Australian wireless network provider, Kore Wireless, is pursuing the Japanese machine-to-machine (M2M) market by expanding into the region through a new partnership with Tokyo-based Micro Technology.
Micro Technology is a provider of research, design and manufacturing services for embedded systems which has only recently expanded its portfolio to include M2M solutions.
Kore’s decision to tackle the Japanese market comes on the back of recent success across Asia-Pacific (APAC).
According to a statement from Kore, the agreement will provide Japanese companies the opportunity to capitalise from M2M technologies by offering full support to local customers looking to expand operations internationally, while also allowing existing customers to enter the Japanese market.
“This new partnership will allow us to drive in-country sales and provide localised support to customers in Japanese,” Kore APAC vice-president and general manager, Shane Murphy, said. “Micro Technology has a history of success in the embedded solution field, and an intimate knowledge of the Japanese market.”
As part of the contract, Micro Technology will complement the Kore service by developing end-to-end M2M solutions in vehicle telematics, remote healthcare and factory automation, all connected by the Kore global M2M network.
This means the Japanese services provider will have access to the full range of cellular and satellite-based Kore M2M services.
Commenting on the partnership, Micro Technology chief executive officer (CEO), Shinichi Ishimatsu, said, “We’ve seen demand for M2M wireless solutions growing in Japan for some time; our partnership with Kore now allows us to capitalise on this.”
“Not only can we design and build these solutions for our customers, but we can now offer them a full services including a platform and connectivity.”
Kore will join Micro Technology at Japan IT week on May 14 to 16 to exhibit M2M services.