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Memorandum of Understanding for IoT Cooperation between Japan and the EU Concluded

On March 20, 2017, the IoT Acceleration Consortium (ITAC) and the Alliance for IoT Innovation (AIOTI) of the EU concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 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, ITAC concluded one MOU for IoT cooperation with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and one with the OpenFog Consortium, both US entities, in October 2016, and one with National Association of Software Services Companies (NASSCOM) of India in February 2017.

On March 20, 2017, ITAC and AIOTI concluded a Memorandum of Understanding for IoT Cooperation, and they conducted a signing ceremony with the opportunity provided by CeBIT 2017, which was an information and communication trade fair held in Germany.

2. Key points of the MOU

Both sides will conduct a variety of efforts, including information exchanges involving good practices, policy recommendations, etc. and cooperation in standardization activities related to IoT and addressing societal challenges associated with IoT solutions. (For details, see the Appendix)

(Signing ceremony of a MOU between ITAC and AIOTI)


  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 March 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. Alliance for IoT Innovation (AIOTI)
    • AIOTI was inaugurated in March 2015 by the European Commission as an association of industrial players in the EU focused on promoting IoT. There are about 160 AIOTI member companies as of March 2017, including information carriers, chip vendors and members participating in Germany’s Industrie 4.0 project. The Steering Group consists of European Commission staff (Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology), and other members. Specifically, AIOTI conducts efforts through the operation of 13 working groups, focusing on IoT, the business ecosystem, standardization, policy challenges and other issues.


Release date

March 21, 2017

Division in Charge

Information Economy Division & Information and Communication Electronics Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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