NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today its new DOCOMO AI Agent Open Partner Initiative to facilitate collaborative development of all-new offerings implemented with a service-agnostic, device-agnostic speech interface based on AI Agent API, a newly developed artificial intelligence (AI) application programming interface (API) that DOCOMO plans to incorporate into a new AI agent service to be launched in early fiscal 2018.
Through the initiative, DOCOMO expects to create an open environment for diverse services that use AI technology for highly tailored services and marketing. The initiative will enable partner companies to link their services to DOCOMO’s payment options, such as DOCOMO Mobile Payment, and d POINT CLUB (loyalty program).
AI Agent API will provide a new foundation for DOCOMO’s strategy to help customers realize increasingly innovative lifestyles, a pillar of the company’s Declaration beyond business strategy to 2020.
The API will be the basic system for building new AI agents consisting of a proactive support engine, multipurpose dialogue engine, and IoT access control engine. The engines are based on corevoTM AI technologies developed by the NTT Group, including DOCOMO.
By making the API openly available to a diverse range of service and device providers, DOCOMO expects to create win-win business relationships with partners, reduce the development period for AI-agent services, and ultimately provide end users with all-new-speech and text-based AI experiences based on highly natural AI-supported communication.
DOCOMO will organize information sessions (in Japanese only) about its new API initiative for partner companies at AI EXPO in Tokyo from June 28 to 30.