Kii, a cloud platform provider for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced its expansion plans for the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), after its official launch into Europe last year. Following major investment from Cisco Investments in January, the Japanese company is now looking to establish itself in the DACH region, and will be headed up by Martin Tantow, EMEA Business Development Director, based in Munich, Germany.
Kii’s global cloud platform enables device manufacturers and Internet of Everything (IoE) solution providers to create connected solutions with new data sources generated from IoT, to be integrated into cloud service and analytics-driven application models in a wide range of IoE use cases.
At the intersection of software, hardware and the cloud, Kii is focused on addressing the high-performance demands of innovation in the connected world with an end-to-end cloud platform optimized for the IoT.
“Our move into the DACH region makes perfect sense, given our focus on industrial IoT, smart cities and logistics,” said Masanari Arai, founder and CEO of Kii. “We’re seeing real progress and lots of interest already, particularly in Germany where we are talking to a number of interesting prospects and have several trials in progress. Our job now is to develop the Kii brand in the region and start building relationships with partners, including mobile carriers, systems integrators and end users.”
Kii’s global cloud platform would enable all three layers of a typical IoT solution (things, services, apps), thereby significantly reducing the time it takes to create solutions. Kii would provide a flexible deployment model (public cloud, dedicated cloud, private cloud) globally, thereby enabling “seamless” solution deployment for customers of all sizes.
“The opportunities for IoT are ripe right now across the region, with a strong focus on Industry 4.0, but and it’s clear that there is demand for a reliable and scalable IoT development capability, as developers and service providers struggle to bring their products to market quickly and easily,” said Martin Tantow. “With a reputation as the world’s ‘factory supplier’ and Europe’s leading ICT force, Germany is ideally situated to master the interdisciplinary challenges of integrated manufacturing. But innovations in smart factory, smart cities or connected cars can only succeed where there is close dialogue between electrical engineering, machinery and equipment, and the IT sector.”