September 26, 2016

Announcing Axelspace’s Participation to KDDI  Labo’s 10th Program and Collaboration on the AxelGlobe Project

Axelspace will collaborate with four of KDDI  Labo’s alliance partners

Axelspace Corporation (HQ: Tokyo; CEO: Yuya Nakamura) has participated to the 10th program of KDDI Corporation’s startup acceleration program “KDDI ∞ Labo” (Mugen Labo) in the period from April to September 2016. Apart from KDDI Corp., Mugen Labo is supported by 30 large and world-leading partner companies with the objective of helping and collaborating with promising startups. To accelerate the business development of Axelspace’s AxelGlobe Project, announced last year, we have been working closely with these companies on technical and application aspects of the endeavor. As a result of this, today we have reached an agreement with Amana Inc., Amazon Web Services Japan Inc, Mitsui Fudosan Co, Ltd and Mitsui Bussan Forest Co, Ltd (owned 100% by Mitsui & Co, Ltd) about the following cooperation projects.

KDDI ∞ Labo Alliance Partnership Details

Amana Inc.   http://amana.jp

Axelspace and Amana generate added value from AxelGlobe’s imagery and provide images as a service for use in promotional imagery and TV programs. In relation to this, we have released experimentally Hodoyoshi-1’s imagery to interested producers1. A separate press release was published today regarding our partnership with Amana.

Amazon Web Services Japan Inc.  https://aws.amazon.com/jp/

Axelspace and Amazon Web Services Japan Inc will team up to manage the more than 7 Petabyte per year that are expected to be produced by AxelGlobe. Moreover, together we will devise solutions to offer Earth imagery as open data. We have thus released today a new website hosting a selection of images taken by Hodoyoshi-11,2.

The URL is: https://www.axelglobe.com/en/

Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. http://www.mitsuifudosan.co.jp/english/ 

Axelspace will share AxelGlobe’s data with Mitsui Fudosan Co, Ltd with the purpose of reducing costs in asset management of resort villages and similar kinds of facilities.

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.  https://www.mitsui.com
Mitsui Bussan Forest Co., Ltd.  http://www.mitsui-forest.co.jpUsing Mitsui & co, Ltd and Mitsui Bussan Forest Co, Ltd owned forests as experimental subjects, we will use AxelGlobe’s imagery to develop added value with the purpose of improving the efficiency of forestry administration tasks.

1 The collaboration with Amana is expected to result in paid services providing added insights and imagery data, while the collaboration with Amazon Web Services Japan is focused on releasing data openly and free of charge.

2 Initially, the new AxelGlobe page will only contain the image gallery that was previously hosted on www.axelspace.com/en/. Eventually this will be substituted by much larger full-scene images and detailed information about AxelGlobe’s future services.

About KDDI ∞ Labo

KDDI ∞ Labo is a startup acceleration program started by KDDI Corporation in 2011. By helping new companies’ service development and executive management, it aims at creating new services that can compete on a global scale. Its program, lasting 6 months, is detailed at the following URL: http://www.kddi.com/english/ventures/mugenlabo/

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About Axelspace

Head office location: M&C building 7F, 2-3-13 Kanda-Ogawamachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0052, Japan
President & CEO: Yuya Nakamura
Establishment: August 8, 2008
Capital stock: 1,957 Million JPY (as of September 2016)
Main business content: Solutions based on microsatellite technology, design and production of microsatellites and related components, launch arrangements and operational support, business related to microsatellite data
URL: https://www.axelspace.com/en/

Yoshihiro Ota
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