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IBM, Apple working with Japan Post to make apps for elderly care

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 21:19
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Japan Post Holdings Co, the state-owned postal giant, is enlisting IBM's data-analytics technology and Apple Inc's devices for a program seeking to improve care of elderly people in the aging nation.

[TOKYO] Japan Post Holdings Co, the state-owned postal giant, is enlisting IBM's data-analytics technology and Apple Inc's devices for a program seeking to improve care of elderly people in the aging nation.

Japan Post Chief Executive Officer Taizo Nishimuro made the announcement at International Business Machines Corp.'s Watson headquarters, seated alongside IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Japan Post has a service in which its employees visit elderly people to check up on them on behalf of family members. The tie-up would allow it to use Apple's devices to collect information on the senior citizens that would then be analyzed by IBM's Watson artificial intelligence technology.

IBM and Apple set aside a rivalry last July that's about as old as the personal computer era to develop applications for businesses. For IBM, the aim is to boost sales for new-aged mobile software and services, while demand for older offerings is tumbling. Apple, meanwhile, is trying to stanch falling shipments for the iPad.

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