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Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for IoT Cooperation between Japan and the United States Concluded

On October 3, 2016, the IoT Acceleration Consortium (ITAC) concluded memorandums of understanding (MOU) for IoT cooperation respectively with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and with OpenFog Consortium, the United States. Japan will accelerate activity toward the realization of the fourth industrial revolution through advancing these efforts in the field of IoT.

1. Background

Following the inauguration of the ITAC, a framework for collaboration between the government, industry and academia sectors in Japan, in October 2015, ITAC has been holding discussions with IIC and OpenFog Consortium concerning international collaboration in the field of IoT, and has realized concrete outcomes in the form of the conclusions of the MOUs for IoT cooperation with each of the entities.

2. Key points of the memorandums

ITAC and IIC will implement demonstration projects for each field based on common architectures and promote initiatives for standardization based on such projects. (For details, see Appendix 1.)

ITAC and OpenFog Consortium will implement demonstration projects focused on distributed computing and promote initiatives and other efforts for standardization in anticipation of IoT solutions in the fields in which real-time or bulk data processing is required, in particular. (For details, see Appendix 2.)

Signing ceremony concluding a memorandum of understanding for IoT cooperation between ITAC and IIC

Signing ceremony concluding a memorandum of understanding for IoT cooperation between ITAC and OpenFog Consortium


  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 to facilitate the utilization of such achievements within the government, industry and academic sectors despite the borders between companies and industries. There are approximately 2,400 ITAC member companies as of October 2016. 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. Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
    • IIC was inaugurated in March 2014 by five initial member companies in the United States: AT&T, CISCO, GE, IBM and Intel. It advances the implementation of IoT-based industrial products and services in industrial markets.
  3. OpenFog Consortium
    • OpenFog Consortium was inaugurated in November 2015 mainly by ARM, CISCO, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Princeton University and other entities. It promotes efforts for developing open architecture and distributed (processing) computing, or fog computing technology.

Release date

October 11, 2016

Division in Charge

Information and Communication Electronics Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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