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Memorandum of Understanding for IoT Cooperation between Japan and India Concluded

On February 23, 2017, the IoT Acceleration Consortium (ITAC) and National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) of India concluded a memorandum of understanding for IoT cooperation. Japan will accelerate activities toward the realization of the fourth industrial revolution through advancing these efforts in the field of IoT.

1. Background

ITAC, a collaborative framework for the government, industry and academia sectors in Japan, was inaugurated in October 2015. Concerning international collaboration in the field of IoT, in October 2016, ITAC concluded MOUs for IoT cooperation with US entities: one with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and another with the OpenFog Consortium.

Following these efforts, ITAC and NASSCOM concluded a memorandum of understanding for IoT cooperation.

2. Key points of the memorandum

Under the memorandum, ITAC and NASSCOM will make a variety of efforts, including information exchange on good practices etc., mutual visits of member companies between ITAC and NASSCOM, and provision of discussion opportunities to identify fields in which both associations are able to collaborate. (For details, see the Appendix)


(Signing ceremony concluding an MOU for IoT cooperation between ITAC and NASSCOM)

References:

1: IoT Acceleration Consortium (ITAC)

ITAC was inaugurated in October 2015 in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), as a framework for handling products and services in the realm of the fourth industrial revolution brought about with the implementation of IoT, big data and artificial intelligence, and for facilitating the utilization of such achievements within the government, industry and academic sectors beyond the borders between companies and industries. There are approximately 2,800 ITAC member companies as of February 2017. Specifically, the consortium has been promoting efforts with the goal of developing and demonstrating IoT-related technologies and creating new business models through the operation of multiple working groups.

2: National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM)

NASSCOM was inaugurated in 1998 as an industry association in the field of IT business in India. As of February 2017, it consists of approximately 2,000 member companies in India, including domestic and multinational enterprises, in the fields of IT, software, web service providers, E-commerce and other business. Specifically, the association has been promoting efforts for the expansion of IT business, the establishment of strategic partnerships and other goals through the operation of multiple committees.

Appendix

Release date

February 24, 2017

Division in Charge

Information and Communication Electronics Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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