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IIJ Global to Offer Component as a Solution (CaaS) for Providing a one-stop IoT Solutions
Providing Industry-Specific Components In a One-Stop-Shop Service to Meet a Wide Range of IoT Utilization Needs

TOKYO—December 7, 2016—Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI, TSE1: 3774)’s 100% owned subsidiary IIJ Global Solutions Inc. (IIJ Global)—provider of WAN services for corporate clients—today announced it will begin offering its Component as a Solution (CaaS) business model to provide Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that respond to industry-specific applications by componentizing the fundamental technologies required for IoT systems.

The IoT—where all manner of things are connected on networks, making data collected from devices analyzable and visible—is expected to have applications in a wide range of domains. However, constructing IoT systems requires implementing various technologies and diverse IT resources, including devices, networks, and infrastructure for analyzing aggregated data. As a result, an issue with implementing an IoT for many companies is that they must procure separately the various types of software, networks, gateway devices, cloud environments, and other components they need for implementation.

In order to provide a solution, IIJ Global has developed a CaaS model that provides industry-specific solutions in a one-stop-shop service by componentizing the key technologies and IT resources required for building an IoT system. Through the use of CaaS, IIJ Global's customers will be able to quickly and cost-effectively build an IoT environment by combining the components they need for their industry or application.

CaaS offers the following major components:

1.Industry-specific platforms

As a first step, IIJ Global offers the following platforms for the manufacturing industry:

  • Data collection and visualization systems equipped with various sensor arrays: Gather data from sensors, and store and view it in the cloud.
  • Multi-PLC management systems: Centrally manage various PLCs (*1)—used as controllers in manufacturing workplaces—as shared devices in the cloud, making data accessible without regard for the type of machine from which it originated.
  1.  PLC: An abbreviation for Programmable Logic Controller. An industrial computer control system that is programmable to user environments and specifications.

IIJ Global plans to offer the following platforms:

  • Digital signage systems
  • IP camera monitoring systems
  • Integrated energy and equipment management systems

2.Gateway devices

  • Upload data from sensors—such as those for monitoring device uptime—to the cloud. With a variety of available interfaces, these gateways are compatible with many devices.

3.Networks

  • Connect gateway devices to the cloud using a private network that utilizes IIJ Mobile Service to provide a customer-dedicated private backbone service. Networks can be built on secure, IoT-dedicated wireless platforms that do not route through the Internet.

Each component can support a wide range of protocols and interfaces, regardless of industry and application—such as surveillance cameras in elevators or taxis—with the use of IIJ's network services and IIJ IoT Service, along with products and software from partner companies combined with IIJ Global's know-how in the construction and operation of inter-location networks.

IIJ Global has positioned CaaS as one of its growth businesses, and by targeting markets such as automated controllers for manufacturing equipment in factories and for energy management facilities in buildings, it aims to provide CaaS to 20 companies in the first year, expanding to 200 companies in the second.

About IIJ Global

IIJ Global Solutions Inc. (IIJ Global) was established in September 2010 as an IIJ Group company by acquisition of AT&T Japan's local Network Outsourcing service business. IIJ Global provides WAN Connectivity Services and Total Network Outsourcing Services from designing to building and managing corporate networks for enterprises. Not only limited to domestic but also offers Global network services. For more information about IIJ Global, visit the IIJ Global Website at https://www.iijglobal.co.jp/en/.

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 companies provide total network solutions that mainly cater to high-end corporate customers. IIJ’s services include high-quality systems integration, cloud computing/data center services, security services, and Internet access. Moreover, IIJ has built one of the largest Internet backbone networks in Japan that is connected 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 https://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.

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