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IDG: Japan’s Kii unlocks the Internet of Things #iot #internetofthings

How big is the Internet of Things? It’s a bit of a how-long-is-a-piece-of-string question but it’s a fair starting assumption that this piece of string will be very long indeed and any company that can act as an IoT platform stands a good chance of being very significant indeed.

One company wanting in on the action is Kii Corporation, a Tokyo-headquartered startup led by Masanari Arai, a one-time IBM ThinkPad, IntelliSync and Nokia executive. That CV is germane because he is now using the network picked up in managing businesses in Asia and Silicon Valley to forge links for Kii.

Kii started life in 2008 as a mobile application development environment and has morphed to become an IoT management platform too, in part through acquisition.

“We understand how to sell in China, Japan and Taiwan,” Arai tells me. “We have a strong connection to those companies and we can manage any device, register it, control and update the device, get status information and then perform analytics on it.”

One exemplary customer is Yankon, one of the world’s largest makers of LED lights. With Kii, the company can gain insights into how many people change lighting colours, how often and for how long they’re switched on and off, brightness settings, geographical location and more.

Source: http://www.idgconnect.com/blog-abstract/10238/japan-kii-unlocks-internet-things

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