Iland6 Co., Ltd.

Satellite-based LTE Backhaul

Gilat Satellite Networks was a pioneer of Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) for satellite-based phone and data communications. iLand6 has represented Gilat in Japan since 2001. Gilat’s 3rd generation system Sky Star Advantage was adopted in Japan by the likes of JSAT, KDDI, and NTT.

In the 2010’s, as use of data in mobile networks exploded, carriers searched for effective high-throughput backhaul solutions when fiber is unavailable or uneconomical. At this time, Gilat was creating new tunneling technology to accelerate satellite-based data transmission towards 200 Mbps, and eventually beyond. It found the earliest demand for such solution in Japan, a major data consuming country.

In February 2016, Gilat and Softbank announced their new high-speed LTE Services, using the SkyEdge II-c Capricorn VSAT network. Other Japanese operators soon followed. Aside from daily backhauling tasks, such a satellite communication system provides a resilient recovery system in event of disaster such as earthquake or tsunami.

Wireless prison solution

In 2004 iLand6 formed Aeroscout Japan as a Joint Venture with Aeroscout Inc to market wireless visibility solutions to several vertical markets, and iLand6 managed the operation during the JV's first 3-4 years. In addition to hospitals and automotive manufacturers, a major installation was completed at the new public-private managed Shimane Asahi Rehabilitation Program Center.
The installation at the 325,000 m2 facility used Aeroscout-manufactured WiFi-aware tags along with customized middleware and wireless sensors to ensure safety of staff and compliance at the facility.

In 2012 iLand6 sold its interest in the Aeroscout Japan JV, concurrent to Aeroscout Inc's acquisition by Stanley Black & Decker, but the Japan organization continues to expand installations of the wireless sensor solutions.

WiFi offload

In early 2010, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son was one of the first to call for WiFi to offload the data stress on mobile networks. iLand6 has teamed with GoNet Systems of Tel Aviv to provide superior WiFi products for Japanese carriers, as reported in Nikkei on August 6, 2012.

As one of the most advanced global cellular markets, Japan was one of the first to suffer from heavy data congestion causing poor user experience, and sharply increasing network costs.  Wi-Fi traditionally suffers from poor performance in "noisy" urban environments, so the cellular operators searched for a Wi-Fi solution based on smart antenna beamforming technology. 

iLand6 and GoNet Systems worked together to pass an extensive series of performance trials.  The system was able to deliver full speed FTP download to a smart phone located 1.5 Km form the MBW base station.
Following the trials, the GoNet base stations were deployed at stadiums, convention cneters, and central urban locations, enabling the cellular operators to slow expansion of their expensive 3G and 3.9G equipment.

Gonet Case study 2012/03

GoNet Systems xRF Beamforming Wi-Fi Youtube Video GoNET Systems, Ltd.

From cellphone to bar-code scanner

It all started in 2002 with the Japanese network carriers (NTT DoCoMO, J-Phone) handset makers (Panasonic, NEC, SHARP), and a number of service companies (Denso, MediaSeek, 3GVision) collaborating to create innovative uses for the new cameras in mobile phones. Their favorite idea was an idea to turn a camera phone into a barcode scanner, delivering encoded information - including URLs that could connect direct to the mobile internet.

QR codes - The style of barcode that was adopted is called QR (short for Quick Response) and five short years later, QR codes are recognized by over 90% of Japanese mobile users - and used by over 50% of them - for fast and easy access on the move to encoded information on the internet.

More people in Japan now surf the web from a mobile phone than from a PC and QR codes are found everywhere - in advertising and promotional materials, on product packaging and vending machines - to deliver "Quick Response".
The Japan Story - 3Gvision's barcode reader, now called i-nigma was developed to be pre-installed in handsets supplied by all of Japan's major mobile manufacturers - in collaboration with them - to the specification of the Japanese network operators. As a result, this barcode reader has become the standard for camera phones in Japan - in over 80 million handsets, with over 90% market share - creating a marketplace phenomenon that the rest of the world is now embracing.
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