It Takes Three to Tango: Pocketalk, SoftBank and 1NCE are Connecting the World with Expanded Language Translation Ventures


Let’s briefly talk about Pocketalk, SoftBank, and 1NCE.

Pocketalk’s premier translation technology helps to solve communication problems for individual travelers and global organizations alike by enabling real-time conversations across language barriers. That’s already a huge win; with voice translator products like Pocketalk S (an award-winning two-way translator offering support for 82 languages, image translation and global LTE) and Pocketalk Plus (a version of Pocketalk S with a 40% larger screen and 1.5x battery life) and even the Pocketalk Ventana centralized admin panel for managing Pocketalk devices, the company also makes available its protective carrying cases, retractable lanyards, screen protectors, and its Pocketalk app for users everywhere.

SoftBank (as many know) is a highly renowned, Tokyo-based multinational investment holding company with more than $100 billion in capital. Whether the service concerns Internet, mobile, energy conservation, robotics and cobots, business operations and a lot more, SoftBank invests to secure a world where “all things, all information, and all minds are connected.”

1NCE – a company I’ve covered previously, including recently regarding its partnership with Blues Wireless – is also working to define itself as “the Robin Hood of IoT.” Being on the 1NCE mission means working to make Internet of Things connectivity easier for everyone. By striving for universal access, 1NCE allows its customers to see, share, and contribute to code, making it simpler for connected products to reach more involved and to further connect and secure technologies. This is the industry-equalizing goal powering 1NCE today; providing a “world’s first IoT Lifetime Flat” to connect our world’s IoT devices.

So, why these three today?

It’s simple:

  1. Earlier this week, Pocketalk and SoftBank announced the forming of a strategic alliance wherein they’ll collab on marketing of Pocketalk’s translation solutions for enterprise customers in Japan. (Again, where SoftBank is headquartered.) In signing this deal, the companies are looking to further expand their respective business operations; specifically, more into the utilization of AI, IoT, and 5G to invent and promote new ways to power digital transformations.
  2. As part of this, Pocketalk will join SoftBank’s “ONE SHIP” partner program and work with SoftBank’s 3,300 enterprise sales personnel. Given SoftBank’s base of corporate customers make up about 93% of major transactions in Japan, this is big for both parties.
  3. And of course, 1NCE. Pocketalk has also decided to adopt 1NCE’s IoT connection capabilities (for which SoftBank already has exclusive distribution rights in a total of 19 countries and regions, Japan included), and Pocketalk’s translation devices will have access to built-in mobile communication functions, even in select areas without Wi-Fi or other means of connectivity.

Per Noriyuki Matsuda, Pocketalk’s CEO:

“We are very excited to be partnering with SoftBank, and we are extremely pleased in their support of our mission to break down language barriers and unite people further. Growing demands require growing solutions, and we are confident that our efforts to eliminate these barriers will accelerate global growth in more ways than one.”

In enterprise business, it’s important to actively support growth-centric digitalization, and these companies together are continuing to work on a foundation rooted in exactly this.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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