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ThingWorx to power cloud-based M2M for NTT DoCoMo

Iain Morris
April 23, 2014
ThingWorx has struck a major deal with Japan’s NTT DoCoMo to support cloud-based M2M services across a range of industry sectors.

The deal will see ThingWorx’s (Exton, PA, USA) platform used to “power” NTT DoCoMo’s (Tokyo, Japan) Toami-branded cloud offering, which is designed to help the operator’s customers quickly develop M2M services.

The deal also involves Japanese IT player Nippon Systemware (Tokyo, Japan), which is a member of ThingWorx’s global partner ecosystem.

ThingWorx claims that NTT DoCoMo will be able to deploy its technology more rapidly than using “conventional M2M cloud services”, which – it says – often require significant programming skills.

“NTT DoCoMo’s decision signals the beginning of the next generation of M2M, one focused on making it easy for partners and customers to build and deploy complete M2M solutions,” said Russ Fadel, the president of ThingWorx. “Enabling rapid application development catalyzes innovation and speeds the adoption of M2M, resulting in a more sustainable and resource efficient world.”

“We are confident that DoCoMo customers will take full advantage of the flexibility and power of the Toami platform to drive innovation and create value,” he added.

NTT DoCoMo said the deal would help to satisfy growing demand among its customers for M2M solutions “that are easy to develop and deploy”.
“We chose to work with ThingWorx and NSW so that we can provide our customers with a one stop source of device, network, and M2M cloud solutions,” said Yasuo Ichiya, the executive director of the M2M Business Department for NTT DoCoMo.

ThingWorx was acquired by technology player PTC in December in a $112 million takeover and is expected to generate more than $10 million in revenues in 2014.

Announcing the deal, PTC (Needham, MA, USA) said it would use the ThingWorx platform to speed up the creation of high-value Internet of Things applications that support manufacturers’ service strategies, such as predictive maintenance and system monitoring.
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