Expedition with ELTRES™ by Sony


Have you ever heard of the Hachimantai Aspite Line? It’s a 27-km road that straddles the border between Iwate and Akita, and is famous for its “snow corridor” that opens after mid-April every year.

On April 24th and 25th, we visited to find cellular dead zones for our upcoming PoC (proof of concept) event with ELTRES™ by Sony, an LPWA network.

This coming summer we are planning to host a PoC (proof of concept) event for LEOCS in collaboration with Sony ELTRES™ utilizing various moving objects, like drones, cars, etc.

From left to right: Mr. Onishi (AP TECH founder), Mr. Hidaka (Sony ELTRES), Mr. Konno (AP TECH engineer)

Mr. Hidaka joined us as a representative of ELTRES™. Sony ELTRES™ is an LPWA network that boasts good connection to high-speed objects well over 100km away. We’re looking forward to working with their team to provide users consistent data access even over cellular dead zones.

Two different types of ELTRES™ terminals
ELTRES™ terminal attached to the dashboard

This trip was a chance for us to solidify our partnership. Our team got to meet Mr. Hidaka, do some blue skying, and have deep dive technical discussions, all within the natural beauty of Iwate.

Walking along the famous snow walls of the Aspite Line

Everyone at AP TECH is hard at work preparing for our PoC demonstration and we’re excited to take you on this journey with us!

Please reach out to us here to hear more about our work.