Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

PTC and NTT Docomo use IoT development platform to provide services to Japanese businesses

Steve Rogerson
May 13, 2015
Massachusetts-based PTC and NTT Docomo, Japan’s largest mobile service provider, have expanded their relationship to extend the use of the ThingWorx IoT development platform to streamline use of cloud-based IoT platforms. Docomo operates a nationwide LTE network serving more than 65 million mobile users.
The two companies will continue to market jointly IoT products that are specifically developed for the Japanese market. PTC business ThingWorx will provide its IoT development platform for cloud-based software, taking advantage of its connectivity and communications technology to implement IoT services.
Together with Nippon Systemware, a Tokyo-based system integrator with a track record in software and hardware development, the companies will deliver products to customers using the nationwide mobile network to serve the needs of its individual business customers.
“The extension of our business relationship with Docomo is a great opportunity for businesses that want a single source for device, network and IoT solutions,” said Russ Fadel, president of ThingWorx. “We look forward to continue working with Docomo to drive business value in the emerging IoT market.”
ThingWorx provides a platform for rapidly developing and deploying applications to realise the opportunity and value presented by the IoT economy. The simplified and unified approach to IoT applications enables companies to innovate iteratively business processes significantly faster than conventional methods and tools, thus accelerating time to value, reducing cost and risk, and transforming how products, people and systems connect and interact.
“The ThingWorx technology enables us to rapidly generate applications that are easily extended and modified through the lifecycle of the service, giving us the ability to quickly respond to the demands of our business customers,” said Naoki Tani, managing director for M2M business department at NTT Docomo. “We look forward to continuing our work with PTC to offer our business customers this joint, next generation IoT solution.”
PTC and Docomo expect to offer business customers customisable products that will seamlessly integrate applications, networks and devices, helping them to transform their businesses in the IoT market.
The ThingWorx partner ecosystem is said to include a wide range of applications, pre-integrated software components and skills providing the necessary building blocks required to design, build, deploy and manage IoT applications rapidly.