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TOPPAN FORMS and livepass to Start Study for Providing Message Distribution Solution Supporting + Message

June 20, 2019

TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD.
livepass Inc.

DigitalHybrid Company TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Koichi Sakata; hereinafter “TOPPAN FORMS”) and livepass Inc. (Head Office: Minato, Tokyo; CEO: Yuya Yamashita; hereinafter “livepass”), a marketing service provider, are to begin examining the possible support of “+ Message”*, a message service provided by NTT DOCOMO, INC., KDDI Corporation, and SoftBank Corporation, via a message distribution solution that uses technology for producing and distributing personalized videos.
By combining + Message with the technology for producing and distributing personalized videos capable of variably displaying individually customized text, content, and other features, we aim to realize a highly appealing message distribution solution.

Background

The two companies concluded a capital and business alliance agreement in October 2018 for the purpose to develop and offer and offering highly appealing video communication services using a combination of TOPPAN FORMS technologies and knowhow for safely managing and operating information such as personal information, accumulated through its data print service (DPS), and livepass personalized video technologies. Further, in March 2019, TOPPAN FORMS made an additional investment in livepass and livepass became a TOPPAN FORMS’s equity method affiliated company to further accelerate the above initiative.
At this time, in response to an announcement on the functional enhancement of + Message, we are to begin examining the development of a message distribution solution on + Message, using the personalized video technology.

Future development

TOPPAN FORMS and livepass will proceed with taking specific responses immediately after details of the functional enhancement of + Message, such as its specifications, are clarified.
In addition, we will accelerate the development of the message distribution solution to realize optimal communication between customers and corporations, mainly for financial institutions, and to reduce corporations’ call center costs. Further, by developing not only the message distribution solution but also the personalized video service with an eye toward the use of 5G, which is expected to see widespread use, we will make further contributions toward corporations’ achievement of efficient business operations and improvments in user convenience.

  • * “+ Message” is a message service compliant with Rich Communication Services (RCS), GSMA’s global standard. To enable customers to send and receive messages confidently without being aware of the mobile-phone carrier of the message recipient, the three mobile-phone carriers launched “+Message” in May 2018 to allow users to send and receive messages using only a mobile phone number for productive communication.
  • * “DigitalHybrid” and “DPS” are registered trademarks of TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD.
  • * The names of the other companies, products and others are registered trademarks or trademarks of the corresponding companies.

Reference information

■ TOPPAN FORMS
  • Name:
    TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD.
  • Head office:
    1-7-3 Higashi shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Established:
    May 1955
  • Representative:
    President Koichi Sakata
  • Description of business:
    TOPPAN FORMS boasts strengths in the information domain, which is centered on information, contributing to the improvement of operational efficiency to support corporate activities. By utilizing its advantages, TOPPAN FORMS works on the creation of new value as a DigitalHybrid company that is capable of providing products and services in the analog and digital domains.
  • URL:
    https://www.toppan-f.co.jp/english/
■ livepass Inc.
  • Name:
    livepass Inc.
  • Head office:
    Ark Hills South Tower 16F, 1-4-5 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Established:
    December 25, 2013
  • Representative:
    Yuya Yamashita, CEO
  • Description of business:
    Development and offering of marketing services and data analysis/consulting services
  • URL:
    https://www.livepass.jp/
■ Characteristics of the message distribution solution
  • 1. Simultaneous distribution of personalized information
    With safe transmission, receiving, and operation of customer information, content such as texts, images, and videos personalized for each customer is simultaneously distributed in large amounts, thus enabling the capablity of appropriately responding to each reply
  • 2. Optimized distribution using data
    Maximized customer experience realized by the optimization of messages using anonymous information obtained by distribution; and reduction of the costs of distribution by companies
  • 3. Operating in interlock with other channels
    With interlocked operation among various digital channels, direct mailing (DM) services, and call centers, this solution enables communication with customers across multiple channels.
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