Episode 10

THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF IoT COMMUNICATION


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Innovation Japan

THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF IoT COMMUNICATION

Implementing the Internet of Things(IoT)in business requires huge upfront investment. It is a barrier for SMEs and startups to develop IoT products or services, which has been long considered impossible. A Japanese rising startup invented a groundbreaking cloud-based platform. This technology significantly reduces the cost by replacing a core physical IoT infrastructure with a cloud-based service and is now opening up opportunities for smaller companies to launch creative and innovative IoT products and services. This new technology is igniting a social transformation, which can be called the democratization of the IoT.

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When companies have tried to utilize IoT in products and business, the huge initial investment has been a barrier for them.

A Japanese venture that has overturned that orthodoxy is now attracting considerable attention.

SORACOM, INC
CEO & Co-Founder
Ken Tamagawa

We developed an IoT system that is affordable even for small teams or start-ups with limited financial power. That’s why we redesigned mobile data communication technology for IoT.

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The main driver behind the high cost was the need to create a dedicated core system from scratch.

This venture replaces the physical telecom core with cloud-based software, so data can travel from SIMs to the cloud, where it is managed and controlled.

This makes it possible to manage data flow in the cloud. Even when data is sent from a large number of devices it is sent simultaneously.

This system drastically reduced connection costs.

01:10

SORACOM, INC
CEO & Co-Founder
Ken Tamagawa

I call it the “Democratization of IoT.”

In Japan, a wide range of startups and companies are beginning to use IoT to revolutionize society.

02:00

FUJITEC Co., Ltd.
Assistant Manager
Information System Department
Yoshitaka Koanji

Even elevators that were not on the network can be connected using this new IoT technology. Operations have become much more efficient.

KYODO FARM Co., Ltd.
President
Yoshinobu Hidaka

Relying on IoT where we needed it gave us more time to tend to the pigs. Our work became much more efficient.
Through this I want to improve the image of the livestock industry.

02:33

WHILL, Inc.
Chief Technical Officer
Muneaki Fukuoka

We were able to use the smallest amount of data necessary, which reduced power consumption to one-tenth of what it was.

We hope our products can serve not only for personal use but also as a part of urban infrastructure.

02:58

SORACOM, INC
CEO & Co-Founder
Ken Tamagawa

Before, only big companies had the resources to spur innovation.
But we want people who want to change the future with passion – individuals, startups, and ventures – to innovate, too!

This video was created in collaboration with SORACOM, INC.