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KDDI, Help Improve Sleep Quality with State-of-the-Art Sleep-Tech

―New sleep-monitoring mattress enhances 'with HOME' service.―

  • KDDI CORPORATION
  • Okinawa Cellular Telephone Co. Ltd.

March 13,2019

KDDI CORPORATION (Headquarters: Chiyoda, Tokyo, President: Makoto Takahashi) and Okinawa Cellular Telephone Co. Ltd. (Headquarters: Naha, Okinawa, President: Hideo Yuasa) on March 15 are expanding their "au HOME" suite of services with Real Sleep, which supports healthy sleep and adds sukoyaka, ("healthy"), to the "secure," "convenient" and "enjoyable" concepts emphasized by the au HOME service lineup.
The service expansion with Real Sleep makes it possible to use the specialized Real Sleep app with Sleep Monitor 01, the most sensitive sleep monitor available among all health devices. [Jump to the applicable section1] Sleep Monitor 01 measures the user's sleep state to enable quantitative assessment of sleep quality.
In addition, FRANCEBED Co. Ltd. (Headquarters: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, President & CEO: Shigeru Ikeda), has joined the "with HOME" collaborative IoT-based home service suite, resulting in joint development of the FRANCEBED LOOPER RP-5000SE mattress with sleep monitoring function, which also goes on sale March 15 [Jump to the applicable section2].


Sleep Monitor 01

Mattress with sleep monitoring function

Real Sleep is a service jointly developed with partner NeuroSpace Inc. (Headquarters: Sumida-ku, Tokyo, President Takanori Kobayashi), and now also being made avilable. Real Sleep is designed to display sleep states in graphic form, providing access to analytical results that enables personalized expert advice to help each individual customer resolve their sleep issues. [Jump to the applicable section3] The service includes an optional Telephone Health Consultation service that provides medical consultation and specialist referrals, as well as access to advice from public health nurses, certified nutritionists and other qualified professionals in fields such as mental health, long-term care and pediatric mental health.

Real Sleep display

As KDDI and Okinawa Cellular work to to achieve our goal of "integrating telecommunications and life design", we will continue to offer exciting new ideas, creating new experience of value through diverse partnerships that help support and enrich the lives of our customers through au HOME services.

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1. About Real Sleep

  • (1)

    Available beginning

    March 15, 2019

  • (2)

    Functions

    This service makes it possible to check on sleep quality with a sleep score, sleep times, sleep depth and other indicators derived from the results of sleep state measurement. It also enables each customer to receive personalized advice on how to improve sleep based on their own sleep data.

    Monitoring
    Sleep data Graphs showing sleep time, sleep stage (REM sleep, shallow sleep, deep sleep), body movement, heart rate, respiration rate
    Sleep score Display showing scores based on sleep data analysis
    Sleep history Display showing sleep data to date on a daily or weekly basis
    Advice Options [Jump to the applicable section3]

    Advice

    Personalized weekly advice based on individual data analysis.

    Telephone Health Consultation

    Health consultation by phone (up to three times per year)

    Advice Option display

  • (3)

    Method of use

    Available for use with the Sleep Monitor 01 and the Real Sleep app [Jump to the applicable section4].

  • (4)

    Fees

    The au HOME and with HOME services are available at the following rates, excluding the device purchase price:

    Monitoring: Free
    Advice Option: ¥300 per month

  • (5)

    Trial-offer campaign

    The Trial-offer Campaign makes the Advice Option available free of charge until August 31, 2019. The trial offer is provided automatically without the need for a special order procedure. In addition, the Advice Option (a ¥300 monthly value) will be provided for up to two months [Jump to the applicable section5] following initial set-up on or after September 1, 2019, also without the need for a special order procedure. If you would like to continue to use the service once the free-service period is over, simply follow the instructions provided in the Real Sleep system. No special administrative procedure is necessary.

2. About FRANCEBED x with HOME

For customers who purchase a mattress with sleep monitoring function, a special plan will be provided which includes a Real Sleep and with HOME service bundle.

