Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Kii and Kyocera team up for cloud-based health monitoring

Steve Rogerson
November 3, 2015
 
Japanese companies Kii and Kyocera have announced a strategic collaboration to develop a cloud-based healthcare monitoring service and smart device combination called Daily Support. Kyocera selected Kii as a cloud partner because of the wide variety of features suitable for its business model and global deployment availability.
 
Daily Support uses an 11g wearable device created by Kyocera called TSUC that measures step counts, calorie consumption and status detection differentiations, which determine the variances between walking or running on flat surfaces versus stairs, travelling in vehicles such as a bicycle or car, or riding an elevator versus an escalator. By collaborating with Kii, TSUC can connect to the cloud for user calorie and activity data monitoring. It is designed for company employees, health insurers and healthcare service providers.
 
The product measures the amount of daily activity, as well as other detailed data points on activity, sleep, visceral fat and calorie consumption when worn by users. Data are automatically uploaded to the user’s smartphone, allowing for effortless monitoring of lifestyle-related activity.
 
Data are collected on the amount of activity, sleep, visceral fat and calorie consumption via an app. Monitored conditions are displayed through graphs and figures in the app.
 
There is a ranking and point system among user. It can let users observe the activities and data of the service and users on the web site, and send messages individually to promote better habits, as well as send group messages to users with similar tendencies.
 
It can measure calories when a user takes a picture of a meal, and monitor sleep and visualise internal fat via a proprietary technology.
 
“Partnering with a world renowned brand like Kyocera to launch a smart healthcare device and service that helps users to lead a healthier lifestyle is a double win for Kii,” said Masanari Arai, CEO of Kii. “We will continue to bring the IoT to mainstream audiences across the globe by collaborating with other world class technology companies to help millions of consumers improve their health and daily lives.”
 
Kyoto-based Kyocera leverages user, device and data management, and analytics on the Kii cloud to analyse data and provide information to each end user. Kyocera launched Daily Support in collaboration with the Association for Preventive Medicine of Japan.
 
Kii serves more than 140 million end users worldwide. It is headquartered in Tokyo with data centres in the USA, China, Japan and Singapore.