings where it is estimated that more than 10% of the nation’s residents live, to be proactive in disaster prevention activities and disaster preparedness. The “VR Fire Drill,” service for apartment residents developed by combining DAIWA LIFENEXT’s expertise in solving problems in management association activities and Rikei’s technology of VR contents creation, has been well received by many management associations while repeatedly improved and expanded its contents since the launch in November 2021.

Now, it has been decided that the service will be adopted by Kobe City as one of the contents used for disaster prevention awareness activities. The service will be used as hands-on content at Kobe City Citizens Disaster Prevention Center, as well as at disaster prevention events at Kobe City Fire Bureau and educational institutions, in order to raise disaster awareness and self-help skills among citizens.

About the Contents to be Introduced to Kobe City

Basic Edition of Fire Evacuation
In apartment building where many people live, each resident is required to have correct knowledge about fire evacuation, and especially in large or high-rise apartment buildings, it is necessary to choose the most appropriate evacuation method according to the fire situation from many options. The content explains key points for proper evacuation from a fire in an apartment building through realistic VR images as if residents were at a fire site.

Balcony Evacuation Edition
In the event of a fire in an apartment building, residents may be unable to exit through the front door, or unable to use the stairs or elevators. To prepare for such situations, it is important to have the knowledge how to evacuate from a balcony in advance.
With a realistic 360° image, the VR gives the proper use of evacuation equipment unique to apartment buildings, such as “partition board” used for evacuation to a next room’s balcony and “emergency ladder” used for evacuation to a balcony below.

In addition to the above two services, the “VR Fire Drill” provides a variety of disaster prevention contents specialized for apartment buildings.

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“manbow,” Disaster Prevention Service Brand for Apartment Buildings

The Service is one of the “manbow” brand, disaster preparedness services from Daiwa LifeNext. Based on the concept of “making condominium disaster prevention a part of daily life, not someday, “manbow” is a brand that provides services that are optimized for condominiums to meet the changing disaster prevention needs of the times and that can be naturally prepared for in everyday life, including hardware such as buildings and facilities as well as software such as self-help and mutual aid. Combined with other services such as the “Only One Disaster Prevention Manual Production Service”, the Service enables the more effective improvement of the disaster preparedness capabilities of entire condominium residents and their ability to help themselves.

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DAIWA LIFENEXT services in a wide range of areas related to customers’ living and real estate, including building management services for condominiums, rental condominiums, buildings, logistics facilities, commercial facilities, and hotels; management of rental condominiums, shared houses, conference hotels, and renovated hotels for corporate clients; and corporate services such as office relocation support. We are a collection of people working under the concept of “carving out a better future starting here and now, and every individual aims to continue working together with customers and society to create a more affluent lifestyle while valuing the philosophies, values and feelings of every person.

Headquarters 5-1-33, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Established March 8, 1983
Capital 130.1 million yen
Representative President Keitaro Takebayashi
Business Condominium management, building and commercial facility management, hotel operation and management, construction, security, non-life and life insurance agency,etc.

About Rikei Corporation

Since its establishment in 1957 as a solution vendor in the IT and electronics industries, Rikei Corporation has provided a variety of solutions ranging from systems to networks, VR/AR contents, electronic materials and electronic devices.

Rikei proposes solutions that utilize cutting-edge technologies and advanced products from Japan and overseas, and contributes to business development such as improving efficiency of operations and profits of customers.

Headquarters Shinjuku Mitsui Building No. 2, 3-2-11 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023
Established June 8, 1957
Capital 3,426 million yen (as of the end of March, 2023)
Representative Satoru Isaka, President & CEO
Business Provision of system and network solutions and electronic components and devices

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