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To deliver high-speed, secure data utilization using B-Route to link smart meters to HEMS and BEMS, and to offer "PMS Service Platform" to support the rapid launch of new services
February 19, 2015
TOKYO-February 19, 2015-Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI, TSE1: 3774), one of Japan's leading Internet access and comprehensive network solutions providers, today announced that it has developed "PMS (Power Metering System) Service Platform," a system platform for providing services that make use of smart meters. Starting the beginning of June 2015-before moving on to full commercialization-IIJ will offer electricity retailers that develop smart metering services a proof-of-concept environment for testing.
The "PMS Service Platform" takes advantage of IIJ's expertise which has been accumulated in the field of network and cloud computing service-as well as other patented IIJ technologies-to offer three system components at a one-stop shop:
In preparation for the commercialization of the platform, IIJ acquired ECHONET Lite and SMA certifications (*2) for the SA-W1 in January 2015. These certifications allow the SA-W1 to collect power meter data over the B-Route (*3), which links smart meters to home electrical appliances by using communications modules compatible with the Wi-SUN standard for smart meter wireless communications.
Retailers now considering the development of services that utilize smart meters will be able to launch new services and businesses rapidly because the platform will allow them to make use of meter data (B-Route) from smart meters in a manner that is both high-speed and secure. After the planned launch of the proof-of-concept testing environment in June, such retailers will be able to verify the utility and practicality of the platform hands-on without any charge before full implementation.
In the run-up to the liberalization of electricity retailing in fiscal year 2016, it is predicted that more and more homes and offices will install smart meters and that numerous electric power retailers will enter the market. As a result, it is expected that electric power retailers will provide a variety of billing plans and new services. For customers, this should mean that they will be able to choose from a menu of power supply options to select the ones that fit their lifestyles. Meanwhile, for electric power retailers, it is expected that the use of smart meters will enable more effective power supply planning by providing fine-grained measurements of consumers' electricity usage.
Within such market conditions, IIJ aims to provide all necessary solutions-from the communications devices to the networks, the security and the cloud environment-in one go, lending support for creating new services and businesses to customers that are considering the use of smart meters and helping to expand the use of the PMS Service Platform in the electric power market.
The main features of the three components to be offered through this platform are as follows:
In the proof-of-concept testing environment the SA-W1, SACM and PMS as cloud computing services can be used without any charge. (Please have network and lines ready.)
IIJ will present these initiatives at the Exposition of Energy Liberalisation Japan 2015.
|Exposition||Energy Liberalisation Japan 2015|
|Dates||February 25, 2015 (Wed.) to February 27 (Fri.), 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
|Venue||Tokyo Big Sight, West Hall, first floor|
|IIJ's Booth No.||W18-11|
IIJ will continue to offer new solutions for electricity retailers and to support and encourage the development of low-cost, high-efficiency businesses.
Founded in 1992, IIJ is one of Japan's leading Internet-access and comprehensive network solutions providers. IIJ and its group companies provide total network solutions that mainly cater to high-end corporate customers. IIJ's services include high-quality Internet connectivity services, systems integration, cloud computing services, security services and mobile services. Moreover, IIJ has built one of the largest Internet backbone networks in Japan that is connected to the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. IIJ was listed on the U.S. NASDAQ Stock Market in 1999 and on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2006.
The statements within this release contain forward-looking statements about our future plans that involve risk and uncertainty. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents furnished by Internet Initiative Japan Inc. with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Forms 20-F and 6-K, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.
IIJ Corporate Communications
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