Aeris, a pioneer and leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) market, and SoftBank Corp., a Japanese multinational telecommunications and internet corporation, have established a joint venture, known as Aeris Japan K.K., to provide global IoT and telematics services using the Aeris IoT Services platform.

With this partnership, SoftBank and Aeris will expand business in Japan and beyond, covering multiple market segments and offering a variety of services ranging from an IoT connectivity platform to IoT application middleware to complete IoT solutions for multiple market segments, including, for example, vehicle telematics, heavy machinery OEMs, ride sharing companies, and patient monitoring.

“With the high quality of Aeris technology, as well as the business platform that Aeris and SoftBank have in the IoT domain, we will develop and offer services to meet specific customer needs. By having Aeris as our partner, we are excited to create the world where everything is connected and can offer the best and most flexible solutions in multiple business areas.”

–Hiroshi Akabori, COO, Aeris Japan, and vice president, SoftBank 

From Insight to Improvements: Aeris IoT Services Platform

Aeris IoT Services provides an end-to-end modular technology platform that enables customers to make the pivotal change from unconnected product to connected services offerings. This journey is a challenging and complex process and Aeris has the knowledge, experience, and technology to implement, accelerate, and optimize these services, which include connectivity, storage, analytics, and service layer functionality.

This comprehensive IoT solution is geared to enhance revenue, create new services and business models, and provide a distinct market differentiation, creating distance between your company and the competitors.

With more than 10 million devices under management, Aeris is one of the largest IoT service providers in the world and hundreds of enterprises rely on Aeris every day to power their mission-critical IoT deployments.

Product Telematics: Aeris IoT Asset Management

The Aeris IoT Asset Management platform provides the connectivity to a device, data storage in the cloud, analytics and analysis of the data, and pre-built solution modules, thereby delivering a simple path to a branded solution. These building blocks, which include asset location, alerting, workflow, reporting, and social access, can be configured to meet specific use cases.

Global Coverage: Aeris IoT Connectivity

Aeris IoT Connectivity delivers flexible, next-generation connectivity and platform solutions. We use our platform to enable IoT connectivity to maximize the value and profitability of your application while we manage the underlying complexity. Aeris focuses on delivering not just network access, but specialized connectivity and platform solutions. 

Aeris is built for IoT, with an operational reach in more than 190 countries, with more than 500 carriers, managing a total of more than one billion IoT events per day. And, unlike other providers, the Aeris solution is carrier agnostic and pre-configured, with certified hardware that provides GSM, CDMA, and LTE connectivity. Additionally, the Aeris solution enables data acquisition across a wide range of ingestion methods, such as cellular, Wi-Fi, additional non-cellular technologies, and support for APIs, including Restful APIs, MQTT, CoAP, or even custom APIs.

“The combination of SoftBank and Aeris offers a compelling value proposition to automotive OEMs and other enterprises that seek to build profitable IoT and telematics businesses. Working closely with SoftBank, we look forward to building Aeris Japan into an IoT market leader.”

–Raj Kanaya, CEO, Aeris Japan, and CMO and Managing Director, Aeris

Endless Opportunities

According to research, IoT will account for one quarter of the global 41 million 5G connections in 2024. Japan will be at the forefront of this change, with embedded factory-fit connected cars becoming the biggest IoT application.

  • Japan will lead the Asia-Pacific region’s market growth for industrial IoT, which is expected to be worth $54 billion by 2020.
  • Aeris offers proven software and innovative IoT capabilities with more than 10 million IoT devices under its management and with more than one billion transactions per day.
  • Aeris delivers an end-to-end IoT technology platform, which enables faster time-to-market for enterprises.
  • Security is a priority for Aeris, which offers enterprises and mobile network operators an end-to-end solution ranging from connectivity services to data analytics and applications.
  • Aeris offers a comprehensive telematics solution for automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including a full suite of driver, dealer, and OEM services.
  • Aeris Japan will be headquartered in Higashi-Shimbashi Minato-ku, Tokyo, and led by executives from SoftBank and Aeris.


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