A team of experienced cloud and telecommunications specialists founded SORACOM just over two years ago to develop a communications network for IoT innovators in all branches of industry. Their aim was to provide the tools needed to connect, back up, monitor and coordinate high-performance, high-capacity IoT roll-outs. Today, SORACOM has more than 5,000 business customers ranging from startups and SMEs to blue chip companies. At its headquarters in Tokyo and branches in Singapore, Copenhagen and Palo Alto, SORACOM is working hard to give IoT/M2M innovators around the world the tools they need to create an even more densely networked world.
SORACOM wants to use cloud-based connectivity to break down the technical barriers that obstruct comprehensive IoT/M2M solutions and offer a technically sophisticated but cost-effective platform. To achieve this, the company is using a new type of protocol implementation mechanism so it can offer its international customers low-cost data transfer and make the technology suitable for use in new, practical formats across multiple sectors and in a whole range of applications. "At present, suppliers of IoT connectivity are not really in a position to provide cost-effective services that are available to all quickly and on a secure basis," says SORACOM CEO Ken Tamagawa. "Linking up equipment with the Internet or cloud isn’t the problem. The key issue is security. As soon as a machine is connected to the public Internet it can be hacked. Our customers connect their equipment directly to the cloud, but instead of using the public Internet, they use a private network provided by SORACOM."