Commentary “ Possibility and challenges of IoT ” 4 (First published in Japanese in July, 2015)

  However, there are many issues at the moment. The first is the issue of standardization. In order to connect “things and things” and “things and things”, common rules and decisions beyond companies are required, and standardization of each is required. Many Japanese manufacturing industries were largely closed to standardization and connection mechanisms because of the fear of loss of competitiveness due to the outflow of vast technologies and know-how accumulated so far. Many security issues remain unresolved. In the course of global transformation toward the IoT era, there has been a movement in Japan to build a mechanism for manufacturing to be linked to each other even across companies, in a form where industry and academia cooperate. This is the “Industrial Value Chain Initiative ( IVI )” launched in June .

  Redefine the boundaries of competitive and collaborative areas beyond the boundaries of companies under the concept of “loose standards”. In the collaboration area, open boldly and build a reference model for mutual cooperation. Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, IHI , Panasonic, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric, Fujitsu, NEC, etc. will create a factory structure that is connected to Japan and call on participation overseas.

  In Japanese-style manufacturing culture, there is a part where “Koto” of creating things is not just a service, but as a place for ingenuity or as a place for self-study. Manufacturing in the sense of drawing out individual abilities and providing a place for growth is probably an idea not found in the West. I hope that such human-centered manufacturing will be inherited in the IoT era and will be deployed globally.