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KYOCERA Launches Lowest Cost IoT Service in Japan in Partnership with SIGFOX
New LPWA service is now available in Tokyo, to be rolled out nationwide by 2020 and will contribute to the advent of a safer and more comfortable society
The IoT market continues to grow worldwide with the number of connected devices estimated to reach around 53 billion by 2020*1. However, there continue to be barriers to mass adoption for use in locations with no electric power source, especially for applications such as sensors with extremely low data volumes. In order to address those issues, KCCS is deploying the Sigfox LPWA (low power wide area) network which brings a breakthrough IoT solution with the lowest costs and longest battery life — two barriers to entry for many companies in Japan seeking to leverage mass IoT.
This partnership marks the first availability of the Sigfox network in the fast-growing Japanese market, which is the third largest IoT market in the world behind the U.S. and China*2.
KCCS has formed partnerships with around 70 companies from various fields such as device makers and IoT service providers. The Sigfox network will target the following IoT services and applications in Japan:
|・||Utilities: Remote meter reading and water leakage detection|
|・||Retail: Remote monitoring for vending machine repair and restocking|
|・||Environmental: Monitoring for temperature, precipitation, wind, and river levels|
|・||Logistics & Transportation: Container, pallet and chassis location information management|
|・||Assets: Tracking and tracing rental equipment in case of loss or theft|
|・||Medical: mHealth applications such as data collection and monitoring, and monitoring of the elderly, children and pets|
|・||Agricultural: Monitoring of greenhouse temperature and humidity, soil condition monitoring and machinery management|
The service has already made an impact in Japan with a variety of applications deployed or currently being tested.
Smart Parking System with OPTEX Company Limited
Temperature Monitoring with Ai-Cynap Co., Ltd.
*1 White Paper 2015 on Japan’s Information and Communications featuring “Past, Present and Future of ICT” published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
*2 Machina Research
* Product specifications and launch dates are subject to change without prior notice.
* All product names and company names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies.
Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of global communication solutions powering the Internet of Things (IoT). The Sigfox network’s features include:
|Ultra narrow band||920MHz bandwidth
|Up to tens of kilometers|
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