Briscola and IIJ Form Strategic Alliance in M2M Solutions Market

  Briscola and IIJ Form Strategic Alliance in M2M Solutions Market

  -- Providing M2M platform for a solar monitoring system of Asahi Denshi as
                                first step --

World Smart Energy Week 2014

Business Wire

TOKYO -- February 24, 2014

Briscola Inc.(Briscola), the only cloud-based business planning and
development company in Japan, and Internet Initiative Japan Inc.
(IIJ)(NASDAQ:IIJI)(TOKYO:3774), one of Japan's leading Internet access and
comprehensive network solutions providers, today announced the formation of an
alliance in the area of cloud-based M2M (machine to machine) technology.
Briscola will use its expertise in the design and development of sensor-driven
cloud platforms to build and supply M2M platforms on the IIJ GIO cloud
service, and IIJ will provide a complete infrastructure environment: from IIJ
GIO cloud services connected directly to Japan’s largest Internet backbone
network, to mobile data communications services tailored for M2M applications.
The two companies will leverage their individual strengths, as well as the
advantages of cloud computing, to support their joint construction and
operation of high-speed cloud-based M2M systems for their clients.

In the first project through this alliance, Briscola and IIJ have built a
proof-of-concept environment for a solar monitoring system for Asahi Denshi
Co., Ltd. (Asahi Denshi). Asahi Denshi’s High-efficiency Solar Power System
Monitoring Data Cloud R&D Project has started in October 2013. The low-cost
solar power management system aims to optimize power generation efficiency and
enable monitoring by multiple power producers.

In this proof-of-concept project, Briscola built the system for collecting and
monitoring data using Neoale solar power monitoring sensors mounted on solar
panels, while IIJ provided its IIJ GIO service and network environment as the
system infrastructure. Full operation is scheduled to begin in July 2014.
Neoale are sensors developed by Asahi Denshi as monitoring devices for solar
power generation, measuring current and voltage in real time, and quickly
detecting defective modules.

Briscola plans to develop this monitoring system as an M2M open platform for
the energy sector, and IIJ intends to continue cooperating by providing the
necessary infrastructure. Briscola is scheduled to present the results of the
project at the PV EXPO 2014 7th International Photovoltaic Power Generation
Expo, in Japan starting February 26, 2014.

Event Information
Exhibition Title  PV EXPO 2014
                   - 7th Int'l Photovoltaic Power Generation Expo
Dates/ time        February 26[Wed] - 28[Fri], 2014
                   10:00 - 18:00 (until 17:00 on February 28)
Venue              Tokyo Big Sight
Stall location    E42-12


Briscola and IIJ will continue to apply their individual strengths to develop
solutions for the M2M market.

Endorsement from Asahi Denshi Co., Ltd.
Asahi Denshi welcomes the cooperation between Briscola Inc. and Internet
Initiative Japan Inc. in the M2M field. Right now in Fukushima Prefecture, we
are making great strides in the field of renewable energy, with the aim of
creating a society that is safe, secure, sustainable development potential,
free from nuclear power. In the current fiscal year, our company has developed
the Neoale Str monitoring device for solar power generation. We plan to supply
systems making it possible to oversee the status of power generation at the
panel and string level. The cloud is indispensable for effectively gathering,
measuring, compiling and analyzing all the data transmitted by the sensors and
devices used in nuclear power generation. We warmly welcome the M2M platform
provided by Briscola, with its wealth of experience in cloud computing and
Internet of Things (IoT) / M2M and IIJ, with its strengths in network
services, cloud platforms and operations technology. In Fukushima itself, we
are developing advanced products for the advancement of sustainable energy, as
one element of the solutions to global environmental problems. At the same
time, we seek to contribute to the broadening of related industries, and the
creation of new employment opportunities.

                                                        Asahi Denshi Co., Ltd.
                                                       Toshio Kanno, President

About Briscola
Briscola Inc. is the only cloud-based business planning and development
company in Japan. Briscola engages in the formulation of business strategies
based on advanced cloud technologies (big data / analytics, IoT/M2M, sensor
cloud, machine learning, etc.), cloud strategy consulting in support of
innovation (Cloud FrontiEra), analysis of the effectiveness of corporate
clients’ own cloud strategies (Cloud Insight). It also provides other cloud
services such as the Concord global cloud data alliance, for the effective and
efficient realization of hybrid cloud environments.
For more information, see http://www.briscola.co.jp/ (Japanese only).

About IIJ
Founded in 1992, Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI, Tokyo
Stock Exchange TSE1: 3774) is one of Japan’s leading Internet-access and
comprehensive network solutions providers. IIJ and its group of companies
provide total network solutions that mainly cater to high-end corporate
customers. IIJ’s services include high-quality systems integration and cloud
computing/data center services, security services, Internet access. Moreover,
IIJ has built one of the largest Internet backbone networks in Japan that is
connected to the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. IIJ was listed on
NASDAQ in 1999 and on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2006.
For more information about IIJ, visit the IIJ Web site at
http://www.iij.ad.jp/en/.

The statements within this release contain forward-looking statements about
our future plans that involve risk and uncertainty. These statements may
differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred
to the documents furnished by Internet Initiative Japan Inc. with the SEC,
specifically the most recent reports on Forms 20-F and 6-K, which identify
important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those
contained in the forward-looking statements.

Contact:

Briscola Corporate Communications
Junpei Nishikawa
Tel: +81-3-6441-2614 E-mail: press@briscola.co.jp
URL: http://www.briscola.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
or
IIJ Corporate Communications
Tel: +81-3-5259-6310 E-mail: press@iij.ad.jp
URL: http://www.iij.ad.jp/en/
 
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