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GE Energy and NTT Docomo form Japanese IoT alliance

Steve Rogerson
July 10, 2015
A Japanese alliance of GE Energy Japan and NTT Docomo is targeting the IoT market by combining GE's MDS Orbit Platform, a wireless router for industrial equipment, with Docomo's communications module.
Together, they should enable private companies with infrastructure facilities, as well as customers of local governments, to monitor real-time operational data such as temperature and vibration on infrastructure equipment. It will provide data for remote areas on roads and bridges, plants, electricity, gas, and water.
By combining the operation data acquired by the Orbit platform with Docomo's application on the Toami IoT cloud platform, users will be able to manage the data on their smartphones and tablets. Toami is an IoT cloud platform offered by Nippon Systemware.
This feature can serve as a predictive diagnostic tool to prevent failures and assist in preserving aging facilities. With the cloud platform, users will be able to receive added value instantly without having to make any additional capital investments.
GE's Orbit platform employs robust housing for industrial equipment data communications, and includes security technology and Class I Division 2 authentication. This danger zone is defined by IEC500. Class I Division 2 refers to a location where explosive hazardous materials are treated but normally kept within a closed space. The closed space is managed and processed to prevent leakage of hazardous materials excluding circumstances of abnormal equipment, destruction of containers and unforeseen accidents.
The platform is strongly resistant to environmental barriers, including elements such as location and terrain, to ensure communications are secure.
GE selected the Docomo communications module embedded for the Orbit platform based on the variety of industrial M2M communications experiences and the results of signal quality qualification.
By cooperating further with GE, Docomo aims to promote its +d (pronounced "plus d") initiative to create new value by collaborating with various outside partners.
By integrating the technologies of GE and Docomo and continually expanding to a wider range of fields, both companies plan to work together to provide their customers with IoT services that offer new kinds of value.