Japan’s ITOCHU Taps Spire for Space-Based Data
World’s largest Space to Cloud Data company provides space-based data to one of Japan’s largest companies
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December 10, 2018 13:00 ET | Source: Spire Global, Inc.
SAN FRANCISCO and TOKYO, Dec. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Spire Global Inc, the world’s largest space to cloud analytics company, and ITOCHU Corporation, one of the largest trading companies in Japan and among the world’s largest companies, today announced the two will partner in a reseller partnership agreement for Spire’s data package and exclusively on space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data specifically designed for improved global tracking of aircraft. ITOCHU will be representing Spire within the Japanese market and the rest of APAC.
With approximately 110 bases in 62 countries, ITOCHU, one of the leading sogo shosha, is engaging in domestic trading, import/export, and overseas trading of various products such as textile, machinery, aerospace, aviation, metals, minerals, energy, chemicals, food, general products, realty, information and communications technology, and finance, as well as business investment in Japan and overseas. ITOCHU also has access to Spire AIS and weather products in support of their current business opportunities and to support their ongoing commitment to developing innovative solutions for global weather and maritime solutions.
“We are proud of the strategic partnership between Spire and ITOCHU and what it means in terms of organically growing our offering,” said Naoya Osaki, Senior Officer, Plant Project, Marine & Aerospace Division, ITOCHU Corporation.
Spire is committed to assisting ITOCHU Corporation in their ongoing effort to provide truly useful weather-driven data service anytime, anywhere. The two innovative companies are jointly committed to increasing both the speed and quality of ADS-B and forecast data, as both a resource and research tool in weather prediction, en route flight optimization, and transportation data analytics.
“Our exclusive agreement will ensure the continued growth and success of Spire and ITOCHU in the APAC region,” said William Fernandez, Aviation Business Executive at Spire Global. “Our collaboration with ITOCHU and Spire’s AirSafe ADS-B tracking services will enhance aviation safety and Japan’s operations effectiveness.”
Spire has become an industry standard in the commercial aerospace sector and operates one of the largest constellations of private nanosatellites and ground station network in the world. The company has also launched strategic partnerships across a myriad of verticals including deals with NASA, ESA and key players in the weather, maritime and aviation sectors.
About Spire Global Inc.
Spire Global Inc. is a space to cloud analytics company that utilizes proprietary satellite data and algorithms to provide the most advanced maritime, aviation, and weather tracking in the world. Spire’s data analytics is backed by a wholly owned and developed constellation of nanosatellites, global ground station network, and 24/7 operations that provide real-time global coverage of every point on Earth. To learn more, visit: www.spire.com
James A. Pearson
Spire Global Inc.