Sojitz Corporation (“Sojitz”) has entered a joint venture along with i-Cynap Co., Ltd. (“i-Cynap”) and Kyocera Communication Systems Co., Ltd. (“KCCS”) to provide IoT logistic services using the IoT network “Sigfox*2,” a type of new wireless telecommunication known as low power wide area (“LPWA*1”) technology.
The Sigfox network is a form of global communication characterized by its low cost, low-energy consumption, and long-distance transmission capacity. First implemented in France in 2009, the Sigfox network is currently used in 32 countries with plans for expansion to 60 countries by 2018. Europe is a leader in the establishment of Sigfox network-based IoT solutions, where application is widespread in industries such as logistics, social infrastructure, healthcare, monitoring systems, crime/disaster prevention, and farming. IoT market is expected to grow in Japan as well, with diverse application across industries.
In addition to building and operating secure, efficient, and environmentally-friendly logistics services, the logistics industry has been tasked in recent years with further development of global supply chain management and seamless, information sharing in real time.
In order to meet these new expectations in the logistics industry and further raise productivity, Sojitz, i-Cynap, and KCCS will develop and offer Sigfox-related sensor devices and application services.
Source: Sojitz Corporation, i-Cynap Co Ltd, Kyocera Communications Systems Co., Ltd.
Date: Aug 28, 2017