Japan Advancing the Internet of Things

In October, I attended the Internet of Things (IoT) Acceleration Consortium conference hosted by the Japanese government. Realizing the economic benefits of connecting devices to the Internet, the Consortium’s goal is to accelerate innovation and investment, and the use of IoT by governments, academia, and businesses.

This was the first general meeting for the organization. 1,000 people from 750 companies or governments attended. Japanese Ministers – Sanae Takaichi, Minister of Internal Affairs Communications, and Motoo Hayashi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry – also attended and encouraged the group to make their best efforts on the project. AT&T always appreciates the way in which Japan promotes private sector and public sector collaboration to advance work on emerging issues, and it was great to participate in this discussion given the important commercial and policy work AT&T is doing in the IoT space.

To create an environment that fosters the development of new technology and new business models for use around the world, the Consortium will organize two working groups to achieve its goals.

  • The Technology Development Working Group will address development of IoT related technologies including technical standardization.
  • The Advanced Business Model Acceleration Working Group will address 1) cooperation and networking among businesses, 2) creation of advanced business models and funding support, and 3) provide recommendations on regulatory reforms and development of strategies.

AT&T fully support efforts underway in Japan to foster investment and innovation, especially in the area of IoT. Connected devices can have significant social and economic impact but to make them work seamlessly, we have to ensure regulatory models that enable the new technologies and services that promise to make our lives better.

We are a leader in the deployment of IoT services worldwide. With IoT solutions, you can connect and monitor assets from virtually anywhere for almost any industry, including automotive, aviation, energy, healthcare, transportation, logistics and more. Our single Global SIM Model provides network connectivity and global roaming capability for machine-to-machine operations.

Policies involving licensing requirements, taxes and regulatory fees on SIM cards, numbering, tech neutrality, data privacy and security need to reflect the rapid pace of technology. Global norms for cross border data flows and avoiding forced data localization will be important to delivering seamless, ubiquitous connectivity. Developing interoperable privacy guidelines – such as the APEC Cross-border Privacy Enforcement Arrangement – can help create a framework for regional cooperation in the enforcement of privacy laws.

We can learn a great deal from recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The E-Commerce Chapter encourages regulatory humility, allowing for innovative business models while protecting consumers. We look forward to participating in the Consortium’s working groups. In a global, digital economy, efforts to come together to help drive investments and innovation – with future-focused policies – will ensure we all benefit from next mobile technology revolution.