Planetway Corporation (Headquarters: San Jose, California, USA; CEO & Founder: Noriaki Hirao; Planetway) will begin offering "PlanetCross v2.0.0", an updated version of the data linkage platform solution "PlanetCross", by the end of April.

"PlanetCross" is the world's first version of the Estonian e-government platform "X-Road" customized specifically for private enterprises enabling secure data sharing between companies over the Internet. PlanetCross differs from conventional products such that data sharing can be realized without making significant changes to existing systems and databases. Therefore, adoption in the application area can be gradually expanded while utilizing legacy systems and databases enabling controlled, efficient and incremental improvements.

With this new version we add “Connector”, a key component of “PlanetCross” that has been completely redeveloped for “PlanetCross v2.0.0”.

The details of the update are as follows:
・ User authentication function with Connector
・ Improved connectivity to the database
・ Improved user experience

With this update, we have further enhanced security and improved the development and operation load. Moving forward, we will continue to work actively to add to and improve PlanetCross platform functions including efficient data utilization within or among companies (including group companies).

About Planetway

Planetway Corporation a start-up headquartered in California, has developed its own core platform technology "PlanetCross," an advanced version of the powerful Estonian e-government administration platform “X-Road”, and “PlanetID,” a digital universal ID with functions including ID assignment(identity-verified), authentication, and electronic signature. Our company is certified as an X-ROAD TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS. Based on the fundamental idea that the rights to personal information belong to individuals rather than companies or organizations, Planetway has created a mission to change society "For a Human-centric and Secure Planet" with the aim to promote the idea of information disclosure or utilization by an “individual’s consent or denial thereof”.

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About the founder

Born in 1983, Noriaki Hirao is a three-time entrepreneur (with one liquidation), founding companies in entertainment, semiconductor and IoT fields. As a student, he studied space engineering, organic chemistry and marketing in the United States, then founding a content production startup for Hollywood films and video games. In 2008, after graduating from California State University he returned to Japan joining SoftBank Mobile and received several in-house awards, including first prize for sales competing against 800 national mobile salespersons. In 2011, he co-founded a technology licensing company (TLO), which signed a joint development research agreement with Tohoku University. He attempted to expand business in next-generation semiconductor, centering on 500 patent strategies, but unfortunately the company had to be liquidated. In 2014, he was appointed as the domestic Business Development Manager for Sircom, a Taiwanese IoT equipment ODM vendor, and General Manager of their New Business Innovation Office for WirelessGate, specifically responsible for new business development in the IoT field. From July 2015, Noriaki founded Planetway, a global startup (USA, Japan, Estonia) acuminating his various experiences. In 2017, the company introduced technology for securely communicating patient information between Tokio Marine & Nichido Insurance and Iizuka Hospital and was awarded the “World's No. 1” rating award for the solution. In 2019, Planetway achieved its first commercialization of a product (PlanetCross), now servicing more than 1.3 million service account users. After 2020, the company aims to expand its infrastructure in Japan and globally. Noriaki has a unique vision for the realization of the age of data sovereignty and the evolution of capitalism.

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