  • (1)

    Available beginning

    March 15, 2019

  • (2)

    Special characteristics

    In addition to sleep data, the Real Sleep Advice Option available with this plan can use data gathered by the Multisensor 01 on bedroom and mattress internal temperature and humidity levels to increase the accuracy of the advice.

  • (3)

    How to order

    Customers who purchase a mattress with sleep monitoring function will be able to order the service by following the instruction guide included with the mattress.

  • (4)

    Fees

    The following fee applies in addition to the purchase price of the mattress with sleep monitoring function:

    with HOME special FRANCEBED plan: ¥790 per month

  • (5)

    Trial-offer campaign

    The Trial-offer Campaign makes the with HOME special FRANCEBED plan available free of charge until August 31, 2019 (a ¥790 monthly value). The trial offer is provided automatically without the need for a special order procedure. In addition, the first two months of the with HOME special FRANCEBED plan (a ¥790 monthly value) will be provided free of charge for up to two months [Jump to the applicable section6] following start of the paid service on or after September 1, 2019.

3. Background on the sukoyaka ("Healthy") service expansion

According to Neuro Space Inc., which uses state-of-the-art technology to provide people with solutions to their sleep issues, the economic loss associated with sleep issues amounts to ¥15 trillion yen (RAND Corp., November 2016). And research conducted in May 2018 by the University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan, indicates that sleep deprivation is the second most common health-related cost associated with "presenteeism" in Japanese industry, reported by 11% of respondents and representing approximately ¥34,000 in losses per person per year, after neck and shoulder stiffness, which was reported by 14% (Nagata T., et al., J Occup Environ Med. [2018]). This reflects the major impact that sleep issues can have on corporate growth and efforts to improve corporate value.
In addition, a sleep deficit survey of 800 male and female subjects ranging in age from their 20s to 50s indicated that more than half (58%) of respondents were dissatisfied in some way with their sleep. The survey results also indicated that sleep satisfaction levels had an impact on daytime productivity. While about 90% of respondents reported being eager to improve their sleep, the results revealed that half of those had taken no action toward that end.
For details, visit Neuro space online at Open link in a new windowhttps://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000024.000020114.html.

This is how KDDI, FRANCEBED and Neuro Space are working to give customers a good night's sleep by helping them solve sleep issues.

About FRANCEBED Co. Ltd.

The primary business operations of FRANCEBED comprise manufacturing, purchasing, rental and retailing/wholesaling of beds for household use, furniture, bedding products, health-related devices, beds for medical and long-term care use, assistive devices, linen goods, etc. They have begun the first rental service in Japan for long-term care beds. Their proprietary High-density Connecting Spring (R) mattress is specially designed to accommodate Japanese physical characteristics and regional climate conditions. In 2011 they established Reha Tech to help seniors maintain active lifestyles, as part of an overall corporate aim of solving the issues of ultra-aged societies and fostering kindness and more vibrant living.

  • Headquarters:
    Shinjuku Square Tower 5F, 6-22-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
  • Representative:
    Shigeru Ikeda, president and representative director
  • Founded:
    June 5, 1946
  • URL:
    Open link in a new windowhttps://www.francebed.co.jp/
  • Business details:
    Manufacturing, purchasing, rental, retailing/wholesaling of beds, household furniture, bedding, health-related devices, beds for medical and long-term care use, assistive devices, linen goods, etc.

About Neuro Space Inc.

Neuro Space provides Japan's largest domestic corporations with sleep-improvement programs to help promote healthy corporate management and maximize productivity. They also apply state-of-the-art technology, proprietary sleep measurement devices and analytical algorithms to joint research and development projects with sleep technology ventures.

  • Headquarters:
    Yokokawa Soko Center of Garage,1-16-3 Yokokawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
  • Representative:
    Takanori Kobayashi, president and representative director
  • Founded:
    December 2013
  • URL:
    Open link in a new windowhttps://neurospace.jp/
  • Business details:
    Development of sleep sensing technologies and simple evaluation algorithms, technological support for sleep-related commercial research and development, sleep-improvement programs to help improve corporate management, and sleep solution development support and algorithm API licensing.

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