Japan’s biggest mobile network operator by subscribers, NTT DOCOMO, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with GE Digital to co-develop a new platform supporting Internet of Things (IoT) applications, with a specific focus on industrial use. Under the terms of the MoU, GE Digital will be using its MDS Orbit platform (i.e. a wireless router suitable for machine-to-machine [M2M] applications) alongside DOCOMO’s embedded communications module, which the cellco claims will enable government and business users to better utilise their facilities with the benefit of real-time monitoring of data. The release notes that DOCOMO also operates a dedicated IoT cloud platform, dubbed ‘Toami’, which the cellco says can ‘bring mobility to the workforce’ in industries utilising its IoT solutions. ‘By combining the operation data acquired by the Orbit platform with DOCOMO’s application on the ‘Toami’ IoT cloud platform, users will be able to manage the data on their smartphones and tablets,’ the Japanese operator said in a statement. DOCOMO’s tie-up with GE Digital is part of the Japanese operator’s ‘+d’ (pronounced ‘plus D’) initiative to extend its reach into new ecosystems via collaborative relationships.