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IIJ Develops Auto-configurated Power Monitoring System and Support Customers to Reduce Electricity

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TOKYO-June 21, 2011-Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI, TSE1: 3774), one of Japan's leading Internet access and comprehensive network solutions providers, today announced it will develop a new power monitoring system. In combination with IIJ's proprietary network technology and power monitoring device, this new system provides features to configure power monitoring devices automatically and to manage these devices centrally over a network. Before the commercial release of this system in July, IIJ started monitoring power use on some floors at its headquarters building in Tokyo in June 2011. If the results of the tests are good, the system will be offered commercially starting July.

This system gathers information about electric power and room temperature through special power sensor, and enables customers to see these data over the Internet using the Web Intelligent Network Controller (STiNC) equipment-produced by Toko Electric Corporation.

STiNC can be configured using the proprietary management service infrastructure, the Service Adaptor Control Manager (SACM).* This makes it possible to initialize, reconfigure, or otherwise operate the equipment automatically, which reduces the overhead involved with installing or reconfiguring multiple devices. SACM can also be used to centrally manage the devices, so that even after they are installed, you can monitor their settings and operational conditions via an admin webpage, and reducing the overhead involved with management of the STiNC system.

Data collected by sensors connected to STiNC can be automatically stored on the IIJ GIO Cloud Service. By storing the data in the cloud, the data from several locations can be centrally managed, and at the client's request, this data can be saved for a long period of time. This information can be easily totaled or staticized, and employees and other can freely view electric power usage in real time via a dedicated webpage. Automated notices can be sent out when power usage exceeds a certain thresh hold, and the accumulated data can be used to easily develop many new services.

With power shortages expected in Japan this summer, companies and other large power consumers are being asked to cut their consumption by 15%. The first step in assessing ways to reduce power usage is to accurately measure how much you are currently using and then, and this has quickly become a pressing issue for many. IIJ had combined its years of network technology with power monitoring technology to enable companies to visually inspect their own power usage and thus contribute to better energy conservation among companies.

* SACM(Service Adaptor Control Manager):
SACM is a management service infrastructure created to offer as an OEM device, IIJ's proprietary network service operating system SMF (patent 3774433) and the SMFv2 (Japan patent: 4463868, US patent 7660266), which automatically connect and manage networks.