New “AI Agent API” will help accelerate increasing collaboration –
Newswire) – NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today its new docomo AI Agent Open
Partner Initiative to facilitate collaborative development of all-new offerings
implemented with a service-agnostic, device-agnostic speech interface based on
AI Agent API, a newly developed artificial intelligence (AI) application
programming interface (API) that DOCOMO plans to incorporate into a new AI
agent service to be launched in early fiscal 2018.
Through the initiative, DOCOMO expects to create
an open environment for diverse services that use AI technology for highly
tailored services and marketing. The initiative will enable partner companies
to link their services to DOCOMO’s payment options, such as docomo Mobile
Payment, and d POINT CLUB (loyalty program).
AI Agent API will provide a new foundation for
DOCOMO’s strategy to help customers realize increasingly innovative lifestyles,
a pillar of the company’s “Declaration beyond” business strategy to
The API will be the basic system for building
new AI agents consisting of a proactive support engine, multipurpose dialogue
engine and IoT access control engine. The engines are based on corevoTM AI
technologies developed by the NTT Group, including DOCOMO.
By making the API openly available to a diverse
range of service and device providers, DOCOMO expects to create win-win
business relationships with partners, reduce the development period for
AI-agent services, and ultimately provide end users with all-new speech- and
text-based AI experiences based on highly natural AI-supported communication.
DOCOMO will organize information sessions (in
Japanese only) about its new API initiative for partner companies at AI EXPO in
Tokyo from June 28 to 30.
docomo AI Agent Open Partner Initiative Overview
AI Agent Overview
Proactive support engine:
Uses behavior prediction and modeling cultivated
through services, such as DOCOMO’s AI Infotainment Service for vehicles, to
provide increasingly enhanced information tailored to each user’s specific
needs and at the appropriate times.
Multipurpose dialogue engine:
Uses natural language understanding (NLU)
technology cultivated through services such as DOCOMO’s Shabette-Concier
service (used more than 1.8 billion times) to provide services with
increasingly enhanced natural dialogue.
IoT access control engine:
Uses Device Web API technology to create a
single application that can control diverse IoT devices based on various
An AI agent makes it possible to accurately respond
to the individual needs of each user, provide highly tailored services and
interface with users through speech- and text-based dialogue for the operation
of IoT devices, enabling users to interact with services that are highly suited
to their specific needs and situations.
About NTT DOCOMO
NTT DOCOMO provides innovative, convenient and
secure mobile services that enable smarter living for each customer. The
company serves over 65 million mobile customers in Japan via advanced wireless
networks, including a nationwide 3G network and one of the world’s first
commercial LTE networks. Leveraging its unique capabilities as a mobile
operator, DOCOMO is a leading developer of cutting-edge technologies for NFC
mobile payments, mobile GPS, mobile TV, intuitive mobile assistance,
environmental monitoring, smart grids and much more. Overseas, the company
provides technical and operational expertise to eight mobile operators and
other partner companies. NTT DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo (9437) and New York
(DCM) stock exchanges. Please visit https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/ for