Japan's NTT Docomo launches IoT solution for S.E. Asia manufacturers

SINGAPORE, NNA - Japan's leading mobile phone operator NTT Docomo Inc. has launched an Internet of Things platform to help manufacturers in Southeast Asia improve their production efficiency.

The cloud-based service uses IoT software, jointly developed by NTT Docomo Asia Pte. Ltd. and Applied Technology Co., the Osaka-based solution services provider, to "visualize" data collected from several sensors, catering to the needs of the manufacturing industry, such as makers of plastic molding for automobiles and electronics, NTT Docomo said.

The IoT solution is "the world's first of its kind in the field," said Tomohisa Matsumura, deputy managing director of NTT Docomo Asia, its Singapore subsidiary.

The Singapore unit has begun offering the services in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand and also plans to release it in the Philippines and Vietnam early next year.

The service is available with affordable running costs and no large capital outlay as it initially needs to be set-up just through servers and communication modems.

The launch of the new services followed a successful test period run from mid-November in Indonesia involving local plastic molding plants with the cooperation of Matsui MFG Co., a major peripheral equipment maker for plastic molding production in Japan, according to the NTT Docomo group.

The platform enables proper mold temperature management, a factor critical in the production of high-quality items, based on real-time data from a censor attached to a mobile-connected mold temperature controller. It visualizes temperature data and the amount of cooling water used, helping reduce machine downtime while preventing the production of defective items and making highly precise plastic molded items, the group said.

Matsui MFG officially employed the solution while some firms in the region are considering adopting it, it said. (NNA/Kyodo)